Friday, February 19, 2010

Independence announce Sked

The Philadelphia Independence officially announced its full game schedule for the 2010 Women's Professional Soccer season. The Independence will play a total of 24 games during the regular season, with the opportunity to play an additional three matches in the post season.

During the regular season, Philadelphia will host twelve home games at their 2010 game venue, West Chester University's John A. Farrell Stadium.

"This announcement of the schedule is the final component to our inaugural season planning" says  Independence GM Terry Foley. "Our fans now have all the specific information they need to finalize their plans to come out and support the team. With our schedule in place, we are full steam ahead to pack our stadium, treat our fans to some of the best soccer in the world, and have a terrific game day experience."


Philadelphia Independence 2010 Game Schedule


DATE OPPONENT HOME/AWAY LOCAL TIME

Sunday, Apr 11 - vs. Atlanta Beat
Sunday, Apr 18 - at Boston Breakers
Sunday, Apr 25 - vs. Washington Freedom
Saturday, May 1 - vs. Atlanta Beat
Saturday, May 8 - at St. Louis Athletica
Sunday, May 16 - at Chicago Red StarsSunday, May 30 - at Washington Freedom


Sunday, Jun 6 - vs. Sky Blue FC
Sunday, Jun 13 - vs. FC Gold Pride


Saturday, Jun 19 - at Sky Blue FC

Wednesday, Jun 23 - at Atlanta Beat
Saturday, Jun 26 - vs. Washington Freedom

Sunday, Jul 4 - vs. Boston Breakers
Saturday, Jul 10 - at Chicago Red Stars
Saturday, Jul 17 - at FC Gold Pride
Saturday, Jul 24 - vs. Sky Blue FC
Saturday, Jul 31 - at Boston Breakers

Wednesday, Aug 4 - at Washington Freedom
Sunday, Aug 8 - vs. St. Louis Athletics
Sunday, Aug 15 - vs. Chicago Red Stars

Sunday, Aug 22 - at Sky Blue FC
Sunday, Aug 29 - vs. Boston Breakers

Sunday, Sep 5 - vs. St. Louis Athletica
Sunday, Sep 12 - at FC Gold Pride


WPS PLAYOFFS
Sunday, Sep 19 - WPS First Round Playoff
Wed/Thur, Sep 22/23 - WPS Semifinal Match
Sunday, Sep 26 - WPS Championship




The season will kick off on April 11th with the franchise's inaugural match against the Atlanta Beat, with the final regular season game played on September 12th. The Independence will play a total of 24 games during the regular season, hosting 12 and traveling everywhere from Atlanta to San Francisco for the away matches. All Independence home games are played on weekends, with the bulk of the matches on Sunday evenings and three Saturday games, the majority of which are played at 6pm. Highlights of the season also include an "Independence Day" home game on July 4th and a home match against FC Gold Pride on June 13th when the Independence will face 4-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, Marta.


A bonus for true Philly soccer fans is that there are no schedule conflicts between Independence home games and Union home games. "It's an exciting year for the Philadelphia soccer community with the arrival of both WPS and MLS, and the schedule works out perfectly so that fans can support both the Independence and the Union franchises" says Foley. "Soccer enthusiasts will get the best of both worlds, and we are glad they have the opportunity to get behind Philadelphia professional soccer on every level."


The WPS playoffs will follow the same format structure as last season. Four teams will make the playoffs in the unique format that rewards the team that finishes atop the WPS Regular Season. The top team during the regular season will become WPS Regular Season Champion and earn an automatic spot as host of the WPS Championship, the league's championship game. The First Round of playoffs will be played on September 19, with the No. 4 team in the regular season facing off against the No. 3 team. The second place team in
the regular season will receive a bye into the Super Semifinal and host the winner of the First Round on September 23. The winner of the Super Semifinal will then travel to the top-seeded team for the WPS Championship on September 26.


"Our home opener is just eight weeks away and the release of the full schedule makes the excitement of the season even more tangible" says Louise Waxler, Director of Operations and Associate General Manager. "Our home stadium allows us to create a fan experience like none other, where every fan is close to the action and can take part in the excitement. Through in-game opportunities, fans will have the closest possible access to professional athletes, and with our on-field seats, it is like sitting court side at a basketball game. We are so excited for the games to begin and for women's professional soccer to be back in Philadelphia."


Tickets to all are on sale now at www.independencetix.com. Learn more about the opportunities to purchase seasons, flex plans, groups, or single game tickets and support Philadelphia's own Women's Professional Soccer team. Players arrive in market on March 1 and fans will have lots of opportunities to get involved in Independence training camp, so stay tuned to learn more about the full preseason schedule of events.
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