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The Weekly: May 23, 2011

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As always, it’s The Weekly, presented by North American Soccer Network:

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Yes, the big match of the weekend lived up to its hype as the Western New York Flash defeated magicJack 3-0 on Sunday.  Fans and media turned out in force to the match – 8,076 fans alongside the Democrat & Chronicle, the Buffalo News and several TV outlets.  Check out some video features here.

Jenna Pel pointed out before the match that Dan Borislow had been suspended “from serving in any technical capacity” for two games.  Borislow was in Rochester and several media members saw him make at least one phone call to the bench to speak with Christie Rampone, who was serving as head coach for the evening.  At that point, Rampone went and got Nikki Marshall to put her into the match for Christen Press.

Speaking of magicJack’s Head Coach: I’ve been told that Jose Gomez (bio here) has been designated the team’s head coach.  He was at the match on Sunday but sat on a table behind the bench as if he was just observing (and behind him was Briana Scurry).  Gomez was credentialed for the match, though, and was active with the team during warm-ups.

And speaking of Rampone, she said of her groin injury, “hopefully by next week I’ll be ready.”  She is looking to be back in action completely by June 5 for the U.S. Women’s National Team game vs. Mexico. The high right groin strain is preventing Rampone from running full speed and striking long balls, she said.

Also, check out this profile of Borislow in the Palm Beach Post.

And Lisa De Vanna may be out of Australia’s Women’s World Cup plans, but we still aren’t sure.

Elsewhere, Boston and Philadelphia tied 1-1 on Kristine Lilly’s jersey retirement night.

And Sky Blue FC definitely looked good in a convincing 3-0 win over the Atlanta Beat on Saturday.

Beau Dure writes what I’ve been saying for a while now: Why can’t we all just get along?

Scott French takes a look at the future of professional soccer on the West Coast.

Germany defeated North Korea 2-0 with goals from Kim Kulig (penalty kick) and Celia Okoyino da Mbabi.

Finally, Sydney Leroux got on the scoreboard in the Vancouver Whitecap’s 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders in front of 1,555 fans on Sunday.

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