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WPS Matchnight: Red Stars at Freedom

Greetings from Maryland SoccerPlex, where it's slightly cramped in the press box for the Freedom home opener.

More importantly, however, is the clear weather outside after a mostly rainy day. The field looks good, and the crowd is trickling into the stands.

For a little preview, check out this feature story on Freedom reserve Joanna Lohman, who balances two successful careers.

Freedom Lineup: Scurry; Whitehill, Janss, Singer, Sauerbrunn; Lindsey, Bompastor, Long, Sawa; De Vanna, Wambach. Subs: Spisak, Gilbeau, Lohman, DeDycker, Moros, Zimmeck, Cargnoni, Eyorokon, Karniski, Keller, Huffman.

TV: Fox Soccer Channel.

A name you might recognize from Chicago: Lindsay Tarpley, who has 117 caps with the USWNT and 29 goals. Tarpley scored the first goal in Red Stars history in the 78th minute of the win at St. Louis last Saturday.

As you're used to with United, this is the gathering spot for pregame, in-game and postgame discussion.

By Paul Tenorio  |  April 11, 2009; 5:16 PM ET
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Comments

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Posted by: tundey | April 11, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Chicago has one heck of a Cold War team name

Posted by: diego_r | April 11, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

The Chicago Red Stars and Washington Freedom played to a 1-1 tie Saturday evening in front of 5,028 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.

Posted by: Reignking | April 11, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

After the Chicago player was sent off early in the 2nd half, it seemed like the Freedom maintained a 4-person back line. I'm curious about that. Wouldn't you want to push more players forward?

Crowd was announced at 5K and change. $20 is still too much, but I paid anyway ($40 for me and the soccer fan son).

Next week: Heather Mitts the Boston Breakers.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 11, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

So, I thought that Freedom played a better possession game that Red Stars. Red Stars had a good shot to the far post that Scurry couldn't get to. Abby had what should have been an easy put away in the first half on a low cross about 8 yards out, but she hit it straight to the keeper. Abby also had a nice diving header in the second half that went straight to the keeper. Freedom scored on a headed free kick early in the second half. Freedom had better chances then Red Stars and should have won.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 11, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree - $40 is too much for a pair of tickets. I have 200-level midfield season tickets for DCUnited, and that's how much I pay for a pair (one of the seats is a youth discount ticket). No way they can charge the same price for a WPS game, in a non-professional stadium.

I might go to one game other than the doubleheaders, and that's only because my daughter really wants to go.

If the tickets were half that price, we'd be there regularly, as the stadium is 15 minutes from our house.

Posted by: dkorn | April 11, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I didn't make it because my car's crankshaft pulley hates soccer. For whatever reason I completely forgot about Soccer Insider during the match and was wondering where to post with those watching on television. $20 is too much for my unused ticket. Especially when up a woman, that was a frustrating game. Hopefully things will come around for them, but that was one where they should have gotten 3 points. Abby and Co. need to do better finishing and understanding each other and where they should be. Having said that, Caroline J├Ânsson is probably the best keeper in the league.

Posted by: sitruc | April 11, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

First the game. Wambach is still getting back, she missed a couple of sitters she doesn't miss pre-injury. Bompastor is a real find. Scurry is past her sell-by date - great career and all, but she is not starting material anymore. Allie Long was just awful, make quicker decisions. Alex Singer is awfully timid for a defender.

Second, the stadium: We have two season tickets so I won't go into price -- but if you want cheap tickets, go to a W-League game and you get what you pay for. The stadium really is a poor venue. "Seats" are jammed together. Luckily our seats are in the last row so they have "backs" to them. Three urinals in the single mens' room doesn't get it down at all. The only plus -- the "beer garden" -- even though it looks like you have to drink your beer in Gitmo.

Seriously, Hendricks and WPS (along with Real Maryland) should join with DCU to figure out how to build a SSS that would be used by all 3 teams -- also means the stadium would get used 35 -40 times a year just for soccer.

Posted by: griffin1108 | April 11, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I just got back from the Freedom game. I took my brother-in-law and sister, not the biggest soccer fans, and they had a good time. They also said the level of play wasn't too bad, although at times it was apparent the ladies haven't played together for very long.

We all agree with Griffin1108 about Allie Long. Ugh. She plodded around the field, was slow to make decisions, and gave the ball away more often than not.

Lisa De Vanna, Lori Lindsey, and Becky Sauerbrunn looked strong. I'm especially happy Sauerbrunn looked as calm and composed on the ball as she did--I imagine she'll see more time on the National Team soon.

And, not to take anything away from Scurry's brilliant career, but she shouldn't be starting anymore. Her kicking game is a liability.

Posted by: adam131 | April 11, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Tenorio's contribution to tomorrow's paper: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/11/AR2009041102437.html

I was opposite the fieldhouse, in the recently added supplemental seating, at least for the first half. Others have already mentioned the experience of being shoehorned into the bleachers, and I have nothing to add.

Did anyone see this game on FSC? There were cameras on my side, which surprised me, since I thought they would be operating from the fieldhouse side. Or perhaps the cameras on my side were just there for the occasional reverse angle. Otherwise, how good a job did FSC do, and how did the 'Plex look on TV?

I was pleasantly surprised to learn of the existence of the beer garden. (I had been under the impression that the 'Plex carried on in the tradition of Carry Nation.) That is where I spent the entire second half. It was nice to have an adults-only area. Unfortunately, there were only tables, but no seats, and it was behind one of the goals. I was screened out by other patrons on the Freedom's tying goal.

The sign said there was a limit of two to a customer, and that they would stop dispensing after the 60th minute. (I was tempted to order up a third brewski, just to test them. They would have had to rely on their memory to catch me.) This is simply too restrictive. The chances of a WPS crowd getting too rowdy are vitually nil. They should up the limit to three or four, and continue selling until the 75th minute or so, and add some chairs. Others have mentioned that the tickets seem overpriced (so are the t-shirts and other paraphernalia). I was among the mostly young adult crowd that packed the Capitol Lounge to watch the inaugural match against the Sol. These people might have the disposable income to pay these prices, if the Freedom can give them a good total experience.

It took 30 minutes to get out of the parking lot after the match, and from there the path to Route 118 resembled a funeral procession. The cabs waiting to whisk people away for $28(!) didn't seem to have any takers.

Others have mentioned Bompastor. I thought she was more effective tonight than against the Sol, because in that earlier game, her runs down the left side were not supported by her teammates, and she found herself painted into a corner. That was generally not the case tonight. De Vanna had some nice moves, too. And speaking of sheilas, whatever happened to Kele Golebiowski, who played for both the WUSA and post-WUSA versions of the Freedom?

Tenorio: What is the status of McLeod's visa paperwork?

Posted by: universityandpark | April 12, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Kele G. was in one of the combines for WPS candidates, but nobody picked her up. She was already a veteran player when the Freedom picked her up in 2003, so maybe she's just not capable of playing at this level any more. Of course, you could say the same thing about Scurry.

Posted by: kevinwparker | April 12, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

The name of the Chicago team has to do with the four red stars on the official city flag (which represent four momentous events in the city's history - not sure which ones offhand, though the fire is one of them), not solidarity with the oppressed proletariat.

Posted by: kevinwparker | April 12, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Another notable member of the Chicago Red Stars is Carli Lloyd. This Jersey girl scored the game-winning goal at the Olympic final, earning the US Women's National Team another gold.

Posted by: KG118 | April 12, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Paul -- read your fine report on the match this morning. I do disagree with your characterization of Allie Long as "creative." Unless you mean creatively figuring out ways to hold the ball far too long until you are closed down and have no passing options. She, and De Vanna to a lesser extent, kept their heads down when dribbling and missed out on a number of opportunities to really open up the field by passing to overlapping (open) players.

Posted by: griffin1108 | April 12, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

And, not to take anything away from Scurry's brilliant career, but she shouldn't be starting anymore. Her kicking game is a liability.

Posted by: adam131 | April 11, 2009 10:52 PM

I was surprised to see her taking goal kicks. She has never had a good leg and everyone knows that.

Posted by: sitruc | April 12, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

@griffin1108 I have to respectively disagree about Allie Long and I might be in the minority on this, but I think she showed some great creative skills - especially in the first half. She had a few blind passes that got to De Vanna behind the defense and thread a couple of balls through two tight defenders. Does she need work - yes, but I think she did better than you are giving her credit for. She did better than Lori Lindsey did in the game against the Sol as the attacking midfielder

Posted by: soccerfan80 | April 12, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Soccerfan80 - I would agree with your assessment of Lori Lindsey in the Sol game. I don't think Long was any better yesterday. I though Sawa was to provide the creative spark in midfield, if so, she hasn't delivered. The lack of creativity in the middle of the field will cause the Freedom problems all season if not corrected.

Posted by: griffin1108 | April 12, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

What kind of beer did they sell at the beer garden? If it's Bud, you should stop wasting your money after two :-).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 12, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I submitted a lengthy player ranking post, then got a message that the submission was sent to points unknown "for approval."

Posted by: postgolb | April 12, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

griffin1108 - I agree that at times Long seemed to hold the ball too long, and certainly she gave it away a few times. But several of Bompastor and De Vanna's runs - especially in the first half - were sparked by balls played by Long, or off passes from Long that started the attack.

I think she started to lose her presence as the game wore on, however.

Thanks for reading and for the comments.

Posted by: P-Ten | April 12, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

There was actually a decent selection of domestic brews for $5 a pop. I had two ales, one from Dogfish Head, the other from a craft brewery whose name I forget. They also had Sapporo at $7, which I thought was overpriced.

Posted by: universityandpark | April 12, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

OK. Here are our collective recommendations to John Hendricks, all of which are under his control:
1. Raise the beer limit to two per half
2. Extend beer sales to the 80th minute
3. Use proceeds from 1 and 2 to compensate for reduced ticket prices
4. Start Kati Jo Spisek
5. Limit one noisemaker/thunderstick per fan thereby encouraging teamwork (actually thereby sparing me from that annoying noise)
6. Fix sitruc's car

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 12, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

First of three:

Freedom Lineup (11 subs posted?): You can't have 11 subs. Chalk it up to a cramped media box . . . Huffman certainly wasn't on the match roster (knee surgery this past week).

Player rankings:

Scurry (3): Another soft goal basically chipped over her to the far post. Her goal kicks barely get to midfield. She did snuff out a few scoring chances coming off her line but IMHO is is only a matter of time before she is replaced.

Whitehill (7): Defense was well organized and Cat shut down a few forays into the area by Red star attackers. Some free kicks still not on target.

Janss (6): Early crash into the boards had the trainers nervous. Over committed once on defense but generally a solid, gritty performance at left back.

Singer (5): still lacks confidence on the ball and speed (looks sluggish). When cornered is prone to panicked looking give-aways.

Posted by: postgolb | April 12, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Second of Three:

Sauerbrunn (9): She looked VERY confident and composed under a variety of defensive -- and offensive -- circumstances. Best player by far. Great placement on equalizer header. Almost a flawless performance. I agree with another poster that she shows signs of being USWNT material. My newest favorite prime time player besides Bompastor.

Lindsey (6): Her possession and distribution was much better this game, but she still moves at W-League, oompa- loompa pace sometimes. Costly giveaway led to Red Star counter. Then caught snoozing/ball watching while Tarpley (ahem, Red Star's best player) strolled right past her, unmarked, for the goal scoring run into the penalty area.

Bompastor (7): I'd rank her higher but for a larger than usual amount of errant passes, giveaways, and 1-2 off the mark corners. Best energy level in MF on the team. Her wing crosses continue to impress. Took an elbow in the face/mouth in the first half as well.

Long (5): Allie was a Goldielocks yo yo this game. Slow motion on many moves, turns, and passes, but a few times the pass and touch was weighted "just right" - a few times in close quarters. Too many meg attempts even though a few were successful crowd-pleasers. Her oft slow-looking reaction time/pace needs to quicken. I was surprised she was not subbed out instead of Lindsey.

Sawa (6): Starting to gain her confidence some and worked hard defensively, but again did not seem to be the go-to MF and distributer to Bompastor, DeVanna and Wambach.

De Vanna (7): Her pace and work rate will always be assets. Still needs to develop the killer-instinct finish and to connect quicker with teammates when she finds space that she creates for herself. I suspect that once the first confidence-building goal comes (soon I hope), we will see more goals overall as defenses must focus on both her and Abby.

Wambach (7): I can't rank Abby above 7 until she starts finishing. She had 3-4 great looks at goal and disappointed again (and again) wide of goal or right at the keeper. But to be fair, she was almost always marked by several defenders and the Reds keeper had a stellar match and reaction saves on a goal bound header and a low shot to the far post.

Posted by: postgolb | April 12, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Third of three:

Subs:

Gilbeau (6): Seemed a bit jittery initially but had some good connecting passes and runs forward. A few giveaways led to nervous late counters. Recovered well from mistakes and a good sub for Janss.

Moros (6): From what I could see it looks like she was inserted as withdrawn MF to mark Tarpley rather than get wide and make runs down the wing as she did a few times (and well) in the charity match. She generally held the ball and distributed short passes, except for a giveaway on the goal line when with back to goal and a defender draped on her she seemed to be thinking too hard about the move to free her for a cross, so she touched it out for a goal kick rather than earning at least a corner.

Zimmeck (NR) - replaced DeVanna late. Only a few minutes so no ranking.

Freedom (6.5): Still way too many easy losses of possession/giveaways/errant passes.

Gabarra (6): Can't blame him for the lack of finishing, but with a one player advantage and the opponent essentially bunkered, why not a more offensive minded sub/formation?

Front Office/WPS: Not enough rest rooms and huge concession line. More concessions needed than one stand on the bench side. Ticket prices awfully steep. I did not get to biergarten and will check it out the next match. Stadium numbers seemed lower than the announced crowd. Maybe they counted volunteers.

No highlights on News 4 "sports in a minute" this morning Find a way to get video clips to the news stations immediately after the match ends and already packaged so they don't have to do any work to put together a sound/video bite. Get each local sportscaster out to a match and treat them like royalty when they get there. You need these folks on your side promoting the game.

WashPost: Link on web site should be "United, Freedom and Soccer" vs. United & Soccer. Small programming fix.

Posted by: postgolb | April 12, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Kele G. was in one of the combines for WPS candidates, but nobody picked her up. She was already a veteran player when the Freedom picked her up in 2003, so maybe she's just not capable of playing at this level any more. Of course, you could say the same thing about Scurry.

Posted by: kevinwparker | April 12, 2009 12:42 AM
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Thanks for this information. Maybe KG didn't manage to find a place in WPS (at least not yet), but not because of her age. Like De Vanna, she got an early start, and she is still well short of 30:

http://www.uslsoccer.com/wcombine/275259.html

I have another question: Has WPS pretty much managed to get all the international players they wanted, or are there significant holdouts (apart from McLeod with her visa issues)?

Posted by: universityandpark | April 12, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

OK. Here are our collective recommendations to John Hendricks, all of which are under his control:
1. Raise the beer limit to two per half
2. Extend beer sales to the 80th minute
3. Use proceeds from 1 and 2 to compensate for reduced ticket prices
4. Start Kati Jo Spisek
5. Limit one noisemaker/thunderstick per fan thereby encouraging teamwork (actually thereby sparing me from that annoying noise)
6. Fix sitruc's car

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 12, 2009 11:27 AM
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7. If we are going to have half an hour to kill after the final whistle before we can retrieve our cars, reopen the beer garden for a nightcap and postgame discussion.

Posted by: universityandpark | April 12, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Sauerbrunn and Bompastor were my favorite players last night. Long had moments where she looked good and delivered nicely, but it wasn't enough or consistent. Sawa just looked hesitant to me. She was a player I forgot about for long stretches. I felt a bit like I was watching the USWNT a couple years ago under April. Does the defense practice with the offense? Things didn't seem smooth from defensive third to midfield to offensive third.

Hendricks is a good man, but I've never seen him working on vehicles. Since we're all in favor of John Hendricks fixing my car, maybe he should just comp me a pair of season tickets for the next two seasons. Plus, I'm already having the car fixed (although I'm sure there will be more problems with engine timing and stuff). I'm starting the letter now.

Posted by: sitruc | April 12, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Hendricks would have teh guys from Mythbusters fix your car. OK, maybe not a good idea.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 12, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't say Sawa was tentative or disappeared during the match. Rather, Gabarra had her playing defensive mid. Once Ostberg left the game, Sawa was able to free herself more often and be more of an offensive threat. She had 3 or four looks at goal after the red card.

Posted by: adam131 | April 12, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

WashPost: Link on web site should be "United, Freedom and Soccer" vs. United & Soccer. Small programming fix.

Posted by: postgolb | April 12, 2009 11:40 AM

I agree. I know United is the more popular team but adding "Freedom" would help the women's team a great deal as far as attendance in games and getting overall DC support. Freedom is a part of Washington soccer after all. Lest we forget, the great Mia Hamm was from this team (by the way she will be present at the May 3 game - Freedom vs STL's Athletica).

As far as the # of attendees announced, I doubt the volunteers were counted. I believe the ticket stubs were counted, and the game day staff (which includes the volunteers) do not have tickets. Just season parking passes for the small lot near the locker rooms.

Posted by: KG118 | April 12, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

It would be fun to use Buster for HOV lanes or freak people out by driving the car by remote control.

Posted by: sitruc | April 13, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

It seems like a LOT of posters on here are more interested in getting drunk than actually watching the game. Having said that, the t-shirt and jersey prices were a bit steep. Also, the jerseys are made for women instead of unisex or at least having some cut for men. If the NFL can fashion jerseys for women, why can't WPS do vice-versa?

Posted by: stwasm | April 13, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

30+ posts for womens soccer -- nice! Not exactly a satdium thread, but we're getting there. My .02 --

*Bompastor. Up there with great Bordeaux, Catherine Deneuve, and the St. Tropez sun. The ticket prices? Count it a bargain that you got to watch her play and all you had to part with were a few American dollars. Freedom supporters need a song for her; and she deserves an Eastern Motor Cars spot, in French.

*Long -- in 1st half the offense moved through her, great vision, couple of brilliant one touch spring balls, and (not mentioned above) worked well on the D side of the ball against Tarpley and Lloyd, not exactly a walk in the park. To me the 2d half issue was fitness, not speed or quickness. Insufficient gas for the full 90.

*totally disagree about Singer. In back to back games she's contained Marta and Karen Carney 1v1 when they are face up to goal with the ball at their feet and she's got no cover. She's 5 months removed from the ACC, and they're Marta and a world class wing with vast international experience. I was skeptical of the draft pick but I like what I see.

*Sawa -- works hard -- touch was way way off Sat. That's gotta change quickly or we need a new #10.

*Wambach -- completely one-dimensional, and in that one dimension she had an awful game. When she drifts out wide, she sends back hospital passes, or, faces up and loses the ball. Inside, the service she got Sat was IMPECCABLE -- the best balls she couldn't even put on frame, much less past the keeper. Her leg may be fine, but her game is not fine. Yet.

*Whitehill -- looked good, almost quick (?!) But playing with man advantage and 10 minutes left (plenty of time), why does every ball have to go over the top (as impressive as her kick is).

*Chicago -- Ostberg is a vicious thug, the second foul should have been a straight red, the league should review the tape. Disgusting. I was curious to see Rapinoe in person, she generates a lot of buzz. I was disappointed. I'm not excited to see her on USWNT; I don't appreciate the style, the crap away from the ball, the cheap shots. Another thug act; I didn't dig it. Their team as a whole seems to have no idea what the coach expects of them -- there were huge numbers of quizzical looks to the sideline when she was shouting instruction; and they seemed to have no clue how to involve Lloyd and Tarpley in the offense.

*Scurry -- Tarpley's shot was a brilliant strike, Scurry had no chance, that one's not on her. It was a major defensive lapse (and one of the only ones). That said, Scurry is a faint shadow of herself, she has no feet, we have to have a better keeper. Whitehill taking goal kicks? That's U12 stuff. The Chicago keeper was solid gold.

*Next up Boston. Eat before you come.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 13, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I have another question: Has WPS pretty much managed to get all the international players they wanted, or are there significant holdouts (apart from McLeod with her visa issues)?

Posted by: universityandpark | April 12, 2009 11:49 AM

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No there's a huge hole because the Germans stayed home. Federation pressure due to WWC coming to Germany. And they kept Freedom's third WNT allocation (Krieger) with them.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 13, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

PS -- Cristiane? Invisible.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 13, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

It seems like a LOT of posters on here are more interested in getting drunk than actually watching the game.
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You don't have to choose one or the other. Unless you're driving.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 13, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

t seems like a LOT of posters on here are more interested in getting drunk than actually watching the game.
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You don't have to choose one or the other. Unless you're driving.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 13, 2009 9:11 AM
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Given where the 'Plex is located, you're driving (unless you're carpooling, which isn't an option for a lot of people). And it is not about getting drunk; few people would get drunk from three or four beers spaced over two hours (not to mention the extra 20-30 minutes to get out of the parking lot). Rather, it is about creating a section with a welcoming atmosphere for adults who don't care for shrieking little kids. From seeing the crowd at the Cap Lounge for the inaugural match against the Sol, I suspect that the Freedom has the potential to attract a lot of young adults who followed their women's and men's varsity teams in college, who have followed WPS players in college and on the WNT, who play in gender-inclusive rec leagues, etc.

Posted by: universityandpark | April 13, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you UandP, I was jesting.

And those weren't little kids shrieking, that was me.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 13, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Next up Boston. Eat before you come.
Posted by: OWNTF | April 13, 2009 8:51 AM
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Did someone say Boston Breakers?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 13, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you UandP, I was jesting.

Posted by: OWNTF | April 13, 2009 9:44 AM
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I get that, OWNTF. It was the original poster who seemed not to be jesting. I wish to assure him/her that some of us can walk and chew gum at the same time. Similarly, we can drink beer and watch the game at the same time, as evidenced by the posts above that dealt with both subjects.

Posted by: universityandpark | April 13, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

That's hilarious 270... yes, to those men who watch women's soccer because female soccer players are prettier than male soccer players, Heather Mitts will be in town this weekend. Then the next home game on May 3rd, Hope Solo will be in town. So yeah more reason for more guys to come and watch.

Posted by: KG118 | April 13, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think that Christiane was out of shape? When they didn't start her, I figured she wasn't there at all and was suprised to see her in the second half.

In my section, a man was trying to get some cheers started, he had a drum and everything, but an usher came and tried to get him to stop. Someone needs to tell the ushers not to do that, nothing like some instruments and singing to get a good soccer atmosphere going. It would be great if people could organize into a Screaming Eagles-esque area.

As for the Freedom, the Aussie De Vanna is a stud. Good complement to Wambach, who definitely didn't seem to be 100%. Then again, if Chicago's goalie wasn't such a beast, Wambach probably would have had a goal or two.

The Freedom and United need a real soccer stadium. I drove in from Baltimore. It wasn't terrible, but there are zero public transportation options. I noticed that some other WPS teams play at universities, like SCU...did they never consider UMCP?

Posted by: lmcchrys | April 13, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"In my section, a man was trying to get some cheers started, he had a drum and everything, but an usher came and tried to get him to stop. Someone needs to tell the ushers not to do that, nothing like some instruments and singing to get a good soccer atmosphere going. It would be great if people could organize into a Screaming Eagles-esque area. "

We in the supporters club are working on that but we haven't recruited enough bodies yet to make an impact. We were in the far northeast corner, but other than our bagpiper I don't think we made a whole lot of noise.

Posted by: kevinwparker | April 13, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see this game on FSC? There were cameras on my side, which surprised me, since I thought they would be operating from the fieldhouse side. Or perhaps the cameras on my side were just there for the occasional reverse angle. Otherwise, how good a job did FSC do, and how did the 'Plex look on TV?

Posted by: universityandpark | April 12, 2009 12:10 AM

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The entire game was shown from the east side, which was a real problem in the second half when the sun started to go down and shine right in the cameras. The Soccerplex looked pretty good, and the game coverage was well-done technically. I can't say I'm enthusiastic about the commentators, though....

Posted by: kevinwparker | April 13, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

If you wanted my take on the game:
http://www.potomacsoccerwire.com/news/460/6224

Posted by: joedoc1 | April 13, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Enjoyed that joedoc.

It put me in mind of a good Churchill quote:

"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."

Can you hook up 270 with a press badge for the Boston game?

Posted by: OWNTF | April 13, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

We in the supporters club are working on that but we haven't recruited enough bodies yet to make an impact. We were in the far northeast corner, but other than our bagpiper I don't think we made a whole lot of noise.

Posted by: kevinwparker | April 13, 2009 3:35 PM
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My seat was in the NE corner, fairly close to the piper. I couldn't tell that anything was going on, apart from the piper himself, but largely because I was distracted by ill-behaved kids near me. As I stated in an earlier post, I moved to the beer garden for the second half. For this to work, you're going to need a lot of grownups. You may be better off relocating to the SE or SW corner, closer to the beer garden.

Posted by: universityandpark | April 14, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

get on the clubhouse side and come up with something catchy and easy and it'll catch on. Could rip off Portsmouth and do "Play Up Freedom"?

Posted by: OWNTF | April 14, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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