Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Has the Sol turned cold?
by Paul Kennedy, August 21st, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[WPS] A month ago, it would have been hard to find anyone taking odds against the Los Angeles Sol winning the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer title. But the oddities of the regular-season schedule (only three Sol games in the last six weeks) and playoff format (a bye for the regular-season champion Sol into the final) mean that the Sol will go in cold against red-hot Sky Blue FC (winner of back-to-back playoff games on the road) in Saturday's championship game at the Home Depot Center (TV: Fox Sports Net, Comcast Sports Net, live, 4 pm ET/1 pm PT).

Sky Blue FC is coming off a dominating performance against Saint Louis Athletica, which it beat, 1-0, on Wednesday.

While player-coach Christine Rampone again elected to use U.S. national team striker Natasha Kai off the bench, Kacey White, Yael Averbuch and Heather O'Reilly, who all looked as comfortable in Sky Blue as they once did in Carolina Blue, tormented the Saint Louis from their midfield positions.

The good news for the Sol is that it has had several months to prepare for the playoffs. Knowing that Frenchwoman Camille Abily would be unavailable for the final because of Euro '09 preparation commitments, Sol coach Abner Rogers began rearranging his midfield without his Bleue star in it.

But the Sol has won only one game in the last seven weeks -- they only played four -- after opening 11-1-4.

While Brazilian star Marta won the scoring title with 10 goals, it may be her playmaking skills that are critical in Saturday's final. Without Abily, the Sol will need all the help it can get to match Sky Blue FC's in midfield.

It's been more than two months since the Sol and Sky Blue FC have met. Los Angeles won the first games, 2-0 and 1-0, and tied the third encounter, 0-0.

This time?

Prediction: Sky Blue FC, 2-1.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Scouting Report: USA and Japan go for a third time    
The first rematch of a final in Women's World Cup history is set for Sunday when ...
USA-Guatemala International Friendly Player Ratings    
Four years ago, the USA completed its Gold Cup preparations by beating Guatemala, 6-0, in San ...
What They're Saying: Abby Wambach    
"It's nerve-wracking. It's brutal. And I'm not saying this because I'm sitting on the bench and ...
Women's World Cup watch parties set for Sunday    
U.S. Soccer will host a viewing party for Sunday's Women's World Cup final between the USA ...
Olivia the parrot picks Japan over USA    
Olivia, a 10-year-old African gray parrot, is predicting Japan over the USA in the Women's World ...
ICYMI | MLS: Report: New DP procedures formulated    
Allocation money could become even more valuable under new policies adopted by MLS. One of the ...
Reader's Note: Watch for Special July 4th Edition    
Soccer America will publish Soccer America Daily on Saturday as it previews Sunday's Women's World Cup ...
Scouting Report: USA preps for Gold Cup against Guatemala    
Two years ago, the USA tuned up for the Gold Cup with a 6-0 win over ...
Video Pick: Freddy Adu -- Good News, Bad News     
The good news is that Freddy Adu scored an impressive free kick goal. The bad news ...
NASL enters Phase 2; Strikers welcome back ex-coach    
The New York Cosmos, as champions of the 10-game spring season, are ensured a spot in ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives