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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.
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Pack your bags, #WPSChat Tweeps. With all the player movement in the WPS this week, we are going to board the #WPSChat express train and take a tour of the teams making moves. Stops will be made at Atlanta, Boston, New Jersey, and Western New York. Last call, all a board!

Q1: The Atlanta Beat.

  • What do they lose with the trade of Angie Kerr, Eniola Aluko, and Tobin Heath?
  • What do they gain in the draft picks they received?
  • Grade this trade for the Beat?

Q2: The Boston Breakers.

  • What is gained with the signing of Kelly O’Hara?
  • What is gained with the signing of Nikki Washington?
  • Have the Breakers addressed all their off-season needs?
  • Grade these signings for the Breakers?

Q3: The New Jersey Sky Blue FC.

  • What is gained with the trade to get Angie Kerr, Eniola Aluko, and Tobin Heath?
  • What do they lose with the sending of draft picks to Atlanta?
  • What off seasons needs are addressed with this trade?
  • Grade this trade for Sky Blue FC?

Q4: The Western New York Flash.

  • What is gained with the signing of Ali Riley?
  • What is gained with the signing of Brittany Bock?
  • What is gained with the signing of Christine Sinclair?
  • What is gained with the signing of Kandace Wilson?
  • Grade these signings for the Flash?

Q5: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

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 is the fourth installment in the ‘Who Dat’ series. The beginning of the 2010 season is fastly approaching and to be sure each team gets its ‘Who Dat’ treatment there will be two series posted at a time. The FC Gold Pride 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 FC Gold Pride who as a team had the worst GPG in the league. This is one of the key areas in which the team look to improve during the off-season. They started by keeping the foundation of this group with the retention of Christine Sinclair and Tiffeny Milbrett who were one and two respectively in goals scored for the team. With the foundation set they looked to the draft as a way to build on it. They selected Kelley O’Hara the 2009 MAC Herman award winner (POY) from Stanford University who were the runner-up in the NCAA tournament and Kaley Fountain a top prospect out of Wake Forest. Then with the unexpected folding of the Los Angeles Sol the Pride had the opportunity to bolster this group even further through the dispersal draft. With the selection of Marta (the 2009 Golden Boot award winner, the 2009 WPS Michelle Akers award winner (MVP), and WPS leading goal scorer), goals should be a plenty from this group.

The Midfield: At the end of the 2009 season this group didn’t require improvement until the departure of Leslie Osborne and Tiffany Weimer to the Boston Breakers. To prevent further disruption in this group, they traded for Camille Abily before the folding of the Sol and the dispersal draft, and selected Solveig Gulbrandsen in the international draft. These two additions will bring the midfield back up to the level it was at prior to the departures.

The Defense and Goal Tending: The defense and goal tending for the FC Gold Pride was the second area that needed improvement at the end of the 2009 season. They held onto the cornerstone of the defense in Rachel Buehler and Carrie Drew. And then added Candace Chapman who was with the Boston Breakers last season and a Canadian women’s national team player. The Pride then used their second round pick to select Becky Edwards, a top defender from Florida State. The net minder from last season Nicole Barnhart will still work between the sticks for the Pride but should not see as many shots.

The FC Gold Pride will not be short of goals this season and will have a better defense than a year ago. They are a team which will attract crowds at whatever venue they play.

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

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