Abby Wambach Doubles up to Lead USWNT Stars
The Western New York Flash forward tallies two goals in a win to highlight this weekend’s action for members of the United States women's national team. Maura Gladys has that story and more.
BY Maura Gladys PostedAbby Wambach scored both goals in Western New York Flash’s 2-1 win over FC Kansas City this weekend, giving her three goals on the season and putting her one goal behind league leader Sydney Leroux. Wambach fired a powerful left-footed strike in the 34th minute and followed up five minutes later when she pounced on a poor back pass by FC Kansas City. Lauren Cheney answered in the 53rd minute when she headed in a cross from Leigh Ann Robinson. Carli Lloyd also made her debut with the Flash. Lloyd had been sidelined since March with a shoulder injury. She subbed into the game in the 64th minute and immediately drew a free kick that Kansas City’s Nicole Barnhart just managed to punch away. Flash goalkeeper Adrianna Franch had six saves on the day while Barnhart had three, including a great reflex save to deny Wambach a hat trick. Lori Lindsey had this early goal-of-the-year candidate in the 50th minute of the Washington Spirit’s 1-1 draw with the Boston Breakers. Ali Krieger played 45 minutes for the Spirit, while Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly played 90 minutes for the Breakers. Alex Morgan and Allie Long scored for the Portland Thorns in its 2-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars. Morgan also set a Thorns record for most shots in a game with seven. Long’s goal will bolster her push for a USWNT call up, which she talked to ASN about last week. Kelley O’Hara continues to play an offensive role with Sky Blue FC and had eight shots in Sky Blue’s 2-0 win over the Seattle Reign. USWNT goalkeeper Jill Lloyden was cleared to play for the first time this season and was available as a substitute but did not play. Lloyden broke her wrist at March’s Algarve Cup. Christie Nairn and Keelin Winters played 90 and 51 minutes respectively for Seattle. The Reign have struggled so far this season, which may hurt the chances of Nairn and Winters catching Tom Sermanni’s eye for June’s friendlies. Internationally, Whitney Engen scored Liverpool’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to Chelsea Ladies in a battle of the top two teams of the FA WSL. Liverpool was coming off a 4-0 drubbing of Arsenal, in which Engen played 90 minutes. Liverpool now sits second in the FA WSL behind Chelsea. In Sweden, Christen Press and Meghan Klingenberg played all 90 minutes in Tyreso’s 2-1 win over Piteå. Later in the week, Press played 78 minutes while Klingenberg played 82 mintues in Tyreso’s 1-1 draw with Mallbacken. Tyreso are currently top of the table, along with Malmo with 14 points. Maura Gladys, a featured ASN columnist, works in production for KICKTV. She also runs the goalkeeping blog All You Need Is Glove.
May 14, 2013
May 14, 2013