WPS Wednesday Edition: SBFC, Philly Star While magicJack, Boston Stutter

The WPS playoffs picture continues to take shape as four teams were in action on Wednesday.

Sky Blue FC defeated magicJack 2-0 to assume sole possession of third place. Allie Long opened the scoring after just 15 minutes when she finished off a pass from Heather O’Reilly. In the 68th minute, magicJack player-coach Abby Wambach attempted to clear a corner kick but ended up deflecting it into the home side’s net for an own goal.

This marks the first time a visiting team has ever come away with a win at magicJack’s ground in Boca Raton. The wheels appear to be coming off the mJ wagon as the team is now winless in six matches. magicJack are now out of a playoff spot for the first time all season, but are tied on points with the fourth place Breakers and have a game in hand.

A franchise record 3,286 fans attended the match. Before the match FAU expanded its soccer field’s capacity to accommodate the anticipated surge in local interest. Among the faces in the crowd were Sonia Bompastor, Eugenie Le Sommer, and other French internationals who apparently made their presence known. (A post-WWC holiday in South Florida, perhaps?)

In the other midweek match, the Boston Breakers looked to extend their unbeaten run to a record six matches but fell to the Philadelphia Independence 1-0. Vero continues her MVP campaign as she netted the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute.

The Spanish international’s goal was enough to seal off a match that had few goal-scoring opportunities.

 “It was not a classic encounter to say the least, but there was one moment of magic and that was Vero’s finish,” said Independence head coach Paul Riley. “A brilliant strike that deserved to grab all three points.”

The Independence are now three points clear of the second place WNY Flash although the Flash still have two games in hand. The two teams’ goal differentials are nearly identical. The Flash have scored just one more goal than the Independence while both teams have conceded exactly 15 goals.

 

The updated standings:

Philadelphia Independence 15 GP/30 PTS

WNY Flash 13 GP/27 PTS

SBFC 14 GP/19 PTS

Boston Breakers 14 GP/16 PTS

magicJack 13 GP/16 PTS

Atlanta Beat 15 GP/7 PTS

 

Form chart (Last five results included):

Philadelphia Independence W L W W W 12 points

WNY Flash D W W L L 7 points

Sky Blue FC W W L D L 7 points

Boston Breakers L D W D D 6 points

magicJack L D L D L  2 points

Atlanta Beat D L L L D 2 points

Part two of the WWC MVP list will be up late Thursday evening. Job.

3 thoughts on “WPS Wednesday Edition: SBFC, Philly Star While magicJack, Boston Stutter

  1. cambridge_footie

    Boston v Philly:
    So-So game. Nice sequences and some nice individual play but it all seemed to break down in front of goal. Probably a fair result. Boston need their playmakers and can feel a little aggrieved that Smith, Angeli and Cheney are all injured.

    Other observations:
    Amy LeP is back in the middle! Unfortunately she still didn’t have a great game. Too many giveaways last night. Still I guess it will take time to get used to playing that position again and indeed establishing a partnership with Buehler.

    Sameshima played the whole game. DiCicco put her on the left flank in front of Cox. She did OK and seemed to get more comfortable as the game wore on. She’s very small and not especially quick.

    I didn’t even notice ARod was on the field until about 20 mins into the game. DiMartino was surprisingly anonymous last night too.

    Kai was buzzing as usual. Not particularly threatening. She went down in the first half. Does anyone remember a game where Kai doesn’t stop play? But in this instance it seems like she might have hit her head hard on the turf.

    Osborne will get red carded before the season is over. Possibly O’Hara too.

    Farrelly looks useful.

    Boquete was the most dangerous player on the field.

    Boston got Marshall and Klingenberg for Washington?! I would call that a sweet deal for Boston. Both did well enough last night. Marshall was a little wasteful but works hard.

    O’Hara doesn’t appear to work hard. Didn’t really look like scoring last night. Good anticipation.

    The Riptide have a Danesha Adams handball song.

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  2. TC

    Is there any opportunity to find out why the French pro players were in the stands? Did mJ’s or WPS front office’s arrange the visit, or comment on it?

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    1. Jenna Pel Post author

      There was an article that mentioned that a lot of the French players planned to go visit Miami after the WWC.

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