Los Angeles Soccer: Tina DiMartino
The highlight of Women's Professional Soccer's third opening weekend: Philadelphia's rally from a two-goal deficit for a 2-2 draw across the New Jersey border at Sky Blue FC. Scoring the goals were former USC star Amy Rodriguez, who came off the bench to halve the deficit 11 minutes into the second half, and UCLA product Tina DiMartino, who netted the 90th-minute equalizer.
It's not the first time the former college All-Americans combined for the Independence, nor the most dramatic. DiMartino assisted Rodriguez's end-of-overtime goal to beat Washington in last year's playoff opener, and both had assists in Philly's semifinal victory, also in overtime, against Boston. The Independence lost, 4-0, in the title game to Northern California's FC Gold Pride, which promptly folded.
Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS), a U.S. national team forward, bounced back last year from a disappointing rookie season with Boston and led the first-year Independence with 13 goals, including the playoff winner. DiMartino, a slight playmaking midfielder, also was a big contributor after making little impact with FC Gold Pride in her first season.
Stanford's Christen Press and California's Alex Morgan, two of the top three forwards in college women's soccer, took their expected spots on the NCAA Division I All-America team released Friday.
Press (Palos Verdes Estates/Chadwick School), Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS) and UC Irvine defender CoCo Goodson were first-team selections by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Press, the nation's top scorer with 26 goals and eight assists, is one of four players from Stanford on the NSCAA's four teams. The top ranked Cardinal plays in the NCAA College Cup semifinals Friday afternoon against Boston College.
Morgan, limited to 12 games by her duties with the U.S. women's national team, scored 14 goals for Cal. Goodson led UC Irvine to 19 wins and the round of 16 in its first NCAA Tournament appearance.
In all, eight local players were selected to the team.
- UCLA defender Lauren Barnes (Upland/Upland HS), on the third team
- UCLA forward Sydney Leroux -- the third elite college forward -- on the third team
- UC Irvine forward Tanya Taylor (Buena Park/Sunny Hills HS), another third-teamer
- Oregon State goalkeeper Colleen Boyd (La Caņada Flintridge/La Caņada HS), also on the third team
- Boston University forward Lisa Kevorkian (Arcadia/Monrovia HS), a fourth-team selection
Western New York's expansion team in Women's Professional Soccer is getting started with a local player. Moreno Valley's Beverly Goebel (Moreno Valley HS) was one of the two players the Buffalo/Rochester-based club selected Friday in the league's expansion draft.
Goebel, a midfielder who played collegiately at Sacramento State and Miami, saw action in 16 games (starting nine) with one goal during her rookie season this year with the Washington Freedom.
The Flash, which won the United Soccer Leagues' W-League title but must remake its roster in stepping up to the WPS, took Atlanta Beat defender Kaley Fountain with the first pick. After selecting Goebel, they passed -- there were only 19 players available -- and will fill their roster through the college draft and in a deep pool of free agents.
Two players with local ties -- Hermosa Beach's Lindsay Tarpley and former UCLA star Tina DiMartino -- have been added to the U.S. women's national team roster for its Women's World Cup qualifying playoff against Italy.
Coach Pia Sundhage, who had a 20-player roster for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Mexico, has 24 on her list for games Nov. 17 in Padova and Nov. 24 in Bridgeview, Ill. The winner will join the 16-team field for next year's WWC in Germany.
The Americans were sent to the playoff after losing the Mexico -- the biggest upset in modern women's soccer's 40-year history -- in the CONCACAF semifinals.
Tarpley, a midfielder/forward who was a surprise omission from the CONCACAF roster, is making just her second appearance with the team since tearing an anterior cruciate ligaments last year. She won gold medals at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics and played at the 2007 WWC.