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Lori Lindsey
Lori Lindsey
Lori Lindsey
Date of Birth:Mar 19, 1980 (Age 34)
Place of Birth:Indianapolis, Indiana
Nationality:United States
Position:Midfielder
Squad Number:6
National Team Page: WPS 2010 All Star Abby XI
Lori Lindsey, Philadelphia Independence (Tony Quinn/Washington Freedom)
It appears that the Philadelphia Independence are getting better each week.

In the WPS opening weekend, Philadelphia hosted the other expansion team, Atlanta Beat, and missed on numerous opportunities in a scoreless draw; Philly followed up its week one performance with another draw: 1-1 against the Breakers in Boston; and this weekend, the Independence broke through with a 3-1 home win over the Washington Freedom.

The win marked Philadelphia’s first as a member of the WPS. For Lori Lindsey, Sarah Senty and Joanna Lohman, the win over Washington was extra sweet, as they were all members of the 2009 Freedom.

“It felt just fantastic to get the first win under our belts and I really just felt the players earned it tonight,” said Independence coach Paul Riley. “I was especially happy for Lori, Senty and Lohman tonight, having played for the Freedom last year. They all had great games.”

Lindsey is the captain of the veteran-laden Independence and led the team – emotionally and statistically – to the victory, much to the delight of Riley, who felt she “captained the team really well.”

Washington got on the board first in the 51st minute when Abby Wambach fed Lisa de Vanna the ball deep in the Independence 18-yard box. De Vanna put the ball home for a 1-0 Freedom lead.

But after that, the next 20 minutes were all Philadelphia, leading to three goals and three points in the standings. Lindsey helped keep the team’s poise in tact, and assisted on two goals to ensure the victory for the team.

For those achievements, Lindsey has been recognized as Goal.com’s WPS Player of the Week.

“I think we really stepped in the second half,” said Lindsey, “and it paid off.”

Amy Rodriguez got the Independence equal in the 54th minute with a remarkable shot from 35 yards out to the upper-90, beating the outstretched Meagan McCray. Then Lindsey set up Allison Falk for the eventual game winner in the 57th minute; Lindsey would set up Philly’s insurance goal in the 67th minute, finding Lauren Sanderson, who headed in her first professional goal.

Rodriguez, who was also in the running for WPS Player of the Week, scored again just one minute after Sanderson’s goal, but it was taken back when it was determined that she was offside.

“I was surprised in Philadelphia's response going down a goal,” said Wambach of Independence’s resolve. “They didn't quit, they came together and took advantage of our mistakes. It was impressive.”

And being the captain Lindsey is, she’s ready to move on and focus on next weekend, when the Independence host Atlanta on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

“It really felt so good to get our first win,” Lindsey said. “But I think now we really need to build on it and start looking to next weekend.”

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