Tuesday’s Column: Tables have Turned for Galaxy, Chivas USA

Read the SuperClasico preview column here.

For those not attending in person, the game is also on at 8 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

Updated: Sky Blue FC announced this morning that player-coach Christie Rampone guided the club to the WPS championship over the Sol Saturday in Carson while almost three months pregnant.

From the club’s press release:

Rampone, who is nominated for a number of WPS awards – Defender of the Year, Coach of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year, which will be announced Saturday evening before the WPS All-Star Game – is due in late March. She is targeting a June return for the next WPS season. She is also projected to resume her U.S. National Team duties as captain next summer.

Rampone has experience coming back from pregnancy. She took most of 2005 off to have her first child, daughter Rylie, who was born on Sept. 29 of that year. She made her return to the U.S. National Team lineup just 112 days later against Norway at the Four Nations Tournament in China, starting and playing the first 67 minutes. In July, she underwent emergency laparoscopic surgery due to a ruptured ovarian cyst, returning to the Sky Blue FC lineup two and a half weeks later.

“It’s been a eventful year to say the least, but the timing of this pregnancy is perfect because I was able to finish off this amazing first season and hopefully get back in time to make a major contribution to Sky Blue FC in 2010,” said Rampone. “There is a tradition among some U.S. National Team players to time pregnancies right after the Olympics. But I wanted to support, and be part of, the first season of Women’s Professional Soccer.”

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