Pali finished the regular season with a 4-0 victory last Saturday over the Colorado Rush (Rand Bleimeister).
Winner of Saturday’s Match Advances to W-League Final Four
Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Tuesday, July 20, 2010) – After dealing with plenty of unlucky situations this season, the back-to-back USL W-League champion Pali Blues Soccer Club had the pieces fall into place prior to its regular season finale this past Sunday to gain a shot at advancing to the playoffs. What the Blues needed to have a crack at the first three-peat in league history was a win over the Colorado Rush, and the team responded with a convincing 4-0 victory to steamroll into the W-League Playoffs.
"I am so humbled by this year,” Pali head coach Charlie Naimo said after the win over the Rush on Saturday. “I think things happen for a reason, but I know for sure that this group is deserving of a playoff chance."
After going unbeaten in its first two years of existence and winning consecutive league championships, the Blues had to overcome some outstanding competition in the Western Conference this season to get the chance to defend its crown.
"I said it before and I will say it again, I am proud of this conference,” Naimo continued. “It is by far the best conference I have ever played in. It makes you look forward to next year and forces you to work harder."
The W-League Playoffs get underway this weekend, and Pali will travel north of the border on Saturday to face the Vancouver Whitecaps for the Western Conference championship. The winner of that match will advance to the Final Four in Santa Clarita, California. If the Blues are able to defeat the Whitecaps, the team would then face the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues, who won the W-League regular season title. The two teams played one another in the semifinals last year, with Pali knocking off Quickstrike by a tally of 4-0.
For more information on the two-time defending W-League champion Pali Blues, make sure to visit www.bluessoccerclub.com and follow the team on Twitter @PaliBlues. Head coach Charlie Naimo can also be followed on Twitter @CharlieNaimo.