June 18, 2010 > FC Gold Pride looks to stay hot in Pioneer Stadium opener
FC Gold Pride looks to stay hot in Pioneer Stadium opener
By Giovanni Albanese Jr.
On Saturday, June 19, it's a match-up of teams going in different directions when FC Gold Pride (6-2-1, 19 points) hosts the Boston Breakers (1-3-4, 7 points) in the Pride's home opener at the newly-renovated Pioneer Stadium on the Cal State University-East Bay campus in Hayward.
Gold Pride enters the game having only lost once in its last eight contests, including a statement-making win on the road, 3-1, against the Philadelphia Independence, who were unbeaten at home prior to the Sunday, June 13, WPS Game of the Week on national TV. Meanwhile Boston is coming off a home loss in which its opponent, Sky Blue FC, earned a PK in stoppage time to pull out a 2-1 win.
It's been that type of year for the Breakers, who haven't been on the winning side of a WPS game since its opening weekend 2-1 win over the Washington Freedom. And it's not going to be any easier for them when they travel to the West Coast to take on the Gold Pride.
While using Castro Valley High School Athletic Stadium as its temporary home field for the first four games of the season, the Pride went unbeaten (3-0-1) to help establish themselves as the top team in the league. This Saturday, the Pride will unveil Pioneer Stadium to the fans as its home field, and the park should be buzzing.
Also, this weekend, the first 5,000 fans in attendance will be fortunate to receive a Marta T-shirt. Marta, the four-time FIFA Player of the Year (2006-2009), was just voted as one of the two 2010 WPS All-Star Game captains, and is coming off a two goal, one assist performance in the win over Philadelphia.
Kickoff for the Pioneer Stadium home opener is at 7 p.m.