The teams may be meeting for the first time in National Women’s Soccer League history, but several players on the Breakers and Seattle Reign know each other very well, which should make for an interesting matchup Wednesday night at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville (7 p.m. ET).
The teams may be meeting for the first time in National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) history, but several players on the Breakers and Seattle Reign know each other very well, which should make for an interesting matchup Wednesday night at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville (7 p.m. ET).
Five Reign players were members of the Boston Breakers back in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS): defenders Elli Reed and Kiersten Dallstream, midfielder Keelin Winters, forward Liz Bogus, and keeper Michelle Betos. Several others on the Reign roster faced the Breakers during past WPS seasons.
The Breakers come into the match with a 3-4-3 record, while Seattle sits at 0-9-2 and in last place in the NWSL table. But the Reign have a resurgence with the addition of U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Megan Rapinoe, back from her season with Lyon in France, and U.S. keeper Hope Solo, who recently returned from injury. The Reign drew, 1-1, Sunday with third-place Western New York Flash, getting a goal from Teresa Noyola. The Reign have scored five goals this season and have allowed a league-high 20. Their record on the road is 0-4-2.
The five goals the Reign have scored this season have come from five different players: Winters, Welsh international Jessica Fishlock, former Penn State standout Christine Nairn, former Stanford star and midfielder for the Mexican Women’s National Team, Teresa Noyola, and Noyola’s former Stanford teammate, Lindsay Taylor.
The Reign boast a wealth of international talent in addition to Fishlock and Noyola. This includes Canadian internationals and 2012 Olympic bronze medalists Kaylyn Kyle in the midfield and Emily Zurrer on defense.
The Breakers, who are 2-1-2 at home this season and in fifth place in the NWSL table, bring plenty of star power to the field, led by forward and U.S. Women’s National teamer Sydney Leroux, who is tied for third in the league with five goals scored, midfielder Lianne Sanderson, the league leader in assists (7), U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Heather O’Reilly, who has three goals and one assist and ranks sixth in the league in shots on goal (14), and the trio of midfielder Joanna Lohman and forwards Katie Schoepfer and Kyah Simon, who have combined for six goals and two assists this season.
The back line is anchored by central defenders Cat Whitehill and Kia McNeill. Whitehill is one of only three Breakers to play all 900 minutes this season. In goal, newly acquired and former Breaker Alyssa Naeher is expected to start. Naeher made her NWSL debut on June 16, coming on for Ashley Phillips in a 3-2 loss to Sky Blue FC.
You can purchase tickets to Wednesday’s game in one of three ways: www.breakerstickets.com, by calling 617-945-1704, or at the gate, which opens 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
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