2010 Women's Professional Soccer season
|Champions||FC Gold Pride|
|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|
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.
- 1 Changes from the 2009 Season
- 2 Competition Format/Schedule
- 3 Standings
- 4 Playoffs
- 5 Leaders
- 6 Awards
- 7 Statistics
- 8 Related Competitions
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Changes from the 2009 Season
- Two franchises, based in Philadelphia, and Atlanta, joined the league.
- A potential Dallas franchise is pending upon finding a site at which to play, and WPS is constantly considering other expansion possibilities as well, such as Seattle.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
• • •
|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|
|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|
|Saint Louis Athletica||BAY||CHI||BOS||WSH||PHI||NJ|
|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|
Blue denotes team has clinched regular season championship.
Green denotes team has spot in Playoffs.
|1||FC Gold Pride||24||16||3||5||46||19||+27||53|
|5||Sky Blue FC||24||7||10||7||20||31||-11||28|
|6||Chicago Red Stars||24||7||11||6||21||27||-6||27|
|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|
|FC Gold Pride||4 - 0||Philadelphia Independence|
|Sinclair 16' 53'
FC Gold Pride
Minimum 60 minutes played per game average
|1||Nicole Barnhart||FC Gold Pride||18||1880||92||73||16||0.77||13-3-5||8|
|2||Jillian Loyden||Chicago Red Stars||23||2070||99||72||27||1.17||6-11-6||6|
|3||Hope Solo||Saint Louis Athletica/Atlanta Beat||22||1980||139||104||36||1.64||6-8-8||6|
Player of the Week
Player of the Month
WPS announced its end-of-year awards on September 16.
- First Goal of the Season: Lauren Cheney for Boston Breakers against Washington Freedom, 7th minute (10 April)
- Earliest Goal in a Match: 2nd minute
- Latest Goal in a Match: 90th minute
- Widest Winning Margin: 5 Goals
- Most Goals Scored in a Match: 7 Goals
- First Hat-Trick:
- Fastest Hat-Trick:
- First Own Goal: Allison Falk of Philadelphia Independence for Saint Louis Athletica (8 May)
- Average Goals per Match: 2.45
- First Yellow Card: Fabiana for Boston Breakers against Washington Freedom, 44th minute (10 April)
- First Red Card: Jen Buczkowski for Philadelphia Independence against Boston Breakers, 86th minute (18 April)
- Most Yellow Cards in a Match: 3
- Most Red Cards in a Match:
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;. 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.
- "Women's Professional Soccer Finalizes Philadelphia as Eighth WPS Franchise for 2010". WPS. 2009-03-23. Archived from the original on 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
- "Atlanta Beat Announced as Ninth Team in Women's Professional Soccer". WPS. 2009-06-18. Archived from the original on 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
- "Bay Area joins Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) for inaugural season". WPS. 2008-09-03. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
- "WPS in Seattle?". bigsoccer.com. 2009-12-13. Retrieved 2009-12-17. See link in first post
- "WPS Discontinues Operations of Los Angeles Sol, womensprosoccer.com, 28 January 2010". Archived from the original on 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2010-01-29.
- "2010 WPS Year-End Awards Announced" (Press release). Women's Professional Soccer. September 16, 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "Washington Freedom vs. Boston Breakers". STATS LLC. Archived from the original on 16 April 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2010.
- "Philadelphia Independence vs. Sky Blue FC". STATS LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-08-06. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
- "Washington Freedom vs. Atlanta Beat". STATS LLC. Archived from the original on 2010-04-24. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
- "Boston Breakers vs. Philadelphia Independence". STATS LLC. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
- 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.