Former Sol midfielder Aya Miyama is going to the All-Star game. The Japanese star was one of 22 players voted last week into the starting lineup -- captains Abby Wambach and Marta will choose sides two days before the June 30 game in a “playground pick 'em” -- but her participation was contingent on signing with a WPS club.
Miyama, who became a free agent when Saint Louis Athletica folded at the end of May, signed last week with the winless Atlanta Beat. She's the sixth Athletica player to join the expansion club, which will play host to the All-Star game. Five of the six are All-Stars: Miyama, goalkeeper Hope Solo, defender Tina Ellertson, midfielder Lori Chalupny and forward Eniola Aluko.
Former UCLA midfielder Tina DiMartino and former Sol defender Kendall Fletcher also signed with new clubs last week after becoming Athletica free agents. DiMartino scored in her debut for her new club, the expansion Philadelphia Independence, in Sunday's 3-1 loss to Gold Pride. Fletcher signed as a developmental player with Sky Blue FC.
DiMartino, who like Miyama and Shannon Boxx went to Saint Louis in February's Sol dispersal draft, played last season for Gold Pride and was traded to the Sol during the offseason. She never played for L.A. Fletcher started for the Sol in its inaugural game, was subbed out at halftime and traded to Athletica a few weeks later.
A FEW MORE NOTES: Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx got her first assist for FC Gold Pride, setting up the first of two Marta goals in the triumph at Philadelphia. Marta also had an assist. … Gold Pride will play its first game at Pioneer Stadium (Cal State Hayward) this weekend. … The Chicago Red Stars waived midfielder Brittany Klein (Arcadia High School), a second-year pro who played last year in WPS's All-Star Game. … Cristiane scored twice as Chicago rallied from a two-goal deficit after 18 minutes for a 2-2 draw at Washington. Wambach and Homare Sawa got the Freedom's goals, both headers from free kicks. … Rosana's stoppage-time penalty kick, after she was taken down by former UCLA All-American Lauren Cheney, gave New Jersey's Sky Blue FC a 2-1 win over Boston. The Breakers outshot the defending champs, 20-9, 12-1 in the first half, forcing Chino Hills' Karen Bardsley -- WPS's top goalkeeper this year -- to make seven saves.
Past week's scores (Home teams listed first)
Washington 2 (Wambach 11, Sawa 18), Chicago 2 (Cristiane 30, 82)
Boston 1 (Angeli 14), Sky Blue FC 2 (O'Reilly 52, Rosana pen. 91+)
Philadelphia 1 (DiMartino 79), FC Gold Pride 3 (Sinclair 42, Marta 54, 89)
Standings: FC Gold Pride 19 points, Washington Freedom 15, Philadelphia Independence 14, Sky Blue FC 14, Chicago Red Bulls 9, Boston Breakers 7, Atlanta Beat 2.
This week's games
Philadelphia at Sky Blue FC
Chicago at Atlanta
Boston at FC Gold Pride
1 Marta (FC Gold Pride) 6
2 Eniola Aluko (Saint Louis/Atlanta) 4
Laura Kalmari (Sky Blue FC) 4
Christine Sinclair (FC Gold Pride) 4
Abby Wambach (Washington) 4
3 Cristiane (Chicago) 3
Homare Sawa (Washington) 3
Kelly Smith (Boston) 3