(June 6, 2014) – The Boston Breakers go in search of their first away win of the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season as they take on FC Kansas City this Saturday. Taking place at Verizon Wireless Field at Durwood Stadium (kickoff 8 p.m. ET), this will be the second encounter between the teams in two weeks, following FCKC’s 2-0 win at Harvard Stadium on May 25th.
(June 6, 2014) – The Boston Breakers go in search of their first away win of the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season as they take on FC Kansas City this Saturday. Taking place at Verizon Wireless Field at Durwood Stadium (kickoff 8 p.m. ET), this will be the second encounter between the teams in two weeks, following FCKC’s 2-0 win at Harvard Stadium on May 25.
The Breakers are currently 2-7-0 and were beaten 3-0 by Seattle Reign and 1-0 by Sky Blue FC in their only away matches so far this season. Following a 3-2 home loss to Washington Spirit last Sunday, Breakers Head Coach Tom Durkin is targeting a third win of the season this Saturday.
In FC Kansas City, Boston faces a side currently 4th in the NWSL with a record of 5-4-3 having played a league-high 12 games. The Blues have the league’s joint-leading scorer (tied with Seattle’s Kim Little on nine) in Amy Rodriguez and she will be looking to score against her old team again this weekend, having netted in the previous meeting.
Also scoring against the Breakers in last month’s 2-0 win for FCKC at Harvard Stadium was defender Nikki Phillips. Phillips is part of a backline that is going for a third consecutive shutout and a fifth overall. Aside from Rodriguez, Erika Tymrak and Lauren Holiday have three goals each for the Blues, while Jen Buczkowski, Jenna Richmond and Holiday all have three assists, one behind the league leader, Seattle’s Beverley Goebel.
FCKC were 1-0 winners at home to the Western New York Flash earlier this week and besides the three points there was the long-awaited return of defender Amy LePeilbet to cheer. U.S. Women’s National Team defender LePeilbet represented the Breakers in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and she made her first Kansas City appearance on Wednesday night as an 84th-minute sub, having missed the whole of the 2013 season with injury.
LePeilbet is one of numerous ex-Breakers players on the FCKC roster, including the aforementioned Holiday and Rodriguez, as well as forwards Melissa Henderson and Liz Bogus. Bogus will be unavailable for this weekend’s game due to a right hamstring strain while defender Kassey Kallman is probable (left hamstring tendinitis).
The Breakers will be looking for the kind of performance that saw off the Portland Thorns by four goals to one just two games ago. The scorer of a hat-trick and provider of an assist in that game, Jazmine Reeves, was named the NWSL Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Despite the final score, Head Coach Durkin will have been enthused by the two goals from Lianne Sanderson in the 3-2 defeat to Washington Spirit last weekend. That double took the England international to four goals for the season and she has been named in the national team squad for World Cup qualifiers later this month.
Forward Lisa De Vanna came up with her first assist of the season against Washington, as did midfielder Kristie Mewis. Called up to the U.S. Women’s National Team this week along with Breakers midfielder Heather O’Reilly, Mewis will be out to build on last weekend’s assist as she gets set to face her former team. Courtney Jones is also a former FCKC player, having scored four times for the Blues last season in 22 games (six starts). Jones has a goal and an assist for the Breakers in seven games (four starts) this season.
You can keep track of the action between Boston and FC Kansas City this Saturday via YouTube and the game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets can also be purchased for the Breakers’ next home match, with the Washington Spirit (Wednesday, June 11th, kickoff at 7 p.m.), from www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704.
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