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Can Twitter save women's soccer? #USWNT

Several supporters of women's soccer are hoping that fans across the US and beyond can help make a true impact by promoting the USWNT via Twitter today. Here's more:


As you know, the USA vs Italy game  is today, and a few of us avid supporters are trying to make #USWNT a trending topic on twitter. Ultimately we know that's probably damn near impossible, but over all just want to raise awareness about how big of a game this is and what it means to the future of soccer in American, especially in regards to the World Cup.  We're going to try and push a big campaign to make a statement (our goal isn't really to make a trending topic [TT], but just to raise awareness).


We're having a TweetChat tomorrow throughout the game (which essentially is just an on going conversation via people's tweets that use a certain hashtag, in this case it will be #USWNT) and want to get it out to as many players, coaches, and fans ahead of time.


If you wouldn't mind, would you send out a tweet and promote this as much as you can tomorrow before and during the game?


Here's the standard format we're going with, but feel free to make it your own and just ask people to retweet:


"Hey tweeps! Please support USA Women's Soccer as they attempt to qualify 4 the 2011 WWC. Add #USWNT 2 ur tweets. Pls RT!"


or 


"#USWNT take on Italy for the World Cup Qualifier today! Be a part of the conversation 11/27 @ 2pm ET: http://tweetchat.com/room/USwnt "


And if you can, please please please pass this along to any fans, supporters, coaches, NSCAA Members, MLS/WPS players, and better yet any National team players that you know would do a great job supporting this cause (and that are on twitter too of course).


Also, we've been trying to get bloggers to step it up this week and promote this game as much as possible to amp up the hype and push for monumental games like this to be on TV.


GOOOOO USA!



The make it or break it game: 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier in Chicago


The USWNT will face Italy this Saturday, November 27th for the second of two games that will determine which team will qualify for the 2011 World Cup.  The US defeated Italy last weekend 1-0 with a last minute goal from substitute Alex Morgan.  The US has the upper hand coming into this game, but their fate has yet to be determined.  


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Tomorrow's the last day to buy supporters tickets to this suspenseful World Cup Qualifier at Toyota Park.  Here's more from the Chicago Red Stars' supporters group Chicago Local 134:


Buy your Official Supporters Section tickets to the USWNT game vs. Italy on November 27: http://tinyurl.com/swnt1127 


Tickets will be distributed/available for pick up on the day of the game.


Local 134 is partnering with Section 8 Chicago, the American Outlaws, Chicago Soccer and other super fab groups in the soccer community to organize the Official USWNT Supporters' Official Tailgate that will be officially awesome soooooooo be sure to get in on that action too.


Also, you'll see an option for donations in the above link which of course is not required, but any donations made along with ticket purchases will be used for extra tailgate goodies and tifo supplies. Three cheers for generosity!


ALSO x 2 -- the Chicago Red Stars very own Megan Rapinoe and Jillian Loyden were named to the USWNT playoff roster for this series vs. Italy. Just another reason to come out and support (we got loads more reasons where that came from...)!

USWNT 1 - China 1

Yesterday the US Women's National team tied China 1-1.  Here are some facts and random observations that I took from the game:


  • Yesterday's game against China was the USWNT's last friendly match before World Cup Qualifiers start
  • China hasn't qualified for the World Cup since 1999
  • Christie Rampone wore the captain's armband for the US.  She's played in 218 international matches for US Soccer and has the 5th most all time caps at 35 years old.  Not only that, but she just had a baby earlier in the year. 
  • Chicago Red Stars' player Megan Rapinoe started in the match.  Sadly, she wasn't sporting her funky new lost-boys-esque ponytail.  She didn't score a goal in this game against China, but she did score a goal against them in their 2-1 victory against them on Saturday, October 2nd, and she also scored in the game previous to that.
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Rapinoe always rollin' with her own flare and style -- here she's rockin' that ponytail


  • This was the first time in history that the four starting defenders (Heather Mitts, Amy LePeilbet,  Rampone, Rachel Buehler) for the US had ever played together (at the same time).
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Jillian Loyden earns first cap with USWNT

On October 2nd Jillian Loyden earned her first international cap with the U.S. Women's National Team in a victorious match against China that ended with a score of 2-1. Here she shares her excitement on her first cap and victory with the U.S.:


It was awesome. I couldn't stop smiling. It was so much fun and I had the support of the coaching staff and a great team in front of me. 


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PUMA Project Pink teams up with the WPS


PUMA recently teamed up with all seven WPS teams six of the seven WPS teams (the only team not participating is the Atlanta Beat)  to promote breast cancer awareness. [Update: The Atlanta Beat are in fact participating in Project Pink later this season.]
  Each participating team nominated their favorite breast cancer charity and the winning charity receives 100% the profits from the sale of all Project Pink gear, which Marta is photographed promoting on the PUMA website. Since day one the WPS has made an effort to emphasize that the league is not just about the teams but about each community these team is representing.  This RECOGNIZE AWESOME PUMA project is a perfect example of Women's Professional Soccer giving back to the community, which is a vital message to send to all the young fans of women's soccer.

PUMA launches Project Pink in partnership with WPS teams: [Women's Professional Soccer]  

Here's a collage of Red Stars players in their pink jerseys:

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The Red Stars undergo several squad changes

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Kosovare Asllani leaves the Red Stars to return to Sweden.

In the last week the Chicago Red Stars have undergone several changes, some players have said goodbye to Chicago, while new players are being welcomed with open arms.  A question to think about with all these changes taken place is: are these changes going to help ensure a spot for the Red Stars (currently fourth in the league) a spot in the playoffs?

  • The Red Stars acquired the rights for Faith Ikidi a Nigerian defender.  Ikidi is currently playing for Linkoping FC in Sweden, though the Washington Freedom previously owned the rights to her. I personally don't know http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=102186445515much about Ikidi, but I'm excited for the addition of some African flare to the squad.  From what I've read Omid Namazi hopes that Ikidi adds depth to our back line in the future. If she's here before the season ends there's a possibility that we'll see her defensive skills help keep the Stars' opponents from putting the ball in the back of the net.

  • Anita Asante is onto her third team for the 2010 WPS season, fourth in her WPS career. Last year Asante played on Sky Blue FC's championship team, this year she started off the season on St. Louis Athletica's roster, but the Red Stars acquired her when Athletica left her as a free agent after their demise. Asante had the choice to either stay with the Red Stars or move on to the Freedom, who inquired about her during the the Ikidi rights trade. I don't view this as a positive change or a negative one or a change that will affect our run for a spot in the playoffs.  I am confident in the pairing of Kate Markgraf and Whitney Engen at center back for Chicago. Plus, we have the addition of Ikidi to the team.  If Asante is able to get more playing time with the Freedom then by all means she should go play.  As a soccer player, I know I'd want to. 

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Red Stars Fall To Boston

Where do you even begin... The Chicago Red Stars were on such a positive streak until this past Sunday when they took a major step backwards. Just a month earlier (June 25) the Red Stars had brought home a "W" from Boston. From that game to Sunday (July 25) the team looked completly diffrent. Obviously in the first 12 minutes that spoke for itself when Boston's Kelly Smith netted 2 goals. And just 2 minutes after that in the 14th minute Dieke put the Breakers up 3-0.

The lone goal for the Red Stars was not until the 80th minute from Asllani off a Casey Nogueira free kick. The time between those goals was not pretty. Granted the team came out at the half looking much better, it was not the team we have seen in previous games. The team, in my opinion, looked like they didnt care! There was no passion out there, no spark to play. And the stadium sensed that. Usually Toyota Park is a pretty loud environment, this time... it was dead.

 

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Rapinoe scores in the USWNT's win against Sweden

Yesterday the USWNT played against Sweden for the second time in a week.  On Wednesday the game ended with a score of 1-1 in a game I personally felt they should have won. Yesterday, however, the US women's team defeated Kosovare Asllani and her swedish teammates 3-0.  Red Stars' Megan Rapinoe scored the first goal for the US with a goal in the 33rd minute. Abby Wambach tallied the other two goals for the US in the 45th and 72nd minute of play, both of her goals were scored off of headers. 

Since this goal there have been two rad photos of Pinoe (as many of her fans like to call her) floating around the internet from the USWNT soccer blog at US Soccer's website. I couldn't help but share them to celebrate her awesomeness with all of you. I hope she puts one in the back of the net for Chicago soon!

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Pinoe rockin' the shades

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Kate Markgraf earns 200th cap with USWNT

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Chicago Red Stars defender Kate Markgraf earned her 200th cap with the USWNT team on Tuesday in their match against Sweden.  Markgraf proudly wore the captain's armband in the game that ended in a 1-1 draw. Since 1998 Markgraf has played 200 games for the US, started 189 games, scored 1 goal, and has had 9 assists. 

Markgraf was not the only Red Stars player represented in the international friendly.  Megan Rapinoe also started for the USWNT, while Kosovare Asllani started for the Swedes. 

Red Stars in the house, yah

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  • Your Chicago Red Stars (2-5-3) play in Boston tonight, facing off against the Breakers (1-4-4).  The last time these two teams met on the pitch, the Red Stars defeated the Breakers with a score of 2-0.  This time around the Breakers will have former Red Star on their side in Lindsay Tarpley, who Boston acquired with the loss of St. Louis Athletica to the league. 

  • The Red Stars were recently sighted at Chicago's Bull and Bear Bar in support of the USMNT's World Cup match on Wednesday (hello, victory!).  Marian Dalmy and Megan Rapinoe were sportin' their US Soccer jerseys, while a handful of players were there supporting England. I'm looking at you, Carney! And the rest of your English posse. 

  • On Saturday the 19th Chicago fell to Atlanta with a score of 1-0.  A sad day for Chicago was a great day for Atlanta, as this was their first win in franchise history. 

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Game 3 of the undefeated streak.

New coach. New players. Fresh start.....well, as fresh as it's going to get. Here we are in June and the Chicago Red Stars have finally made a "right turn"! Under the direction of new coach, Omid Namazi, the Red Stars have gone 3 games undefeated. With 2 of the games being played at home, I would assume the majority of you were in attendence so i'll skip right to the 3rd. The team traveled out to DC to play the Washington Freedom.

Your starting XI were as follows: Loyden, Markgraf, Engen, Dalmy, Formiga, Spilger, Chapman, Carney, Cristiane, Rapinoe, Asllani. In the 11th minute we went down when the unstopable Abby Wambach's head met the ball and caught Loyden off her line. And only a few minutes later came the second goal when Bompastor took a free kick and Sawa was able to get a head on the ball. By no means was the Freedom goalie bored, we kept her busy, but a common trend for the Red Stars...we couldnt put a ball in the back of the net. And then in the 30th minute the Brazilian struck! Cristiane found the ball after Carney played a ball into the box. A sliding attempt gave the ball the push it needed to find the back of the net.

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Natalie Spilger out for the count? Hardly!

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Natalie Spilger before the Red Stars' game against the Atlanta Beat with new head coach, Omid Namazi.

I missed the first few minutes of the Red Stars vs Atlanta Beat game yesterday because I was playing in my own game that didn't end until 4:30.  By the time I got into Toyota Park both teams had already made substitutions, and I didn't even realize it until I saw this photo on the WPS site today.

Spilger and Mami Yamaguchi knocked heads while fearlessly colliding in the air causing both teams to make early subs, as mentioned earlier. Spilger talks about the bloody head injury at her personal blog, which can be read here: Red Stars, Red Wounds, as well as her thoughts on the recent turn of events the Red Stars have had to face recently...

  • New Coach - Omid Namazi
  • Loss of players - Effie Dieke, Brittany Klein, Michelle Weissenhofer
  • Additions to their roster - Nikki Washington, Elise Webber, and Anita Asanti

The Red Stars tied the Beat with a score of 0-0.  They managed to lock down the Beat's offensive play, but were unsuccessful in finding the back of the net. (I hope it's not this won't continue to be the same ole story for the Stars.)

"I think every game we give our all and we put on a good performance. I think we're lacking the final third and scoring goals and that's obviously a big thing in football. We need to produce those chances and to finish them." -Katie Chapman


Lady of the Match: The Chicago Red Stars

Name: The Chicago Red Stars
Game: Saturday, May 29th vs FC Gold Pride at Toyota Park
Final: Red Stars 1 - 0 FC Gold Pride

Yes, yes - we've voted in the entire Red Stars team as Lady of the Match his time around. Could you disagree?  I've said it once and I'll say it again, this team finally played as a cohesive unit.  They're, obviously, quite talented and were finally able to connect all the talent, skill, competitiveness and finish the game off with a win as a T-E-A-M! YES!

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"I just think the team really came out tonight and competed well together, and that was one of the primary goals they had -- to make this a complete team effort. And you can look at the great goal Kosa (Kosovare Asllani) scored coming through with excellent timing created by Marian Dalmy, but you could find a moment through the game where each player made an impact. Dalmy on the goal line certainly a huge impact, Pinoe (Megan Rapinoe) after she was physically done, the hard runs she was making, so you could find different moments throughout this game when each player stepped up and played her role and made a contribution. So I think it was just a really good, comprehensive team effort tonight." -Red Stars General Manager Marcia McDermott


Other reasons they deserve to be Lady of the Match:
  • They lost their head coach, Emma Hayes, less than a week before this game
  • FC Gold Pride is at top of the table and have only lost one game previous to this one
  • The Red Stars defense made stand out players like Marta, Christine Sinclair, and Tiffeny Milbrett unnoticeable 
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One week until the World Cup! Hope Landy has a little more luck on the pitch.

Chicago Red Stars honoring Athletica's unused home game tickets

St. Louis Athletica folds
-- Athletica fold as funds run dry - [STLtoday.com
-- R.I.P. St. Louis Athletica - [All White Kit]
-- St. Louis Athletica's death is Jeff Cooper's shame - [Fake Sigi]


Athletica player transactions
-- Beat agrees to terms with Solo, Ellertson, and Aluko - [Women's Professional Soccer - Atlanta Beat]
-- Boxx Joins Up With Gold Pride - [Soccer365]
-- Daniela headed to USL W-League with the Hampton Roads Piranhas

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Photo from: http://www.womensprosoccer.com/stlouis


Chicago Red Stars play their role with the end of St. Louis Athletica
-- @chicagoredstars Red Stars to honor @AthleticaSoccer unused home match tix 4 all remaining #CRS home games: http://bit.ly/crs-stl-tix #wps

-- To the Fans of St. Louis Athletica - [Women's Professional Soccer - Chicago Red Stars]

9 days until the World Cup - what will you be wearing?

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Sylvie van der Vaart rockin a Dutch themed World Cup dress via Kickette.com

One must certainly consider sporting this Orange dutch inspired dress when supporting the Netherlands in the upcoming World Cup. What lady wouldn't want to impress the fellas with their footy knowledge while wearing this dress?  Okay, so I'll be wearing something a little less revealing... but someone out there somewhere might want to throw on this dress before heading to the local soccer bar. 

Read more about this sassy little number at Kickette.com.

Emma Hayes released from coaching duties; Red Stars defeat FC Gold Pride 1-0

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mma Hayes hangs out with the British ladies of the Red Stars - Karen Carney & Katie Chapman

As most of you have already probably heard, Emma Hayes was fired from the head coaching position with the Chicago Red Stars on Monday, May 24th.  What people may not know is that what GM, Marcia McDermott said about Hayes is 100% accurate -

"I want to thank Emma for her hard work and assistance with the launch of the Red Stars franchise," Red Stars General Manager Marcia McDermott said. "This was a difficult decision to make because she poured her heart into the organization. We felt it was time for a change as we move forward and look to put together a successful run this season."

I first met Hayes about a year and a half ago when I accompanied her and Peter Wilt to an FC Indiana vs Red Eleven match in Indianapolis.  Hayes exuded with positive soccer energy the entire car ride. Other than Wilt, I have never met someone so genuinely excited about a soccer endeavor that lay at their fingertips, which I Imagine  is one of the reasons why he thought Hayes would be a great fit for the Red Stars organization.  Personally, I can wholeheartedly say that Hayes' passion for the Red Stars shined through in any interaction I had with her.

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Pitch Invasion takes a look at the comparison of World Cup videos

Some are saying Nike's video ad is sexist. Some prefer the Puma or Adidas videos. Overall, it seems everyone is impressed with the videos in one way or another. Who stole your World Cup heart - Nike, Puma, or Adidas?

The Puma video can be viewed below. However, the Nike and Adidas videos can be seen at Pitch Invasion, as well as a more detailed look at the comparison of the videos: Puma vs. Nike vs. Adidas: The World Cup Videos Compared.

Puma:

My horoscope made me do it...

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My daily horoscope suggested this to me today "You just need to make sure that you're dealing with the issues that are most obvious and pressing."  Great advice!..so let me begin with I hate the morning traffic, it is bloody hot in the office today, and did DaMarcus Beasley really make the 23-man roster today?  Many will disagree with me, but I am shocked!  Maybe I'm being too harsh but I think he stinks.  Speed really can't make up for the fact that he passes to Jesus (the invisible deity, not your buddy from down the street) more consistently than his own teammates.  I do have some Chicago love for D.B. and no voodoo dolls required here, but I just can't believe he made the squad. 
Well, good luck to you #7.  Prove me wrong, please.  Donovan has and I'm almost ready to admit I don't hate him anymore.
 
16 days 'til World Cup love--US vs. England.  Does anyone else feel a slight cough coming on?  Sniffle, sniffle, "I don't think I can make into work today boss...I wouldn't want to get everyone sick."

Solve all your World Cup worries through voodoo dolls

Need a little magic on your side this World Cup?  Maybe one of these voodoo dolls could help do the trick...

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Photo Credit: http://epocanegocios.globo.com

The World Cup countdown continues - 17 more days!

Red Stars, USWNT dominate their opponents

The Red Stars finally got the confidence boost they needed on Friday with a 5-0 win against the USL W-League's Red Eleven in Buffalo Grove. Julianne Sitch, Kosovare Asllani (+1 assist), Casey Nogueria, and Cristiane all scored goals for the Red Stars. Cristiane finished the game off for the Red Stars with two goals, one off of a PK and a goal that was assisted by Sophie Reiser. 
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Cristiane takes on Athletica defenders in an earlier match this year. 

"I've really been working hard on the front three -- pressuring, and putting the [opposing] team on a lot of pressure, and I thought in the first half we did that really well," Red Stars Head Coach Emma Hayes said. "And then making sure our movement's good up top to create opportunities. When it was 1-nil at halftime, I thought we deserved to be up by a bit more."

Because of national team duty, the Red Stars were without a majority of their regular starting defenders and midfielders, as well as goalkeepers Jillian Loyden and Kelsey Davis. Defenders Marian Dalmy, Ifeoma Dieke and Kate Markgraf, and midfielders Karen Carney, Katie Chapman and Megan Rapinoe, were all unavailable for the Red Stars.

---- [Red Stars Net 5-0 Win Over Red Eleven - Chicago Red Stars]

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Kate Markgraf warming up before a Red Stars game.


In other women's soccer news... 

Saturday the USWNT took on the Germany's powerful squad.  The US won 4-0 with two goals from Abby Wambach, as well as goals from Kristine Lilly and Heather O'Reilly. Red Stars players Kate Markgraf and Megan Rapinoe both saw the field during the second half of the game.  It was Markgraf's first time in the lineup since December 2008, after giving birth to twins last year. 
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The 2010 World Cup is only 18 days away

Embrace it or hate it... South Africa is going to be filled with noisy energy, especially with the traditional noise making horn, the vuvuzela!

So how about you - love it or hate it?

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Whether it be Nike, Puma, Adidas, Coca-Cola, the list goes on & on - the advertisements for the World Cup are always memorable. 

Here is Puma's take on advertisement for the 2010 World Cup:

LOVE = FOOTBALL

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21 days until the World Cup!

The first day of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is just 21 days away. In celebration of this amazing sporting event I plan to make a World Cup related post at the RS Confidential every day until June 11th.

To start off RS Confidential's countdown to the World Cup, here's a video that came out from NIKE today that includes all your favorite World Cup stars - Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba and more!

At Nike Football's Facebook page, there's a 10 minute video with behind the scene action of how the video was made.

Three more weeks, folks! Three more weeks!

Something's got to give

It's been a rough go the last season and a half with the Red Stars underperforming. I like the team, I like the staff and front office, but I hate losing. So I have to ask - what's going on?

The Red Stars are an amazing team. On paper. Not only should they be winning games, but crushing them and making opponents cry - not the fans. In the offseason, the Red Stars added more offensive firepower and yet their goal production has dropped.

Is it the coaching? Is the team makeup wrong? Is there a curse?

Seven games into the season, we have two players who have scored a total of 3 goals. But yet we have 4 players named to the US Women's National Team. The Red Stars outshoot their opponents but never find the back of the net.

The burden of leadership is that you're the first one to fall when times go bad. So, does coach Emma Hayes need to fall on her sword? Quite possibly if things don't start heating up soon. If she still has command of her players and they're not performing, then they need to get better or leave.

Whatever it is, it's got to happen soon. It's entirely possible to think that if the Red Stars don't win on the 29th against FC Gold Pride, then Emma Hayes might make history by being the first coach in WPS to be fired.

Lady of the Match: Formiga

Name: Formiga
Position: Midfield
Game: Saturday, May 15th vs Philadelphia Independence at Toyota Park
Final: Red Stars 0 - 1 Independence

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Formiga helps Kate Markgraf out on defense against the Independence, and the Stars successfully keep Philly from earning a corner kick.


Formiga was signed as a free agent by the Red Stars in March of this year.  She has started 3 games for the Red Stars this season and started 15 out of 16 games for FC Gold Pride in 2009.  She joins Katie Chapman at the defensive central midfielder position. Formiga and Chapman had exceptional games in the midfield - containing Independence players, slowing down the Philadelphia's attack, as well as excellent distribution. 

It was a close call but Formiga has been voted the Red Stars Confidential Lady of the Match.

Lady of the Match Runners Up

Karen Carney
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Katie Chapman
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Agree? Disagree?
Who was your lady of the match?

Lady of the Match: Your guess is as good as mine

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It's only a matter of time before this frown turns upside down. Red Stars battle the Independence this Saturday at Toyota Park, 6PM - don't miss the action! 

Date:
Saturday, May 8th vs FC Gold Pride in Hayward, CA
Final: Red Stars 0 - 2 FC Gold Pride
Highlights: Video Highlights - Red Stars vs FC Gold Pride

It's unfortunate more WPS games aren't televised or shown on the web, it makes it difficult to report back on games, give input on players, or pick a player of the game - that on top of the fact that the Red Stars lost 2-0 is why we've decided not to nominate someone for Lady of the Match this week. 

I would like to add that it sounds like Jill Loyden had another fantastic game, so she is our honorary Lady of the Match Runner Up. "Jillian had a fantastic game," Hayes said of the Chicago goalkeeper. "She was our player of the match. She had a great game and kept us in it."

The Red Stars next game is this Saturday at Toyota Park against the Philadelphia Independence at 6PM.  This is the first time the Stars and Independence will face off - don't miss this game, call 1-866-WPS-2009 for ticket information!

Video Highlights: Red Stars vs FC Gold Pride

  • The Red Stars lost to FC Gold Pride 2-0 on Saturday
  • Ifeoma Dieke was red carded in the 25th minute
  • Because of the red card, Emma Hayes had to make an early defensive substitution, which allowed Natalie Spilger to see the field for the first time this season
  • Jill Loyden saved her first PK of the year - 7 saves total in the match
  • Tiffeny Milbrett (FCGP) scored just before the half in the 45th minute of the game
  • Kelley O'Hara (FCGP) scored in the 78th minute and was assisted by Kimberly Yorkers
  • The Red Stars are now 1-3-1 and FC Gold Pride is 4-1-0

Interview with Jill Loyden: face saving, kung fu kicking extraordinaire

After being named Lady of the Match for the Red Stars, I asked Jill Loyden if she would mind answering a few questions that the Red Stars Confidential staff put together for her.  She was more than happy to help.

Loyden and her teammates are currently on the road, awaiting the Red Stars game against 1st-place FC Gold Pride on Saturday


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Loyden makes a save against her former team St. Louis Athletica. 

1. How does it feel to be named RS Confidential Lady of the Match?
It feels great to be Lady of the Match, however it was such a great team victory for us against Boston. We really came together as a team, it took all 22 players for us to get it done this week. It was a well deserved win.

2. How was your face feeling after you made an extraordinary save with it in the match against Boston (or so we hear)? 
Hahha, my face? Well right after it hit me I thought I got sucker punched, but after that I really don't remember, adrenaline was the only thing that kept me going.

3. How excited do you get when you make a sweet save?
After a good save I get pretty amped, mostly because it gets the team all fired up and they usually pick it up from there.

4. How badly do your hands smell after games? Worse than your shins?
Well, I dont think my hands smell too too bad after games, but Im sure you could find a couple of my teammates who would beg to differ.
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Video Highlights: Red Stars vs Breakers

Casey Nogueira and Cristiane scored second half goals for the Red Stars to clinch their first win of the 2010 season against the Boston Breakers.

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