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Final Four for Freedom

Four years removed from its WUSA championship, the Washington Freedom is on the verge on another national title. As you may have read in The Post a few weeks ago, the Freedom is very much alive and kicking even after the demise of the WUSA in 2003 and has positioned itself for a return to a new first-tier league tentatively scheduled to launch next spring.

With the same coach (Jim Gabarra), a few WUSA holdovers and a large number of former local high school and college stars, the Freedom went 12-1-1 in the W-League's regular season, outscoring opponents 48-10. The club defeated Toronto and Ottawa in the playoffs last weekend and will enter the final four in Rochester, N.Y., as the top seed. Seattle will play Atlanta in Friday night's first semifinal and Washington will face the hosts in the late game (live video at Sunday's championship match will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel beginning at 5:30 p.m.

By Steve Goff  |  August 2, 2007; 11:33 AM ET
Categories:  Women  
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How is it that the number one seed has to play at their opponents field? Is this one of these "neutral" sites?

Posted by: confused | August 2, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Still playing with the size 5 ball? Not interested. Until they take the ball down to a size every player can hit a cross-field switch with, it'll still play out like 20 people in the midfield kicking each other's shins.

Posted by: DCAustinite | August 2, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta? Wow, I didn't even know that the Silverbacks Women's team was in a "real" league.

No wonder -- I just checked the roster and I don't recognize one name.

Posted by: RK | August 2, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

More importantly, the US has advanced to the group stage in the Homeless World Cup.

Posted by: RK | August 2, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Why are they creating another league? Shouldn/t the forces aht aree trying to revive the WUSA and the Forces of the W-League join together and run one league?

Posted by: BD | August 2, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Wait, is Toronto and Ottawa some composite Canadian representative in the league? Kinda like Brighton and Hove or Rushden & Diamonds in the lower tiers of England? Or did the WUSA actually knock out two rounds of the playoffs in one weekend - like my rec league did this past season?

Posted by: DE | August 2, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Oops, my bad...I meant the W-League, not WUSA.

Posted by: DE | August 2, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Nick | August 2, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Goff, thanks for the word. I'll be watching.

Interesting what crawls out of the woodwork around here.

Posted by: seahawkdad | August 2, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Totally unrelated, but did anyone catch this kid who just signed with Manchester United? Do we have talent like this at the U-9 level in DC?

Posted by: therealfan | August 2, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Its good to know that the final will be broadcast. Thanks for the update.

Posted by: m | August 2, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Good work and good luck, ladies!

Posted by: GrillMaster | August 2, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Had the privilege of seeing a Freedom game at the Soccerplex earlier this summer. Nice crowd and some decent football. This Freedom team is light years ahead of most of the the W-League. Nice to see some of those who play "for the love of the game" getting a little press and maybe a championship.
I know my daughter and I will be watching FSC on Sunday if the Freedom is in the final.

Posted by: griffin1108 | August 2, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah i read about that kid on the BBC this morning. Pretty impressive i guess.

Posted by: Pino | August 2, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it a little absurd that they play the semis on Friday and the finals on Sunday? What is this, the NCAA with unlimited subs?

Posted by: Lost in BA | August 2, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

falta = foul
atrás = behind
golazo = sweet f**ing goal

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"Shouldn't the forces that are trying to revive the WUSA and the Forces of the W-League join together"

The W-League is part of USL. So this would be like asking the MLS ca. 1996 to join forces with the USL. The new WUSA, or whatever it will be called, wants a higher profile than the semi-pro W-League.

Toronto and Ottawa are about 300 miles apart. Not a composite.

Thank goodness FSC is pre-empting Classic English Footy or the 10th replay of the U-20 semis to show this.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 2, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Rochester is hosting the tournament, and the W-League, for whatever reason, advances the host of the tournament to the semifinals automatically. Rochester finished the regular season with a 5-7 record and aren't likely to keep the Freedom out of the final.

Posted by: I-66 | August 2, 2007 5:34 PM | Report abuse

If/when WUSA 2.0 starts up, is Abby Wambach a lock to play for the Freedom or are all "rights" to former players kaput?

Posted by: silentbob | August 2, 2007 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Dull. I hope they don't resurrect this terrible idea of a league.

Posted by: Women's soccer? | August 5, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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