I came out of the Home Depot Center on Saturday afternoon with more respect for the dazzling soccer abilities of Marta and Shannon Boxx, but also a realization that it takes more than two players to make an offense. We were watching the first championship game of the Women’s Professional Soccer League where the Los Angeles Sol battled Sky Blue FC from New Jersey. (I dragged Bryan in part because I worried this might be the league’s first and last final. The good news is that the league only lost as much money as they expected to lose.) The sports mantra that defense wins championships was in full effect as Sky Blue managed to take balls off the feet of Sol attackers before they got any clear shots. I didn’t agree with the strange Sol defender aversion to midfield. Why did they keep lofting hopeful, desperate balls 100 feet ahead of the forwards? I guess I’m a fan of the possession game. (Hey, no control freak comments!) Barcelona after all used it deftly to embarrass Man U during the UEFA Champions League final. Even though the Sol were playing one short for much of the game because of an overly harsh red card, Saturday’s game was really close. I screamed every time the Sol looked as if they might score. I left the game hoarse.