By Nichole Paolino
(July 6, 2017) – After defeating the Washington Spirit on Saturday, the Boston Breakers are back home Friday, July 7, to face the second-place Chicago Red Starts at 7 p.m. ET at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.
The Breakers earned a hard-fought three points after defeating the Spirit, 1-0, July 1, and look to add another game to the win column as they face the Red Stars on home turf. The last meeting with Chicago was on May 14, and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
“Chicago is probably the best team in the NWSL right now,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “We’ve started to turn the corner ourselves, and we can take our confidence from last week into this game.”
The Breakers sit in ninth place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) standings with a 3-6-3 record and 12 points. All wins for the Breakers have been at home this season. The Chicago Red Stars are second in the standings with a 7-3-2 record and 23 points. All losses for Chicago have been on the road. Boston is three points behind sixth-place Orlando and one point ahead of 10th-place Washington.
Christen Press leads Chicago’s attack with five goals and two assists, ranking her fourth for goals in the NWSL this season. Along with Press, Vanessa DiBernardo (three goals, one assist) and Sofia Huerta (two goals, three assists) have contributed to the attack, all three accounting for 10 of the 16 goals for the Red Stars. Chicago has scored at least one goal in every game since May 6. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher has 35 saves and four shutouts this season, allowing only 11 goals. The Red Stars head into Saturday’s game coming off a 1-0 win over Orlando on July 1.
The leading scorers for the Breakers are Natasha Dowie (three goals, two assists) and Adriana Leon (two goals, three assists). The Breakers have multiple players creating dangerous opportunities in the final third. Morgan Andrews and Rosie White have had shots on goal that created tough saves for the Stephanie Labbe and the Spirit on July 1. That same game, rookie forward Margaret Purce found the back of the net for her first NWSL goal. Defender Julie King is set to make her 100th appearance as a Breaker this Friday against Chicago.
After Friday’s matchup, the Breakers head out to the Pacific Northwest to face Seattle Reign FC on Saturday, July 15 at 10 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. Boston will play the Houston Dash the following Saturday (July 22, 8:30 p.m. ET) at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.