The Boston Breakers head into Sunday riding a four-game unbeaten streak, which began June 30 at home. Since then, the Breakers have gone 2-0-2 and can extend that streak Sunday at home against second-place Portland.
With just seven games remaining for half the teams in the National Women’s Soccer League, and six left for the other half, the playoff push is on, and heading into this weekend, every team is still mathematically in the race. This includes the Boston Breakers, who currently hold the best record amongst the four teams fighting for the fourth and final playoff spot.
Sunday, the Breakers (5-5-5, 20 points) look to pick up a crucial three points and extend their unbeaten streak to a season-high five games, when they host Portland Thorns FC (8-4-3, 27 points) at 4 p.m. ET at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville.
These two teams met back on July 6 in Portland with the Breakers taking a 2-0 victory, getting a pair of goals from Sydney Leroux, which garnered the U.S. Women’s National Team forward NWSL Player of the Week honors. Midfielder Heather O’Reilly assisted on both goals, and keeper Alyssa Naeher earned her first NWSL shutout. The Breakers are coming off a 0-0 draw Saturday at Sky Blue FC, courtesy of five saves by keeper Ashley Phillips. Portland drew, 1-1, with the Western New York Flash over the weekend, extending their winless streak to four.
For Portland, the second-place club brings in a lot of star power to Sunday’s match, including U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan, Canadian Women’s National Team captain Christine Sinclair, newly added midfielder and U.S. Women’s National Team player Tobin Heath, and one of the top keepers in the league, Canadian national teamer and former Boston Breaker Karina LeBlanc.
"It should be a good matchup," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "They’ve added some players and had some changes to their lineup, so they’ll look at little bit different. Playing game after game well is our focus and collecting points while we can."
Breakers vs. Portland Thorns FC Game Notes