2011 Philadelphia Independence season

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Philadelphia Independence
2011 season
Owner United States Team Dynamics, LLC
Head Coach England Paul Riley
Stadium Leslie Quick Stadium
Chester, Pennsylvania
(Capacity: 4,500)
Women's Professional Soccer 2nd
WPS Playoffs Runners-up
Top goalscorer Tasha Kai (9)
Highest home attendance 4,162
(Aug. 7 vs. Sky Blue FC)
Lowest home attendance 1,996
(July 6 vs. Sky Blue FC)
Average home league attendance 2,774
Biggest win 6-0
(June 19 vs. magicJack)
Biggest defeat 0-2
(July 23 at Sky Blue FC)
Home colors
Away colors
← 2010
All statistics correct as of June 15, 2017.

The 2011 Philadelphia Independence season was the team's second and final season in the Women's Professional Soccer league, and its final season as a team.

Review[edit]

The Independence traded Karina LeBlanc to the Chicago Red Stars to move up to the second overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft and midfielder Caroline Seger to the expansion Western New York Flash for their first pick in the draft's second round. The Independence selected University of Virginia midfielder Sinead Farrelly with the acquired first-round pick.[1][2] The Independence would select seven players in the draft, more than any other team in the 6-team league. It also signed goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart on February 24, 2011, after the dissolution of FC Gold Pride.[3]

The team also changed home venues, moving from West Chester University to Widener University.[2]

The Independence in action during the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Championship Game against the Western New York Flash at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York.

The Independence finished second in league play, won the WPS Super Semifinal 2-0 over magicJack, then drew the Western New York Flash in the 2011 WPS championship after extra time, losing in penalties 5-4. Head coach Paul Riley was named WPS Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season, and Verónica Boquete was named Player of the Year.

This was the team's final season, as it dissolved in 2012 along with the Women's Professional Soccer league itself. Many of its players and staff would go on to other teams that moved to different leagues, while others appeared in the next fully professional women's soccer league, the National Women's Soccer League, after it launched in 2013.[4]

Squad[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of September 26, 2011[5]

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

No. Position Player
0 United States FW Tasha Kai
1 United States GK Val Henderson
3 United States DF Allison Falk
4 United States MF Jen Buczkowski
6 United States MF Lori Lindsey
7 United States DF Leigh Ann Robinson
8 United States FW Amy Rodriguez
9 United States FW Danesha Adams
10 England FW Lianne Sanderson
13 Spain FW Laura del Rio
14 United States MF Sinead Farrelly
No. Position Player
15 United States DF Nikki Krzysik
16 United States DF Kia McNeill
17 United States MF Joanna Lohman
20 United States FW Gina DiMartino
21 Spain FW Verónica Boquete
22 United States DF Lauren Barnes
23 United States GK Nicole Barnhart
24 United States DF Estelle Johnson
25 United States MF Tina DiMartino
28 United States DF Lauren Fowlkes
39 United States GK Robyn Jones

Team Management[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach England Paul Riley
Assistant coach United States Paul Royal
Assistant coach United States Skip Thorp
Strength and conditioning coach United States Mike Demakis

Last updated: November 10, 2011
Source: WPS

Competitions[edit]

Women's Professional Soccer[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Round123456789101112131415161718
GroundAHAHAAHHAHHHAAAHHA
ResultDWLWWDLDWWWWWLWWWL
Updated to match(es) played on August 22, 2011. Source: WPS
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Home/away results[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
18 11 3 4 31 18  +13 36 7 1 1 21 8  +13 4 2 3 10 10  0

Last updated: August 22, 2011.
Source: WPS

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Western New York Flash (A) 18 13 3 2 40 18 +22 42 2011 WPS Championship
2 Philadelphia Independence (A) 18 11 3 4 31 18 +13 36 2011 WPS Super Semifinal
3 magicJack (A) 18 9 2 7 29 29 0 28[a] 2011 WPS Playoffs
4 Boston Breakers (A) 18 5 4 9 19 24 −5 19[b]
5 Sky Blue FC 18 5 4 9 24 29 −5 19[b]
6 Atlanta Beat 18 1 4 13 7 32 −25 7
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source: soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) points, 2) goal difference, 3) head to head result.
(A) Advances to 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Playoffs.
Notes:
  1. ^ magicJack were deducted a point for various league violations.[7]
  2. ^ a b BOS: 7 pts; SKY: 4 pt

WPS Playoffs[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

Source: WPS

Squad statistics are of the regular season only.

N Pos Player GP GS Min G A PK Shot SOG SOG% Foul FS YC RC
0 F Tasha Kai 17 16 1234 9 1 0 49 28 57.14% 9 19 1 0
4 M Jen Buczkowski 18 18 1620 0 0 0 7 3 42.86% 18 9 1 0
6 M Lori Lindsey 9 1 254 0 0 0 5 3 60.00% 2 1 0 0
7 D Leigh Ann Robinson 17 17 1530 0 2 0 5 0 0.00% 4 4 0 0
8 F Amy Rodriguez 10 6 641 2 0 0 19 8 42.11% 5 9 0 0
10 F Lianne Sanderson 17 8 670 3 3 1 19 12 63.16% 5 9 1 0
13 F Laura del Rio 15 3 471 2 3 0 29 19 65.52% 2 4 0 0
14 M Sinead Farrelly 14 13 1101 1 2 0 13 8 61.54% 7 5 1 0
15 M Nikki Krzysik 18 18 1620 0 0 0 0 0 14 3 1 0
16 D Kia McNeill 17 17 1453 1 0 0 7 6 85.71% 12 6 1 1
17 D Joanna Lohman 9 6 495 0 2 0 11 4 36.36% 6 11 1 0
19 M Danesha Adams 13 8 703 3 1 0 20 13 65.00% 6 12 1 0
21 F Verónica Boquete 11 10 902 5 4 0 29 21 72.41% 5 12 0 0
24 D Estelle Johnson 15 13 1194 1 1 0 5 2 40.00% 4 4 0 0
25 M Tina DiMartino 18 18 1429 2 1 0 18 8 44.44% 4 9 0 0
26 F Holmfridur Magnusdottir 12 6 586 1 1 0 10 3 30.00% 11 1 2 0
Team Total 230 178 15903 30 21 1 246 138 56.10% 114 118 10 1
N Pos Goal keeper GP GS Min GA GA/G PKA PKF Shot Sav Sho
23 GK Nicole Barnhart 9 9 810 10 1.11 1 2 49 37 3
1 GK Val Henderson 9 9 810 8 0.89 1 1 28 20 4
Team Total 18 18 1620 18 2.00 2 3 77 57 7

Transfers[edit]

2011 WPS Draft[edit]

Player Pos Previous Club Notes Ref
United States Sinead Farrelly MF United States University of Virginia Round 1, Pick #2 [8]
United States Lauren Fowlkes DF United States University of Notre Dame Round 5, Pick #5 [8]
United States Jennifer Stoltenberg FW United States University of Oregon Round 2, Pick #9 [8]
United States Caitlin Farrell DF United States Wake Forest University Round 2, Pick #11 [8]
United States Lauren Barnes DF United States University of California, Los Angeles Round 3, Pick #15 [8]
United States Bianca D'Agostino MF United States Wake Forest University Round 3, Pick #18 [8]
United States Teresa Rynier MF United States James Madison University Round 4, Pick #23 [8]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes
December 22, 2010 United States Tasha Kai FW United States Sky Blue FC Signed[9]
December 27, 2010 United States Megan Rapinoe MF United States Chicago Red Stars Signed as free agent[10]
January 31, 2011 Spain Verónica Boquete FW Spain RCD Espanyol Signed, joined at conclusion of 2010–11 Superliga Femenina[11][12]
Spain Laura del Rio FW United States Boston Breakers Trade[13][12]
February 22, 2011 United States Nicole Barnhart GK United States FC Gold Pride Signed as free agent[14]
March 24, 2011 United States Sinead Farrelly MF United States University of Virginia Signed draft pick[8][12]
United States Gina DiMartino FW United States Boston College Signed to main roster[12]
April 1, 2011 United States Lauren Barnes DF United States UCLA Signed draft pick[8][12]
April 4, 2011 United States Lauren Fowlkes DF United States Notre Dame Signed draft pick[8][12]
April 6, 2011 United States Robyn Jones GK United States New Jersey Wildcats Signed to main roster[12]
United States Leigh Ann Robinson DF United States Atlanta Beat Signed[15]

Out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes
October 12, 2010 Canada Karina LeBlanc GK United States Chicago Red Stars Traded for 1st- and 3rd-round picks in 2011 WPS Draft.[16]
November 8, 2010 United States Lyndsey Patterson MF/FW United States Atlanta Beat Waived[17]
United States Sarah Senty DF Waived
December 22, 2010 Sweden Caroline Seger FW United States Western New York Flash Traded for 2nd-round picks in 2011 and 2012 WPS Drafts.[18]
January 15, 2011 United States Heather Mitts DF United States Atlanta Beat Traded for 3rd-round pick in 2012 WPS Draft.[19][12]
June 21, 2011 United States Megan Rapinoe MF United States magicJack Traded in exchange for cash considerations.[20][12]
July 25, 2011 Iceland Hólmfríður Magnúsdóttir MF/FW Iceland Valur Mutually terminated rights[21][12]

Awards[edit]

Player of the Week[edit]

Week Player of the Week Week's Statline
Week 11 Spain Verónica Boquete 3 A, 1 G
Week 13 United States Natasha Kai 3 G
1 G
Week 14 Spain Verónica Boquete 1 G
Week 16 Spain Verónica Boquete 1 G, GWG
1 G, GWG

WPS year-end awards[edit]

Award Player Notes
Michelle Akers Player of the Year Spain Verónica Boquete Also earned league’s top honor as MVP
WPS Coach of the Year England Paul Riley Led his team to a seven-game unbeaten streak and playoff final
Citi Sportswoman of the Year United States Nikki Krzysik Team captain selected by her peers for exemplary leadership

Source: 2011 WPS Year End Awards

2011 WPS Best XI[edit]

Player Position
United States Kia McNeill Defense
Poland Nikki Krzysik Defense
Spain Verónica Boquete * Midfield
United States Jen Buczkowski Midfield

* – unanimous selection
Source: WPS Announces Best XI of 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chicago Red Stars trade for GK Karina LeBlanc". OurSportsCentral. October 12, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Tannenwald, Jonathan (January 15, 2011). "High expectations for Independence draft picks". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "Homecoming: Independence sign Barnhart". Philly Soccer News. February 24, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  4. ^ Servedio, Mike (February 21, 2013). "Tracking down the Philadelphia Independence". The Philly Soccer Page. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Philadelphia Independence :: Players". Women's Professional Soccer. Archived from the original on September 26, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Kassouf, Jeff (June 19, 2011). "Philadelphia Independence 6-0 magicJack: A historic thumping". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  7. ^ "WPS Imposes Punishment on magicJack with Point Deduction, Loss of Draft Picks". allwhitekit.com. 12 May 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Alodnra Hernandez (14 January 2011). "2011 WPS Draft Results". www.prettytough.com. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  9. ^ Albert Sigurdsson (22 December 2010). "Tasha Kai joins Philadelphia". www.wsoccernews.com. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  10. ^ "More Firepower - Independence sign Rapinoe". Philly SOccer News. 27 December 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  11. ^ Jeff Kassouf (18 August 2018). "Spanish flair leads Philly into super semifinal". ESPN-W. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Transactions: 2011". womensprosoccer.com. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  13. ^ Nell Enriquez (18 May 2011). "Laura del Rio enjoying new found freedom". The Equalizer. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  14. ^ Jeff Kassouf (22 February 2011). "Philadelphia Independence signs Nicole Barnhart". The Equalizer. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  15. ^ Christian Brookes (9 January 2014). "Leigh Ann Robinson interview: When scout's honour met independence for US defender". Beaths and Rhymes FC. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Chicago Red Stars Trade for GK Karina Leblanc". www.oursportscentral.com. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Alumna Lyndsey Patterson". Washington Premier Football Club. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  18. ^ "WNY acquire Caroline Seger". Western New York Flash. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  19. ^ Jonathan Tannenwald (15 January 2011). "Independence trade Heather Mitts to Atlanta". The Inquirer. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Independence Trade Megan Rapinoe to magicJack". www.womensprosoccer.com. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Frida Returns - Independence signs Magnusdottir, Omarsdottir". www.phillysoccernews.com. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2018.