2010 Women's Professional Soccer season

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Women's Professional Soccer
Season2010
ChampionsFC Gold Pride
Goals scored224
Average goals/game2.20
Top goalscorerMarta (20)
Longest winning run5 Gold Pride (Days 2–6 & 12–16)
Longest unbeaten run12 Gold Pride (Days 12–24)
Longest losing run5 Atlanta Beat (Days 2–6) and Washington Freedom (13–17)
Highest attendance8,261 Washington Freedom v St. Louis Athletica
Lowest attendance2,118 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 and 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 Cancelled
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]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC Gold Pride 24 16 5 3 46 19 +27 53 Advance to Championship
2 Boston Breakers 24 10 6 8 36 28 +8 36 Advance to Super Semifinal
3 Philadelphia Independence 24 10 4 10 37 36 +1 34 Advance to First Round
4 Washington Freedom 24 8 7 9 33 33 0 31
5 Sky Blue FC 24 7 7 10 20 31 −11 28
6 Chicago Red Stars 24 7 6 11 21 27 −6 27
7 Atlanta Beat 24 5 6 13 20 40 −20 21
8 Saint Louis Athletica 6 2 3 1 9 8 +1 9 Team withdrawn
Source: WPS Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points, 2) goal difference, 3) head-to-head result.

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]

FC Gold Pride4 - 0Philadelphia Independence
Sinclair 16' 53'
Wilson 28'
Marta 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 downward-facing red arrow 80'
DF 4 United States Rachel Buehler (c)
DF 3 New Zealand Ali Riley
MF 77 United States Shannon Boxx downward-facing red arrow 75'
MF 20 France Camille Abily downward-facing red arrow 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 upward-facing green arrow 80'
FW 7 United States Kelley O'Hara upward-facing green arrow 66'
FW 11 United States Kiki Bosio upward-facing green arrow 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 Cameroon Estelle Johnson
MF 26 Iceland Holmfridur Magnusdottir
MF 6 United States Lori Lindsey (c) downward-facing red arrow 58'
MF 4 United States Jen Buczkowski
MF 9 Sweden Caroline Seger downward-facing red arrow 76'
MF 25 United States Tina DiMartino
FW 8 United States Amy Rodriguez
FW 10 England Lianne Sanderson downward-facing red arrow 64'
Substitutes:
FW 19 United States Danesha Adams upward-facing green arrow 58'
DF 2 United States Heather Mitts upward-facing green arrow 64'
MF 16 United States Lyndsey Patterson upward-facing green arrow 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[permanent dead link] United States Abby Wambach Washington Freedom 1 G (44'), 2 A (51', 90') GWA
Week 3[permanent dead link] United States Lori Lindsey Philadelphia Independence 3 A (55', 58', 68') GWA[permanent dead link]
Week 4[permanent dead link] France Sonia Bompastor Washington Freedom 1 G (20'), 1 A (47')[permanent dead link]
Week 5[permanent dead link] England Karen Bardsley Sky Blue FC 13 SVS, SHO[permanent dead link]
Week 6 Brazil Marta FC Gold Pride 2 G (16', 38'), GWG[permanent dead link]
Week 7[permanent dead link] 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[permanent dead link] Brazil Marta FC Gold Pride 1 A (42') 2 G (55', 90'), GWG
Week 10[permanent dead link] United States Danesha Adams Philadelphia Independence 1 G (5') 1 A (18'), GWA[permanent dead link]
Week 11 United States Amy Rodriguez Philadelphia Independence 2 G (62', 72')
Week 12[permanent dead link] Brazil Marta FC Gold Pride 1 A (1') 2 G (30', 86'), GWA
Week 13[permanent dead link] United States Ella Masar Chicago Red Stars
Week 14[permanent dead link] Canada Christine Sinclair FC Gold Pride
Week 15[permanent dead link] Sweden Caroline Seger Philadelphia Independence
Week 16[permanent dead link] United States Hope Solo Atlanta Beat
Week 17[permanent dead link] England Kelly Smith Boston Breakers
Week 18[permanent dead link] United States Amy Rodriguez Philadelphia Independence
Week 19[permanent dead link] England Eniola Aluko Atlanta Beat
Week 20[permanent dead link] United States Abby Wambach Washington Freedom
Week 21[permanent dead link] 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[permanent dead link]
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[permanent dead link]
July United States Jordan Angeli Boston Breakers 4 G, 1 A in 6 games; Breakers 5-1-0 in July[permanent dead link]

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]

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. March 23, 2009. Archived from the original on April 25, 2009. Retrieved April 17, 2009.
  2. ^ "Atlanta Beat Announced as Ninth Team in Women's Professional Soccer". WPS. June 18, 2009. Archived from the original on June 25, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2009.
  3. ^ "Bay Area joins Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) for inaugural season". WPS. September 3, 2008. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2009.
  4. ^ "WPS in Seattle?". bigsoccer.com. December 13, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009. See link in first post
  5. ^ "WPS Discontinues Operations of Los Angeles Sol, womensprosoccer.com, 28 January 2010". Archived from the original on June 29, 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "2010 WPS Year-End Awards Announced" (Press release). Women's Professional Soccer. September 16, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Washington Freedom vs. Boston Breakers". STATS LLC. Archived from the original on April 16, 2010. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
  8. ^ "Philadelphia Independence vs. Sky Blue FC". STATS LLC. Archived from the original on August 6, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  9. ^ "Washington Freedom vs. Atlanta Beat". STATS LLC. Archived from the original on April 24, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  10. ^ "Boston Breakers vs. Philadelphia Independence". STATS LLC. Archived from the original on August 4, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  11. ^ Ellis, Ralph (April 15, 2010). "KSU hopes to raise profile with new soccer stadium". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on April 17, 2010. Retrieved April 25, 2010.

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