Breakers hit the road for New Jersey Friday, taking on rivals Sky Blue FC

(May 12, 2016) – After a three-game homestand, the Boston Breakers head out on the road Friday to take on longtime rivals Sky Blue FC (7 p.m. ET) at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J.

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The Breakers are coming off a tough, 1-0 loss to the Chicago Red Stars, suffered last Saturday (May 7) at Jordan Field. Sky Blue FC, meanwhile, is also looking to get back into the win column after losing, 2-1, to the Western New York Flash at home last weekend. Sky Blue currently sits in eighth place in the NWSL table with a 1-2-1 record and four points.

“It’s going to be a tough game. They beat Seattle Reign at Seattle and got a good positive result at Houston as well, and in the Western New York game, I thought they were very unfortunate to lose the game,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “One thing that (SBFC coach) Christy (Holly) has done is get them fit, he’s got them very organized defensively, and going forward, they are a threat. They’ve got Natasha Kai they can work off, and they’ve got a lot of players that can cause problems. From that perspective, it’s going to be a tough game, but it’s a game we’re looking forward to, and they haven’t won at home either, so we’re hoping that remains the same on Friday night. Hopefully we can open our scoring account and pick up three points.”

The Breakers nearly scored their first goal of the season in last week’s loss to Chicago, but Danielle Colaprico’s goal line clearance prevented a header by Kyah Simon from crossing the line. Seconds earlier, Vanessa DiBernardo stopped a header by Julie King on the goal line. Late in the match, a scramble in front of Chicago keeper Alyssa Naeher saw the ball come down in the vicinity of Kristie Mewis in front of goal, but she was unable to get a shot off after being swarmed by Chicago’s back line.

Following Friday’s match at Sky Blue FC, the Breakers return home to face back-to-back NWSL champions FC Kansas City. The match is scheduled for Sunday, May 22 (6:30 p.m. ET) at Jordan Field on the campus of Harvard University. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com

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