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The first full WPS weekend gives this week’s chat plenty to discuss. We will discuss all three matches: magicJack/Philly II (or is it I ?), Beat/Flash II, and the much-anticipated Sky Blue vs. Breakers match. Also on tap for discussion is the first time back-to-back winner of the WPS POTW and the US Coast Guard SOTW. As a bonus we’ll look at what it means for the Red Stars to move to the WPSL.

Q1: The Independence vs. magicJack.

  • Is the home field advantage for magicJack the field width instead of the fans? What impact does this have on the opposing team?
  • What are your thoughts on magicJack’s game two performance?
  • What impact if any did the time lag between games have for Philly?
  • Who is your player of the match?

For more information on the match, check out the box score and re-cap.

Q2: The Beat vs. The Flash II.

  • The Flash sit at the top of the table, is this the point where they start to break away from the rest of the teams?
  • Christine Sinclair records the first multi-goal game, what do you think of her performance and is it worthy of the WPS POTW award?
  • What are your thoughts on the Beat’s performance (having two strong outings followed by this game)?
  • Which Beat team should we expect to see through out the rest of the regular season?
  • Who is your player of the match?

For more information on the match, check out the box score, Beat recap, and Flash recap.

Q3: Sky Blue vs. The Breakers.

  • What are your thoughts on the Breakers performance?
  • What are your thoughts on the adjusted line-up for the Breakers, having Alex Scott in the midfield and Amy LePeilbet at outside back?
  • What impact did the two-week lag in between games have for Sky Blue?
  • Sky Blue doesn’t get an easy match next week playing the Flash, can they come away with a win? What type of effort is needed for them to win the next match?
  • Who is your player of the match?

For more information on the match, check out the box score, Sky Blue recap and Breakers recap.

Q4: The WPS POTW.

  • Let’s discuss the performance of the first back-to-back winner, Alli Lipsher.

For more information on the POTW, check out the article.

Q5: The US Coast Guard SOTW.

  • Let’s discuss the performance of the winner, Ashlyn Harris.

For more information on the SOTW, check out the video.

Bonus Q: The Chicago Red Stars.

  • What does moving to the WPSL mean for the organization?
Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

We in the WPS community got a glimpse behind the curtain in week 3. The magicJack play their first game and come out with a win versus the Breakers, something they failed to do in two seasons as the Freedom. And the Flash meet last week’s WPS POTW Alli Lipsher and the Beat for their second game of the season.

Q1: The Breakers vs. magicJack.

  • What are your thoughts on the Breakers’ defense after being out shot for the 3rd straight game?
  • What type of effort is needed from the Breakers if they are to win their next match?
  • What interested you most about the magicJack’s debut?
  • Was the win indicative that the move to FL was right for the team?
  • Who is your player of the match?

For more information on the match, check out the box score and re-cap.

Q2: The Flash vs. The Beat.

  • After seeing game two for the Flash, are they the real deal?
  • What do you think about Marta’s debut with the Flash?
  • What are your thoughts on the Beat’s performance?
  • Are the Beat the best team in the WPS? Why or why not?
  • Who is your player of the match?

For more information on the match, check out the box score and recap.

Q3: The WPS POTW.

  • Let’s discuss the performance of last week’s winner, Alli Lipsher.
For more information on the POTW, check out the article.
Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

This post couldn’t wait until tomorrow, although I am exhausted and by the time it gets posted it might just be well after midnight. As I sit watching the NCAA finals, I swear I hear the crowd chanting “Breakers, Breakers, Breakers!” This is the result of an evening at the Breakers “Meet the Team” event. Before I get into the details, I would like to thank the Breakers front office for holding this event for their members, the coaches for being the ultimate hosts, and the players for their kindness and dedication.

The “Meet the Team” event had a great turnout with over 400 fans in attendance to show their support. The fans got a chance to mingle with each other. They shared their favorite stories from last season while munching on a selection of delicious cheeses, crackers, and grilled vegetables (Chioma, hope you got to try some of them.) After a full belly and a few stories,  Andy Crossley stepped up to the podium and introduced the hard workers from the front office who make these events and games run seamlessly. At the completion of the front office introductions, he welcomed into the room the 2010 Breakers.

And at this the room erupted into a loud cheer. Tony took the podium next. He took a  moment to explain the upcoming introductions, player autograph signings, and most importantly, his outlook for this team and the 2010 season. The first player up to the podium was Leslie Osborne. In only a way she could, Leslie made the room all hers. She introduced herself by giving her name, position, where she is from, her college alumni, and former team. Tony then listed out her accomplishments on the pitch. This would repeat all down the line for each player.

I point this out for two reasons. The first is that these players deserve recognition for what they have done and I am glad Tony took the time to mention them. The second is that it shows the players dedication to the team and its accomplishments rather than their individual ones. The fans showed their appreciation for each and every player. But they did give a little extra for the returning players for what they treated us to last season. As the crowd wound down, the players took their seats and started signing autographs and greeting fans.

As I worked my way through the line to each player, they were all friendly, courteous, and excited to meet their supporters. Kelly Smith was sitting, standing, sitting, and standing again and again; signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. She did so without a flinch and with a smile. Alex Scott and I had a chuckle about her ability to go forward and find the back of the net and whether Tony would be able to stop her from doing this. Jen Nobis is as great in person as her Tweets would indicate. Stephanie Cox gave her recap of the USWNT snow bowl game versus Mexico. Amy LePeilbet, Allison Lipsher, and Liz Bogus were swarmed by the masses for pictures. Kristine Lilly- I don’t need to say more just that she is fantastic, humble and great. Claire Zimmeck and Fabiana were signing away; I wonder if their hands started to cramp. The  Taryn Hemmings, Leslie Osborne, and Analisa Marquez table was the most efficient of the evening. Sarah Walsh and I discussed her hair and how much product she uses to get it that way (your secret is safe with me.) Sarah’s hair tried to over shadowed Maggie Tomecka, but she was great to talk too. Tiffany Weimer and Kasey Moore were great fun to chat with and had the second most efficient table. In my opinion, the best table was saved for last with Lauren Cheney and Jordan Angeli. Lauren was as friendly as can be and Jordan had me chuckling.

The night has left me excited for the upcoming season and what the Breakers will accomplish. This post is just one of the ways I will be spreading the word about how extraordinary they are. I wish each and every player success- you all deserve it.

This is the second installment in the ‘Who Dat’ series. As I mentioned in my last post, I will be taking an in-depth look at all the WPS teams in a lead up to the start of the season. The Boston Breakers are this post’s team to go through the ‘Who Dat’ treatment.

The Front Line: This group had its ups and downs last season for the Breakers. A terrific first half of the season and a bumpy second half. The Breakers looked to improve the frontline in the offseason and have done just that. The other team’s defense will no longer have the luxury of a single focused strategy on stopping Kelly Smith without being hurt by the Breakers other offensive threats. The fresh faces of this group Lauren Cheney (USWNT goal leader so far in 2010), Laura del Rio, Tiffany Weimer, and Sarah Walsh will be welcomed by Kelly Smith and will finish plays. A not so fresh face to the team but a fully recovered Fabiana will bolster this group as well.

The Midfield: Best performing group through out the whole season last year for the Breakers was the midfield led by team captain Kristine Lilly. This group really did it all last season from setting the frontline up to getting back and defending. They were tenacious and looked to be weakened by the retirement of Angela Hucles. The Breakers did an outstanding job in free agency to fill the hole left and make it better than last season. The acquisitions of Leslie Osborne and Chioma Igwe will bring this group to that next level.

The Defense and Goal Tending: The defense and goal tending for the Breakers was solid for most of the last season. There were only a couple of notable let downs last season against Sky Blue FC and the season finale against the Sol. The Breakers retained Allison Lipsher who did wonderful in net replacing Kristin Luckenbill midway through the 2009 season. In the games she started only Karina LeBlanc had a better GAA and percentage of shutouts vs total games. In the draft the Breakers selected net minder Alyssa Naeher to spell Lipsher. Opponents had extreme difficulty breaking the defensive wall of the Breakers last season that consisted of Heather Mitts, Amy LePeilbet, Alex Scott, and Candace Chapman. At the beginning of the offseason that wall looked to be falling apart with the loss of Heather Mitts and Candace Chapman in free agency. The breakers made their biggest fix for the defense in the dispersal draft with the selection of Stephanie Cox. Stephanie will fill the spot left vacated by Heather Mitts and Breakers will use Kasey Moore and Jordan Angeli to fill the center defense.

The Breakers will be a team to watch in the 2010 WPS season and look to be a good challenger to Sky Blue FC’s championship defense.

The next team to be put on the table for the ‘Who Dat’ treatment will be the Chicago Red Stars, so stay tuned.

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