Sunday, March 29, 2015

Independence opener scoreless, but not boring

The Independence played to a scoreless draw against Atlanta in their season opener, but drew WPS' largest crowd of the weekend.

Independence opener scoreless, but not boring

Independence 0, Atlanta Beat 0

Marc NarducciMarc's notebookJoseph Santoliquito | Game stats

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 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.


Jonathan Tannenwald
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