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WPS Matchday 7: Sky Blue FC at Freedom

Welcome to RFK, where for the first time in six years the Washington Freedom will be playing the front end of a doubleheader with D.C. United on East Capitol Street.

It's a hot day and the sun is bearing down on the players out on the field. It's a bit toasty in the press box, too.

Apologies for getting this post up late, I guess I'm a bit rusty on my blogging skills.

Will have the lineup for you in a few, until then, this is the spot for your (few minutes of) pre, in and postgame discussion.

UPDATE

Reminder that Abby Wambach is unavailable for a second consecutive week, this time for national team duty. Joanna Lohman is also unavailable due to her one game suspension for throwing an elbow last week.

Starting Lineup: McLeod; Gilbeau, Whitehill, Singer, Sauerbrunn; Lindsey, Bompastor, Sawa; Long, De Vanna, Moros
SUBS: Scurry, Janss, DeDycker, Senty, Zimmeck Eyorokon, Spisak

By Paul Tenorio  |  May 23, 2009; 4:07 PM ET
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Comments

Hopefully there will be a good crowd for the doubleheader. Sorry I am missing this tonight, I will catch the next. Would be nice to get 6 points tonight.

Posted by: sbg1 | May 23, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by: rnsaxuz | May 23, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

rnsaxuz, You know that you can't actually make up for your own shortcomings by putting down women who play soccer better than you ever will, right? It's like those pump things on late-night TV. They don't actually enhance anything; they just make you look like a knob.

Just a friendly heads up!

Posted by: ashleybone | May 23, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The league will probably fold again within a few years.

Don't bother writing back because I will not go back to this thread nor any other future threads on here any time soon. LOL

Posted by: rnsaxuz | May 23, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Screaming eagles and Barea brava are punks for not showing. Not homoerotic enough for them I guess.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | May 23, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

rnsaxuz, don't let the door hit you on your way out. GO FREEDOM!

Posted by: stwasm | May 23, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

it is really a different game. I watched the second half from above the goal at the non-garage end. There were many occasions in that half at least where all 22 field players were bunched into about 1/4 of the field. It looked like little kids soccer. Neither team was using the space on the field.

And I will ask again...why is a team called "Sky Blue" wearing orange uniforms? That is idiotic. "Sky blue" would not have clashed with the dark blue almost black Freedom colors.

Posted by: fedssocr | May 23, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

oops, I mean all 20 field players...the goalkeepers were where you would expect them

Posted by: fedssocr | May 23, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Screaming eagles and Barea brava are punks for not showing. Not homoerotic enough for them I guess.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | May 23, 2009 7:15 PM
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Whether or not there was enough homoerotica on display - it would have been nice if the games hadn't been separated by a full hour. 5 hours is a long time to spend in the stadium watching soccer and being subjected to $7+ beers.

Full respect to anyone who stayed thru both games from start to finish.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 23, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the Freedom pulled off a win.

Did you post from inside the stadium, Godfather?

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 23, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I was one of the Freedom diehards who was there for both matches and enjoyed both of them.

Do have to admit that fedssocr is right about the teams not using the whole field (which is uncharacteristic of the Freedom, who are normally very good at spreading the field). Too many times everyone was bunched on the left-hand side of the field with Jill Gilbeau (our right flank defender) all by herself on the right. Then they'd finally get her the ball, and that would start a real attack.

Anyhow, please be assured that that's not what most WPS games look like. I don't know what the problem was today. Maybe everyone wanted to be in the shade? ;)

Posted by: kevinwparker | May 24, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Yes I was inside the stadium.

First of all, apologies to the THREE members of Perra Flaca who bothered to attend any portion of the Freedom match, and applause for the honesty of the one member who showed up for game 2 in a PF jersey lettered "Wanker."

I try to avoid insulting people, but what do you call the members of a so-called soccer supporter's group who decide to skip their local pro team's match, to which they were given free admission, on a perfect spring day - while holed up 1/4 mile away? Whatever it is they and the Creaming Beagles claim to be about, it isn't soccer.

Oh, and between cool-downs from the first game, field conditioning, warmups and ceremonies for the second game, an hour is about the minimum you can get away with. So save it.

Absolutely stomach-turning.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | May 24, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely stomach-turning.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | May 24, 2009 12:33 AM

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Feel free to continue throwing up all over yourself. Maybe that's your tactic for "trying to avoid insulting people".

Just make sure you stay away from any tailgates where people are enjoying themselves rather than hanging out with someone like you.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | May 24, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Don't bother writing back because I will not go back to this thread nor any other future threads on here any time soon. LOL

Posted by: rnsaxuz | May 23, 2009 7:12 PM
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You said the same thing on May 17 at 8:58 p.m.:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2009/05/wps_matchday_freedom_at_breake.html#comments

Posted by: universityandpark | May 24, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and between cool-downs from the first game, field conditioning, warmups and ceremonies for the second game, an hour is about the minimum you can get away with.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | May 24, 2009 12:33 AM
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I've been at doubleheaders with a 30-minute break, and things seemed to go reasonably smoothly. What has been the experience of others?

It is curious that two of the Freedom's available subs were keepers.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 24, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I just got around to reading Tenorio's report to the area's driveways and front lawns:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content//article/2009/05/23/AR2009052301599.html

What's up with l'affaire Sawyers (see last para)? The ESPN report (http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=649033&cc=5901) is almost as cryptic. Stay tuned.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 24, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

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