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Freedom Wins Championship

Four years removed from its WUSA title, the Washington Freedom captured another national championship of sorts Sunday when it defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks, 3-1, in Rochester, N.Y., to claim the W-League crown. Christie Welsh, who scored the second goal, was named the match's most valuable player. The complete recap is here. The Freedom, backed by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, has positioned itself to be a member of a proposed first-tier league starting next year. The W-League is part of the USL, a system of mostly small-scale clubs around the country.

By Steve Goff  |  August 6, 2007; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  Women  
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So will the USL league still exist next year or are all the teams moving up to the proposed first-tier league?

I think womens soccer would be the perfect op for a stronger USL-MLS partnership.

Posted by: Southeasterner | August 6, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

There are over 35 teams in the W-League. It isn't going anywhere.

Posted by: I-66 | August 6, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Well done Freedom!

It is always nice when a local team wins a national title.

I hope the W-League stays around in some form for a long time to come.

Posted by: bribri | August 6, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

were there any fans there at all? i didn't see a one on the FSC telecast. was it open to the public? did anyone know about it? or were all the fans just on the same side of the stadium as the cameras, all looking across the field at empty seats? does this bode ill for the proposed WUSA relaunch?

dan boleo

Posted by: dan boleo | August 6, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Steve,

Do you know why the game wasn't listed in the TV listings in the Sunday paper yesterday? I also looked all over the Sports section for a preview, even just a paragraph, and didn't see anything. Did I miss anything about the game in yesterday's paper? Also, was anything in today's paper on it? I didn't even see a score, yet the score of a pro softball game was listed. I know you don't control what goes in the paper, but it seems that since this was a Championship game shown on national TV (albeit FSC), it should have received some play in the printed version of the Post.

Posted by: Dsmac | August 6, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

1. WaPo print coverage of womens soccer is generally non-existent. They did send a summer intern out to a Freedom practice this summer, but as far as I know that was it for the print side. His story was good. Maybe he could have watched the FSC broadcast and filed y'day instead of hanging around the worst team in baseball or meaningless two-a-days with the Skins. Just happy the Insider posts on the womens game notwithstanding the inevitable snores of the morons . . . .

2. "does this bode ill for the proposed WUSA relaunch?" Hard to sell tix in advance to a womens final in August when you don't know who will be playing. For relaunch I would guess a lot depends on how much coverage the WWC in China gets here, which will be driven by how the US WNT does.

Posted by: US WNT fan | August 6, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

We rarely list Fox Soccer Channel games in our daily listings, except for United and the national team. That being said, we probably should have found a way to get the Freedom listing in there on Sunday. (Of course, those who read the Insider the past few days were well aware of the Freedom's upcoming TV appearance!)

As for a preview of the game, there's just not much interest in the USL/W-League to justify advance stories. And the match itself, I was in Boston yesterday with United and the wire services do not typically run information on the USL/W-League. However, I have written up a little item that should appear in tomorrow's paper.

Posted by: Goff | August 6, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Steve,

What sets you apart from many others is how promptly you respond to our inquiries. This is why we love this blog over all others! I did know about the game through your blog and was interested in hearing your take on the print edition questions. I appreciate you getting back to us on this. Keep up the great work!

Posted by: Dsmac | August 6, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I think the women's game is just not ready to go to a true Division 1 setup yet. We may be 5 t 10 years away from being ready. Staying within the context of the W-League is about where the top level of the womens game needs to develop for a few more years.

Frankly, I see nothing but failure with another relauch of the WUSA, and additional stress placed on existing MLS clubs.

Posted by: Nick from Big Soccer | August 6, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Just happy the Insider posts on the womens game notwithstanding the inevitable snores of the morons . . . .

Posted by: US WNT fan | August 6, 2007 12:30 PM

Booooooosteeeeeeezaaaaaaaandooooooooo... ;-)

Posted by: Huevón | August 6, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The Silverbacks back-up keeper was aweful! She needs to take the blame for the lose. The last goal is U-14 caliber stuff. It was straight at her. She couldn't kick the ball to the 35 yard line on goal kicks as well.
Poor choice to have the game in Rochester. Not to mention to let the Rochester team make the semi's even though they didn't make the playoff's. Who did this schedule the NCAA football staff. The team with the best record should have had the game.

Posted by: Atlboy | August 6, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"What sets you apart from many others is how promptly you respond to our inquiries."

I think this is what separates the great blogs from the poor ones on the Post. The initial posts are usually good across the board, but without the interaction, nobody bothers commenting. Goff does an EXCELLENT job at following up on questions, and providing some snarkiness to build community. The intelligence of the community on here as a whole is also worth noting. More smart posters exist than bad ones.

As far as the Freedom is concerned, most of us wish them well, but don't know enough about them to support them. If you noticed, we haven't really been talking about them until they showed up in this championship tournament. If they can't leverage the DCU fanbase, they face an uphill challenge competing even with the women's softball league.

Posted by: LeesburgSoccerFan | August 6, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Catch-22>>

Insider says: "As for a preview of the game, there's just not much interest in the USL/W-League to justify advance stories."

Leesburg says: "As far as the Freedom is concerned, most of us wish them well, but don't know enough about them to support them."

Posted by: US WNT fan | August 6, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Not to take anything away from the Freedom and their marvelous accomplishment this summer, but until they return to a top-tier league with international players, U.S. national team players and a TV contract, they're not going to attract much attention from media or the public in general.

Posted by: Goff | August 6, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I'll keep checking here for inside dope on when and if those things will happen.

Posted by: US WNT fan | August 6, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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