SOMERSET, N.J. -- Sky Blue FC player/coach Christie Rampone is expecting another child in March.
Rampone guided Sky Blue to the inaugural title at the Women's Professional Soccer championship on Saturday. They beat the Los Angeles Sol 1-0, three weeks after Rampone took over the coaching duties when Kelly Lindsey resigned.
Rampone, who is nearly three months' pregnant, recently competed in two playoff games and the championship game. She played 90 minutes in each.
"It's been an 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," she said Tuesday in a statement.
Rampone has been nominated for defender, coach and sportswoman of the year ahead of the league awards ceremony on Saturday. She expects to play in the WPS All-Star game in St. Louis on Sunday.
A native of Point Pleasant, N.J., Rampone has played in three World Cups and three Olympics. She took off most of 2005 to have her first child.
Rampone, the captain of the U.S. national team, plans to return to the WPS in June.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press