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At last, the WPS season has officially kicked off! This is the moment all of us have been waiting for since the end of last season. This week on the chat, we will discuss the opening weekend matches and what we are excited for this season.

Q1: The Breakers vs. the Beat.

  • Did either team surprise you?
  • How did they perform?
  • What player or players performances were you impressed by?
  • What was your play or goal of the match?

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

Q2: The Independence vs. Sky Blue.

  • Did either team surprise you?
  • How did they perform?
  • What player or players performances were you impressed by?
  • What was your play or goal of the match?

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

Q3: The 2011 WPS Season Ahead .

  • Let’s discuss whatever it is that you are excited about this season. Pick a question or topic and work through it.

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.

Last week in the WPS, there were some shake-ups that clearly affected three teams. With these trades and releases, the Independence, the Breakers, and the Red Stars are setting their sights on the 2011 season. This week’s questions will look at these moves and how they might affect the teams.

Q1: The Independence trade Karina LeBlanc for a pair of 2011 WPS draft picks (a first round pick and a third round pick).

  • Does this leave a hole in the GK position for the Independence?
  • What position(s) should the Independence look to improve with the acquired draft picks?

Q2: The Red Stars trade two of their 2011 WPS draft picks for Karina LeBlanc.

  • Does this trade create competition for the starting GK position?
  • Did they give up too much in the trade?

Q3: The Breakers release Stephanie Cox, Kasey Moore, Laura Del Rio, and Sarah Walsh.

  • Who do you see as the best fit to fill the void left in the starting left back position?
  • Who are the best internationals available for the 2011 WPS season?

Q4: 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 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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