September 30, 2010

FC Gold Pride 2010 WPS Champions!!!

Gold Pride finished the WPS Championship just as they finished the regular season CAMPEONES!! (That's "champions" for my non-Spanish speaking readers ;-)) FC Gold Pride defeated the Philadelphia Independence 4-0 to win the 2010 WPS Championship!!

Was an early game, 11:30am start, in 80+ degree weather at Pioneer Stadium, but a great one for the Pride! With over 5,000 fans!

Started out with a 16th minute goal from Christine Sinclair

Then a 28th minute goal from defender Kandace Wilson (her first goal!) with an assist from Marta

Then Sinclair netted it again in the 53rd with an assist from Marta.

Then in stoppage time Kandace Wilson returned the favor and provided the assist for Marta, her 20th goal this year.

In league-wide results:
WPS Citi Sportswoman of the year: Chicago Red Stars' Natalie Spilger - she started her own non-profit check it out!

WPS Rookie of the Year: FC Gold Pride's Ali Riley

WPS Player of the Year: FC Gold Pride's Marta

And the Golden Boot Award: FC Gold Pride's Marta

What a way to end such a spectacular season. It's been such a fun ride photographing them this year! The team, management and owners all deserve this win. And the WPS deserves to have such great soccer being played here in the US with the best players in the world! I don't know how this year can be topped (especially for Gold Pride) but I'm looking forward to next season!!

Congratulations FC Gold Pride! Photos up on

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