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Photo Essay of the 2010 WPS Championship Game

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Photo Essay | 2010 WPS Championship

I woke up this morning with slightly blackened knees and grey shins. Three  bags littered my bedroom floor with gear half-strewn around them. My favorite Coachella hat was resting on my airplane sized Pelican case with a crumpled FC Gold Pride press pass nestled in the dimple of the fedora. I woke up this morning, and all was right with my world.

Let’s go back a day. I was up out the door by 9:15am, scooting straight to the absolute best corner store/deli to grab the key ingredients for the morning: OJ and cheap Champagne. This was not just any day, this was WPS Championship Day. Tailgating was a must. Shooting out a few tweets then I was on the road, my red Prius scooting through a California marsh towards the better-smelling-greener-grass other side; Hayward.

Tailgating with some Twitter buddies, I grabbed my press pass and set up on the field to the right of what soon would be Val Henderson’s goal. This placement was key, as it kept me out of the incredibly unflattering view of the FSC cameras.

The beating Cali sun kept the sweet turf field rather toasty. So a short period of kneeling down quickly gave way to me perching on my Pelican case. Perfect. Great day, great atmosphere and a great behind-the-scenes coordination by the FC Gold Pride crew. Was a fun shindig all around.

Rather than cut down the hundreds of shots into just a few beauties to share with you all, Jenna let me have some fun. I love enablers.

Click the link above to browse my Photo Essay, and enjoy!

A Calendar of Women's Soccer Events In 2010 (or what's left of it)

Suffering from post-WPS withdrawal? No worries, women will be playing soccer elsewhere in the world quite often. From the NCAA Tournament to Women’s World Cup qualifying to the UEFA Women’s Champions League to a spattering of international friendlies, there will be a women’s soccer game of note occurring nearly every day for the rest of the year.

Here’s a list of some of the upcoming fixtures. Please let me know if I’ve omitted anything. Also keep in mind that more international friendlies could very well be added in November and/or December particularly for national teams such as England and Sweden.


The First Round of UEFA Women’s U-17 Championship qualifying has been in progress since September 20 and will end October 21 with 16 teams progressing to the second round. Matches will be played nearly every day from now until October 21. The tournament is held on an annual basis. It will not serve as a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier seeing as it does not fall in a U-17 year (2011).

Wednesday, September 29 – Kickoff of OFC Women’s Football Championship/Oceania Women’s World Cup qualifying in New Zealand (concludes October 8th)

Thursday, September 30 – Canada/China friendly in Toronto

Saturday, October 2 – Ukraine/Italy First leg of UEFA Women’s World Cup playoffs playoff

Saturday, October 2 – USWNT/China friendly in Kennesaw, Georgia (will not be televised)

Saturday,October 2 – Kick-off of second edition of CONMEBOL’s Women’s Copa Libertadores (concludes October 17)

Sunday, October 3 – Denmark/Switzerland First leg of UEFA Women’s World Cup playoffs playoff

Tuesday, October 5 – Press conference(s) to formally announce Western New York WPS team.

Wednesday, October 6 – USWNT/China friendly in Chester, Pennsylvania ESPN2 7pm ET

Wednesday, October 6 – Ukraine/Italy Second leg of UEFA Women’s World Cup playoffs playoff

Thursday, October 7 – Denmark/Switzerland Second leg of UEFA Women’s World Cup playoffs playoff

Friday, October 9 – OFC Women’s Football Championship Final

Wednesday, October 13 – UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 32 second leg

Thursday, October 13

Sunday, October 17 – CONMEBOL Women’s Copa Libertadores Final

The WPS Expansion Draft for the Western New York franchise should be held sometime in late October.

Thursday, October 28 – Kickoff of CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup/Women’s World Cup qualifying in Mexico (concludes November 8th)

Thursday, October 28 – Kickoff of Sudamericano Femenino Final /CONMEBOL Women’s World Cup qualifying in Ecuador (concludes  November 14th)

Thursday, October 28 – Germany/Australia friendly in Wolfsburg

Sunday, October 31 – Kickoff of African Women’s Football Championship/CAF Women’s World Cup qualifying in South Africa (concludes November 14)

Wednesday, November 3 – Sunday, November 7 – Dates for some, not all NCAA Conference Tournaments

Wednesday November 3 – UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 16 first leg

Thursday, November 4

Monday ,November 8 – CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Final

Wednesday, November 10 – UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 16 second leg

Thursday, November 11

Friday, November 12-28 – NCAA Tournament

Sunday, November 14 – African Women’s Football Championship Final

Sunday, November 14 – Sudamericano Femenino Final

Tuesday, November 16 – Draw for the second round of qualifying for UEFA U-19 Women’s Championship. The fixtures have not yet been announced but the second round of qualifying should conclude in 2010.

Friday, November 19 – UEFA Women’s Champions League Knockout phase draw

Saturday, November 20 – First leg of CONCACAF/UEFA Women’s World Cup playoff

Thursday, November 25 – Germany/Nigeria friendly in Leverkusen

Saturday, November 27 – Second leg of CONCACAF/UEFA Women’s World Cup playoff

Thursday, December 2 – NCAA College Cup Semis

Friday, December 3

Saturday, December 4 – NCAA College Cup Final

Sunday, December 12 – Last set of Frauenbundesliga fixtures before winter break. Play resumes February 6, 2011.