(April 29, 2016) – After a pair of losses to start the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League season, the Boston Breakers look to snap that streak and start one in a different direction Sunday as they take on Portland Thorns FC at Jordan Field (5 p.m. ET kickoff) in Allston, Mass.
The Breakers opened the season at Washington on April 16, coming up on the short end of a 1-0 game. Last Sunday in their home opener, the Breakers fell, 3-0, to two-time defending NWSL Shield winners, Seattle Reign FC. The Breakers trailed by two goals before halftime, but a promising stretch in the second half nearly saw the team put three goals past Seattle goalkeeper Hope Solo. Both Brittany Ratcliffe and Julie King hit the crossbar, and Morgan Marlborough was inches away from snapping the shutout late in the game.
“That 20 to 25-minute period, especially in the second half where we created eight goal-scoring opportunities, we just need that little bit of luck now,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “I’m pleased with where we are. We’re looking forward to (Sunday’s) game. It’s always good playing against the top teams. And, it will be another good benchmark for me as to where we are.”
Portland opened its 2016 NWSL season with a 2-1 victory at home against the expansion Orlando Pride. One week later, the Thorns got a second-half goal from Lindsay Horan to take a point against FC Kansas City in a match that ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Breakers have had success against Portland, particularly at home. They lead the overall series, 5-4-0, going 4-1-0 at home against the Thorns since the start of the 2013 NWSL season. In their only meeting in Boston last season, the Breakers got a goal in the 93rd minute from Kristie Mewis to take a 1-0 victory.
“They’re one of the favorites to be up there, and we knew that Washington, Seattle, and Portland was a real tough start, but I’m pleased with the way we’ve started. Obviously I’m not pleased with the results because we want to be picking points up. But I feel as time has gone on, I think we’re getting better in training every day, which is a mark of progression,” Beard added.
The Breakers remain at Jordan Field next weekend and will take on the Chicago Red Stars Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com.