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FC Gold Pride Remains in First Place Despite 1-0 loss in Chicago

May 29, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - FC Gold Pride News Release

FC Gold Pride saw their WPS record five-game win streak come to an end on Saturday night as they suffered their second loss of the season, a 1-0 defeat, at the hands of the Chicago Red Stars. Despite the loss, the Pride remains in first place in the WPS standings with 15 points.

"We just need keep on working and improving as a team," said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya after Saturday's match. "We have to continue playing with what got us into first place. We'll just regroup and get back to the way we know how to play."

First half efforts of both teams proved fruitless as the first 45 minutes of play ended in a 0-0 stalemate. The Red Stars managed to shut down the Pride's dangerous offense for the first 15 minutes of the match, not allowing Bay Area team to get a shot on goal until Tiffeny Milbrett finally fired one off at the 16 minute mark. Following Milbrett's lead, the Pride managed to create some good opportunities in front of the net, but couldn't convert. On the other end of the field, the Red Stars managed to find their way into the Pride's defensive third a few times but the Pride's back line, anchored by Candace Chapman and Captain Rachel Buehler held strong shutting down Cristiane and the Red Stars. Carrie Dew was issued her first caution of the season in the 41st minute, after she got tangled up with Megan Rapino on a tough defensive play.

After 50-plus minutes of scoreless action, the Red Stars struck first in the match as Kosovare Asllani earned the first goal of her professional career in the 52 minute when she slid through the six to redirect a cross from Marian Dalmy in the net to give the Red Stars a 1-0 advantage. The Pride made a strong effort to find the equalizer but the Red Stars defense held strong, becoming only the second team this season to shut out the Pride.

"There are very strong teams in WPS, every game is going to be though," added Montoya. "With the exception of a few periods in today's match, I thought we were very sound especially on defense. Unfortunately, this time around we weren't able to score and they did."

The Pride will now return home to the Bay Area to prepare for their first match of the season against Abby Wambach and the Washington Freedom, set to take place Saturday, June 5 at Castro Valley High School Athletic Stadium. Kickoff of this exciting match which features two of the world's best strikers in Christine Sinclair (FCGP) and Wambach, is scheduled for 7 PM. During this match, the Pride will celebrate the impending kickoff of the Men's 2010 World Cup! Soccer fans won't want to miss a minute of the action!

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