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July 9, 2010 > Gold Pride look to start another streak

Gold Pride look to start another streak

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

FC Gold Pride has had a lot of success in Women's Professional Soccer's second season. Having already compiled a league-best, five-game win streak; biggest goal-scoring output in its team history; and fastest goal in WPS history, the Pride look to add to that success this weekend.

Both the quickest goal scored and largest goal-scoring output came in the Pride's most recent game, a 4-0 road win over the Atlanta Beat on Saturday, July 3. (Notably, the offensive records the Pride accomplished last week came against the United States women's national team starting goalkeeper Hope Solo.)

Gold Pride (8-3-1, 25 points) also has the privilege of being the class of WPS, sitting atop the table, four points ahead of its nearest competitor, the Philadelphia Independence (6-4-3, 21 points) as the 2010 season enters its second half. (Gold Pride's eight wins are already double what they compiled last season.)

In the Sunday, July 11, WPS Game of the Week (featured on Fox Soccer Channel), the Gold Pride will take on the only team it has not defeated this season, Abby Wambach and the Washington Freedom.

In the first meeting this season, Washington (4-3-4, 16 points) salvaged a point on the road, drawing 1-1 at Castro Valley High School Athletic Stadium on June 5. A lot has changed since that meeting.

Since the June 5 meeting, Gold Pride has seen the resurgence of Marta, who leads the WPS with eight goals; while the Freedom, as a team, hasn't won a match since May 30 (2-1 vs. Philadelphia Independence).

In addition, Washington will be playing its second game in three days -- third in seven -- when they take on the Pride. On the Fourth of July, Washington hosted Chicago Red Stars and played to a scoreless draw; on Wednesday, July 7, the Freedom went to Sky Blue FC (results unavailable at press time).

Kickoff at Pioneer Stadium, on the campus of Cal State University-East Bay in Hayward, is at 3 p.m.

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