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Marta, Sinclair Lead FC Gold Pride to 3-1 Victory over Philadelphia Independence

June 13, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - FC Gold Pride News Release

June 13, 2010 - FC Gold Pride (6-2-1) earned its sixth victory of the season, defeating the Philadelphia Independence (4-3-2) 3-1 on Sunday. The first place Pride opens up a four point lead over the rest of the pack in the standings. 2010 All-Stars Marta and Christine Sinclair delivered the one-two knockout punch in the match, with their efforts accounting for three goals and two assists in the win.

"I thought our team was spectacular today," said FC Gold Pride Head Coach Albertin Montoya. "Independence is an excellent team, and was undefeated at home so we expected a tough match. We had to persevere through some adversity this trip; we have not yet played in this type of hot, humid weather we knew it would be difficult for us late in the game. We came in, stuck to our game plan and it worked out well for us."

Newly crowned WPS All-Star Captain, Marta notched her second multi-goal game of the season, as she scored two goals, including the game winner, for the Pride. Marta now leads the league in goal production with her six goals so far this season.

"I've been saying all along that it was only a matter of time before Marta would become more of a menace to defenders," said Montoya. "She had an excellent performance today and put away two; she probably could have had more. She's been playing very well and we're excited about it."

It took 41 minutes for the visiting Bay Area team to break through the Independence defense, but the stacked front line found a way as Marta connected with Christine Sinclair, who slotted a perfectly placed left footed shot to the far post, for the first goal of the game.

The Pride struck again early in the second half as Marta, assisted by Shannon Boxx, placed a shot through the legs of a diving Karina LeBlanc in the 54th minute. The Independence did not give up as they cut the Pride's lead in half in the 81st minute of play, on a goal by former Pride midfielder Tina DiMartino. Marta struck again eight minutes later, putting the game out of reach for the Independence as she made a strong effort to finish a leading pass off the foot of Christine Sinclair.

The first place Pride will now take their four point lead in the standings home to the Bay Area. The team will celebrate the opening of Pioneer Stadium, the Pride's newly renovated home stadium on the campus of California State University, East Bay (Hayward, CA) on Saturday, June 19 when Kristine Lilly and the Boston Breakers come to town.

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