The Boston Breakers return to the Midwest Wednesday night, taking on FC Kansas City and looking to knock off the third-place Blues (8-4-5) and their seven-game unbeaten streak. Three days later - Saturday, July 27 - the Breakers head back to the East Coast to face the Washington Spirit in Boyds. Md.
The sixth-place Breakers (5-6-5) are coming off Sunday’s 2-1 loss at home to Portland Thorns FC. Lianne Sanderson scored her second goal of the season, off an assist by Kyah Simon (her second of the year), but Portland equalized later in the first half and scored the winner with four minutes left in the match.
This is the second and final time the Breakers play FC Kansas City on the road. In the previous meeting - May 18 - FC Kansas City got a goal each from Renae Cuellar and Lauren (Cheney) Holiday to take a 2-0 victory. The Blues have since traded Cuellar to Seattle, but do have a lethal attack with the likes of Holiday, who is tied for first in the league in goals scored (10) with Boston’s Sydney Leroux and Western New York’s Abby Wambach, as well as Erika Tymrak, who was named NWSL Player of the Week on Tuesday. Tymrak is second on the team in scoring with six goals and two assists. Holiday leads the team with six assists.
On the defensive side, FC Kansas City has U.S. Women’s National Team outside back Becky Sauerbrunn, Merritt Mathias, Lauren Sesselmann, and Leigh Ann Robinson, who has five assists. In goal, U.S. Women’s National Team keeper Nicole Barnhart is tied for first in the league in shutouts (8) with Sky Blue FC’s Brittany Cameron. Other threats for FC Kansas City include Hanson, Mass. native and U.S. Women’s National Team defender Kristie Mewis and former Breakers Melissa Henderson and Courtney Jones.