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.