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Pride beats Freedom

That isn't any kind of personal statement on my part. Nor did I read it on a bumper sticker or in a fortune cookie or even on New Hampshire liscence plates.

That's the result from today's Women's Professional Soccer match at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.: FC Gold Pride 3, Washington Freedom 2.

I had never seen a WPS game in person before, and only a few on TV. So when I heard there was one today, I headed over to get a sneak peek at the site of Sunday's Sounders-Quakes game. (The stadium is no Qwest Field. It's also no Memorial Stadium. But it's only temporary while the Quakes arrange for a soccer-specific home of their own.)

The game was really good ... with each team coming from behind. The Pride took a 1-0 lead, then fell behind 2-1, then came back to win it in something like the 85th minute.

And the stars were out: Brandi Chastain and Tiffany Milbrett for the Pride, Abby Wambach for the Freedom. One thing about the small stadium is that I got a close look at the players, and Wambach is as powerful as she looks on TV, but probably even bigger. Huge and dominating.

Anyway, we can only hope for as entertaining a game Sunday.