Form chart shows teams’ last five results.
The WNY Flash could be this year’s Los Angeles Sol and FC Gold Pride…but better.
Aaran Lines’ side proved once more why the Flash remain the only undefeated team in WPS. The Flash retained a one goal advantage over the Philadelphia Independence even as both sides fought fatigue into the second half. Neither team showed their true attacking potential as the team’s respective defenses had the most say over the match. Marta’s penalty in the 23rd minute broke the 1-1 deadlock and gave the Flash its sixth win of the campaign. Kandace Wilson, McCall Zerboni, and goal-scorer Becky Edwards continue to show fine form, and could be the players to watch this summer as the World Cup looms large.
So how does the Flash compare to previous runaway regular season champions the L.A. Sol and FC Gold Pride? In certain ways, Western New York are simply incomparable – and in the best way possible. After seven games, both the Sol and FC Gold Pride had scored eight goals each. The Flash have already scored 18 goals within the same amount of time. And then there’s this…both the Sol and FC Gold Pride took a total of 15 points from a maximum 21. The Flash? The team has only dropped one point all season, taking 20 out of 21 points.
Form chart: W W W W D
Next game: Friday, June 3 at home to Sky Blue FC
Sky Blue FC continue to ascend.
Sky Blue FC rebounded from its first victory of the season last weekend with a 2-1 win over the Boston Breakers on Saturday. Wet weather conditions, an injury to vaunted striker Adriana, and a goal by Kelley O’Hara (her first in a Breakers shirt) could have put a damper on the proceedings. However, Sky Blue stormed back to claim victory. In the 58th minute, Eniola Aluko completed a run and converted the game-drawing goal. With just two minutes left in regular time, Therese Sjogran assumed the playmaker role once more and found Carolyn Blank who promptly notched the game winning goal. The win puts Sky Blue FC level on points with the Boston Breakers. Impending USWNT call-up’s isn’t likely to do as much damage to Sky Blue FC as it would to other teams around the league. That could mean that the New Jersey outfit should continue to climb up the standings.
Form chart: W W L L L
Next game: Friday, June 3 away to the WNY Flash
magicJack remain on the prowl…for now.
magicJack recovered from the team’s frustrating 3-0 loss against the Flash last weekend by trouncing the Atlanta Beat 4-0 in
West Palm Beach Boca Raton. Abby Wambach netted her first hat-trick in league history with goals in the 9th, 67th, and 89th minutes. The team retain sole possession of second place, but could find its upcoming fixtures tricky as USWNT players will now be absent from the team until the World Cup ends. Dan Borislow’s club stands to lose seven key players to national team duty. Johanna Rasmussen, Omolyn Davis, and Lydia Vandenbergh made appearances against Atlanta. All three – plus Christen Press and Nikki Marshall – will likely need to find their scoring boots now.
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Next game: Sunday, June 5 away to the Boston Breakers