Breakers brace for Sky Blue FC in 2017 home opener Sunday

(April 21, 2017) – The Boston Breakers are set to kick off their 12th home opener in franchise history Sunday, welcoming their New Jersey rivals, Sky Blue FC, to Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

Kick off is set for 4 p.m. ET and can be seen on the go90 app (U.S. only) and NWSLsoccer.com (international fans only).

GAME NOTES

The Breakers are coming off a 2-0 season-opening loss to FC Kansas City on the road Sunday, a game that Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard feels confident his team can build off of heading into week two. The Breakers pestered FC Kansas City keeper Nicole Barnhart throughout the match, with Rose Lavelle, Angela Salem, and Rosie White coming to the closest to scoring during a surge in the first half.

“We’re really excited (about Sunday's home opener). We were disappointed with the result on Sunday. We’ve looked at the game and worked really hard on the training pitch this week just to tighten up in a few areas we feel where we should’ve been a lot stronger. With a new team and so many new players making their debuts, we knew it was going to take time but we want to hit the ground running on Sunday afternoon and make sure we start our home campaign with a win,” Beard said. “We want to make this a difficult place for teams to come and be consistent with picking points up. But the group has been brilliant. I’ve been really pleased with them. They’ve worked so hard this week. I felt we showed a lot of character in the game against Kansas, especially when we went 2-0 down, we kept going, kept creating chances. If we can just tidy up on the sloppiness and tighten up defensively, then I’m confident we can get the result we need on Sunday.”

The Breakers and Sky Blue FC have a rivalry that dates back to 2009 when both clubs debuted in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). They played three seasons against each other in WPS and then renewed that rivalry when the National Women’s Soccer League began its inaugural campaign in 2013.

The two teams have met each other 11 times, and the visitors hold a 6-2-3 advantage, however, six of the 11 games have been decided by no more than one goal.

Sky Blue FC comes to town following a 1-1, come-from-behind draw against Seattle Reign FC on the road. They got a goal from Sarah Killion just minutes after Seattle took a 1-0 lead off a goal by Megan Rapinoe. In addition to Killion, Sky Blue boasts several returnees from 2016, including defender Christie Pearce, midfielder Taylor Lytle, and forwards Maya Hayes, Sam Kerr, and Kelley O’Hara.

Following Sunday’s home opener, the Breakers remain at Jordan Field. They take on Seattle Reign FC on Saturday, April 29, at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com. 

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