Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
All-Stars rally to beat Swedish power
by Paul Kennedy, August 31st, 2009 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[WPS] Women's Professional Soccer earned bragging rights as the best women's league in the world Sunday when its All-Stars rallied from two goals down after 15 minutes to beat an albeit depleted Swedish powerhouse Umea, 4-2, in an exciting All-Star Game in Fenton, Mo. WPS MVP Marta, a former Umea star, scored a goal and had two assists and Canadian Christine Sinclair scored twice to lead the the WPS All-Stars.

"It was a party game," said Marta. "It was a game against a high-level opponent and an opportunity to play with players we usually play against."

With 2007 Hermann Trophy Mami Yamaguchi very much in evidence in the Umea attack, the Swedish team went ahead on goals by Madelaine Edlund and Sofia Jakobsson.

But Umea could not stop Marta, its former star, and the All-Stars pulled even by halftime. Kristine Lilly, fed by Marta, began the comeback with a goal in the 24th minute, and the Brazilian star even the score in the 41st minute with a shot from the top of the penalty area.

Two minutes after halftime, the WPS All-Stars moved ahead when Marta fed Sinclair, and the Canadian completed the scoring two minutes later.

Sinclair had several chances to complete her hat trick, most notably in the 69th minute when she rattled the crossbar.

"I think in the first half we may have mishandled it," said Sinclair, "but we eventually started to click. On the first [goal], Marta played just a great ball across and I just made the run.  On the second goal, Brittany Klein played a great ball in behind."

Umea played without teenaged Swiss star Ramona Bachmann, who was ill, and three players called up to play for Sweden at the European Women's Championship.

"We were missing seven players from our team," said Umea coach Mika Sankala. "We had some chances to score goals. We scored a couple, and they made saves. We're very happy and proud to be here. I'm so proud of how this team worked hard for each other. It's too bad that Ramona Bachmann was not available. She had a fever and couldn't play. A lot of people are saying she is our next Marta and it would have been exciting to see her out there."

Aug. 30 in Fenton, Mo.
WPS All-Stars 4 Umea 2. Goals: Lilly (Marta ) 24, Marta 41, Sinclair (Marta) 47, Sinclair 49; Edlund (Yamaguchi) 3, Jakobsson 18.

WPS All-Stars -- LeBlanc (Solo, 46), Ellertson (Milbrett, 46), LePeilbet (Sinclair, 46), Rampone (Klein, 46), Chalupny, Rapinoe (O'Reilly, 46), Boxx, Lilly (Whitehill, 46), Miyama, Cristiane (Wambach, 46), Marta
Umea -- Soberg, Berglund (Kullberg, 74), Frisk, Westberg, Ostberg, Moura, Konradsson, Aberg Zingmark (Mostrom, 46), Edlund,Yamaguchi, Jakobsson
Referee: Sandra Serafini
Att.: 4,115

 



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Sigi Schmid is back -- replaces Onalfo at Galaxy    
The Los Angeles Galaxy has sacked Clint Onalfo, who took over as head coach for the ...
Making a List: NWSL in the Tournament of Nations    
The USA opens play in the Tournament of Nations -- U.S. Soccer's newest international women's tournament ...
Gold Cup: Where does the USA's 2017 title rank?    
Ranking the USA's six Gold Cup titles isn't easy. It's hard to beat the first one ...
Bruce Arena and big picture: 'We need to get much better'    
You could not have asked for a better summer for the U.S. national team, winner of ...
Redemption: Jordan Morris' sense of relief is palpable    
Burned on an equalizer and robbed by a superb save, Jordan Morris found redemption in the ...
What They're Saying: Jozy Altidore    
"Kellyn wanted it, but seniority, man, seniority." -- Jozy Altidore (107 caps) on his discussion with ...
MLS Wednesday: Sapong carries Union past nine-man Crew    
CJ Sapong scored one goal and added two assists to give the Philadelphia Union a 3-0 ...
What They're Saying: Gregg Berhalter    
"I can't wait until Aug. 5 when VAR is put into place." -- Columbus Crew coach ...
USA-Jamaica Gold Cup Player Ratings    
Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris scored the goals, but there were many players who had strong ...
Video Pick: Arsenal stars call their on own game    
Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi give a humorously understated performance when placed in the booth to ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives