FC Gold Pride got back to its winning ways after defeating the Atlanta Beat on their home turf on July 3. On Sunday, July 11, they defeated the Washington Freedom 3-2. Marta scored two goals and Solveig Gulbrandsen added another.
Gulbrandsen has another game left to play with FC Gold Pride. The team announced that both parties have come to an agreement to end the contract, and Gulbrandsen will go back home to Norway.
The first goal came in the 12th minute, thanks to Beverly Goebel, who took Christine Sinclair down in the penalty area and gave the Pride a penalty kick. Marta shot to her left as Erin McLeod stepped to the right, and it was Pride 1, Freedom 0.
In the 26th minute, Jim Gabarra, head coach of the Freedom, was ejected from the game after throwing a fit, calling for a penalty kick for his side after Kandace Wilson shoved Sonia Bompastor off the ball inside the 18. Backup goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris became the Freedom head coach for the remainder of the match.
McLeod made a few great saves for the Freedom, but they were not enough to stop the dominating FC Gold Pride attack. Marta and Sinclair combined for a number of chances, but came up short until the 65th minute.
Sinclair crossed the ball into the area and Marta, with her great touch on the ball, brought it down with ease, cut to her right, and got around McLeod to tap the ball into the goal. Five minutes later, Camille Abily set up Gulbrandsen with a world class cross. Gulbrandsen finished it with a great header on goal.
It seemed Brittany Cameron would get the first shutout of her career in her debut, but the Freedom scored two goals of their own. In the 79th minute, Brittany Bock, coming off the bench, served a cross into the area, which Lene Mykjaland jumped up to volley into the back of the net. Then, just minutes before the final whistle blew, Nikki Marshall outran Carrie Dew and got her shot just past Cameron to decrease Pride's lead.
Both teams played without regular starters, as the USA has two friendly matches scheduled against Sweden for July 13 and 17 in Omaha, Neb., and East Hartford, Conn., respectively.
FC Gold Pride played without defender Rachel Buehler, goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, midfielder Shannon Boxx, and forward Kelley O'Hara, while the Washington Freedom played without forward Abby Wambach, and midfielders Sarah Huffman and Allie Long.
The Pride will take on the Philadelphia Independence next on July 17 at 7 pm PT, and the Freedom will travel from the west coast back to the east coast as they visit the Boston Breakers on July 18 at 5 pm ET.