2009 Women's Professional Soccer Playoffs

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The 2009 WPS Playoffs were the postseason to Women's Professional Soccer's 2009 Season, that started on August 15 and culminated on August 22 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Format[edit]

The top four WPS teams, based on their regular season finishes, qualified for the playoffs. In the First Round, the third-ranked team hosted the fourth-ranked team. The winner of that match advances to the Super Semifinal, where they traveled to the second-ranked team. Finally, the regular season first-ranked team hosted the winner of the Super Semifinal in the WPS Championship match.

This format, fairly unique in the American sports landscape, preserves the knockout-style postseason most American sports fans are familiar with, while also highly favoring the regular season first-ranked team.

Standings[edit]

Place Team GP W L T GF GA GD Points
1 Los Angeles Sol 20 12 3 5 27 10 +17 41
2 Saint Louis Athletica 20 10 6 4 19 15 +4 33
3 Washington Freedom 20 8 7 5 32 32 0 29
4 Sky Blue FC 20 7 8 5 19 20 -1 26
5 Boston Breakers 20 7 9 4 18 20 -2 25
6 Chicago Red Stars 20 5 10 5 18 25 -7 20
7 FC Gold Pride 20 4 10 6 17 28 -11 18

Bracket[edit]

  First Round Super Semifinal WPS Final
                           
    1  Los Angeles Sol 0
    2  Saint Louis Athletica 0     4  Sky Blue FC 1
3  Washington Freedom 1     4  Sky Blue FC 1  
4  Sky Blue FC 2

Results[edit]

First round[edit]

August 15, 2009
4:00 pm EDT
Washington Freedom 1 – 2 Sky Blue FC
De Vanna Goal 79' Report Kai Goal 56'
Francielle Goal 85'
Maryland SoccerPlex, Germantown, Maryland
Attendance: 4,217
Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald

Super Semifinal[edit]

August 19, 2009
6:00 PM CDT
Saint Louis Athletica 0 – 1 Sky Blue FC
Logterman Booked 90' Report Dowling Goal 30'
Schnur Booked 67'
Kai Booked 78'
Soccer Park, Fenton, Missouri
Attendance: 5,064
Referee: Ted Unkel

WPS Championship[edit]

August 22, 2009
1:00 PM PDT
Los Angeles Sol 0 – 1 Sky Blue FC
Report O'Reilly Goal 16'
The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Attendance: 7,218
Referee: Kari Seitz
Los Angeles Sol
Sky Blue
FC
LOS ANGELES SOL:
GK 23 Canada Karina LeBlanc
DF 22 United States Manya Makoski
DF 11 United States Brittany Bock Booked 52'
DF 3 United States Allison Falk Red card 27'
DF 14 United States Stephanie Cox
MF 6 United States McCall Zerboni Substituted off 36'
MF 4 United States Aly Wagner Substituted off 63'
MF 7 United States Shannon Boxx (c)
MF 8 Japan Aya Miyama
FW 10 Brazil Marta
FW 9 China Han Duan Substituted off 79'
Substitutes:
GK 1 United States Val Henderson
DF 2 United States Keri Sanchez
DF 19 Canada Sharolta Nonen Substituted in 36'
DF 21 Sweden Johanna Frisk
MF 17 United States Liz Bogus
MF 18 United States Katie Larkin Substituted in 63'
FW 16 United States Lyndsey Patterson Substituted in 79'
Manager:
England Abner Rogers
SKY BLUE FC:
GK 23 United States Jenni Branam
DF 17 United States Keeley Dowling
DF 4 United States Jen Buczkowski
DF 3 United States Christie Rampone (c)
DF 12 United States Meghan Schnur
MF 20 United States Kacey White
MF 10 United States Yael Averbuch
MF 24 Brazil Francielle
FW 9 United States Heather O'Reilly (MVP) Substituted off 84'
FW 11 Brazil Rosana Substituted off 72'
FW 6 United States Natasha Kai Substituted off 68'
Substitutes:
GK 22 United States Cori Alexander
DF 38 United States Julianne Sitch
MF 7 Canada Kelly Parker
MF 13 United States Noelle Keselica Substituted in 84'
MF 14 Australia Collette McCallum Substituted in 72'
FW 15 United States Katie Hooker
FW 16 United States Kerri Hanks Substituted in 68'
Manager:
United States Christie Rampone

MATCH OFFICIALS

  • Assistant referees:
    • Marlene Duffy
    • Veronica Perez
  • Fourth official: Margaret Domka

MATCH RULES

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

Media coverage[edit]

Both the First Round and the WPS Championship was viewable on Fox Sports Network, while the Super Semifinal was on Fox Soccer Channel. Also, all three matches were webcast on the WPS website.

Notes and references[edit]

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