WPS Power Rankings: Week Three

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IApril 12, 2009

And with three weeks down in our 2009 Women's Professional Soccer season, I take the time to put down my bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs that I am gorging to post my new WPS Power Rankings. 

This week, Boston makes its move while the Sol stay at the top, thanks to having the Easter weekend off.

1. LOS ANGELES SOL

Ahhhh, the benefits of having the Easter weekend off. While everyone else in the league is catching up to have two games under their belt, the Sol, Marta and all, are sitting pretty at the top of my WPS Power Rankings.

Therefore, the question for Los Angeles manager Abner Rogers has to be this: can they stay there next week when FC Gold Pride renews a civil war in the Golden State on Saturday, April 19?

2. BOSTON BREAKERS

The Breakers wanted to find somebody to take their frustrations out on, and, as I expected, it was going to be St. Louis Athletica. And once again, the heroics of Kelly Smith won the day for Boston in a 2-0 victory.

A goal in the 53rd minute and an assist from the English national ace paced Dicicco's Breakers. Captain Kristine Lilly scored Boston's second in the 87th.

The Breakers look to stay on form when they head to the nation's capital next Saturday to face the team ranked fifth on my Power Rankings.

3. FC GOLD PRIDE

Gold Pride has gone down in my rankings to third. After taking the lead against Sky Blue in the 33rd minute through Carrie Dew, they gave up their lead with a 76th minute goal from Heather O'Reilly to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Gold Pride's goal of the contest came off some bounces. A corner from Tiffany Weimer was deflected to Dew, who slotted it home past Sky Blue GK Karen Bardsley.

The Lionesses will look to get back to their winning ways next Sunday against the Sol.

4. CHICAGO RED STARS

At the Maryland Soccer Complex in Boyds, Lindsay Tarpley took home Chicago's first goal in the 29th minute against Washington.

But captain Frida Ostberg was sent off in the 63rd minute, and with the open space, the Red Stars were lucky not to be a goal down by the end of the contest.

And the reason? the goalkeeper. Caroline Jonsson had a saving clinic, with 13 saves made against the Freedom. Manager Emma Hayes will look to get her second win of the season against Sky Blue next week.

5. WASHINGTON FREEDOM

Washington scored their first goal of their WPS campaign through Becky Sauebrunn in the 54th minute.

But in spite of outshooting the Chicago Red Stars late in the game, they haven't attained that breakthrough win that Freedom manager Jim Gabarra would have wanted.

With an 11-on-10 advantage for the last 27 minutes plus stoppage time, just about everyone would have expected the win to arrive.

Their next opportunity to do so comes against the Breakers next Saturday.

6. SKY BLUE FC

Sky Blue makes a move up in this week's Rankings, and after getting their first point of the campaign without captain Christie Rampone, manager Ian Sawyers was chuffed.

"It’s just a matter of playing together longer," Sawyers said of the team's chemistry. "A lot of these players haven’t played together long enough to know each other tendencies, so while we’re pushing them to do it, we’ve got to be patient with them but it's frustrating.

"We are much more pleased with our performance as a team."

Next Saturday, Sky Blue heads to Bridgeview, and Toyota Park, to take on the Red Stars.

7. ST. LOUIS ATHLETICA

Can Athletica even score once? That's the question on most of the minds of St. Louis's supporters after going down 2-0 to Boston.

“It's something we have been talking about the whole week,” quoted Athletica manager Jorge Barcellos. “It has been frustrating but we are working on it.”

Captain Lori Chalupny echos Barcellos's thoughts.

“Our focus at this point has to be to score goals, we are playing well together and creating chances but we have to put the ball in the back of the net,” Chalupny said.

“I don’t know why we aren’t scoring. Part of it is being unlucky, We had some great shots that just took a deflection or something.

"We just need to stay composed around the box.”

Athletica's next opportunity to find the net comes against the team at the top, the LA Sol, on April 25 at Ralph Korte Stadium.

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