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WPS Matchday: Athletica at Freedom

A warm hello from Estadio RFK, where in an hour and a half or so, the Washington Freedom will kickoff here in Washington D.C., marking their third -- and final -- doubleheader with D.C. United.

Washington will be without U.S. internationals Cat Whitehill and Abby Wambach, as well as Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod, all of whom have been called up for a pair of friendlies between the two North American neighbors tomorrow and Wednesday.

Saint Louis will be without Hope Solo and Lori Chalupny.

This is the third and final regular season meeting between these two clubs, with Washington holding an advantage in the series thanks to a 1-0 win on June 20, Washington's only win since the start of June. The two teams played to a 3-3 tie on May 3.

Washington is 1-4-2 in its last seven, while Saint Louis has won three straight and five of its last seven.

Saint Louis Athletica at Washington Freedom
Records: Athletica (7-5-2, 23 pts.), Freedom (4-6-5, 17 pts.)
Where: RFK Stadium
Kickoff: 5 PM
TV: Comcast SportsNet

Starting lineup to come...

Starting Lineup: Spisak; Senty, Gilbeau, Singer, Sauerbrunn; Lindsey, Bompastor, Sawa, Krieger; De Vanna, Moros.
SUBS: Lohman, Eyorokon, Long, Janss, DeDycker, Wright, Karniski

For those who have asked in the comments, Joanna Lohman has indeed signed a developmental contract, and is on the bench today.

As usual this is your place for pregame, in-game and postgame analysis...

By Paul Tenorio  |  July 18, 2009; 3:25 PM ET
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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See you at the stadium soon!

Posted by: Curious99 | July 18, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Tenorio: In the last thread there was a question about Joanna Lohman's status. She was waived a while back, but allegedly as part of a plan to downgrade her to developmental status and open up a slot for someone else. Do you have an update?

Posted by: cow_pasture | July 18, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

have we figured out why these pointless friendlies are taking precendence over a league that needs all the starpower and quality play that it can get? perhaps there's a good reason that i'm just overlooking, but i can't think of any especially since the US and Canada just played in May.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I absolutely agree with that. What's the point of having these games at RFK if the top players aren't playing? Has Wambach played in any of the double header games?

Posted by: fedssocr | July 18, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't think she has. It's absolutely mystifying. But it seems to me US Soccer is the culprit here, no? The WPS schedule was posted, they know when the conflicts would be, and they picked a day / weekend with conflicts....for a friendly!

Oy ve, get it together already....

Posted by: JkR- | July 18, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

RFK's internet is actually holding up for me today.

Posted by: sitruc | July 18, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

freedom back line look ucertsin and unaggressive.

Posted by: sitruc | July 18, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

i feil spelin an grammer

Posted by: sitruc | July 18, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

wow, Honduras just gifted a goal by the terrible referee who screwed up the Mexico-Panama match.

Posted by: fedssocr | July 18, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if the officiating for the Freedom match is bad or should be considered standard poor WPS quality.

Posted by: sitruc | July 18, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Spisak hurt?

Posted by: sitruc | July 18, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Replays of the injury are showing the wrong play. the non-contact injury was a few minutes earlier.

Posted by: sitruc | July 18, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

freedom goal 74 sawa's shot takes a deflection past the keeper. Solo would've saved it.:P

Posted by: sitruc | July 18, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the updates, sitruc.

Canada deserves a goal in this 2nd half, but i'm not sure they can get it. Jakovic may be headed back to DC soon.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I liked the way the Freedom finished out the game. Possession with patient attempts to go forward. A lot of MLS teams could learn from that, rather than MLS textbook approach to holding a lead (Step 1: Lump the ball upfield. Step 2: Bring a defensive midfielder in as a sub. Step 3: Pray that the ref doesn't give an inexplicable penalty or red card against you). The only complaint I'd really have is that they didn't find Bompastor more often during the last 15 minutes or so, but the rest of the team was able to handle the job well enough in any case.

Spizak's injury looked very bizarre. She wasn't even following through the pass; it was just a 20 yard or so pass on the ground with no pressure. My first thought was that it was something pre-existing, but then I have absolutely no medical qualifications.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | July 18, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Wambach did play in the doubleheader in June. I agree she was missed today and the national team should be able to make the bleeding connection of: stars lead to big crowds lead to successful league leads to better player pool leads to better national team.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | July 18, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

No problem, dimesmakedollars. Eventually the wireless crapped out on me while I was asking how play continued for so long when Kreiger(?) was injured.

Posted by: sitruc | July 19, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

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