(May 15, 2015) – The Boston Breakers return home for the first time since April 26, looking to snap a two-game losing streak Saturday as they take on Portland Thorns FC at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
The Breakers and Portland meet for the second time this season, and the hosts hope to avenge a 4-1, season-opening loss in Portland. Saturday’s kickoff is a 4 p.m. ET.
The Breakers (1-3-0) lead the overall series against the Thorns, 4-3. Three of those four victories have come in Boston. The last one was on Aug. 10, 2014, a 2-0 victory at Harvard Stadium. Rachel Wood scored her first professional goal in the match. It turned out to be the game-winner.
“Portland Thorns are the class of the league so far this season. They have shaped a great system of play and have the players to cover all the positions even on the absence of the players on international duty in preparation for the World Cup,” Boston Breakers head coach Tom Durkin said. “The box in midfield remains the constant in both lineups at the heart of the team. The style of play is very pleasing to the eye, so I expect the match to be open and entertaining.”
Both teams will be without World Cup players from various countries. The Breakers are missing goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, while Portland takes a hit with the loss of forwards Alex Morgan (USA), Christine Sinclair (Canada), and Jodie Taylor (England), midfielders Tobin Heath (USA) and Kaylyn Kyle (Canada), defender Rhian Wilkinson (Canada) and Stephanie Catley (Australia), and goalkeeper Nadine Angerer (Germany).
The Breakers, who last won April 26 at home, a 3-2 victory over the Houston Dash, went on the road and lost two straight – 3-1 at Western New York on May 2 and 3-0 at Chicago on May 9. The third-place Thorns bring a record of 2-0-2 to Boston. In their most recent action, the Thorns came back to earn a 2-2 draw at home against the Washington Spirit on May 9. The Thorns are led by Allie Long, who is tied for first in the league in goals scored (four) and Mana Shim, who has three goals and three assists.
The Breakers are led in scoring my rookie Stephanie McCaffrey. The former Boston College star has one goal and two assists on the season. McCaffrey’s goal came in the 4-1 loss at Portland. Three other Breakers are tied with McCaffrey with one goal each – Julie King, Nkem Ezurike, and Morgan Marlborough.
The Breakers remain at home for two more games before departing for Washington on June 6. The Breakers host Sky Blue FC Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m., a night the club will retire Leslie Osborne’s jersey, and Sunday, May 30, at 7 p.m. against FC Kansas City. To purchase tickets to all Boston Breakers home games, visit www.breakerstickets.com or call 617-945-1704.