The WPS playoffs have seen Sky Blue FC moving westward like the frontier. First, a win in Washington in the first round. Wednesday night, St. Louis fell. Tomorrow, The Little Team That Couldn’t Finish .500 plays in Los Angeles in the first-ever championship of Women’s Professional Soccer.
My previous WPS playoff preview was off the mark on both preliminary games, so there’s no reason to believe I’d have any idea what I’m talking about when it comes to tomorrow’s final (presented by MedImmune – does that mean it’d be okay for Landon Donovan to kick out the first ball…assuming he wasn’t in DC, that is?).
So I’ll just say this: LA is obviously the superior team. Marta scored as many goals (10) as the Sol gave up all year. They’re at home. They’re rested. They’ve been a model of stability all season.
So there are only two X factors at play here: momentum and the lack thereof.
If you believe that Sky Blue is on some magical run and the fact that they’ll be playing their third game in a week (all on the road) will keep them from realizing that they are the four seed, you might think that anything can happen tomorrow.
Or, if you think that the fact that LA had a first round bye and hasn’t played in almost two weeks could have them rusty, you might think that anything can happen tomorrow.
I’m a sucker for an underdog, so I will be pulling for Team Jersey tomorrow. Barring that, a close game that’s still in doubt in the last 10 minutes will do just fine.
Christie Rampone is a great story and what Sky Blue has accomplished makes things really interesting. But I think the Sol is just too strong. I think they should win, 2-1.