Some postgame quotes after Sunday’s 2-0 victory for Boston over Sky Blue FC, that sees the Breakers, despite a 5-9-4 regular season record, qualify for the postseason.
Boston will travel to Boca Raton, Fla. for the game against magicJack Wednesday night.
It was confirmed after the game that Lauren Cheney’s goal 14 seconds into the game was the fastest in WPS history, breaking Christine Sinclair’s record that stood for a year.
And as you’ll hear, it wasn’t a complete accident.
Cheney’s goals were her second and third of the season, but she had only played in eight matches before Sunday’s game.
Sky Blue FC coach Jim Gabarra was pretty honest and direct about his team’s performance and the decision not to start Casey Nogueira and put Petra Hogewoning in her place. Obviously, it didn’t work, but hindsight can be 20-20.
Tony DiCicco was finally happy to have a (almost, still no Kelly Smith) full team to put on the field and explained Lauren Cheney’s opening goal.
Lauren Cheney says her ankle is now fine and it was an inspired performance by someone who probably could have taken the rest of the season off after the World Cup injury and no one could have complained.
Meghan Klingenberg, who waited patiently for the media a month ago when I was here, only to get pre-empted by Alex Morgan and others, is just happy to be playing somewhere. I also teased “Kling” (that’s what Cheney calls her, so good enough) about “Winning Isn’t Everything”, a documentary on North Carolina women’s soccer that I show to my high school team every year that prominently features Klingenberg, then a freshman. She had a great match tonight.
Finally, Leslie Osborne, who played her holding midfield spot as well as anyone can today, at least in the first half. Strange that she slipped in something about this being possibly “the end”. Let’s hope that doesn’t mean the league is in more trouble than we think (and most of us think it’s in some degree of trouble, obviously).
Thanks for joining us. And we might see you in Philadelphia at some point.