Goal.com WPS Power Rankings: Week 7

Washington was able to outlast the Philadelphia Independence and jump over them, and FC Gold Pride, to top this week's Goal.com power rankings. Here's where the rest lie.
1. Washington Freedom - Washington’s on a roll and Abby Wambach hasn’t even scored that many goals. She is, however, creating great opportunities for her teammates, which is why the Freedom top the scoring sheet in the WPS and top this week’s power rankings. Going 3-0-1 in the last month doesn’t hurt either. (previously: 3)

2. FC Gold Pride - Suffered its first loss since opening day to St. Louis Athletica, a 1-0 road loss at the Chicago Red Stars. Gold Pride will have to get at least a tie this weekend if they hope to remain in first place after the meeting with Washington on Saturday. Leadership is on the way in the form of Shannon Boxx, picked up via free agency due to Athletica shutting down. (1)

3. Philadelphia Independence - Got outplayed by Washington for nearly the entire 90 minutes, and clearly were frustrated, Caroline Seger got red carded for more-or-less slapping Sarah Huffman across the face. In order from dropping a second straight, Philadelphia will have to remain focused with one of the tougher teams -- physically and mentally -- in Sky Blue FC coming to their house on Sunday. (2)

4. Sky Blue FC - Earning a scoreless draw against the struggling Boston Breakers may not have been the result the team was looking for, especially on its home field. But with Karen Bardsley performing on an all-world level, and players returning to health -- Tasha Kai, Meghan Schnur and Christie Rampone -- the defending champs are rounding into shape. (4)

5. Chicago Red Stars - Chicago is still without a coach. They’ve added Charlie Naimo on as a technical advisor to help with the search. Naimo was the GM of the Los Angeles Sol, which finished atop the WPS standings in its only season, and has built up the W-League’s Pali Blues to a perennial power. Pali has won the previous two W-League championships; Chicago is hoping he can do the same for them. (7)

6. Boston Breakers - Another game without a goal for the Breakers. Boston needs a finisher. They were unable to snatch up Eniola Aluko from the free agents that opened up due to St. Louis folding. Maybe Tony DiCicco believes he contingent of attacking players will turn it around. (6)

7. Atlanta Beat - The Beat took 30 shots and only were able to tie the inferior W-League Tampa Bay Hellenic in an exhibition last weekend. But Atlanta made a splash by picking up Eniola Aluko, Hope Solo and Tina Ellertson, all formerly of St. Louis Athletica, to bolster its squad and make a run at a playoff spot. (8)