Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez is just the second player in Women's Professional Soccer's brief history to reach double digits in goals, scoring her 10th and 11th in Philadelphia's 3-0 romp last week over Chicago.
Rodriguez, a U.S. national-teamer who starred at Santa Margarita Catholic High School and helped USC win an NCAA Division I title, joins Marta, who led WPS with 10 goals last year with the L.A. Sol and has 13 this season for FC Gold Pride.
Rodriguez is an MVP candidate for the Independence (8-5-3), an expansion team that's held down second place to the Gold Pride (12-3-2) for six weeks. They're the only teams with winning records in the league.
“She’s been playing brilliantly …,” Independence coach Paul Riley said. “There are very few game-changers in WPS, and she’s proven herself to be one of those players.”
A FEW MORE NOTES: U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo is Player of the Week after leading Atlanta to midweek victory over Washington and a weekend draw with FC Gold Pride. … Gold Pride defender Ali Riley (Harvard-Westlake School) suffered a hip-pointer injury against Atlanta and is unlikely to play this week against Chicago. … U.S. national-teamer Catherine Whitehill sat on the bench Wednesday, four days after saying Washington had “hit rock bottom” but was back on the field Saturday. The Freedom lost both games, at Atlanta and Boston, their fourth and fifth straight defeats, extending their winless streak to two months and 10 games. … Former UCLA star Lauren Cheney scored the final goal in Boston's 3-1 win over Washington. … Mexican national-teamer Monica Ocampo scored two late goals to lift Atlanta past Washington. Freedom goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made her MLS debut in the game. … Washington might have gained a draw, but Sonia Bompastor put a penalty kick over the crossbar. … Defending champion Sky Blue FC has lost its first two games since dismissing coach Pauliina Miettinen; the losing streak is at four. Who's hot: Atlanta is unbeaten in four games, Boston has won five of its last six, and Gold Pride is unbeaten in six games, although the draw ended a five-game win streak.
Last week's scores (home teams listed first)
Philadelphia 3 (Rodriguez 11, 24, Seger 55), Chicago 0
Atlanta 3 (Rasmussen 19, Ocampo 66, 87), Washington 2 (Marshall 40, Huffman 63)
Boston 3 (Smith 20, Angeli 55, Cheney 84), Washington 1 (Wambach 66)
Atlanta 0, FC Gold Pride 0
Sky Blue FC 1 (Taylor 91+), Chicago (Masar 3, Carney 60)
Standings: FC Gold Pride 38 points, Philadelphia Independence 27, Boston Breakers 22, Chicago Red Stars 20, Boston Breakers 19, Sky Blue FC 18, Washington Freedom 17, Atlanta Beat 17
This week's games (all times Pacific)
Atlanta at Boston, 4 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Sky Blue FC at Atlanta, 4 p.m.
Chicago at FC Gold Pride, 7 p.m.
Boston at Philadelphia, 5 p.m.
1. Marta (FC Gold Pride) 13
2. Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia) 11
3. Christine Sinclair (FC Gold Pride) 8
4. Kelly Smith (Boston) 7
Abby Wambach (Washington) 7
6. Eniola Aluko (Saint Louis/Atlanta) 6
7. Jordan Angeli (Boston) 5
Ella Masar (Chicago) 5
9. Laura Kalmari (Sky Blue FC) 4
Tiffeny Milbrett (FC Gold Pride) 4
Lene Mykjaland (Washington) 4