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Washington Freedom defeats Atlanta Beat, 2-0

Abby Wambach assisted on Lene Mykjaland's first-half goal and scored on a diving header after the break to lead the Washington Freedom to a 2-0 WPS victory over the winless Atlanta Beat in front of 3,112 at the new, 8,318-seat KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. The Freedom (3-2-1) is unbeaten in three straight with one goal conceded. All WPS clubs will have next weekend off to avoid scheduling conflicts with the friendly between the top-ranked United States and No. 2 Germany on Saturday in Cleveland.

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By Steve Goff  |  May 16, 2010; 10:22 PM ET
Categories:  Freedom , Women  | Tags: Abby Wambach, WPS, Washington Freedom  
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Freedom/Beat The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (apologies to Goff)

The Good

*Ramona Bachmann (and Rasmussen) -- the best in the world are in the WPS and it is fun to watch
*The KSU stadium, terrific pitch, stands, and serving beer to the patrons in their seats
*Abby Wambach -- assist on the 1st goal = SICK
*Nikki Marshall & Cat Whitehill = STONE COLD BEASTS
*Goebel's shorts. At the risk of Blattering -- the short shorts are cool.
*23 consecutive one or two touch passes by the Freedom in the attacking half on one sequence in the 2d half.
*Mark Rogodino = All-Pro

The Bad

*Empty stadium in ATL for Game of the Week.
*Bishop's scowl. Lighten up girl.
* Kia McNeil = hack job cement boots.
*Wash Post no away coverage of the only good pro soccer team in DC

The Ugly

* The Fox camera crew. I've seen better coverage from a high school dad on top of the press box with a handheld video cam (seriously). Are you schmooing me with that camera work? Horrible.

* Fox programming -- fun halftime spot about Abby and Sonia visiting the Coast Guard in DC and driving the boats -- and getting in their plug that the USCG is the only service branch in which every job is open to women> And then at the conclusion of the spot Fox cuts to a cleavage close-up on some bimbette in the stands. Boo Fox!

Posted by: OWNTF | May 16, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

The Absolutely Ph'g Phenomenal --

SONIA!!!!

Posted by: OWNTF | May 16, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Home from the game. Quick thoughts: Washington was clearly the better team, but I was pretty disappointed to not have something to show out of the first 25 minutes. Having Heath and Yamaguchi back soon will help alleviate a lot of the problems we had tonight, namely the lack of a midfield. Abby Wambach is huge. I'm really enjoying these games. Bachman is the chick Messi, but without her Xavi for now, she was less effective than she was earlier. Good night, folks.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 16, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: OWNTF | May 16, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

First time i've seen Bachman, seemed like a ball hog.

Posted by: knape1 | May 16, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

*Wash Post no away coverage of the only good pro soccer team in DC
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Given the state of the newspaper business, this is inevitable. If Tenorio takes over the DCU beat while Goff is in South Africa, we may not even get much coverage from the 'Plex. But that is the nice thing about the wiki-like nature of this blog: we can supply whatever Goff and Tenorio cannot.

When I first heard about the Germany match, my initial reaction was that it was another unnecessary distraction in the middle of WPS' season, just like similar events last year. I hadn't realized that the league would be standing down next weekend. That is welcome news.

Posted by: universityandpark | May 16, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

@OWNTF: Coverage. Like UP said, limited resources.

I'm also not ready to call the Freedom a "good" team.

The Atlanta attendance for the match was disappointing. I hope that it doesn't drop off.

Is "bimbette" a loving diminuitive. A little less harsh than "bimbo".

Props to the USCG (my dad's branch back in the day--they don't get enough love).

Thank God that the Natette are not playing Mexico. Again. And again. And again. I'm looking forward to seeing how the match with the Germans goes.

Posted by: yankiboy | May 17, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Freedom match v CWNT at GMU next Sunday 5PM.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/Home/dc/news/general/100511-Freedom-vs-Canada.aspx

"Abby Wambach broke the WPS single-season assist record -- in only six games -- with her seventh assist to go along with a goal for the Freedom." SA

http://www.socceramerica.com/article/38091/and-the-beat-goes-on.html

Posted by: footballfan9 | May 17, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

The Post should drop the away coverage of United games in favor of a team that's winning.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 17, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow. I was sleeping on the Freedom-Canucks match. GMU? All the sudden the Soccerplex looks a lot closer to my Laurel home...

Posted by: yankiboy | May 17, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The Freedom did a great job shutting out the Beat. Wambach's assist for the 1st goal was brilliant! Nice to see Abby get the 2nd goal.Can't say enough good things about the other Freedom players. The Freedom backfield and mid field was awesome...Why no mention of Moros,Whitehill or other players who worked so hard and did so well through out the game?.. and why no mention of Sonia playing so well after having to come off of the field to get stitches after a head-klunher of a collison in the first few minutes of the game?... and no mention of Erin McCleod?!!- Could we have a more awesome goalie?!!
Agree that the Freedom need a better stadium and we should be treated like gown-ups and allowed to have beer while we watch the game sitting on REAL SEATS(not benches!!!!).
Agree that it was a cheap shot for Fox to show the cleavage bimbo after the equal opportunity plug for the Coast Guard.Agree completely that my 3 year old would probably have done better camera work that who ever is guilty of the incredibly poor camera job for Sunday's game.
WaPO,why don't you give more covereage to Washington's winning soccer team?!!!

Posted by: lsf07 | May 17, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The Soccerplex is within a Montgomery County Park, therefore alcohol sale is restricted to the Biergarten. No alcohol in allowed anywhere else in that park.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 17, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The Soccerplex is within a Montgomery County Park, therefore alcohol sale is restricted to the Biergarten. No alcohol in allowed anywhere else in that park.
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Yet another reason why this area needs a new SSS. Perhaps we've spent too much time importuning Will Chang; we should be targeting Maureen Hendricks.

Who is likely to replace Whitehill and Wambach against the CWNT on Sunday? (I assume they won't be available.)

Posted by: universityandpark | May 17, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"Who is likely to replace Whitehill and Wambach against the CWNT on Sunday? (I assume they won't be available.)"

Welsh for Wambach and Bock for Whitehill would be my guess. Given that this is a friendly, though, it's possible that Gabarra might let some of the benchwarmers play for once.

Posted by: kevinwparker | May 17, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

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