So Abby Wambach and Kia MacNeill have garnered one match suspensions as Tonya Antonucci (WPS Commissioner) made the call (after the WPS Disciplinary Committee had decided differently). Let the controversy roil and the debating continue. It probably isn’t a bad thing for WPS to have everyone kinda riled at this point in the young season. Talking Points are not a bad thing!
It sounds like Antonucci was also doing something about the officiating … which was what allowed the Freedom-Athletica match to end the way it did, IMHO. The game seemed verging on out-of-control for quite awhile before Daniela was injured.
Great piece by Jacqueline Purdy and Laura Flynn (links both above) – and here are Purdy’s power rankings … although I note that she has the Breakers in the wrong spot!
1. Chicago Red Stars (2-0-2) — Benefiting from a bye week after a 4-0 win over Boston. Chicago will be back in action Sunday hosting Sky Blue FC in a rematch of their 0-0 draw two weeks ago.
2. Boston Breakers (3-2-0) — The Breakers came in as a preseason favorite to take the title and finally looked like that team in the win over Los Angeles. A great effort from Smith in her return to the lineup following international duty, and solid team defense in shutting down Marta, Aya Miyama, Han Duan and the rest of the Sol offense. Very impressive win.
3. Los Angeles Sol (3-1-1) — Still a good team, just ran into a better team in Boston and gave up its first two goals of the season. Expect Los Angeles to come out strong Sunday in the rematch.
4. FC Gold Pride (2-2-1) — The most entertaining team to watch. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart earned her first clean sheet of the season in Sunday’s win over Sky Blue FC.
5. Washington Freedom (1-2-2) — Washington has scored a league-leading nine goals on the season and has conceded a league-leading 12 goals. Expect Canadian national team goalkeeper Erin McLeod, whose visa was recently approved, to be in goal when the Freedom return from their bye week to face Boston on May 17.
6. Sky Blue FC (0-2-2) — With St. Louis scoring three Sunday, Sky Blue FC’s one goal scored now is the lowest total in the league.
7. St. Louis Athletica (0-2-2) — No team had a rougher week than St. Louis, as it lost a two-goal lead late, settled for a tie and lost Daniela for what could be the rest of the season.
And then of course there’s news of the Manny suspension … which ought to take the wind out of the Dodgers’ sails for a wee bit. Manny being Manny finally hit a wall, it seems.
Yet to hit the wall is Dick, who remains just that – with no signs of letting up or changing.
“I think it would be a mistake for us to moderate. This is about fundamental beliefs and values and ideas…what the role of government should be in our society, and our commitment to the Constitution and constitutional principles,” he said. “You know, when you add all those things up the idea that we ought to moderate basically means we ought to fundamentally change our philosophy. I for one am not prepared to do that, and I think most us aren’t.”
Yup, it does mean that you ought to fundamentally change your philosophy … Dick.