2009 WPS All-Star Game

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2009 WPS All-Star Game
Event Women's Professional Soccer All-Star Game
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Date August 30, 2009
Venue Soccer Park
Fenton, Missouri
Referee Sandra Serafini
Attendance 4,115
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The 2009 Women's Professional Soccer All-Star Game was the first WPS All-Star Game. In a format similar to that of recent all-star games in Major League Soccer, the WPS All-Stars played Swedish club powerhouse Umeå IK on August 30, 2009, eight days after the league's championship game. The WPS All-Stars defeated their guests 4–2.

Scoreboard at the Soccer Park in Fenton MO.

Saint Louis Athletica named host[edit]

WPS awarded the 2009 All-Star Game to St. Louis, Missouri in a press release on June 25, 2009. The venue was Anheuser-Busch Center in the suburb of Fenton, home of Saint Louis Athletica.

St. Louis has such a rich soccer tradition and great fans that we thought it would make for a terrific location – right in the heart of America – for our first WPS All-Star Game.

—Tonya Antonucci

Umeå IK[edit]

Main article: Umeå IK

Founded in 1917, Umeå IK is currently one of the premier women's clubs in Europe. They have won six Damallsvenskan titles, and won the UEFA Women's Champions League twice, appearing in the finals five times in the eight years since the competition's founding. Umeå was also the club that Marta played for before moving to the Los Angeles Sol.

WPS All-Stars[edit]

Voting[edit]

Eleven of the eighteen WPS All-Stars were chosen by vote. 25% of the total vote came from fans voting online, 25% from media, 25% from coaches (who were prohibited from voting for their team's players), and 25% from players. The results of the voting were released on August 4 at 5PM ET.

Over 25,000 fan votes were cast, with the top three fan picks being Hope Solo, Lori Chalupny, and Shannon Boxx. Despite leading the fan voting, Solo did not make the Starting XI. Marta was the overall top vote-getter, being named on the ballots of all eligible coaches, collecting 94% of the media vote, and finishing second in the player vote and fourth in the fan vote.

Multiple players who were selected to the Starting XI were playing for their national teams in the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 at the time of the All-Star game. As such, their spots on the field were taken by the next runner-ups in the voting for their respective positions.

The starting line-up of the 2009 WPS All-Stars.

At-Large Selections[edit]

The remaining seven players on the All-Star team were selected by Abner Rogers (head coach for the Los Angeles Sol), who was chosen by a vote of all WPS players to be the WPS All-Star coach, and Commissioner Tonya Antonucci.

2009 All-Star Rosters[edit]

Women's Professional Soccer[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 United States DF Christie Rampone
4 United States DF Cat Whitehill
5 United States MF Brittany Klein
6 United States DF Amy LePeilbet
7 United States MF Shannon Boxx
8 United States DF Tina Ellertson
9 United States MF Heather O'Reilly
10 Brazil FW Marta
11 Brazil FW Cristiane
12 Canada FW Christine Sinclair
13 United States FW Kristine Lilly
15 United States MF Megan Rapinoe
No. Position Player
17 United States MF Lori Chalupny
18 Japan MF Aya Miyama
20 United States FW Abby Wambach
23 Canada GK Karina LeBlanc
25 United States FW Tiffeny Milbrett
78 United States GK Hope Solo
France MF Camille Abily*
England FW Eniola Aluko*
France MF Sonia Bompastor*
Brazil MF Formiga
England DF Alex Scott*
England MF Kelly Smith*

Bold indicates Starting XI from voting results
* Indicates Starting XI players who were on national team duty in Europe at gametime
Italic indicates runner-ups replacing Starting XI players on European national team duty - Tiffeny Milbrett replaced Formiga
Regular typeface indicates "At Large" player selections

Umeå IK[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Sweden DF Johanna Frisk*
5 Sweden DF Emma Berglund
6 Sweden MF Malin Moström
9 Sweden FW Madeleine Edlund
10 Sweden MF Hanna Ljungberg
11 Japan MF Mami Yamaguchi
15 Sweden MF Emelie Konradsson
18 Sweden FW Sofia Jacobsson
19 Switzerland FW Ramona Bachmann
No. Position Player
20 Brazil DF Elaine
21 Sweden GK Carola Söberg
23 Sweden MF Emma Åberg-Zingmark
24 Sweden DF Emma Kullberg
25 Sweden FW Ida Åberg-Zingmark
26 Sweden DF Elin Landström
91 Sweden DF Frida Ostberg*
92 Sweden DF Karolina Westberg
99 Sweden FW Anna Sjöström

Squad announcement
* Due to Umeå also missing players for the European championships, these WPS players played for their former club.

Match details[edit]

2009-08-30
16:30 CDT
WPS All-Stars United States 4 - 2 Sweden Umeå IK
Lilly Goal 24'
Marta Goal 40'
Cristiane Booked 45+'
Sinclair Goal 47' Goal 49'
Boxscore Edlund Goal 2'
Jacobsson Goal 16'
Elaine Booked 57'
Soccer Park, Fenton, Missouri
Attendance: 4,115
Referee: Sandra Serafini (USA)

Woman of the Match:
Christie Rampone
Assistant referees:
Teresa Miguel
Stephanie Toth
Fourth official:
Dallas Malhiwsky

Statistics[edit]

WPS Umeå
Goals scored 4 2
Total shots 28 11
Shots on target 16 7
Total Saves 5 11
Fouls 5 8
Offsides 4 4
Corner kicks 9 6
Yellow cards 1 1
Red cards 0 0

External links[edit]