Breakers defeat Independence
Kelly Smith’s goal in the 58th minute broke a tie and led the Boston Breakers to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Independence last night in Women’s Professional Soccer at John A. Farrell Stadium in West Chester, Pa.
After spotting the Independence the first goal, the Breakers tied the game in the 34th minute. Stephanie Cox, taking a feed from Kristine Lilly at the top corner of the 18-yard box, perfectly placed her right-footed shot into the far corner.
In the 58th minute, the Breakers won a penalty kick as Philadelphia defender Danielle Johnson took down Lauren Cheney inside the penalty area. Smith stepped to the spot and hit a left-footed, low-driven shot into the right corner as Independence goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc guessed the wrong way. It was Smith’s team-leading 11th goal of the season.
Philadelphia opened the scoring in the 16th minute on Joanna Lohman’s fifth goal of the season before Boston took over the play. The third-place Breakers (9-7-5) now trail second-place Philadelphia (10-7-4) by 2 points in the standings with three regular-season games remaining.
MLS — Justin Braun scored in the 13th minute to give Chivas USA a 1-0 victory over D.C. United in Carson City, Calif. Zach Thornton made three saves for his fourth shutout as Chivas broke a three-game winless streak. United has lost six of seven.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes referees should be full-time professionals if they want to work at the next World Cup. Blatter said that improving the quality of elite referees is his top priority for the game if he is chosen next June to lead FIFA for a fourth four-year term.