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Riley named Independence head coach

The Philadelphia Independence announced Thursday that Paul Riley will serve as head coach as the team enters its inaugural season of play in 2010.

Riley has an extensive coaching career, with his most recent stop bringing him two WPSL National Championships (2006 and 2009) with the Long Island Fury.

“I am thrilled to be selected to coach this team,” he said. “I have gotten to know the organization over the past few weeks by helping evaluate talent at the European Championships in Finland and am very impressed with the front office and the goals and objectives it has for 2010 and beyond. I am also very pleased to be working with Assistant Coaches Staci Wilson and Paul Royal in preparation for our season’s start next April. There are lots and lots of world-class players available out there, and we are going to do our absolute best to bring top talent to Philadelphia through the league’s draft process and deliver a product our fans and communities are proud to watch and support.”

Matt Driver was initially slated to be Philadelphia’s head coach, but was terminated from his position last month after going through some health problems. Further details are unclear.Philadelphia will begin to build its roster on September 15 in the WPS Expansion Draft.

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