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Sawyers out at Sky Blue FC
by Paul Kennedy, May 29th, 2009 7AM



[WPS] It's official: Ian Sawyers is out as Sky Blue's coach and general manager. Kelly Lindsey will be in charge for Sky Blue's first game at Rutgers' Yurcak Field on Sunday. Elsewhere, Saint Louis and Washington both take four-game unbeaten streaks into weekend play as the pack tries to close the gap on runaway leader Los Angeles. For a look at all the weekend action ...

Saturday, May 31
Los Angeles vs. Saint Louis, 7 pm ET
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson, CA   
The Athletica has made a complete turnaround, going 2-0-2 in its last four games after opening two a pair of losses. The hot streak has come despite the loss of star Daniela with major injuries suffered on a foul by Washington's Abby Wambach.

Eniola Aluko, one of five Englishwomen to join WPS for WPS's debut season, has been outstanding for Saint Louis. The 22-year-old forward returned from an England national team game to score one goal and have her shot deflected into the goal for the other goal in the Athletica's 2-0 win at Chicago. Aluko, whose younger brother Sone plays for Scotland's Aberdeen, was a part-time soccer player with Chelsea Ladies back in England and a law student before joining WPS. Her goal is to be a partner in a law firm -- like Saint Louis owner Jeff Cooper.

Sunday, May 31
Sky Blue FC  vs. Boston, 6 pm ET (FSC)
Venue: Yurcak Field, Piscataway, NJ (Fox Soccer Channel)
Ian Sawyers, first suspended, is now out as Sky Blue's coach and general manager. Sawyers, husband of former national team star Julie Foudy, has been replaced by Kelly Lindsey, who was interim coach last weekend when the New Jersey team fell at Washington, 2-1. Saturday's game marks last-place Sky Blue's first game at Rutgers' Yurcak Field following a five-game road trip.

Washington vs. FC Gold Pride, 4 pm ET

Venue: Maryland SoccerPlex, Germantown, MD
The Freedom got its first WPS victory the first time it met the Pride, winning, 4-3, in Santa Clara on a stoppage-time goal from Abby Wambach. The U.S. national team has missed the last two Washington game, serving a one-game suspension for her foul on Daniela and then being away on national team duty. Without Wambach, the Freedom tied Boston away and beat Sky Blue at home to extend its unbeaten streak to four games.


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