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WPS Matchday: Freedom-Sky Blue

Greetings from Maryland SoccerPlex, it's a hot, sunny day here in Boyds for the first-ever WPS playoff game. Currently 90 degrees with 43 percent humidity.

The press has been provided with CHILL Cooling Sportowels (Large Size) in case we get overheated typing away. No, I'm not kidding.

These teams met last week, a 3-1 Freedom victory that was powered by a two-goal, one-assist performance from a red-hot Abby Wambach. That one mattered because it secured Washington a home game in the postseason. This one matters more.

Winner moves on to face No. 2 Saint Louis on Wednesday. Washington, of course, will be without French star Sonia Bompastor, who returned to France for the Women's Euro Championship.

Kickoff: 4 p.m.
TV: FSN (nationally live), Comcast SportsNet (tape at 7 p.m.).
FREEDOM LINEUP: McLeod; Senty, Whitehill, Sauerbrunn, Krieger; Lindsey, Gilbeau, Sawa, Moros; De Vanna, Wambach. Subs: Forbis, Lohman, Eyorokon, Long, Janss, Huffman, Singer.

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

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 15, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Comments

Note how Paul is double-timing it....doing his Post writing/blog gig AND sweating off some lbs to enhance his swimming efforts, all in one convenient package.

And maybe the CHILL Cooling Sportowel works as a swim towel, too.

Go Freedom!

Posted by: 22206no1 | August 15, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Reposting
http://www.pteh Lisa De Vanna link here.

otomacsoccerwire.com/news/460/7342

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 15, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Screwed that up. Here's the link

http://www.potomacsoccerwire.com/news/460/7342

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 15, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

1-1 in the 74th

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 15, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

only caught the last few minutes . . . too bad they weren't able to beat NJ two weeks in a row

Posted by: emanon13 | August 15, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Disappointing performance from the Freedom - Sky Blue wanted it more, and got it.

Posted by: kevinwparker | August 15, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

i miss bomp

Posted by: KG118 | August 15, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Freedom midfielders don't know how to play as midfielders. The backline is still the backline we've seen all season and McLeod had some really bad moments.

Posted by: sitruc | August 16, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: universityandpark | August 16, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Freedom midfielders don't know how to play as midfielders. The backline is still the backline we've seen all season and McLeod had some really bad moments.

Posted by: sitruc | August 16, 2009 12:26 AM
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All season long they seemed to have a flat central midfield, with neither Lindsey not Sawa-san functioning as a traditional CAM. I wonder whether that made a difference.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 16, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Make that "neither...nor."

Posted by: universityandpark | August 16, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I haven't had a chance to watch the FSN (via CSN) telecast that I recorded. (BTW, there is another chance to watch/record at 4:00 p.m.) A few random observations from the 'Plex:

It looked for a moment as if Wambach would extend her league lead in season-ending injuries caused to three.

For the second straight Saturday there was a small but vocal contingent of Sky Orange suppporters who had made the drive down. I got a chance to chat with a few of them. They said that they had no problem finding the 'Plex, as it was actually their third trip here this season. They also said that the 'Plex was the best WPS venue they had seen.

The beer garden crew had their act together this time. I asked one of them what they would do if the match went to 120 minutes. She said they really hadn't thought about it much.

The postgame party, if it can be called that, at Glory Days went OK. One player (Scurry) saw me sitting at the bar in a Freedom t-shirt and actually acknowledged me; others did not.

The 6:00 p.m. (local) start time for Wednesday's semi in St. Louis is a bit strange. I wonder whether that time slot was finalized before it was known that Athletica would be hosting. But if that is the case, it would also have been before the Sol clinched first place, and before Old Pride was eliminated from playoff contention. Were they really prepared to play a semifinal match in California on a weekday at 4:00 p.m.?

Posted by: universityandpark | August 16, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The beer garden crew may have had their act together this time, but the rest of the concessions didn't. They ran out of water early in the first half and I had the last Sierra Mist before halftime. Then they just had a few Pepsis left.

Posted by: sitruc | August 16, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Sonia is the straw that stirs the drink.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 17, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

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