MagicJack (1-0-0, 3 pts.) vs Philadelphia Independence (0-0-1, 1 pt.) – Sunday, 4 PM EST
It’s very much as you were for MagicJack after their victory over Boston in the season opener in Boca Raton last weekend. Despite a strong performance from Jillian Loyden last week in goal, Hope Solo is likely to make her season debut after returning from suspension from twitter comments at the end of last season. It may be the only change in a team that topped the Breakers, 1-0, last weekend. Canadian Sophie Schmidt is still listed as unavailable to the squad, while Johanna Rasmussen is also still among the inactive players. Amanda DaCosta is not among the inactive players listed and could be in line for a debut off the bench along with fellow rookie Meghan Klingenberg.
MagicJack (from) – Solo (GK), Dalmy, Moros, Rampone, Sauerbrunn, Huffman, Boxx, Masar, Tarpley, Wambach, Press, Loyden (GK), Ellertson, Schnur, De Vanna, White, Klingenberg, Marshall
It’s been a long three weeks since Philadelphia has seen the pitch in a competitive match, enough time to see Danesha Adams recover from injury, although the forward is not amongst the traveling party for Paul Riley. Long-term injury victim Allison Falk is still out, while Veronica Boquete is still preoccupied with club duties abroad. Fellow Spaniard Laura Del Rio is among the players not included in the group traveling to Florida. After her brilliant cameo in Philadelphia’s first match, Amy Rodriguez could feature from the start in the Independence attack.
Philadelphia (from) – Barnhart (GK), Johnson, McNeill, Krzysik, Robinson, Buczkowski, Farrelly, T. DiMartino, Sanderson, Kai, Rodriguez, Henderson (GK), Lohman, Lindsey, Fowlkes, Magnusdottir, Rapinoe
Western New York Flash (1-0-1, 4 pts.) vs Atlanta Beat (1-1-1, 4 pts.) – Sunday, 4 PM EST
Aaran Lines faces the daunting decision of whether to include Marta from the start despite the world’s best player looking some way short of full match fitness after his side’s erratic performance last week in Kennesaw. If the Brazilian begins on the bench, Lines will have to decide between Kaley Fountain or Gemma Davison to link up with Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair in attack. Brazilian Maurine figures to be active and among the substitutes for the first time this season, while McCall Zerboni has recovered from injury and could be in line to face her former squad, although likely off the bench. Defender Gina Lewandowski has been added to the list of injury casualties, while Yael Averbuch doesn’t join the team until after the World Cup.
WNY Flash (from) – Harris (GK), Chapman, Wilson, Riley, Engen, Edwards, Bock, Seger, Marta, Morgan, Sinclair, Cameron (GK), Bowers (GK), Fountain, Goebel, Davison, Maurine, Parker, Zerboni
Atlanta are very likely to continue on much as they did against the Flash last weekend in Kennesaw after their shock 2-2 draw against WNY. Reigning two-time WPS Player of the Week Ali Lipsher has all but made the starting goalkeeping spot her own, while Colleen Flanagan could continue on in a midfield destroyer role after getting the starting nod last weekend. Rookie Megan Jesolva could slot right back into the starting lineup after missing out last week, while Beat coach James Galanis must decide whether to spearhead the team’s 4-5-1 formation with rookie Meghan Lenczyk or Kristina Larsen. Angela Salem looks to be healthy for the first time all season and is among the traveling party at the expense of India Trotter.
Atlanta Beat (from) – Lipsher (GK), Dowling, Mitts, Reynolds, Whitehill, Flanagan, Chalupny, Lenczyk, Wright, Lloyd, Jesolva, Whitworth (GK), Marquez, Sesselmann, Larsen, Salem
Boston Breakers (1-2-0, 3 pts.) vs Sky Blue FC (0-1-1, 1 pt.) – Sunday, 6 PM EST
Under pressure for points after two straight defeats, Boston coach Tony DiCicco may opt to risk more of his USWNT players from the start than usual. DiCicco also has a choice to make on the wings where he must decide on two from Kelley O’Hara, Nikki Washington, Taryn Hemmings, and new acquisition Kiersten Dallstream. Dallstream, another of DiCicco’s U20 World Cup winning team of 2008, was acquired midweek from Sunday’s opponents for a second-round pick in the 2012 WPS Draft. Another of that team, Elli Reed, finds herself on the inactive list once again.
Boston Breakers (from) – Naeher (GK), Cox, Buehler, LePeilbet, Scott, Osborne, O’Hara, Smith, Winters, Cheney, Washington, Davis (GK), Dieke, Moore, Bogus, Schoepfer, Cross, Dallstream, Hemmings
Two weeks after their surprising 1-0 defeat on the road to Atlanta and three weeks after blowing a two goal lead in the second half against Philadelphia, Sky Blue FC gets a chance to get their season back on track in Boston. Coach Jim Gabarra has major selection decisions at hand, mostly sparked by injury to Kendall Fletcher which could force him into a three player defense once again despite the formation’s negative effects on the attacking prowess of Brittany Taylor. If Gabarra switches to four at the back, Danielle Johnson or rookie free agent Jennie Clark figure to come into the lineup. Gabarra will be counting on his misfiring strike force to get back on track with few scoring options on the bench as Adriana is still unavailable for selection.
Sky Blue FC (from) – Branam (GK), Asante, Dew, Taylor, Sjogran, O’Reilly, Blank, Long, Heath, Nogueira, Aluko, Bardsley (GK), Johnson, Clark, Kalmari, Kerr