By Duncan Bochicchio
(June 2, 2017) – The Boston Breakers head into their second straight road game Saturday with a trip to Orlando to face the Pride at 7:30 p.m. ET in Orlando City Soccer Stadium. Boston is looking to bounce back following last weekend’s 2-0 loss away to the Portland Thorns.
The Breakers sit two points ahead of Orlando, and in seventh place, in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) standings with a 2-3-2 record. Orlando comes into the match in eighth place at 1-3-3. The Breakers are three points behind sixth-place FC Kansas City.
“It’s going to be a challenging game with the heat. And it’s a tough challenge because they’ve done well at home,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “They’ve got some dangerous attacking players, but we’re looking forward to it. I think our performance in Portland was frustrating and disappointing. We’ve worked hard on the training pitch this week, and I’m looking forward to see how we respond.”
The Pride are led by five-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta, who has two goals, along with Jasmyne Spencer and Camila, who have two goals each on the season. The three have combined for six of Orlando’s eight goals in 2017.
The Breakers are led by forward Natasha Dowie with a team-high three goals, and by forward Adriana Leon, who has notched a goal and three assists this season. Rookie midfielder Rose Lavelle (two goals, one assist) recently earned her second straight NWSL Team of the Month honor and a call up to the U.S. Women’s National team alongside goalkeeper Abby Smith.
After Saturday’s matchup, the Breakers close their three-game road trip at current league-leaders North Carolina Courage on Saturday, June 17. Boston will head home for the reverse fixture against the Courage the following weekend (Saturday, June 24, 4 p.m. ET) at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Tickets are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.