Sol make winning start in new league
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With international stars leading the way, the Los Angeles Sol defeated the Washington Freedom 2-0 on Sunday in the inaugural match of Women's Professional Soccer.

The revival of a USA women's elite league with seven teams came before 14,832 and the home fans did not have a long wait for the first goal in league history.

Japanese national team star Aya Miyama launched a free-kick into the penalty area that Sol defender Allison Falk leaped high to nod into the net in the sixth minute to open the scoring. "It was a great ball from Aya," Falk said. "I just went for it. I didn't think I was going to get to it, but I did and it went in."

French midfielder Camille Abily added an insurance goal in the 87th minute, chipping the ball over Washington goalkeeper Brianna Scurry off a short pass from three-time reigning FIFA World Player of the Year Marta.