CALLING IT QUITS
Havertown's Sinead Farrelly retires
SEATTLE – Sinead Farrelly has announced her retirement from professional soccer. The Havertown, Pa., native spent four years in the National Women's Soccer League, but missed the entire 2016 season while on the injured list. She registered three goals and tallied two assists during her four years in the NWSL.
September 4, 2015 HANGING THEM UP
Former Independence GK Karina LeBlanc to retire
There will be one less former Cheesesteak kicking around women's professional soccer. Former Philadelphia Independence goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, now with the Chicago Red Stars, will retire at the end of the current National Women's Soccer League Season.
August 18, 2014 BACK IN THE POST SEASON
Riley leads Thorns into playoffs
Former Philadelphia Independence head coach Paul Riley has another team headed to the post season. The Portland Thorns clinched a spot in the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs on Sunday with a 1-0 win over the Seattle Reign, only the second loss suffered by Seattle all season.
The Portland Thorns FC coach has been mentioned in some circles as a possible successor for the fired Tom Sermanni as U.S. women's national coach, but he said that he has more than enough on his plate with the defending National Women's Soccer League champions.
April 7, 2014 NORTHWEST REUNION
Thorns sign former MVP Veronica Boquete
PORTLAND, Ore. – Paul Riley is bringing his former Most Valuable Player to the Portland Thorns. The National Women’s Soccer League team has signed former Philadelphia Independence midfielder Verónica Boquete.
Boquete is the second former Cheesesteak to join Riley in Portland, following midfielder Sinead Farrely.
Named Women's Premier Soccer coach of the year two years running while he directed the Philadelphia Independence, Riley confirmed that he is interested in the job.
February 14, 2013 BACK IN CAMP
Riley bringing SUPERGROUP together again
Paul Riley is bringing his Women's Professional SUPERGROUP back together for a one week camp outside of Philadelphia. More than 20 players, many of them who performed for Riley with the Philadelphia Independence will attend that camp at United Sports Training Center in Downingtown, Pa.
February 12, 2013 CHEESESTEAKS EVERYWHERE
Independence players settling around NWSL
Philadelphia might not have a franchise in the newest incarnation of a women's professional soccer league, but the team that made it to back-to-back WPS championship games, the Independence, is well represented throughout the new eight-team National Women's Soccer League.
December 26, 2012 THE YEAR’S TOP STORIES - #6
After three rocky years and a lawsuit, Women's Professional Soccer finally called it quits on May 18, deciding to fold and taking the Philadelphia Independence with it, the number five story on the Philly Soccer News list of the Top Ten local stories of 2012.
August 9, 2012 NEW WOMEN'S LEAGUE
No plans for Independence
A new women's professional soccer league is being planned for launch in the spring of 2013. According to league organizers, four teams have committed to joing the new league, including three former members of Women's Professional Soccer, the Chicago Red Stars, Boston Breakers and Sky Blue FC, along with a newly formed team in Seattle.
May 17, 2012 NY STATE OF MIND
Fury adds another ex-Cheesesteak in Farrelly
Another former Philadelphia Independence player is joining head coach Paul Riley with the New York Fury. The team signed midfielder Sinead Farrelly, making her the seventh ex-Cheesesteak to arrive in New York to play for the WPSL Elite team.
More Independence flavor
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa--Five new players join a core group as the Women's Professional SUPERGROUP prepares for its second monthly camp at United Sports Training Center this week.
April 5, 2012 CHEESESTEAK TO NY
Gina DiMartino signs with Fury
Paul Riley continues to build his New York Fury squad around former players from the Philadelphia Independence. The WPSL Elite team signed Gina DiMartino, along with former Sky Blue forward Allie Long.
February 9, 2012 MAKING PLANS
Independence to hold camps and clinics
Women's Professional Soccer teams are making plans for what they will do in 2012 while the league takes a year off to regroup. They range from playing in the Women's Premier Soccer League, to touring Japan to holding clinics and youth programs.
Needless to say, the players, coaches and employees of the various teams were "devastated," with "broken hearts" and "gutted" over the news that Women's Professional Soccer decided to suspend the 2012 season on Monday, according to Paul Riley.
January 18, 2012 GAINING HER INDEPENDENCE
Chalupny signs with Philly
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. - The Philadelphia Independence has signed free agent midfielder and former Atlanta Beat captain, Lori Chalupny. Chalupny started 17 games for the Beat in 2011 and led the team in goals (2) alongside Megan Lenczyk, who signed with the Independence earlier this month.
January 16, 2012 BACK ON THE LINE
Independence signs Robinson, Johnson
DOWNINGTOWN, PA – The Philadelphia Independence has re-signed defenders Leigh Ann Robinson and Estelle Johnson, two starters from last year’s team that saw a second place finish in the regular season and was runner-up in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer Championship Game.
January 13, 2012 OFFENSIVE POWER
Independence take Milwaukee's Hagen
KANSAS CITY, Mo---The Philadelphia Independence went for offense with their first pick in Friday’s Women's Professional Soccer Draft at the Kansas City Convention Center, selecting high scoring U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee forward Sara Hagen.
January 11, 2012 NO.1 PICK RETURNS
Farrelly signs with Independence
DOWNINGTOWN, PA (– The Philadelphia Independence has re-signed midfielder, Sinead Farrelly, the No. 1 draft pick for the Independence in 2011 and second pick overall. As a rookie, Farrelly immediately earned a spot in the lineup and played in 14 games for the Independence, starting 13 of them, including the season opener.
January 9, 2012 FORWARD DEPTH
Independence sign Beat's Lenczyk
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa – Paul Riley has said since the end of last season he wanted more depth in the Philadelphia Independence’s forward line. On Monday, the team added that depth, signing former University of Virginia forward Meghan Lenczyk.
January 7, 2012 FOR THE DEFENSE
Independence signs McNeil, Buczkowski
DOWNINGTOWN, PA – The Philadelphia Independence has re-signed defender Kia McNeill and midfielder Jen Buczkowski, both of whom were key components to the Independence run to the Women’s Professional Soccer Championship game last season and named to the 2011 WPS Best XI, a first time honor for each.
January 5, 2012 WPS DRAFT DETAILS SET
Independence has fifth pick
SAN FRANCISCO, CA– The Women's Professional Soccer draft, which take place 1pm ET on Friday, January 13th during the 2011 NSCAA Convention in Kansas City, Mo., will consist of four rounds for a total of 23 selections.
Kai led Philadelphia in goals scored with nine, tying her for second best in the league with Abby Wambach.
December 30, 2011 CORE RETURNING
Independence expects starters back
The Philadelphia Independence will be one of the few teams in Women's Professional Soccer to not have a major turnover in its lineup in 2012. The team has commitments from most of the core group of its starters in 2011 to return next season.
December 11, 2011 FRIDA TO RETURN
Magnusdottir will be back with Independence
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.---One of the Philadelphia Independence's most popular players will be back next season after leaving the team at midseason last year. Iceland international Holmfridur Magnusdottir has agreed to a deal with the team for 2012, pending a final contract.
December 10, 2011 BRINGING BACK BOQUETE
MVP will return to Independence
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.---The Philadelphia Independence's offseason priority has been ensuring that Women's Professional Soccer Most Valuable Player Veronica Boquete returns to the team. It looks like mission accomplished, as the Spaniard has committed to a deal with the team, pending a final contract.
December 9, 2011 LANDING LORI
Chalupny will join Independence
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.----Former United States National Team midfielder Lori Chalupny is expected to join the Philadelphia Independence for the 2012 Women's Professional Soccer season.
October 27, 2011 CHANGES COMING
Independence roster will be reshaped
After making back-to-back championship game appearances in their first two years, the Philadelphia Independence still have some unfinished business. That was their motto this past season, after falling in the 2010 title game to Bay Area FC Gold Pride. They can use the same t-shirts next year. But while the look of the apparel might be the same, the look of the roster might not.
October 4, 2011 WHITE HOUSE INVITE
Barnhart, Lindsey part of South Lawn clinic
DOWNINGTOWN, PA)– Independence teammates and US Women’s National Team members Nicole Barnhart and Lori Lindsey will take part in a Let’s Move! Clinic hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on Thursday, Oct. 6 on the South Lawn of the White House.
September 14, 2011 SHORT VACATION
Independence’s Barnhart ready to resume WNT training
The dust has settled and Philadelphia Independence goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has had a chance to take some time off, rest, rehab from the tendonitis that flared up while she was in Germany for the Women’s World Cup and think about the WPS Championship game, which the team lost to the Western New York Flash on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes,
August 31, 2011 GOAL OF THE WEEK
A-Rod ties the title game
Amy Rodriguez’s game tying goal for the Philadelphia Independence in Saturday’s WPS Championship game has been named the Philly Soccer News Goal of the Week for the week ending August 28.
August 28, 2011 A PERFECT PLAN
Only result falls short for Independence
The Philadelphia Independence executed their game plan perfectly. Except for the final result. But that’s what happens when championships are decided on penalty kicks as the Women’s Professional Soccer title game at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, NY was on Saturday.
August 27, 2011 STILL UNFINISHED
Independence falls in title game again
ROCHESTER, NY---The Philadelphia Independence will have to keep their Unfinished Business tee-shirts clean for 2012 after falling on penalties to the Western New York Flash in a tense WPS Championship in front of 10, 461 at Sahlen’s Stadium Saturday.
August 26, 2011 BETTER THAN AN OCTOPUS
Cheesesteaks have Petey
The Philadelphia Independence did a lot of things on their way to their second straight appearance in the Women’s Professional Soccer League Championship game. But it might have been on the way to Rochester on Thursday that the team pushed itself over the top in its effort to win the title.
August 26, 2011 ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Independence well-prepared for WPS Championship Game
The Philadelphia Independence will get something on Saturday that few teams have. A second chance. After falling in the 2010 championship game to the Marta-led Bay Area FC Gold Pride, Philly gets the opportunity on Saturday to beat the Marta-led Western New York Flash in the 2011 WPS Championship game at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester.
August 24, 2011 GOAL OF THE WEEK
Kai nets semifinal winner
Tasha Kai’s game winning goal in the Philadelphia Independence’s 2-0 Semifinal win over magicJack on Saturday has been named the Philly Soccer News Goal of the Week for the week ending August 21.
August 23, 2011 PLAYER(S) OF THE WEEK
Defense drives the Independence
The Philadelphia Independence back line of Kia McNeill, Estelle Johnson, Nikki Krzysik and LeighAnn Robinson have been named the Philly Soccer News Player(s) of the Week for the week ending August 21.
August 20, 2011 HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
Union stadium gives Independence a boost
CHESTER, Pa.—It’s hard to have a home field advantage when you are playing on a field for the first time, but the Philadelphia Independence had just that on Saturday, playing at PPL Park for their 2-0 semifinal win over magicJack.
August 20, 2011 ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO
Independence ousts magicJack, advances to championship game
CHESTER, Pa---Despite just a few weeks ago saying he didn’t think Amy Rodriguez and Tasha Kai could play together, Philadelphia Independence coach Paul Riley teamed the two up front in Saturday’s WPS semifinal match against magicJack at PPL Park, and the decision paid off for the WPS Coach of the Year.
August 19, 2011 SURPRISED WINNER
Boquete on MVP Award
Four of the five names on the Women’s Professional Soccer MVP ballot were pretty familiar. There was Marta, two-time winner of the award and five-time World Player of the Year; U.S. Women’s National Team and World Cup hero Abby Wambach; Canadian national team star Christine Sinclair; and former U.S. National Teamer Tasha Kai. Then there was Veronica Boquete.
August 17, 2011 MOST VALUABLE
Philly’s Boquete breaks Marta’s grip on WPS top player honor
Philadelphia Independence midfielder Veronica Boquete has won the Michele Akers Player of the Year award, as the most valuable player in Women’s Professional Soccer. The sparkplug midfielder captured the award beating out four other finalists, including two time winner Marta, and her Philadelphia team mate Tasha Kai.
August 17, 2011 READY AND WAITING
Kryzsik, Independence poised for playoffs
It doesn’t matter whether it’s going to be Lauren Cheney and Alex Smith or Megan Rapinoe and Abby Wambach running at her Saturday at PLL Park, Philadelphia Independence defender Nikki Krzysik says the team, and its back line, will be ready.
August 9, 2011 MVP CANDIDATES
Boquete, Kai up for honors, Farrelly on rookie ballot
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Philadelphia Independence’s Veronica Boquete and Tasha Kai are on the ballot for Women’s Professional Soccer’s Michelle Akers Player of the Year Award given to the league MVP. Sinead Farrely is on the ballot for the Rookie of the Year Award, Nikki Krzysik is up for Defender of the year and Nicole Barnhart for goalkeeper of the year.
August 9, 2011 GOAL OF THE WEEK
Sanderson nets a late winner
Lianne Sanderson’s 90th minute goal that gave the Philadelphia Independence a 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC and kept their hopes for a first place finish alive has been named the Philly Soccer News Goal of the Week for the week ending August 7.
August 8, 2011 WORKING WITH A-ROD
Riley hopes to get striker back to form
Philadelphia Independence coach Paul Riley has a pretty good idea of what he wants Amy Rodriguez to do in order to get her back into the form that made her one of Women’s Professional Soccer’s top three scorers in 2010.
August 7, 2011 TEAM EFFORT
Indies win as a group
CHESTER, Pa.---Paul Riley knows he might not have the best players in Women’s Professional Soccer. It doesn’t matter. He thinks he has the best team.
August 4, 2011 HONORED BY WPS
Boquete again Player of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Forward Veronica Boquete led the Philadelphia Independence to two victories en route to claiming her third WPS Player of the Week title this season, capturing the honor for Week 16.
August 2, 2011 STAYING AT WIDENER
Independence agrees to 2012 lease
DOWNINGTON, Pa---–While the Philadelphia Independence hope to eventually move to PPL Park on a permanent basis, the team has decided to stay at Widener University and will play its games at Leslie Quick Stadium through the 2012 season.
July 31, 2011 “PIA’S DESTROYED HER”
Riley on A-Rod’s crisis of confidence
Members of the United States Women’s National team returning to Women’s Professional Soccer are being hailed as conquering heroes, but Philadelphia Independence head coach Paul Riley wishes at least two of his three players had never left.
July 31, 2011 BIG WIN
Independence edge Atlanta, clinch at least second place
CHESTER, Pa.—One player can be a difference maker. The Philadelphia Independence have found that difference maker in Veronica Boquete. The Spanish international scored her third game winner in the last four games in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Beat in front of a season high 4,162 fans at Leslie Quick Stadium.
July 27, 2011 VERO AGAIN PLAYS HERO
Scores only goal in 1-0 Independence win
ALLSTON, Mass.---Veronica Boquete is the Philadelphia Independence’s difference maker. The Spanish international proved that once again on Wednesday, scoring the Indies only goal in a 1-0 win over the Boston Breakers in front of 3,343 at Harvard Stadium.
July 26, 2011 BOSTON BOUND
Independence face Breakers Wednesday
Six seems to be the magic number for the Philadelphia Independence this week. Their six game winning streak ended on Saturday with a 2-0 loss to Sky Blue FC. In order to regain their winning ways, they will have to end the Boston Breakers six game unbeaten streak when the two teams meet at Harvard Stadium Wednesday night (7:30 pm).
July 24, 2011 GOING HOME
Magnusdottir leaving Independence
The Philadelphia Independence will be losing one of their most popular players. The team has agreed to a mutual termination of the contract of Icelandic defender, Holmfridur Magnusdottir so she can return to her native country and join her national team.
July 23, 2011 COMING TO AN END
Independence streak is no more
PISCATAWAY, NJ---It had to end sooner or later. That it came to an end on the week everyone’s World Cup layers returned may not bode well for the Philadelphia Independence, who now hold a tenuous one-point lead on the second place Western New York Flash.
July 23, 2011 INDEPENDENCE FALL
Nogueira braces Sky Blue
PISCATAWAY, NJ---A pair of late goals by Casey Nogueira gave Sky Blue a 2-0 win, ending the Philadelphia Independence’s six game winning streak at Yurcak Field on Saturday night.
Some eight weeks later, it is the Independence who are being pursued.
July 20, 2011 THEY’RE BACK
Independence’s World Cuppers return
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa--- – The three Philadelphia Independence players who competed as part of the US Women’s National Team at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany returned to team training at United Sports for the first time since May 30. Amy Rodriguez, Nicole Barnhart and Lori Lindsey were greeted in the player’s lounge by Independence head coach, Paul Riley, his coaching staff and their Independence teammates upon arrival.
July 16, 2011 VERO THE HERO
Boquette scores lone goal in 1-0 Indies win
KENNESAW, Ga.—The World Cup has been very good to the Philadelphia, so has Veronica Boquete. The Independence have won six straight games since the U.S. Women’s National Team convened for Germany, and the Spaniard, who joined the team at the start of June, has been the difference.
July 14, 2011 HONORED BY WPS
Kai named player of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – For her four goal in two game performance last week, Philadelphia Independence forward Tasha Kai has been named the WPS Player of the week as voted by members of the North American Soccer Reporters.
July 12, 2011 GOAL OF THE WEEK
Farrelly’s first is a game winner
Sinead Farrelly’s game winning goal in the Philadelphia Independence’s 2-1 win over Western New York Flash has been named the Philly Soccer News Goal of the Week for the week ending July 10.