By: Kathryn L. Knapp
Los Angeles looked to be in good form, earning a 2-0 win in the WPS debut over the Washington Freedom. This week, they’ll head East to face Sky Blue Sunday at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater, NJ at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Goals from defender Allison Falk and Camille Abily led the Sol to victory. Offensive threats Aya Miyami and Marta picked up assists, but neither one turned up the heat completely in the first match. Watch the duo to break away from the pack in the near future.
Karina LeBlanc stood strong in goal for Los Angeles, making three saves and holding the Freedom scoreless. Captain Shannon Boxx orchestrated traffic in the back. Los Angeles may have one of the toughest defenses in the game, but Falk said they know the wins won’t come easy for them.
"It's going to be another tough game,” Allison Falk said. “I think you've got to take no team lightly, so we've got to build on our first game here and keep working together."
The Sol added another offensive reinforcement on Thursday, signing Liz Bogus to a developmental contract. Bogus recorded 31 goals and 18 assists in four years at Arizona State. She adds to an already strong front line.
Sky Blue FC is making its WPS debut on Sunday. Ian Sawyers will lead an impressive squad that features Natasha Kai, Sarah Walsh and Mele French in the attacking third of the field.
Heather O’Reilly and Christie Rampone will add their U.S. experience to a deep squad. Rookie Yael Averbuch could also prove to be a break out player for the club. England internationals defender Anita Asante and goalkeeper Karen Bardsley should join Rampone in leading a strong defense.
A number of midfield options, including Australia’s Collette McCallum and Brazil’s Rosana and a strong defense will make Sky Blue FC a tough opponent to sneak by. However, Los Angeles showed the ladies were tough their first game out. It should make for an interesting match.
Kathryn L. Knapp is women's soccer editor for Goal.com.