- By Meg Kelly
(July 21, 2015) - The Boston Breakers will host the Chicago Red Stars for the second time in a four-day span as they will faceoff Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium in Allston, Mass.
The Breakers are coming off a 1-1 draw at Chicago on Saturday as they snapped a three-game losing streak, picked up a crucial point, and improved to 0-1-1 against Chicago this season. The Breakers improved to a 3-6-3 mark overall and remain in eighth place in NWSL standings. Despite the draw, Chicago still holds the top spot overall in the NWSL table with a 6-1-4 mark.
With just a few points separating a majority of teams in the NWSL standings, a Breakers win Wednesday would send them from eighth up to a tie for fifth place with the Western New York Flash. A draw would bump the Breakers up to seventh place, tying Portland Thorns FC on points.
In front of a sellout crowd at the Village Lisle Benedictine University Sports Complex on Saturday, Boston and Chicago went toe-to-toe in the first half, matching each other in shots (four) and shots on goal (two) in a scoreless first half.
Julie King, left, battles for the ball with Chicago's Lori Chalupny in Saturday's draw
Lori Chalupny put the Red Stars on top 1-0 in the 54th minute on an assist from Taryn Hemmings. Boston responded right away as Stephanie McCaffrey split Chicago’s back line and netted the equalizer in the 62nd minute with her third goal of the season.
The tie between the Breakers and Red Stars was the first in 16 meetings between the clubs. The point earned on the road against the Red Stars was the first since July 25, 2010, when the Breakers beat Chicago, 3-1, at Toyota Park.
With her goal, McCaffrey tied Morgan Marlborough for second place on the team in goals scored. Kristie Mewis leads the team with a career-high four goals and has tied her career-high for points with eight.
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher returned for the Breakers for the first time since the U.S. won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Naeher didn’t miss a beat in her return as she made a season-high six saves.
Australian Kyah Simon made her 2015 Breakers debut Saturday at Chicago, playing all 90 minutes. Simon will make her return to Boston for the first time since 2013 when the Breakers host the Red Stars Wednesday.
After Wednesday’s match, Boston will hit the road once again, heading to the Garden State in a showdown against Sky Blue FC. The game takes place Saturday, July 25 at 7 p.m. ET at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.
Boston will return in August for its final two matches of the season at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. Boston will host Seattle Reign FC on Aug. 1 and the Washington Spirit on Aug. 8.
To purchase tickets to Boston Breakers home games, call 617-945-1704 or visit www.breakerstickets.com. Season tickets for 2016 go on sale Aug. 1.