Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) is set to launch its third season, and today, all six teams unveiled their final rosters. The 2011 season begins Saturday, April 9, at KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia as the Boston Breakers take on the host Atlanta Beat. Sky Blue FC faces the Philadelphia Independence on Sunday, April 9. Here are the 2011 rosters … (more…)
It absolutely amazes me that in two days almost 55,000 views on YouTube have hit on the video the “Canine Pitch Invader.” If you haven’t seen it, then you probably should so that what I am saying makes sense. Anyways, I have been playing professional soccer for three years, won a national championship at the University of North Carolina and have been involved with many other things that in my opinion are noteworthy. Never in my right mind would I ever think that removing a dog from a field would be so popular. (more…)
The 2010 Swedish Damallsvenskan champions LdB FC Malmö beat 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) champs Sky Blue FC, 1-0, in the finals of the International Tournament of Champions Saturday in Alanya, Turkey. Sarah Storck scored in the 12th minute for Malmö. Sky Blue FC earned a spot in the finals after a shootout victory over Danish Elitedivisionen champions Fortuna Hjørring. In the third-place match, Russian side FC Energiya Voronezh beat Fortuna Hjørring, 2-0. (more…)
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) preseason is in full swing, and on Monday, teams made a number of roster moves. On a day that was supposed to cut rosters down to 28, some teams added players from their initial preseason rosters that were announced back on March 1. In other WPS news, magicJack made its preseason debut Tuesday, and Sky Blue FC landed in Turkey for the Alanya Women’s Tournament of Champions. (more…)
Notre Dame forward Melissa Henderson scored two goals for the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team in its 4-2 win Friday over Sweden at the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain. Sarah Hagen (UW-Milwaukee) and Casey Noguiera (Sky Blue FC) also scored for the U.S., while Sofia Jakobsson and Emma Berglund, who both play for Umeå IK, scored for Sweden. (more…)
The beginning of preseason is just around the corner. Being physically fit is an imperative aspect of being a professional athlete. The winter time would be a perfect excuse not to work out for an average person, but typically at this point in my life this excuse doesn’t
work for me. My injury that I got in December while in camp with the U-23 National Team set me back somewhat, which has led me to the belief that the treadmill might be the worst and best invention ever created and simultaneously my best friend and absolute worst enemy. As I am sitting in my room usually ready to go to the gym two hours before I actually leave to go to the gym, I sit and think: two hours, yes, TWO HOURS, before I am ready to go, this new feeling in my stomach and my brain starts to kick in. I never felt it before, but It’s the feeling like you just reversed into someone’s car, you heard a smash but do not want to go out and see the damage that has been done. That feeling is the same feeling I get when I think of getting in my car to go to the gym. At this point, I mentally talk myself in to going, “Come on Allie, you will thank yourself for the hard work you put in after it’s over.” Yes, it works for about two seconds until, “But damn, it is the most pain I felt in a really long time.” (more…)
Tina Ellertson and the Atlanta Beat have mutually terminated their contract, while magicTalk SC signed Megan Schnur, Sarah Huffman, and Australian Lisa DeVanna, who has played the past two years with the club formerly known as the Washington Freedom. In other WPS news, the league officially announced that the Atlanta Beat signed Cat Whitehill and that Sky Blue FC has signed Swedish international Therese Sjögran, who join the team in Turkey next month. (more…)
As for my very first blog writing for the infamous Our Game Magazine, it is clear to me that I should open my career with a banging first blog. As for that, I really hope the owner of FIFA subscribes to Our Game in hopes of reading this, and when I say FIFA, I am referring to the video game. As I watch the beautiful game of soccer being controlled by two people in unidentified locations via Xbox LIVE, I wonder why no one is playing with a women’s soccer team. (more…)
Alex Scott of the Boston Breakers, Keeley Dowling of the Atlanta Beat, Tasha Kai of the Philadelphia Independence, Karina Leblanc, Allie Long of Sky Blue FC, Nikki Marshall of the MagicTalk SC/Washington Freedom, Leslie Osborne of the Boston Breakers, and Becky Edwards of the Western New York Flash during the PUMA 2011 Women’s Soccer Launch in New York, NY, on February 03, 2011.
The 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) jerseys were unveiled Thursday night in New York City by PUMA. A number of players from around the league showed off the new home and away kits as well as the new Project Pink jersey. (more…)
Sky Blue FC midfielder Allie Long said she’s looking forward to going to Turkey in March with her new team as the club heads to the city of Antalya to play in a preseason tournament against LdB FC Malmö, FK Energiya, and Fortuna Hjørring. “I’m so hyped. I’ve never been to Turkey and pretty sure you wouldn’t catch me buying tickets to go on vacation there, but to be able to go with some of my closest friends while playing soccer is something I’m truly thankful for.” (more…)
Sky Blue FC will head to Turkey in March to play in a four-team exhibition tournament. The WPS club will face LdB FC Malmö of Damallsvenskan, Russian club FK Energiya, and Fortuna Hjørring from Denmark. At the tournament, LdB FC Malmö will officially loan out Therese Sjögran to Sky Blue FC, according to the Swedish club. (more…)
By David Bayer
The WPS Draft is just days away … four rounds and only 24 names to be called. Sounds pretty easy, right? Wrong. I spoke to two of the parties involved, Jim Gabarra, head coach of Sky Blue FC, and Andy Crossley, general manager of the Boston Breakers. Both gave me insight into how their teams have prepared for Jan. 14 and beyond. (more…)
Former FC Gold Pride midfielder/defender Carrie Dew has signed with Sky Blue FC. The 24-year-old played two seasons for the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer champions. Dew was the 12th overall pick of the 2009 WPS Draft. (more…)
Throughout the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) season, Our Game Magazine writers had a chance to interview a number of players and coaches. Here are some of the more memorable quotes from the season. (more…)
Therese Sjögran has signed to play for Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). Sjögran will be out on loan from Swedish club LdB FC Malmö, the 2010 Damallsvenskan champions. Sjögran has played for LdB FC Malmö since 2001 and has 63 goals in more than 200 appearances with the club. A member of the Swedish National Team since 1997, Sjögran has more than 200 caps and 18 goals for Sweden. (more…)
Another busy day around Women’s Professional Soccer as the Atlanta Beat signed former Washington Freedom and U.S. Women’s National Team defender Cat Whitehill, the WNY Flash signed former Sky Blue FC and USWNT midfielder Yael Averbuch, and the Boston Breakers re-signed Stephanie Cox. Also, WNY Flash Head Coach Aaren Lines talks to Our Game Magazine about one of his newest players, Caroline Seger. (more…)
Sky Blue FC General Manager Gerry Marrone spoke with Our Game Magazine back in June 2010 about the rewards and challenges of being a GM. Part of the interview can be found in the July 2010 issue, while the full Q&A is now available here on OurGameMagazine.com. (more…)
Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer continues to make offseason moves, and Friday announced one of the biggest trades in WPS history. They acquired English international forward Eniola Aluko, midfielder Angie Kerr, and last year’s No. 1 overall pick, midfielder Tobin Heath, all from the Atlanta Beat in exchange for Sky Blue FC’s two first-round draft picks in the 2011 WPS Draft, as well as future considerations. Thursday, Sky Blue FC inked English international defender Anita Asante, and prior to that signed midfielders Allie Long and Carolyn Blank. (more…)
Sky Blue FC of Women’s Professional Soccer have signed free agent Anita Asante. The English international was a member of the Sky Blue FC 2009 championship team where she played in 16 games as a central defender for the New Jersey club. The fan favorite was one of the key anchors of the 2009 Sky Blue defense.
Asante, 25, played for Washington, Chicago, and Saint Louis last season, ending the year with the Freedom. She was traded from Chicago to the Freedom on Aug. 5, 2010, and then started in five of six games for Washington. Asante played all 120 minutes of Washington’s playoff game against Philadelphia.
Sky Blue has had a busy offseason, having already signed midfielders Carolyn Blank and Allie Long. Long played last year for the Washington Freedom and is now reunited with former Freedom coach and current Sky Blue FC Head Coach Jim Gabarra.
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) free agency officially began Wednesday, Nov. 17, and since then a handful of players have signed, either with their current teams, or in the case of some players, such as Allie Long, they’ve inked deals with new teams.
Long talked to Our Game Magazine Friday about signing with Sky Blue FC. Long played the previous two seasons with the Washington Freedom. The midfielder started 21 games for the Freedom in 2010. She scored two goals and had one assist. The 23-year-old UNC grad will be playing close to home, having grown up in Northport, N.Y.
“I’m really excited to be able to play for Sky Blue FC,” Long said Friday morning. “I’m hoping I can help my team win another championship, and it’s always nice that my family and friends can watch me a lot more now.”
The Boston Breakers announced Thursday the signings of free agent defenders Rachel Buehler and Kasey Moore. Moore has played the last two seasons with the Breakers, while Buehler played two seasons with FC Gold Pride, the 2010 WPS champions. Buehler also is a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Former Washington Freedom keeper Ashlyn Harris signed this week with the expansion Western New York Flash. In the recent Expansion Draft, the Flash selected defender Kaley Fountain from the Atlanta Beat and midfielder Beverly Goebel from the Washington Freedom. The Flash also unveiled their team logo.