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Winners of the 2010 Algarve Cup

The US women's national team, winners of the 2010 Algarve Cup

The wind swept pitch at the Estadio Algarve in Faro, Portugal may have been worse for the wear after steady rain and three previous Algarve Cup matches but the sun came out to shine as the US women’s national team took to the field at the start of their 3-2 victory over Germany to win their seventh title in the history of the tournament.

The three Philadelphia Independence players on the US squad all featured in the final with Heather Mitts at the back for the full 90 minutes and Lori Lindsey replacing Amy Rodriguez in the 59th minute.

Delran, New Jersey’s Carli Lloyd, who plays for Sky Blue FC in the WPS, scored the first US goal in the 18th minute against a German side that had outscored their opponents 16-0 in group play. Amy Wambaugh of the Washington Freedom’s scored the second US goal and her third of the tournament in the 22rd minute with an assist from Lloyd’s club teamate and fellow New Jersey native Heather O’Reilly. (more…)

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Lori Lindsey of the Philadelphia Independence has three assists for the USWNT at the Algarve Cup

The US Women face current Women’s World Cup holders Germany in the Algarve Cup final today. You can follow today’s match from 11 a.m. at US Soccer’s Match Tracker.

The US and Germany are currently listed first and second in the FIFA/Coca Cola Women’s World Rankings and faced off against one another in the 2005 and 2006 Algarve Cup finals. The US won the first encounter and lost the second on penalty kicks.

This will be the the US team’s eighth consecutive Algarve Cup final. Having previously beaten Iceland 2-0 and Norway 2-1 in the earlier rounds of play in Group B, on Monday the US defeated Sweden 2-0 to finish undefeated in the group, sweet revenge for the loss last year on penalty kicks to Sweden in the tournament final.

Lauren Cheyney leads the US with three goals and an assist while Inka Grings leads Germany with five goals. While ten different players have scored for Germany, only Cheney and Abby Wambach, with two goals, have scored for the US. The US record against Germany is 17-4-4, with a record of 7-1-3 since 2001. When the countries last met in Germany on October 29, 2009, the US won 1-0.

Representing the Philadelphia Independence at the tournament are defender Heather Mitts, midfielder Lori Lindsey, who had an assist in each of the group games, and forward Amy Rodriguez. (more…)

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Caroline Seger throws up Thomas Payne's famous "Horns of Independence" sign

The Philadelphia Independence will play five matches on Fox Soccer Channel this season, beginning with a game in Boston on April 18.

The Independence have a packed preseason schedule including an autograph session on March 11 and a March 20 match against University of North Carolina. We will keep you up to date on other Independence events as they approach. On a brief aside, it seems strange that the autograph session is four days before the roster is trimmed from 28 to 24. I guess at least four signatures will quickly become collector’s items.

Full list of Independence TV matches after the jump.

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Women’s Professional Soccer released its schedule Thursday, and the expansion Philadelphia Independence have no conflicts with Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.

Notable matches: July 4 at home against Boston, and they’ll play through the World Cup that MLS is taking off for. Three of their first four matches are at home in West Chester.

The Independence’s schedule is below. Home games are boldfaced.

Sunday, April 11:  Atlanta Beat, 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 18: at Boston Breakers, 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 25: Washington Freedom,  6 p.m.

Saturday, May 1: Atlanta Beat,  6 p.m.

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Independence top pick Malorie Rutledge

The Philadelphia Independence drafted six players in today’s Women’s Professional Soccer draft, including local product Dani Collins.

LSU midfielder Malorie Rutledge led the way as the expansion Independence’s first pick, which came in the second round at No. 13 overall. The Independence had traded away their first rounder to acquire U.S. international forward Amy Rodriguez from the Boston Breakers.

Like their MLS counterparts, the Independence made draft day trades to move around in the draft, held today at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

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The Philadelphia Independence will open their season April 11 at John A. Farrell Stadium in West Chester, the team announced Thursday night.

The Independence, an expansion team in Women’s Professional Soccer, will play a fellow expansion team, the Atlanta Beat. Their second match will come against the Boston Breakers in Boston, a match that will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel.

“Opening day against Atlanta at our home venue gives us the opportunity to get our WPS season kicked off in proper form in front of the Philly fans, with lots of hometown fanfare,” Independence General Manager Terry Foley said.

The team is offering a one-day promotion that ends at 6 p.m. tomorrow: Buy a ticket for $25 and be guaranteed a  seat between the 18-yard lines as well as entry to the home team’s inaugural match festivities at West Chester University. For more information, click here.

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The Philadelphia Independence will play its home games at West Chester University, the new women’s professional team announced today. John A. Farrell Stadium is 15 miles north of Wilmington, Del. and seats about 7,500. It has artificial FieldTurf as a playing surface. 

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