By Nichole Paolino
(July 14, 2017) – After battling Chicago to a scoreless draw against last Friday, the Boston Breakers head to the Pacific Northwest this Saturday, July 15, to face fourth-place Seattle Reign FC at 10 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Wash.
The Breakers earned one point after a scoreless draw against second-place Chicago on July 7 and are ready to push forward as they head to Seattle. The last meeting with the Reign was on April 29 at home, and the match ended with a 3-0 Breakers win.
“I’m pleased with how the team has been performing over the past month, and training has been excellent this week,“ Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “Seattle is a good team, and it’s a tough place to go, but we can go there with confidence and try to put in a good, hard-working professional performance.”
The Breakers sit in ninth-place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) standings with a 3-6-4 record and 13 points. Seattle Reign FC are fourth in the table with a 5-3-5 record and 20 points. The Reign remain unbeaten in their last 13 home games (9W-4D). Boston is tied with Kansas City at 13 points, and are only three points behind sixth-place Orlando Pride and one point ahead of 10th-place Washington Spirit.
Seattle has held an advantage when playing at home, averaging 2.6 goals per home game, a total of 18 goals in seven home games. The Reign attack is led by Megan Rapinoe, who has scored nine goals and tallied one assist in 13 games, tying her for the league lead in goals (Sam Kerr of Sky Blue FC). Nahomi Kawasumi adds to the attack with three goals and leads the league with six assists. The Reign sits on top of the NWSL in goals, scoring a total of 24. Seattle heads into the weekend coming off a 2-0 loss against the NC Courage.
Natasha Dowie (three goals, two assists) leads the team in goals and shots on target. Adding to the attack, Adriana Leon has two goals and leads the team with three assists. The Breakers defense has held strong, led by Megan Oyster who has 61 clearances and 11 blocks. Angela Salem has fought hard in the midfield with a total of 45 interceptions. Sammy Jo Prudhomme has recorded three clean sheets in four appearances and averages 4.5 saves per game, the most in the league.
After Saturday’s matchup, the Breakers head down south to face the Houston Dash on Saturday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Boston will return home to play FC Kansas City the following Friday (Aug. 4, 7 p.m. ET) at Jordan Field Stadium in Allston, Mass. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.