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WPS Matchnight: Sky Blue-Freedom

Greetings from Maryland SoccerPlex, where the Freedom faces a critical matchup with New Jersey's Sky Blue FC in its WPS regular season finale.

With the Freedom tied for third place with Sky Blue, this game certainly has the feel of a playoff contest. If Washington wins, it not only secures a playoff spot, it also clinches a home game in the opening round. A loss or tie means the Freedom will be turning its eyes toward the Boston game Sunday with top-seeded Los Angeles.

Washington will secure a visit to the postseason with a tie; however a home game would be less likely.

Freedom Starters: McLeod; Senty, Whitehill, Sauerbrunn, Krieger; Lindsey, Bompastor, Sawa, Moros; De Vanna, Wambach. Subs: Forbis, Gilbeau, Lohman, Eyorokon, Long, Janss, Singer.

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

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 8, 2009; 6:04 PM ET
Categories:  Freedom , Women  
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Comments

As is often part of my matchday tradition for the Freedom, I don't have a car right now.

Posted by: sitruc | August 8, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Abby has two

Posted by: sitruc | August 8, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

2-1
Goal Sky Blue
Supposedly from about 25yds out into the upper corner

Posted by: sitruc | August 8, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Abby gets the assist to DeVanna and it is 3-1!

Posted by: sitruc | August 8, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Half an hour to go.

Posted by: ashleybone | August 8, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Playoff game is in Boyds next Saturday at 4pm?

Posted by: sitruc | August 8, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

The Beer Garden gets a rating of 1.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 8, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

did they win?

Posted by: DadRyan | August 8, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Freedom won 3-1.

Posted by: sitruc | August 8, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

"Goal Sky Blue
Supposedly from about 25yds out into the upper corner"

Yes. Sick one timer from Rosana from just outside the half moon.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 9, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

The Beer Garden gets a rating of 1.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 8, 2009 9:39 PM
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To elaborate, the beer garden had dried up by the start of the second half. What's more, midway through the half, the oblivious PA announcer issued the standard (and in this instance, unintentionally funny) reminder that the beer garden would be packing it in after the 70th minute. Given that this was the tenth home game of the season, you'd think that by now they would have a good idea of how much product they need to stock. Or were people simply much thirstier than usual? Then again, maybe the visitors from Joisey (see below) drank it all up.

Here's Tenorio's epistle to the front lawns and driveways:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/08/AR2009080802683.html

They experimented with Bompastor on the right side in the second half, although I guess it is moot, since she has packed her bags for Finland and her Euro gig. It was announced that Wambach and Whitehill had been added to the All-Star roster.

I saw a fair number of Joisey license plates in the parking lots, and their supporters, although numbering only in the dozens, were pretty vocal. I suspect that Chester, PA will be getting its share of visitors next year (including plenty from down here, I hope).

Here's a topic for a poll: Would people rather see Boston or Sky Orange at the 'Plex next Saturday?

Posted by: universityandpark | August 9, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Yes. Sick one timer from Rosana from just outside the half moon.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 9, 2009 12:20 AM
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Sky Orange (yes, they reverted to their traffic-cone kit tonight) came close on several other occasions. McLeod isn't that big for a keeper, and she can be beaten high.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 9, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Definitly the Sky 'Orange'- Freedom just doesn't seem to match up well with Boston at all.

Posted by: soccerfan80 | August 9, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

An additional observation on potential first-round opponents: So far as I can tell, Sky Orange would be at full strength, whereas the Breakers would be missing two Brits of All-Star starting XI caliber: Alex Scott and Kelly Smith.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 9, 2009 12:54 AM | Report abuse

They did re-stock the beer garden with something, but it was after the 70th minute, so it re-opened from 80' to 85', for whatever that's worth.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 9, 2009 2:31 AM | Report abuse

They did re-stock the beer garden with something, but it was after the 70th minute, so it re-opened from 80' to 85', for whatever that's worth.
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I don't remember hearing any sort of announcement, although at that late stage, when I was scheduled to head for the parking lot within minutes, I wouldn't have bothered.

I also want to correct something I said earlier. This was the Freedom's tenth home game, but only the seventh one at the 'Plex. On the other three occasions, United's vendors did the honors.

Posted by: universityandpark | August 9, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Abby is back. Two goals last night and the assist to DeVanna. When Freedom went on defense, they went to a type of 4-5-1 with Wambach a type of "libero" in that she roamed all over central midfield, her work rate is phenomenal.
Moros had a very good game, her cross to Wambach on the first goal was sweet. She chased down a long ball and cut it back into the box just before it went out of play. Her defense isn't that good, but she always found a dangerous position when on offense.
Freedom still has trouble in midfield. Lindsey works hard, but she is slow as a boulder so she drops deeper on defense because she can't recover if turned. This allowed Sky Orange to advance the ball uncontested fairly deep into the midfield. Moving Krieger inside later in the match helped somewhat.
I agree that McLeod is vulnerable high.

Posted by: griffin1108 | August 9, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Did they re-stock the beer garden wth real beer? Joe Doc and I suffered through Bud Light.

Was there anyone at the stadium who thought that Moros would get to that ball?

Sonia reminds me of the Ronaldinho commercial to "make the ball happy."

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 9, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Sky Blue will be missing two players - Karen Bardsley (backup keeper) and Anita Asante (starting central defender)from England. Branum has been playing through a bunch of injuries the last couple of games so if she gets hurt they would have to bring in their development keeper Cori Alexander who hasn't played a minute all season.
Last game we played Boston they were essentially missing Scott and Smith for most of the last game (Scott with the red and Smith didn't come in until around the 70th minute) and we struggled against them even with them only having 10 players. Boston is just that team that the Freedom doesn't match up well against.

I wasn't sure Moros was going to get to the ball, but I sure was yelling "Go Becca!" really loudly!

Posted by: soccerfan80 | August 9, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

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