Mon 12.Jul 2010 12:08 Albert Sigurdsson,
Interview with Head Coach Paul Riley Philadelphia Independence
Paul Riley Head Coach of Philadelphia Independence
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Paul Riley Head Coach of the Philadelphia Independence answers few questions from www.wSoccerNews.com
Paul is originally from Liverpool, England. Paul has a long and illustrious career coaching men’s and women’s youth, college, and minor league soccer. Paul’s distinguished soccer career includes many honors and awards as both a player and a coach. He has earned honors such as A-League National Coach of the Year; New York Regional Coach of the Year; Umbro A-League All-Star Coach Selection; and 5-Time New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. As Head Coach of the CW Post Pioneers (Long Island University) from 1991-1997, he accumulated a record of 98-48-11. In addition, under Paul’s direction, his Albertson Soccer Club youth teams have won numerous New York State Championships and are considered some of the most dominant in the country. Paul has served as head coach of the Long Island Fury WPSL team since the team’s inception in 2006 and has led the minor league women’s team to two National Championships (2006 and 2009). After the Fury defeated defending National Champions Ajax America in the 2009 Championship, Paul was named WPSL Coach of the Year.


1. What is the strongest women´s soccer league in the world today?

I think the WPS is without question the best league in the world and offers power, speed, athleticism, quality players and totally professional atmosphere, training facilities and stadia. The WPS has attracted many of the world best players and that combined with US Internationals and many other top young American players has established WPS as the ultra competitive league with all seven teams close in talent and results.

2. What do you think is the best team today ?

Gold Pride is the best team in the league led by a powerful forward line of Marta, Sinclair and O'Hara. For us to be successful against them we have to figure a way of shutting this forward line down. We have a more team approach and we are hoping over the long run our team ethics, team culture, and our extra training sessions will put us in a position to challenge for the WPS title.

3. Who do you think is the best women´s player in the world today ?

Marta is at a different level and her electric speed and skill make her a handful to contain and makes her a fan favorite throughtout the league. She can change a game at any point and her creative talents has certainly given the WPS added luster and excitement. She has brilliant technique and her composure in front of goal make her the favorite to clinch WPS Golden Boot.

4. How would you line up your women´s dream team ?

Obviously my dream team would include some German players which have not migrated to WPS yet but hopefully after the World Cup. My preference would be a 4-3-3 with a midfield containing WPS stars like Seger (Philly), Miyama (Atlanta), Lyndsey (Philly), Cristiane (Chicago),  forwards like Rodriques (Philly) Smith (Boston), Wambach (Washington) Marta (Gold Pride), Aluka (Atlanta) and defenders such as LePellbet (Boston) Cox TBoston), Falk (Philly), Ellerton (Atlanta) and GK such as Solo (Atlanta), Henderson (Philly), LeBlanc (Philly).

5. What do you think of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Germany ?

There is a lot of talent on show at the U20's World Cup and I think Germany and US are the favorites. It isgreat for young players to get this opportunity and any experience at this age will help in their endeavours to become fulltime professionals.

6. Who do you think will become the FIFA U-20 World Cup Champions ?

US will win it hopefully!!..watch out for Bachman (Swiss)...probably the best U20 player in the world. Brazil, Japan, Germany, will be there or therabouts.


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