[WPS] U.S. national team star Abby Wambach scored one goal and set up two more to lead the Washington Freedom to a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Beat Sunday before only 2,665 fans, the smallest crowd in Freedom history.
Wambach scored the first goal and set up Homare Sawa and Christie Welsh for second-half goals.
In Sunday's other game, the expansion Philadelphia Freedom earned its second tie in two games when it held the Boston Breakers to a 1-1 tie.
The game started off in bizarre fashion when Bryan Roslund called a penalty for a foul by Heather Mitts on the Breakers' Kristine Lilly and only after Kelly Smith stepped up to take the spot kick was the penalty called off for an offside call.
Saturday rewind ...
FC Gold Pride got a pair of goals from Canadian Christine Sinclair and Brazilian star Marta's first goal of the season to beat defending champion Sky Blue FC, 3-1, in its first game at its temporary home, the Castro Valley Athletic Stadium.
Rookie Kelley O'Hara assisted on the first and third goals for the Pride, who dominated the game with an 18-6 shot advantage.
Another rookie, Casey Nogueira, had the tying goal for Chicago in its 1-1 tie with St. Louis that earned the Red Stars their first point of the season.
WEEK 2 RESULTS:
April 18 in Cambridge, Mass.
Boston 1 Philadelphia 1. Goals: Smith 50; Falk (Lindsey) 56.
Boston -- Phillips, Cox, Moore, LePeilbet, Scott, Osborne, Igwe, Lilly, Bogus (del Rio, 75), Smith (Weimer, 90), Cheney.
Philadelphia -- LeBlanc, Krzysik, Falk, Larsson, Mitts (Lohman, 47), Buczkowski, Seger, Lindsey (Johnson, 91+), Magnusdottir, Sanderson (Adams, 70), Rodriguez
Yellow Cards: Philadelphia -- Seger 63, Buczkowski 76.
Red Card: Philadelphia -- Buczkowski 86.
Referee: Bryan Roslund.
April 18 in Boyds, Md.
Washington 3 Atlanta 1. Goals: Wambach 44, Sawa (Wambach) 51, Welsh (Wambach) 90; Bachmann 48.
Washington -- McLeod, Whitehill, Bompastor, Marshall, Moros, Long (Huffman, 59), Sawa, Mykjaland (Gilbeau, 81), Sauerbrunn, De Vanna (Welsh, 64), Wambach.
Atlanta -- Whitworth, Robinson, Bishop, McNeill, Sesselmann (Mundy, 88), Zerboni (Ocampo, 67), Yamaguchi, Kerr (Cinalli, 67), Rasmussen, Heath, Bachmann.
Yellow Card: Atlanta -- Bachmann 44.
April 17 in Castro Valley, Calif.
FC Gold Pride 3 Sky Blue FC 1. Goals: Sinclair (Abily) 12, Sinclair (O'Hara) 76, Marta (O'Hara) 83; Kalmari (Landstrom) 51.
FC Gold Pride -- Barnhart, Riley, Buehler, Chapman, Graczyk (Wilson, 79), Edwards, Dew, Abily (Bosio, 72), Marta, O'Hara, Sinclair (Milbrett, 85).
Sky Blue FC -- Bardsley, Dowling (Dallstream, 82), Taylor, Koster, Johnson, O'Reilly, Lloyd, Averbuch (Landstrom, 46), White, Kalmari, Kai (Rosana, 46).
Referee: Felisha Mariscal.
April 17 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago 1 St. Louis 1. Goals: Nogueira (Chapman) 60; Chalupny 5.
Chicago -- Loyden, Dalmy, Dieke, Engen, Markgraf, Sitch (Carney, 66), Chapman, Klein (Formiga, 71), Asllani, Cristiane, Masar (Nogueira, 46).
St. Louis -- Solo, Ellertson, Fletcher, Weber, Blank, Boxx, Chalupny, DiMartino, Elaine (Cross, 31), Miyama (Edlund, 68), Aluko (Tarpley, 78)
Yellow Cards: St. Louis -- Elaine 27, Boxx 73.
Referee: Kari Seitz.
WEEK 3 SCHEDULE:
FC Gold Pride vs. Atlanta Beat, 10 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Washington, 6 pm ET
Chicago vs. Sky Blue FC, 6 pm ET
St. Louis vs. Boston, 6 pm ET (FSC)
P TEAM W-L-T (GD)
4 St. Louis 1-0-1 (+2)
4 Boston 1-0-1 (+1)
3 Washington 1-1-0 (+1)
3 Sky Blue FC 1-1-0 (0)
3 FC Gold Pride 1-1-0 (-1)
2 Philadelphia 0-0-2 (0)
1 Chicago 0-1-1 (-1)
1 Atlanta 0-1-1 (-2)
2 +2 Sinclair, FC Gold Pride
2 Aluko, St. Louis