2008 USL W-League season

The 2008 W-League Season was the league's 14th. The regular season began on May 10, 2008, and ended on July 20.

USL W-League
Season2008
ChampionsPali Blues
2007
2009

Pali Blues finished the season as national champions, beating FC Indiana 2-1 in the W-League Championship game in Virginia Beach, Virginia on 2 August 2008.

The Pali Blues also finished with the best regular season record in the league, winning all 12 of their matches, and finishing with a +35 goal difference.

Atlanta Silverbacks Women's striker Sarah Steinmann was the league's top scorer, with 19 goals. FC Indiana's Laura Del Rio led the league with 13 assists, while Pali Blues goalkeeper Valerie Henderson enjoyed the best goalkeeping statistics, with a goals-against average of 0.142 per game, and posting 6 shutouts.

Changes from 2007 seasonEdit

Nine teams were added for the season:

Team Name Metro Area Location Previous Affiliation
  Carolina Dynamo Greensboro area Greensboro, NC expansion
  Carolina RailHawks Research Triangle area Cary, NC expansion
  Connecticut Passion Hartford and New Haven areas Berlin, CT expansion
  FC Indiana Indianapolis area Indianapolis, IN previously in WPSL
  Kalamazoo Outrage Kalamazoo area Kalamazoo, MI expansion
  Los Angeles Legends suburban Los Angeles area Azusa, CA expansion
  Pali Blues Los Angeles area Los Angeles, CA expansion
  Tampa Bay Hellenic Tampa Bay area Tampa, FL expansion
  West Virginia Illusion Morgantown/North-Central West Virginia areas Fairmont, WV expansion

Three teams folded after the 2007 season: Mile High Edge, and San Diego Sunwaves. Cocoa Expos Women left the league for the WPSL.

StandingsEdit

Orange indicates W-League title and bye into W-League semifinals.
Blue indicates division title clinched
Green indicates playoff berth clinched

Central ConferenceEdit

Midwest DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 FC Indiana 14 13 0 1 67 3 +64 40
2 Chicago Gaels 14 11 3 0 39 9 +30 33
3 Minnesota Lightning 14 9 3 2 32 19 +13 29
4 Cleveland Internationals Women 14 8 4 2 31 23 +8 26
5 Michigan Hawks 14 4 9 1 12 33 −21 13
6 Kalamazoo Outrage 14 2 10 2 6 36 −30 8
7 Fort Wayne Fever 13 2 10 1 16 39 −23 7[a]
8 West Michigan Firewomen 13 1 11 1 11 52 −41 4[a]
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Fort Wayne and West Michigan did not play each other a second time, as the game could not be rescheduled before July 20 and would not affect the playoffs.

Northern DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Ottawa Fury Women 14 13 1 0 51 7 +44 39
2 Toronto Lady Lynx 14 11 2 1 40 14 +26 34
3 Laval Comets 14 9 4 1 39 17 +22 28
4 Rochester Rhinos Women 14 6 6 2 18 33 −15 20
5 Hamilton Avalanche 14 5 6 3 19 21 −2 18
6 Western Mass Lady Pioneers 14 3 9 2 18 34 −16 11
7 London Gryphons 14 3 9 2 15 35 −20 11
8 Vermont Lady Voltage 14 0 13 1 5 44 −39 1

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Atlantic DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Atlanta Silverbacks Women 14 13 0 1 50 6 +44 40
2 Charlotte Lady Eagles 14 11 2 1 44 13 +31 34
3 Tampa Bay Hellenic 14 8 4 2 27 16 +11 26
4 Hampton Roads Piranhas 14 7 6 1 29 19 +10 22
5 Carolina RailHawks 14 7 6 1 22 17 +5 22
6 Richmond Kickers Destiny 14 6 8 0 18 28 −10 18
7 Carolina Dynamo 14 4 8 2 23 30 −7 14
8 Bradenton Athletics 14 2 12 0 11 52 −41 6
9 West Virginia Illusion 14 1 13 0 6 46 −40 3

Northeast DivisionEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Washington Freedom 14 11 1 2 32 7 +25 35
2 Long Island Rough Riders 14 9 3 2 28 13 +15 29
3 Boston Renegades 14 9 3 2 32 12 +20 29
4 Jersey Sky Blue 14 8 4 2 14 10 +4 26
5 Connecticut Passion 14 7 5 2 24 23 +1 23
6 Northern Virginia Majestics 14 3 6 5 17 23 −6 14
7 New York Magic 14 3 7 4 14 23 −9 13
8 New Jersey Wildcats 14 2 10 2 17 35 −18 8
9 Fredericksburg Lady Gunners 14 0 13 1 5 37 −32 1

Western ConferenceEdit

Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts
1 Pali Blues 12 12 0 0 39 4 +35 36
2 Vancouver Whitecaps Women 12 7 2 3 21 18 +3 24
3 Seattle Sounders Women 12 5 3 4 19 11 +8 19
4 Real Colorado Cougars 12 5 4 3 15 19 −4 18
5 Fort Collins Force 12 3 6 3 15 19 −4 12
6 Los Angeles Legends 12 1 9 2 11 26 −15 5
7 Ventura County Fusion 12 1 10 1 9 32 −23 4

PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

Five teams each from the Central and Eastern Conferences, and two from the Western Conference, qualify for the playoffs.

In the Central Conference, the second and third place teams from the Northern Division play a one-leg playoff with the winner advancing to the Conference Semifinals, where they will play the Midwest Division champion. The other semifinal will have the second place team from the Midwest Division playing the Northern Division champion.

In the Eastern Conference, the second and third place teams from the Northeast Division play a one-leg playoff with the winner advancing to play the Atlantic Division champion. The other semifinal will have the second place team from the Atlantic Division playing the Northeast Division champion.

The two teams in the Western Conference will play each other to advance to the W-League Semifinals.

The Regular Season champion, Pali Blues, receive a bye into the W-League semifinals, with the second and third place teams from the Western Conference receiving playoff berths.

Conference BracketsEdit

Central Conference

Central Divisional Round Central Semifinals Central Championship
         
MW1   FC Indiana 5
NO3   Laval Comets 1
NO2   Toronto Lady Lynx 0
NO3   Laval Comets 2
MW1   FC Indiana (AET) 4
NO1   Ottawa Fury Women 3
NO1   Ottawa Fury Women 3
MW2   Chicago Gaels 2

Eastern Conference

Eastern Divisional Round Eastern Semifinals Eastern Championship
         
AT1   Atlanta Silverbacks Women 1
NE2   Long Island Rough Riders 0
NE2   Long Island Rough Riders 1
NE3   Boston Renegades 0
AT1   Atlanta Silverbacks Women 1
NE1   Washington Freedom (AET) 2
NE1   Washington Freedom (AET) 6
AT2   Charlotte Lady Eagles 5

Western Conference

Western Finals
   
W1   Vancouver Whitecaps Women 0
W2   Seattle Sounders Women 1

Pali captured the W-League regular season title and bye into W-League semifinals, enabling Vancouver to take their spot in the Conference Playoffs, and allowing Seattle to clinch a playoff berth.

W-League Championship BracketEdit

Semifinals Championship
      
WL   Pali Blues 2
NE1   Washington Freedom 0
WL   Pali Blues 2
MW1   FC Indiana 1
MW1   FC Indiana 1
W2   Seattle Sounders Women 0 Consolation
NE1   Washington Freedom 2
W1   Seattle Sounders Women 0

Divisional RoundsEdit

  Boston Renegades0 – 1  Long Island Rough Riders
(Report) DeRosa  
Attendance: 387
Referee: Samir Souidi (USA)

  Laval Comets2 – 0  Toronto Lady Lynx
Gagné   8'   40'
Walsh   89'
(Report) Chapman   40'   89'
Afonso   66'
Attendance: 344
Referee: Michael Izzo (CAN)

Conference SemifinalsEdit

  Chicago Gaels2 – 3  Ottawa Fury Women
Mutters   12'
Spacht   26'
Trevillian   74'
Maynard   89' (PK)
(Report) Taylor   12'   62' (PK)
Powell   15'
Attendance: 50
Referee: Tony Deldis (USA)

  Charlotte Lady Eagles5 – 6
(AET)
  Washington Freedom
Rife   11'
Schmedes   29'
Murphy   59'   107'
Lyons   66'
(Report) Welsh   2'   16'   103'
Keller   22'
Moros   70' (PK)
Janss   97'
Attendance: 152
Referee: William Deland (USA)

  Laval Comets1 – 5  FC Indiana
Gagné   55' (PK) (Report) Hamel   14'
Sesselmann   16'   25'   27'
Parker   63'
Phewa   72'
Attendance: 128
Referee: Andrew Scott (USA)

  Long Island Rough Riders0 – 1  Atlanta Silverbacks Women
Fitzgerald (coach)   82'
Speck   90'
(Report) Latham   51'
Buff   70'
Harbrueger   90'
Attendance: 485
Referee: Patrick Baker (USA)

Conference FinalsEdit

  Seattle Sounders Women1 – 0  Vancouver Whitecaps Women
Baysa   67'   84' (Report)
Attendance: 4,991
Referee: Darci Kurse (USA)

  Washington Freedom2 – 1
(AET)
  Atlanta Silverbacks Women
Golebiowski   48'
Welsh   77'   90'
Andrzejewski   118'
(Report) Bobo   16'
Latham   23'
Phillips   73'
Attendance: 428
Referee: Tony Russo (USA)

  Ottawa Fury Women3 – 4
(AET)
  FC Indiana
Kennedy   27'
Milyak   53' (OG)
Hance   65'
Avner   85'
Taylor   116' (PK)
Raber   120'
(Report) Sesselmann   15'
Nault   63'
Del Rio   90+2'   96'
Phewa   101'

W-League SemifinalsEdit

  Seattle Sounders Women0 – 1  FC Indiana
Phewa   16'
Leyva   87'
Referee: Debbie Coleman (USA)

  Washington Freedom0 – 2  Pali Blues
Welsh   76' Report Adams   26'   82'
Attendance: 427
Referee: Meredith Hackett (USA)

W-League Third-Place GameEdit

  Seattle Sounders Women0 – 2  Washington Freedom
Welsh   11'   40'
Huffman   76'
Andrzejewski   86'

W-League FinalsEdit

  FC Indiana1 – 2  Pali Blues
O'Rourke   47' Wilson   49'
LePeilbet   83'
Pasqui   88'
Attendance: 558
Referee: Sandra Serafini (USA)

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