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Philadelphia Independence Turning Heads in Women’s Pro Soccer

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CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) - Even as the Philadelphia Union have created a lot of buzz with their success in MLS this season, it turns out that Philadelphia is also home to a pretty good women’s pro team as well: the Philadelphia Independence.

The Independence are in second place in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) with a 5-2-3 record heading into tonight’s game against Sky Blue FC, which will be played at Widener University in Chester.

They are unbeaten in their last four matches, and with a win tonight Philadelphia could leapfrog Western New York for the top spot in the six-team league.

Independence head coach Paul Riley talks about what has been working for them in 2011:

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“We just finally found our rhythm.  I think it took us probably about a month to really find it.  I think obviously adding (forward) Veronica Boquete from Spain has really helped.  I think it’s helped charge up our offense a little bit.  We’ve been able to score more goals and cause more problems with her in the lineup.”

Boquete has two goals and three assists in four games with Philadelphia.
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As for tonight’s match with Sky Blue, Coach Riley says they are tough.

“They’re 3-3-3,” he notes.  “They’ve caused a lot of problems.  First game, it was 2-0 at halftime against us and we struggled to get back in the game second half (finished 2-2 tie).  They are very good in the midfield.   I don’t think they have a lot of juice up front, I don’t think they are going to hurt us behind, they don’t have a lot of pace up front.  But they are very, very clever in the midfield,” he says.

First kick tonight is set for 7:00pm.

Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060

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