Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) chief executive officer (CEO) Jennifer O’Sullivan poses for a photo with Philadelphia Independence head coach Paul Riley (L) and owner David Halstead (R) during a press conference introducing Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan at the United Sports, the training facility for the Philadelphia Independence in Downingtown, PA, on October 26, 2011.
"Q: Tasha Kai has been known to be a bit hot and cold throughout her WPS career but looks to have a new lease on life in Philly. How would you assess the season she’s had for you?
I think it’s the same thing we did with A-Rod, [Nikki] Krzysik, [Jen] Buczkowski, they all came in from places that they didn’t play. I think we just gave them a great training environment and I think the players are happy to train. They love the game again, their passionate again, when you’re passionate again you’re gonna be successful. It’s a good combination of the culture of the club and the training. The players love competing against each other in training. I think if you ask Tash she’d say that training’s the number one priority for the club and that’s been the difference. She led the line fantastic this year in A-Rod’s absence. We felt she’d be a huge player for us and some people doubted her. She’s gotten into double figures, we thought she would. She’s a phenomenal player off the field too, she’s been great for the fans and the chemistry in the locker room. But it’s just all those players that came in and fit into our culture. We’re a hard-working team, we don’t have the big world names like some other teams have like magicJack and Western New York, but we’re a wholesome team. We work for each other, we’re willing to die for each other. They love the fans and the area. We’re a tough team, I don’t think many teams would want to play against us because we’re hard to beat. We’re definitely a lot better going into the game than this time last year, no question."
— All White Kit interviews Paul Riley - a little late since the game about this is over, but a good read nonetheless!