The Breakers and Sky Blue FC meet for the third time this season and second at Dilboy Stadium when they square off Sunday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Breakers look to avenge both losses to the New Jersey club this season, a 5-1 defeat June 1 on the road and a 3-2 loss June 16 at home.
Both teams played midweek games with the Breakers losing, 2-1, to the Seattle Reign, while Sky Blue FC got a pair of goals from Mexican international Monica Ocampo in a come-from-behind 2-2 draw with FC Kansas City. With the tie, Sky Blue FC (8-2-3, 27 points) took sole possession of first place, at least for the time being with Portland idle this week until Sunday afternoon. The Breakers are tied for fifth place with the Chicago Red Stars, both with records of 3-5-3 (12 points), as of Saturday. The Breakers are looking for their first win since May 25.
This match will look far different than the first two between Boston and Sky Blue. In both of those matches, each side was without their U.S. and Canadian women’s national team players, who all were on international duty. So for the first time this season, the Breakers will have Sydney Leroux, Heather O’Reilly, and Rhian Wilkinson up against Sky Blue’s Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, and Sophie Schmidt, who has four goals on the season.
"They have Rampone, Schmidt, and O’Hara, important pieces that they didn’t have in the other matches. But we have Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly back, so I don’t think it’ll look like last game," Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "I’m looking forward to having another opportunity against them because they haven’t seen our best performance yet."
Sky Blue FC enters the game with the league’s leading keeper, Brittany Cameron, who has 48 saves and six shutouts. The Breakers have the league leader in assists, Lianne Sanderson, who has seven, and the fifth leading goal scorer, Leroux, who has five goals.
The Breakers also will have two new players available for selection Sunday: defenders Jazmyne Avant and Carmelina Moscato. The Breakers signed Avant Friday and traded for Adriana Leon for Moscato Saturday. Avant played in four matches (2 starts) and 212 minutes for Portland Thorns FC before being waived on June 20. Moscato, a defender for the Canadian National Team, started four of the five games she appeared in for the Red Stars this season and has been a key piece to the Canadian Women’s National Team’s back line since joining the senior team in 2002 at the age of 17. She won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and was part of the Canadian team that won both the 2010 and 2011 Cyprus Cups.
Sunday, the Breakers will be without Kyah Simon and Sky Blue FC will be missing both Lisa De Vanna and Caitlin Foord. All three have been called up to the Australian Women’s National Team for a brief European tour, one in which Australia plays The Netherlands and France.
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