Independence opener scoreless, but not boring

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Philadelphia Independence players (from left in gray jerseys) Nikkie Krzysik, Lianne Sanderson, Caroline Seger and Amy Rodriguez high five with youth soccer players as both the Independence and their opponents, the Atlanta Beat (background in white coats), walk down a hill from their locker rooms to the field before the start of the game. ( Clem Murray / Staff Photographer )

Independence 0, Atlanta Beat 0

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My real job kept me away from the Independence's home opener at John A. Farrell Stadium last night. But the scoreless draw against Atlanta, also an expansion team this season, didn't lack for entertainment.

My Philly.com colleagues Litty Samuel and Esther Lee put together a video report from the game that you can see in the player at right. The piece includes postgame interviews with Independence forward Amy Rodriguez and goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, and Beat forward Tobin Heath. There's also analysis from Inquirer soccer writer Marc Narducci.

You might recall that Heath was the No. 1 pick in last January's Women's Professional Soccer draft, which was held here in Philadelphia.

If any of you were at last night's game, please post comments about how the atmosphere was. The attendance was announced as 6,028, which was the largest crowd of the weekend in WPS by far.

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