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NCAA, WPS, etc: Oh what will the New Year bring

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Now we turn from promoting Christen Press to other countries (since Pia doesn’t like her) to discussing what is next for this blog.

I have always posted on whims, and I doubt that will change in the upcoming New Year. In fact, I may post more infrequently (I do have a life outside of this, shockingly), unless WPS, the USWNT, and the idiot fans (and their blogs) piss me off more than they already do.

Soccer-wise, the highlights of the year were certainly

  1. FC Gold Pride’s glorious last season
  2. Lauren Fowlkes getting her NCAA championship ring
  3. Alex Morgan being awesome
  4. Watching Notre Dame in person

More than I could have asked for, really — considering there was so much to regret and dislike. But that would take pages.

Anyway — Happy New Year, everyone.

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Written by teamongolia

December 29, 2010 at 6:47 pm

WPS: “You can’t buy my love but I will flip through that magazine”

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I haven’t spoken about WPS for a long time. I didn’t even chime in when FC Gold Pride, my hometown team, folded. I was angry and sad for a little while, but then NCAA heated up, the USWNT got in trouble, Alex Morgan suddenly got famous (or as famous as a women’s soccer player not named Mia Hamm can get in the United States), and Lauren Fowlkes got her NCAA championship ring. Morgan and Fowlkes can make my day, any day.

Well, it seems that since FCGP collapsed, so many interesting things have happened. As of this writing, Sinclair, Riley, Bock, Zerboni, and Wilson are going to Western New York Flash (blech what a mouthful). They’ve already got Fountain and Goebel, as you all should know by now — and of course a certain princess is slated to be the #1 2011 WPS draft pick, which WNY owns. I begged WNY to take Carrie Dew and Emma Hayes thanked me for my input. The Washington Freedom’s crazy-ass new owner is sending Freedom fans into conniptions — never seen so much whining in my life — at least, the most whining I’ve seen that wasn’t caused by Hope Solo. The Chicago Red Stars are not showing any signs of life. And, most oddly to me, Kelley O’Hara has been signed by the Boston Breakers, coached by the man who cut her from the 2008 U20 team (and in doing so I firmly believe that he drove a wedge between her and some of those other players). I mean, isn’t she Dennis the Menace to Tony’s Mr. Wilson? (Wonderful analogy, whoever came up with that.)

Other things have happened as well: the U-23s are going to camp again, Tiffany Weimer and co. start Ocho FC, the utopian women’s soccer team (hence it’s perfect and non-existent), Alex Morgan gets interviewed on a blog, and Morgan also did a photoshoot for ESPN the Magazine. Normally I don’t give a rat’s ass for ESPN anything, but OMG OMG, I WANT THAT ISSUE THAT HAS HER PICTURES IN IT, I WANT IT.

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December 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

WPS: GOLD PRIDE PWNS YOU

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Like some people, I watched the WPS Championship Final yesterday. Except for WPS’ stuttery webcast (so much for technology), it was the most glorious game I have ever seen. Gold Pride has been my team from the beginning, and I am so very happy — but it is tempered by the sadness of the Philadelphia players, some of whom I love and cherish more than Ms. Marta.

  • Val Henderson did as well as she could by herself, but unfortunately, Falk and Magnusdottir were absolutely pooped. As Erin McLeod and Alyssa Naeher can attest, even the best goalkeeper doesn’t stand a chance when your defense has gone to pot.
  • Once again Tina DiMartino is the class badass of Philadelphia. If it weren’t for her (as usual), Adams wouldn’t have gotten as close to goal as she did. Even when they were down 2-0, I knew FCGP couldn’t rest because the eldest DiMartino sister had the ability to pull her team back up single-handedly.
  • Philadelphia has a treasure in Jen Buczkowski. So what if she has a tendency to collect cards? She never gives up, even if it means getting into her opponents’ heads with the beat-down.

I love you Independence, now please to stop calling yourselves Cheesesteaks. And no I don’t have an alternate suggestion. Sorry.

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September 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm

WPS: We Knew ESPN Preferred Lambert Over McNeill Anyway

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Atlanta’s Kia McNeill was issued a three-game suspension for her flying kick against FC Gold Pride’s Nicole Barnhart in last Saturday’s game.

While I am sort of neutral about McNeill herself — she hasn’t come out guns a-blazing like Natalie Spilger has about her suspension, although Spilger has probably been more unfairly targeted — it’s the people who are coming to McNeill’s defense who REALLY need:

  1. A reality check
  2. What Karen Carney calls “ambiean
  3. Basic observational skills (see picture below)

Kiki Bosio makes this picture worth it.

Lest we forget, Barnhart suffered a long cut and several marks on her arm. Sure, it wasn’t a horrific leg injury (I’M LOOKING AT YOU ABBY WAMBACH), but no matter how stupid and corrupt WPS referees are (AND THEY ARE DON’T LIE) this call was correct. Remember, a broken clock is always right two times a day!

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July 7, 2010 at 10:01 pm

WPS, New Zealand Women’s National Team: Not A Random Rookie

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While listening to the horrible commentary by Mark n’ Jenn on yesterday’s WPS game (SKY POO FC I HATE YOU SO MUCH), their constant referral to Ali Riley as “the rookie from Stanford” chafed at me until I couldn’t take it anymore and had to mute them.

I have already mentioned this, but as in much of life, important things bear repeating. Ali Riley is not just some high draft pick that’s turning out decent performances for her first professional team. She is a regular starter on the New Zealand women’s national football team, playing in the 2007 Women’s World Cup, the 2008 Olympics, etc., etc. — she even captained the Ferns in one of the friendlies against Australia this year.

Of course, if you think Oceania is still the smallest shrimp in FIFA’s sea, then you won’t be impressed by all that, even if I tell you she is the reigning Oceania Football Confederation’s Female Player of the Year.

Some rookie from Stanford?  Overmatched? Did O’Reilly score yesterday?

I don’t think so.

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June 28, 2010 at 7:09 pm

WPS: #DYT Is Only Fun If It’s Rude

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Dear my friends, there are several topics to address today so let’s get started. From serious to specious:

  1. Carli Lloyd’s Injury. The nice thing to do is to wish Carli Lloyd a speedy recovery, because having broken body parts is quite unpleasant, and of course we can’t forget her admirable loyalty to Hope Solo. However, Sky Blue FC (or, as a certain wit calls them, “Sky Poo”) should be happy that Lloyd is out of commission, because that means there won’t be so many giveaways in the midfield. This is not good news for FC Gold Pride. (I repeat: NOT.) FCGP might just get beat by a Lloyd-less Sky Poo, because no matter what the USA Women’s National Team fangirls tell you, the last time Lloyd was ever any good was in 2008. We know that Becky Edwards or Carrie Dew can hold the ball better than Lloyd can, but without Lloyd some of the bets are not off. Like, what if Miettenen actually lights a fire under Yael Averbuch’s lazy ass?
  2. Jim Gabarra Is An Idiot. I must give him credit for keeping the heart and soul of the team (i.e., Sarah Huffman and Lori Lindsey) when the Washington Freedom made the jump from the W-League to WPS, thereby promoting team loyalty — at least for 2009. Then it all went to pot when he traded Lindsey away, benched Alex Singer, played Sonia fecking Bompastor in defense (defense!) and refused to release Briana Scurry. Of course, pertaining to that last bit, Kati Jo Spisak’s example is a ray of hope for Meagan McCray.
  3. If Connect World Football Were Any Good They’d Give Us More Kerri Hanks Updates. I’m just saying. The majority of the hits this blog gets comes from people who want to know where the hell she is. And I feel bad when I can’t deliver.
  4. New Talent. I really like the person who commentates on FC Gold Pride’s home match highlights. She actually injects emotion into them. I think she should replace Rogondino and Hildreth. Y/N?
  5. GERBER® GRADUATES® Needs To Sponsor Kate Markgraf. I think that speaks for itself. Buy more Wagon Wheels!
  6. Megan Rapinoe’s Illness Is A Mafia Plot. Why else does she have meningitis one day and mononucleosis on another? It’s the Chicago Way. See? [/capone]

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April 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm

WPS: Let’s Play WPS Fantasy, Week 3

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I will be gone all weekend for a wedding and will probably miss all of the games. Not that I care about this week’s matchup, but it is nice to have soccer to watch.

Anyway, this week I’ve changed my formation to a 3-4-3; it’s clear that the WPS Fantasy deck is stacked against defenders — stupid assholes — so I put Becky Edwards back in, as I remember Edwards doesn’t really play in defense and could likely nab more points for me than a regular defender. Unless she goes and gets yellow-carded again…

I continue to hold fast to my faith in Brittany Klein and Kelley O’Hara. It paid off for me last week with O’Hara, now I’m just waiting for the Red Stars to get going.

In: Karen Carney, Becky Edwards, Holmfridur Magnusdottir

Out: Amanda Cinalli, Kate Markgraf, Brittany Taylor

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April 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm