(July 5, 2014) - The Boston Breakers travel to Seattle, Wash. to Memorial Stadium to take on the Seattle Reign FC (7 p.m. EST kickoff) in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The game is their fifth out of seven consecutive away matches.
Currently, the Breakers are 3-10-2, keeping them in last place in the NWSL, while Seattle Reign FC are in first with a record of 12-0-3. Sunday will be the third meeting for the two teams this season.
During the previous match between the teams on June 19th, the Breakers came up short and were beat by the Reign FC (2-0) at Harvard Stadium. Although the Breakers were missing Lianne Sanderson, Heather O’Reilly and Kristie Mewis due to international call-ups, they were looking to make a comeback from their loss back in April. Seattle came out strong, even with their staggering six missing players due to the call-ups, and brought home the win. Beverly Goebel, leader in NWSL for assists (4), and one-time Breakers player, Keelin Winters scored the two winning goals.
Goalkeeper for the Breakers, Alyssa Naeher holds the number one spot for saves in the league with 64 as well as the number two ranking for minutes in goal with 1350 beating Hope Solo, by four ranks. Haley Kopmeyer, Solo’s replacement for the match, has had two shoutouts and 13 saves this season, including the last match played between the Breakers and the Reign FC.
Nahomi Kawasumi, Japanese forward, assisted in the goal by Winters. Kawasumi has had three assists and three shots on goal this season. Kim Little, Seattle Reign Midfielder, missing from the last match between the two, has scored 11 out of the 31 goals for Seattle and is the NWSL top-scorer.
Naeher and defender, Cat Whitehill, are the only two players on the Breakers to have started and played all 1350 minutes of the season. Whitehill has had three shots on goal. Mollie Pathman, forward, has started 13 games out of the 15 played and has had three shots and one shot on goal this season.
You can keep up with the action this Sunday from Memorial Stadium via the live YouTube stream (kickoff 7 p.m.) as the Breakers take on Seattle Reign FC for the third time in 2014.