Blues Travel to DC to Play Washington Freedom for Championship
The Pali Blues are a single win away from a second straight title
Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Wednesday, August 5, 2009) – Kickoff between the Pali Blues Soccer Club and Washington Freedom is rapidly approaching with the W-League championship match slated to get started this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland. In an attempt to bring home their second straight league crown in as many years of their existence, the Blues will make their second cross-country trip in less than a week today to finalize preparations for the title game.
“We are really excited as a franchise to be back in the final again for the second time in our two years in the W-League,” Blues head coach Charlie Naimo stated. “We have our work cut out for us after losing some amazing players to college preseasons, but I have the utmost confidence in the group that will make this trip east.”
Coming into this contest, Naimo has amassed an astounding 84-5-2 record in his past six seasons in the W-League with Friday being his fourth championship game appearance during that time. His first two title games came as the shot caller of the New Jersey Wildcats, and the New Jersey native won the league crown with them in 2005. The Blues earned the right to play for their second championship this Friday after an impressive 4-0 road victory over the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues last Friday night.
Airing on Fox Soccer Channel, this game pits the last two league champions against one another. After taking the crown in 2007, the Freedom fell to the Blues by a tally of 2-0 in the W-League semifinals in Virginia Beach last summer. The Blues secured the win behind a pair of goals by current Chicago Red Stars (Women’s Professional Soccer) midfielder Danesha Adams and went on to defeat the FC Indiana Lionesses two days later to capture the league title.
In their 2008 championship run, the Blues finished a perfect 14-0 and did not face a deficit until the 48th minute of that finale against FC Indiana. While the Blues did hang three draws on their 2009 record, their win last weekend runs their unbeaten streak to 28 straight contests since joining the W-League.
For all of the championship updates concerning the Pali Blues, stay tuned to the team website at www.bluessoccerclub.com.