May 14, 2010 > Gold Pride aim for five straight
Gold Pride aim for five straight
By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By William Mancebo
FC Gold Pride heads to the East Coast this weekend for a Friday, May 14, battle against the struggling Boston Breakers. Gold Pride enter the game on a four-game win streak while the Breakers (1-1-3) haven't been on the winning side since the WPS opening weekend.
But even with the Breakers struggling, it's not going to be easy as another one of the Pride regular starters, Kelley O'Hara, will be out of the lineup. O'Hara joins Camille Abily (fractured ankle) on the injured list.
In addition to Abily and O'Hara being out, Solveig Gulbrandsen and former Breaker Candace Chapman are questionable for the game. But this Gold Pride team is still 4-1 (12 points) on the season and in first place, three points ahead of Sky Blue FC. Coach Montoya is happy with where the team stands.
"I can't complain," said Montoya. "We've been playing quite well and getting the results."
But Boston poses a tough challenge for the high-scoring Pride with its stingy defense, so it's a game that should not be taken lightly.
"Boston is probably one of the best defenses in the league," said Montoya,.
And while Montoya raves about the Breakers defense, Boston's coach Tony DiCicco says the Gold Pride offense is something even the defensive-minded Breakers will have problems with.
"I don't think you stop the front line of Gold Pride but we have to try to slow them down a bit," said DiCicco.
Gold Pride's defense isn't too shabby either. In five games, the league-leaders have allowed a league best four goals, one better than their Friday counterpart.
"Put our defense with our attack," said Montoya, "and hopefully we can take it to them."
Boston, despite its scoring deficiencies (four goals in five games), has a bevy of offensive talent, including English International Kelly Smith, a player Montoya thinks highly of.
"In the midfield, you have to respect Kelly Smith," said Montoya. "If Kelly Smith is on, it totally changes that team around."
Boston has several connections to the Gold Pride from the inaugural team, including Leslie Osborne, Liz Bogus, Tiffany Weimer and Jordan Angeli and, coupled with the reeling play, are expected to have a lot of motivation on Friday night. But Montoya believes he has some motivation for his players.
"I think teams that are looking for a win can use that as motivation," said Montoya. "Our motivation is, 'Let's get 15 points and separate us from the rest of the pack."
Kicking off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, FC Gold Pride will go for that win, a fifth straight, and grab hold of three more points and a firm grasp of first in the WPS standings.