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Philadelphia Independence

Philadelphia Independence
Full name Philadelphia Independence
Founded 2009
Dissolved 2012
Stadium Leslie Quick Stadium
Chester, Pennsylvania
Ground Capacity 4,500
Owner Team Dynamics, LLC
Head Coach Paul Riley
League Women's Professional Soccer

The Philadelphia Independence was an American professional soccer club that was based in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester, Pennsylvania. The team joined Women's Professional Soccer as an expansion team in 2010 and played its home games at West Chester University's John A. Farrell Stadium. The team played at Widener University's Leslie Quick Stadium in 2011. The Women's Professional Soccer league folded on May 18, 2012, after an earlier announcement that the 2012 season would be suspended.

History

Women's Professional Soccer formally announced the Philadelphia market as its eighth franchise on March 17, 2009. Two months later, the Independence formally unveiled its name and colors at the Franklin Institute in Center City. The "Independence" name referred to the Declaration of Independence, adopted at Independence Hall on July 4, 1776. The official motto was "We the People", referring to the Preamble to the United States Constitution.[1] The Independence succeeded the former Philadelphia Charge of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association.

2010 season

In the inaugural season, the Independence finished the regular season as the league's three seed, then won two playoff games in overtime to advance to the WPS Championship. The Independence defeated Washington Freedom at home in the Quarterfinal, then won at Boston in the WPS Super Semifinal. In the championship, the Independence were defeated by FC Gold Pride.

2011 season

In the 2011 season, the Independence finished the regular season as the league's two seed, then won the WPS Super Semifinal 2-0 over the magicJack to advance to the WPS Championship. Goals were scored by Tasha Kai 46' and Amy Rodriguez 81'. The Independence faced the Western New York Flash for the WPS Championship where they lost by penalty shootout 1(5) - 1(4).

Colors and badge

The Independence's colors were steel grey, alluding to the city’s industrial history; pearl blue, derived from the civic flag of Philadelphia and further symbolizing the city’s blue-collar heritage; and blazing yellow, representing the Swedish immigrants who first came to the city in 1638.[2] The Independence unveiled its brand on July 4, 2009, to commemorate American Independence Day. The primary logo's contour was a stylized keystone, an architectural shape that referred to Pennsylvania's official nickname, "The Keystone State." This nickname alluded to the commonwealth's economic, social, and political relevance in the original Thirteen Colonies. An eighteenth-century war flag, featuring the team's name and motto, is superimposed across the shield.[3]

Players

2012 roster

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
0 FW Tasha Kai
4 MF Jen Buczkowski
7 DF Leigh Ann Robinson
14 MF Sinead Farrelly
16 DF Kia McNeill
21 FW Verónica Boquete
24 DF Estelle Johnson
17 MF Lori Chalupny
26 MF Hólmfríður Magnúsdóttir
No. Position Player
FW Lauren Cheney
21 FW Meghan Lenczyk
MF Katrín Ómarsdóttir
FW Sarah Hagen (2012 draft pick)
DF CoCo Goodson (2012 draft pick)
FW Toni Pressley (2012 draft pick)
GK Bianca Henninger (2012 draft pick)
FW Danielle Foxhoven (2012 draft pick)
FW Jasmyne Spencer (2012 draft pick)

Free agents

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Valerie Henderson
3 DF Allison Falk
6 MF Lori Lindsey
8 FW Amy Rodriguez
9 FW Danesha Adams
10 FW Lianne Sanderson
No. Position Player
13 FW Laura del Río
15 DF Nikki Krzysik
17 MF Joanna Lohman
20 FW Gina DiMartino
21 FW Veronica Boquete
22 DF Lauren Barnes
23 GK Nicole Barnhart

Coaching staff

As of April 7, 2009.[4]
Position Name Nationality
Head coach Paul Riley  ENG
Assistant coach Steven Fraser  ENG
Assistant coach Paul Royal  USA
Assistant coach Skip Thorp  USA

Paul Riley was voted the WPS Coach of the Year in 2010 for his team's third place regular season performance as an expansion franchise and subsequent playoff berth.

Paul Riley, Steven Fraser and Skip Thorpe were selected as coaches for the 2010 WPS All-Star game held in Atlanta.

Stadium

For the 2010 season, the club played at West Chester University's John A. Farrell Stadium. For 2011, it played its home games at Widener University's Leslie Quick Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Independence elected to utilize PPL Park to host playoff games in 2011.[5] The Independence practiced and held preseason games at their training home, United Sports, in West Bradford Township, Pennsylvania.

Home stadiums

Other stadiums

Supporters

Grassroots support was instrumental in bringing top-tier women's professional soccer back to the Philadelphia area. The Philadelphia Independence masterfully cultivated relationships with Philadelphia-area girls' travel soccer teams, offering workshops all over the region with Independence players at reasonable costs, sending emails about games, inviting teams to have a formal relationship with the Independence, having local girls' teams on the field for the teams' introductions at every game, and having all players on the field for an extensive post-game autograph and conversation time after every game. It is unknown, however, if there was a formal grassroots support group for the Independence.

For men's soccer, this backing came in the form of a supporters' association known as the Sons of Ben, named for Founding Father and Philadelphia icon Benjamin Franklin, founded in January 2007. The Sons of Ben petitioned the men's Major League Soccer league to expand to the Philadelphia market until the official expansion announcement of the men's team, later named the Philadelphia Union, was made in January 2008.

Ownership

The Philadelphia Independence is owned and operated by David and Linda Halstead. The Halsteads purchased the franchise from WPS in March 2009 and orchestrated the team's success in both 2010 and 2011 seasons with the team's award-winning coach, Paul Riley. With the decision to stop WPS league play in 2012, the Halsteads made the decision that the name, identity, or brand of the Independence would not be affiliated with other professional, minor league, or amateur women's soccer teams.

League suspension

On January 30, 2012, [6][7]

See also

References

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  5. ^ Independence Playoff Tickets On Sale Friday
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External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Official website
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