2010 Women's Professional Soccer season

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Women's Professional Soccer
Season 2010
Champions FC Gold Pride
Goals scored 224
Average goals/game 2.20
Top goalscorer Marta (20)
Longest winning run 5 Gold Pride (Days 2–6 & 12–16)
Longest unbeaten run 12 Gold Pride (Days 12–24)
Longest losing run 5 Atlanta Beat (Days 2–6) and Washington Freedom (13–17)
Highest attendance 8,261 Washington Freedom v St. Louis Athletica
Lowest attendance 2,118 Washington Freedom v Philadelphia Independence
2009
2011

The 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season was the second season for the WPS, the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. Regular season champion FC Gold Pride won the WPS Championship on September 26 with a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Independence.

Changes from the 2009 Season[edit]

  • Two franchises, based in Philadelphia,[1] and Atlanta,[2] joined the league.
  • A potential Dallas franchise is pending upon finding a site at which to play,[3] and WPS is constantly considering other expansion possibilities as well, such as Seattle.[4]
  • The Los Angeles Sol did not return, as that franchise was terminated January 28, 2010 after Anschutz Entertainment Group returned their franchise rights and a buyer was not found.[5]
  • The number of games in the regular season increased from 20 to 24.
  • On May 27, financial problems caused the Saint Louis Athletica to fold. Players became free agents on June 1.

Competition Format/Schedule[edit]

  • The regular season began on April 10 and ended on September 12 with a bye week on May 22 (the date the USWNT hosted Germany's WNT in a friendly); the playoffs began on September 19 and ended on September 26.
  • Each team played a total of 24 games, evenly divided between home and away games. Under the following format, each team played three other teams four times each, two at home and two away, and the remaining four teams three times each, two at home and one away or one at home and two away.
  • The playoff format was identical to that of the 2009 season. The four teams with the most points from the regular season qualified for the playoffs. The third- and fourth-placed regular season finishers played each other in the single-match First Round, with the winner traveling to face the second-placed regular season finisher in the Super Semifinal midweek. The Super Semifinal winner then traveled to face the first-placed regular season finisher in the WPS Championship.
  • Games played against the Saint Louis Athletica before they folded still counted toward a team's point total.
Abbreviation and Color Key:
Atlanta Beat - ATL • Boston Breakers - BOS • Chicago Red Stars - CHI • FC Gold Pride - BAY
Philadelphia Independence - PHI • Saint Louis Athletica - STL • Sky Blue FC - NJ • Washington Freedom - WSH
Win  • Loss  • Tie  • Home
Club Match
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Atlanta Beat PHI WSH BAY PHI NJ WSH CHI CHI PHI BAY CHI BOS NJ CHI WSH BAY BOS BOS PHI BOS BAY BOS NJ WSH
0-0 3-1 2-1 1-0 0-1 0-2 0-0 1-0 2-2 0-4 1-1 3-1 0-1 1-0 3-2 0-0 2-0 1-2 3-1 2-3 1-6 1-3 0-0 1-0
Boston Breakers WSH PHI STL CHI WSH BAY NJ NJ BAY CHI PHI ATL WSH BAY CHI WAS ATL PHI NJ ATL PHI ATL BAY NJ
1-2 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-0 1-2 0-0 1-2 1-0 1-2 1-2 3-1 2-1 1-2 1-3 3-1 2-0 2-2 4-0 2-3 1-2 1-3 2-0 0-0
Chicago Red Stars NJ STL NJ BOS BAY PHI BAY ATL WSH ATL BOS WSH ATL NJ ATL BOS PHI NJ BAY PHI WAS BAY PHI WAS
1-0 1-1 0-1 0-2 2-0 0-1 1-0 0-0 2-2 1-0 1-2 0-0 1-1 2-0 1-0 1-3 3-0 1-2 0-0 1-2 2-0 2-3 2-0 2-1
FC Gold Pride STL NJ ATL NJ CHI BOS CHI WSH PHI BOS NJ ATL WAS PHI BOS WSH ATL CHI WSH CHI ATL NJ BOS PHI
2-0 3-1 2-1 0-1 2-0 1-2 1-0 1-1 1-3 1-0 0-2 0-4 3-2 2-0 1-2 1-4 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-3 1-6 1-1 2-0 4-1
Philadelphia Independence ATL BOS WSH ATL STL CHI WSH NJ BAY NJ ATL WSH BOS BAY NJ CHI WSH BOS CHI ATL NJ BOS CHI BAY
0-0 1-1 3-1 1-0 2-1 0-1 2-1 2-1 1-3 1-4 2-2 3-2 1-2 2-0 4-1 3-0 2-0 2-2 1-2 3-2 1-0 1-2 2-0 4-1
Saint Louis Athletica BAY CHI BOS WSH PHI NJ
2-0 1-1 1-1 3-1 2-1 2-2
Sky Blue FC CHI BAY CHI BAY ATL STL BOS PHI BOS PHI BAY WSH CHI ATL PHI CHI ATL WAS BOS PHI WSH BAY ATL BOS
1-0 3-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 2-2 0-0 2-1 1-2 1-4 0-2 0-0 2-0 0-1 4-1 1-2 1-2 1-1 4-0 1-0 2-1 1-1 0-0 0-0
Washington Freedom BOS ATL PHI STL BOS ATL PHI BAY CHI PHI CHI NJ BAY BOS BAY ATL BOS PHI NJ BAY CHI NJ CHI ATL
1-2 3-1 3-1 3-1 0-0 0-2 2-1 1-1 2-2 3-2 0-0 0-0 3-2 2-1 1-4 3-2 3-1 2-0 1-1 0-0 2-0 2-1 2-1 1-0

2010 schedule

Standings[edit]

Blue denotes team has clinched regular season championship.
Green denotes team has spot in Playoffs.

Place Team GP W L T GF GA GD Points
1 FC Gold Pride 24 16 3 5 46 19 +27 53
2 Boston Breakers 24 10 8 6 36 28 +8 36
3 Philadelphia Independence 24 10 10 4 37 36 +1 34
4 Washington Freedom 24 8 9 7 33 33 0 31
5 Sky Blue FC 24 7 10 7 20 31 -11 28
6 Chicago Red Stars 24 7 11 6 21 27 -6 27
7 Atlanta Beat 24 5 13 6 20 40 -20 21

Playoffs[edit]

The Gold Pride pose with the WPS Championship trophy
  First Round Super Semifinal WPS Championship
                           
    1  FC Gold Pride 4
    2  Boston Breakers 1     3  Philadelphia Independence 0
3  Philadelphia Independence 1     3  Philadelphia Independence 2  
4  Washington Freedom 0

WPS Championship[edit]

26 September 2010
19:30 GMT
FC Gold Pride 4 - 0 Philadelphia Independence
Sinclair Goal 16' Goal 53'
Wilson Goal 28'
Marta Goal 90'
FC Gold Pride
Philadelphia Independence
FC Gold Pride:
GK 1 United States Nicole Barnhart
FW 9 United States Kandace Wilson
DF 5 Canada Candace Chapman Substituted off 80'
DF 4 United States Rachel Buehler (c)
DF 3 New Zealand Ali Riley
MF 77 United States Shannon Boxx Substituted off 75'
MF 20 France Camille Abily Substituted off 66'
DF 14 United States Becky Edwards
FW 15 United States Tiffeny Milbrett
FW 12 Canada Christine Sinclair
FW 10 Brazil Marta (MVP)
Substitutions:
MF 13 United States Kristen Graczyk Substituted in 80'
FW 7 United States Kelley O'Hara Substituted in 66'
FW 11 United States Kiki Bosio Substituted in 75'
Manager:
United States Albertin Montoya
Philadelphia Independence:
GK 1 United States Val Henderson
DF 15 United States Nikki Krzysik
DF 3 United States Allison Falk
DF 24 United States Estelle Johnson
MF 26 Iceland Holmfridur Magnusdottir
MF 6 United States Lori Lindsey (c) Substituted off 58'
MF 4 United States Jen Buczkowski
MF 9 Sweden Caroline Seger Substituted off 76'
MF 25 United States Tina DiMartino
FW 8 United States Amy Rodriguez
FW 10 England Lianne Sanderson Substituted off 64'
Substitutes:
FW 19 United States Danesha Adams Substituted in 58'
DF 2 United States Heather Mitts Substituted in 64'
MF 16 United States Lyndsey Patterson Substituted in 76'
Manager:
England Paul Riley

MATCH OFFICIALS

  • Assistant referees:
    • Marlene Duffy
    • Veronica Perez
  • Fourth official: Kari Seitz

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.

Leaders[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Fouls[edit]

Goalkeeping[edit]

Minimum 60 minutes played per game average

Rank Goalkeeper Club GP MINS SOG SVS GA GAA W-L-T SHO
1 United States Nicole Barnhart FC Gold Pride 18 1880 92 73 16 0.77 13-3-5 8
2 United States Jillian Loyden Chicago Red Stars 23 2070 99 72 27 1.17 6-11-6 6
3 United States Hope Solo Saint Louis Athletica/Atlanta Beat 22 1980 139 104 36 1.64 6-8-8 6

Awards[edit]

Player of the Week[edit]

Week Player of the Week Club Week's Statline
Week 1 England Eniola Aluko Saint Louis Athletica 2 G (40', 62') GWG
Week 2 United States Abby Wambach Washington Freedom 1 G (44'), 2 A (51', 90') GWA
Week 3 United States Lori Lindsey Philadelphia Independence 3 A (55', 58', 68') GWA
Week 4 France Sonia Bompastor Washington Freedom 1 G (20'), 1 A (47')
Week 5 England Karen Bardsley Sky Blue FC 13 SVS, SHO
Week 6 Brazil Marta FC Gold Pride 2 G (16', 38'), GWG
Week 7 Sweden Kosovare Asllani Chicago Red Stars 1 G (56'), GWG
Week 8 United States Amy Rodriguez Philadelphia Independence 1 A (3') 1 G (29'), GWG
Week 9 Brazil Marta FC Gold Pride 1 A (42') 2 G (55', 90'), GWG
Week 10 United States Danesha Adams Philadelphia Independence 1 G (5') 1 A (18'), GWA
Week 11 United States Amy Rodriguez Philadelphia Independence 2 G (62', 72')
Week 12 Brazil Marta FC Gold Pride 1 A (1') 2 G (30', 86'), GWA
Week 13 United States Ella Masar Chicago Red Stars
Week 14 Canada Christine Sinclair FC Gold Pride
Week 15 Sweden Caroline Seger Philadelphia Independence
Week 16 United States Hope Solo Atlanta Beat
Week 17 England Kelly Smith Boston Breakers
Week 18 United States Amy Rodriguez Philadelphia Independence
Week 19 England Eniola Aluko Atlanta Beat
Week 20 United States Abby Wambach Washington Freedom
Week 21 Spain Veronica Boquete Chicago Red Stars

Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player of the Month Club Month's Statline
April United States Lori Lindsey Philadelphia Independence 4 A in 3 games; Independence 1-0-2 in April
May United States Karen Bardsley Sky Blue FC 31 saves and 2 SO in 4 games; Sky Blue 1-1-2 in May
June United States Amy Rodriguez Philadelphia Independence 5 G, 2 A in 5 games; Independence 3-1-1 in June
July United States Jordan Angeli Boston Breakers 4 G, 1 A in 6 games; Breakers 5-1-0 in July

End-of-year awards[edit]

WPS announced its end-of-year awards on September 16.[6]

Award Winner Club
Michelle Akers Player of the Year Brazil Marta FC Gold Pride
MedImmune Defender of the Year United States Amy LePeilbet Boston Breakers
Coast Guard Goalkeeper of the Year United States Nicole Barnhart FC Gold Pride
Rookie of the Year New Zealand Ali Riley FC Gold Pride
Coach of the Year England Paul Riley Philadelphia Independence
Citi Sportswoman of the Year United States Natalie Spilger Chicago Red Stars
PUMA Golden Boot Brazil Marta FC Gold Pride

Statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Discipline[edit]

Related Competitions[edit]

All-Star Game[edit]

Main article: WPS All-Star 2010

WPS All-Star 2010 took place on June 30, a midseason date as opposed to the previous year's postseason All-Star game. It was played at the new Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia, home to the Atlanta Beat;.[11] The United States Coast Guard once again presented the game, which aired on Fox Soccer Channel again as well.

The all-star selection process was the same as in the previous year, although twice as many players were selected. The top US vote-getter, Abby Wambach, and the top international vote-getter, Marta, then chose between the remaining 20 voted-on players to create their teams, with the 14 at-large selections being distributed by the league. Marta's XI defeated Abby's XI 5–2.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women’s Professional Soccer Finalizes Philadelphia as Eighth WPS Franchise for 2010". WPS. 2009-03-23. Archived from the original on 25 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Atlanta Beat Announced as Ninth Team in Women’s Professional Soccer". WPS. 2009-06-18. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Bay Area joins Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) for inaugural season". WPS. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  4. ^ "WPS in Seattle?". bigsoccer.com. 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2009-12-17.  See link in first post
  5. ^ WPS Discontinues Operations of Los Angeles Sol, womensprosoccer.com, 28 January 2010
  6. ^ "2010 WPS Year-End Awards Announced" (Press release). Women's Professional Soccer. September 16, 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Washington Freedom vs. Boston Breakers". STATS LLC. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Philadelphia Independence vs. Sky Blue FC". STATS LLC. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Washington Freedom vs. Atlanta Beat". STATS LLC. Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Boston Breakers vs. Philadelphia Independence". STATS LLC. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Ellis, Ralph (2010-04-15). "KSU hopes to raise profile with new soccer stadium". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 

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