Soccer: Washington Freedom vs. Atlanta Beat
Where: Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds.
When: 7 p.m.
Records: Freedom 7-9-7, 28 points; Beat 5-12-6, 21.
Outlook: With a victory in the regular season finale, Washington would clinch the fourth and final playoff berth in Women's Professional Soccer and play at the No. 3 seed, either the Boston Breakers or Philadelphia Independence, next weekend. The Freedom could also advance with a draw if New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC (7-10-6, 27 points) ties or loses at home against Boston. If Washington loses and Sky Blue draws, leaving the clubs even on points, the Freedom would go through because it won the season series with a 1-0-2 record. Coach Jim Gabarra will be without three starters: MF Sonia Bompastor (France) and F Lene Mykjaland (Norway) are with their respective national teams for World Cup qualifying, and MF Sarah Huffman is serving a red card suspension. Freedom F Abby Wambach is tied for second in WPS with 12 goals and is second in assists with eight. The Beat is 1-4-2 since defeating the visiting Freedom, 3-2, on July 28. After the match, Washington will honor GK Briana Scurry, who announced her retirement this week. Scurry, 39, one of the heroes from the 1999 U.S. World Cup championship, holds the American record for national team appearances by a goalie (173) and is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She appeared in just one match this season because of a concussion.
- Steven Goff