The Philadelphia Independence and magicJack face off again Saturday one week after Philadelphia rolled to a 6-0 victory. This match will again be in Philadelphia as a make-up to the April 16 rainout game. Owner Dan Borislow is back on the sidelines for magicJack and promises a different result, but he will be very short-handed again in the absence of 10 internationals players and third-string goalkeeper Brett Maron, who was red carded in the 90th minute last week.
With a win, Philadelphia can move within two points of the first place Western New York Flash, but a magicJack win will also put the Boca Raton, Fla.-based side within three points of the Flash. For magicJack, which now misses 10 players with the mid-week addition of Megan Rapinoe in a trade with Philadelphia, it’s another tough test for reserve players.
“I have always thought that they shouldn’t have games with the best soccer players in the world away from the WPS right now,” Borislow said. “It’s like I have told others: You can make and receive calls with magicJack and if all you could do is receive calls with magicJack nobody would buy my product and we won’t sell it again. So I never thought it was a good idea to have all of the best players away. I’m missing seven starters. That’s not a small amount.”
Philadelphia traded Rapinoe to magicJack in exchange for cash. This should also be Nikki Marshall’s last game with the team. She is the “player to be named” that was part of the trade that sent Nikki Washington to magicJack in exchange for Meghan Klingenberg. The transaction wire has been busy for magicJack, which brought in Ashleigh Gunning and waived Meghan Schnur and Rebecca Moros in the midweek. But Borislow isn’t worried.
“We’ll go with what we have,” he said. “I don’t expect that we’ll ever lose at home and I don’t expect that we’ll lose away on a natural surface when the national team players are in camp. We’ll be in the playoffs and I believe we have the very best team when my whole team is here.”
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