By Aram Kaya
(May 11, 2017) - The Boston Breakers, looking to bounce back from last week’s 1-0 loss at home against the North Carolina Courage, travel to Bridgeview, Ill., Sunday for a 6 p.m. ET clash with the Chicago Red Stars.
The match can be streamed on the go90 app or go90.com (U.S.) and at NWSLsoccer.com (international fans).
The Red Stars remained perfect at home on the season after picking up a 2-0 win last weekend against the Houston Dash. They currently sit in fourth place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) table with six points. Defender Julie Ertz leads the team with two goals on the year. Sofia Huerta has a team-best one assist, while goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher has two shutouts.
“It’s going to be a tough game. They’re a good team. They’re organized. They’ve been strong at home this season. They’ve got two wins and haven’t conceded at home, so we know it’s going to be a tough one,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “I felt we performed well against North Carolina, and we pushed them all the way. They’re not top of the table for no reason. They’re there because they are the best team in the country right now. I felt we gave a really good account of ourselves considering we’re four games into the season with so many new faces.”
Breakers forward Natasha Dowie (team-high two goals) leads the Breakers, along with reigning NWSL Player of the Month, midfielder Rose Lavelle (one goal, one assist), who was also named to the first-ever NWSL Team of the Month for April. Forward Adriana Leon has a goal and two assists on the year, and was named NWSL Player of the Week for week three after her terrific performance against the Seattle Reign on April 29. Leon is the only player in the NWSL with multiple assist on the season. Goalkeeper Abby Smith has registered two shutouts on the year, both coming at home.
The Breakers currently sit in third place with six points and a 2-2-0 record. A win at Chicago, coupled with a Portland loss to Kansas City on Saturday, would put the Breakers alone in second place in the NWSL table.
“It’s always difficult on the road,” Beard added. “The thing that we want to try and do is make sure we’re difficult to beat. We want to give it a good go and at least try to walk away with a point on the road; three would be fantastic. It’s going to be tough at Chicago, but we’re looking forward to the test.”
Following Sunday’s game, the Breakers return to Jordan Field to take on the Portland Thorns on Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.