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Poor crowd for Flash debut
May 2nd, 2011 1:07AM

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[WPS] Featuring Brazilian superstar Marta, the Western New York Flash opened its WPS campaign at home with a 3-0 win over the Atlanta Beat before a poor crowd of 2,164 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. Sunday's three games averaged less than 2,000 a game -- not a good sign of the league's three-year prospects.

Christine Sinclair and Marta teamed up for the first two goals in the Flash win. No. 1 draft pick Alex Morgan scored the third.

Sunday's other two games drew crowds of 2,789 at Harvard Stadium for the Boston Breakers' 1-0 win over winless Sky Blue FC, and mystery team magicJack beat the Philadelphia Independence, 2-1, before an announced crowd of 1,008 fans at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.

Results:
May 1
Western NY 3 Atlanta 0
WNY: Christine Sinclair 3 (unassisted) 23
WNY: Christine Sinclair 4 (Marta) 59
WNY: Alex Morgan 1 (Kelly Parker) 73
Att.: 2,164.
magicJack 2 Philadelphia 1
PHI: Tina DiMartino 2 (unassisted) 8
MJ: Abby Wambach 1 (unassisted) 25
MJ: Lisa De Vanna 1 (Abby Wambach) 75
Att.: 1,008.
Boston 1 Sky Blue FC 0
BOS: Rachel Buehler 1 (Kelly Smith) 53
Att.: 2,789.
Standings:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/1
7 Western NY 2-0-1 7/5
6 Boston 2-2-0 6/4
6 magicJack 2-0-0 3/1
4 Atlanta 1-2-1 4/9
1 Sky Blue FC 0-2-1 2/4
1 Philadelphia 0-1-1 3/4



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  1. . Lev
    commented on: May 2, 2011 at 8:34 a.m.
    Who follows WPS these days? WPS will die (again) unless female soccer get more interesting....... That will only happen if FIFA adopts the new Danish smaller soccer ball for women (sensational1) that allows women to play faster = more exciting game........ The German Soccer Federation is onto it, as is Adidas, FIFA is working on it....... There are NO other solutions left!!!!!! GET WITH IT WPS. Approve and import the ball before you die - again!!!

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: May 2, 2011 at 9:54 a.m.
    This tells you how much the people of the WPS understand business. With all due respect to Rochester, the best player of the world in the last 5 years is playing "somewhere beyond the Appalachian mountains". She should have been playing in a big market on the East Coast. Imagine if Henry or Beckham is playing with the Rochester Raging Rhinos. It will cause a rhino-ish rage.

  1. Roy Kelly
    commented on: May 2, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.
    Watch out for the English Women's Super League... I hope we don't lose some of our great internationals.

  1. Ya Cony
    commented on: May 2, 2011 at 10:50 a.m.
    With all due respect to Gus, Rochester is not the problem. Attendance in Boston was only 2,789 and attendance in Boca was 1,008! Last time I checked, both of those markets were east of the Appalachians. The problem would seem to lie elsewhere.

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: May 2, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
    Ya: I think that Boston and Philly and NY/NJ would boost their attendances, with player like Marta, to a much higher number than Rochester. It's not known but how many of those 2100 who attended in Rochester whould be there if Marta was not playing?

  1. Robert Lanza
    commented on: May 2, 2011 at 4 p.m.
    The 1,008 in Boca was papered heavily. True attendance was @ 500.

  1. j j
    commented on: May 8, 2011 at 4:07 p.m.
    I'm all for women's competitive soccer, but I think that men's soccer has to take off first. I know it sounds sexist, but sports fans need to like soccer in general before they like any particular league. My soccer hopes, even for women's soccer, are with the MLS. The play is better, albeit a little too physical, than it was last year. After the magicJack games, come over to Wowies to celebrate. It's 7 minutes south west of FAU, on powerline and palmetto, across from the Publix. They get the MLS channel. It's the best place to watch MLS games in boca raton. Just ask one of the managers to put it on for you, if I'm not there.


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