Washington Freedom Coming to New Jersey

Keeley Dowling and Sky Blue FC are focused on Washington (Howard C. Smith, ISI Photos).

Sky Blue FC Hosts Freedom in Critical Home Pairing

Somerset, N.J. (Tuesday, August 10, 2010) – Sky Blue FC (6-8-3, 21 points) returns home to Yurcak Field on Wednesday to host the Washington Freedom (5-8-5, 20 points), with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. The intensity level in this match will be high due to the fact that Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) is entering the final month of its 2010 regular season, and the outcome of this game looks to play a critical role in each side’s battle for the playoffs.

“We’ve been working really hard with our game preparation, and we are very focused on Washington,” Sky Blue FC head coach Rick Stainton said at training today. “The key to this game will be our possession. We must be patient with our touches to generate the attack, and we have been emphasizing its importance in training.”

Sky Blue FC is coming off a big road win this past Saturday over the Atlanta Beat, 2-1, and the team is in the middle of playing three matches in eight days.

“Coming off a win is a big encouragement for us, and we are very optimistic that we are turning the corner,” Stainton continued. “We’ll look to build off our most recent success and remained focused on heading forward in the right direction.”

With such a busy slate of games, Stainton also stressed the importance of each player taking the proper precautions to be ready to play.

“The priority is making sure we have appropriate recovery time,” he stated. “It’s a pretty hectic schedule, but we are professionals and will take the necessary steps to make sure our bodies are in the best shape possible for each match. If we want to be successful as a team, we have to overcome the obstacles we face and not use them as excuses. We know it is up to us to give our best performance possible every time we take the field, especially in front of our home crowd.”

In partnership with the Central and South Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure chapter, and as part of PUMA’s league-wide Project Pink initiative, Sky Blue FC will be wearing and auctioning off specialty-made pink PUMA jerseys during the match with Washington. The game will also be played with a pink PUMA ball in an effort to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. To receive an exclusive $15 rate on all remaining tickets, including center circle club seats, fans can call the team today at 1-888-SBFC-TIX.

Sky Blue FC is also an active participant in the Donate Your Gear program to benefit the Schools of Niger, Africa, and the team invites fans to join them in the worthy cause by donating new or gently used items at any of its remaining home games. Among the items which fans are encouraged to bring include clothing, cleats, balls, equipment, coaches' gear and water bottles. Drop boxes will be positioned at the entrance to Yurcak Field for those who wish to contribute.

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