(Sept. 8, 2017) — The Boston Breakers return home after a two-game road trip to meet Portland Thorns FC Sunday (6 p.m. ET) at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.
The Breakers are looking to win the season series against Portland, which they accomplished in 2013 and 2014. The teams split the series in 2015, and Portland took it in 2016.
“Portland will be a great test for us as they are in good form. We finished the game well against Orlando and we want to take them positives into this game,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “It’s been a challenging time for us as of late with our injury list and other players playing through the pain barrier. After this weekend, the international break has come at the right time, so we can get everyone healthy.”
The Breakers have had a bit of luck at home against Portland over the course of the last four years in the National Women’s Soccer League. They lead the series in Boston, 4-2-1, outscoring the Thorns at home, 12-7 (including two shutout victories), in the seven matches combined. The most recent match between the Breakers and Portland at Jordan Field resulted in a 2-2 draw on May 19. The Breakers got a goal apiece from Rosie White and Natasha Dowie. For White, it was her first career goal in the NWSL.
White, along with defender and captain Julie King, scored in the second half for the Breakers in last weekend’s 4-2 loss on the road against the Orlando Pride. White got an assist from defender Amanda Frisbie in front of goal, and King headed in a corner taken by Adriana Leon, who picked up her team-leading sixth assist on the play.
Portland comes to Boston following last weekend’s 4-0 win at home against the Washington Sprit. The second-place Thorns (12-5-4) have won three straight, with two of the three wins coming at home. Away from Providence Park this season, the Thorns are 3-4-3, and of the 19 goals allowed in 2017, 12 have come on the road. The Breakers are 3-4-3 at home this season, scoring 11 of their 18 goals at Jordan Field.
The Thorns are led by Canadian Women’s National Team captain Christine Sinclair (seven goals), Denmark striker Nadia Nadim (five goals, three assists in 13 games), Australian Hayley Raso (five goals, two assists), U.S. midfielder Lindsey Horan (four goals, two assists), and former Breaker Meghan Klingenberg (six assists).
The Breakers are paced going forward by Leon (five goals, five assists), Dowie (four goals, two assists), and White (four goals, one assist). They’ve also gotten offensive production from King (one goal), recent U.S. Women’s National Team call-up, midfielder Rose Lavelle (two goals, one assist), and Midge Purce (one goal, one assist).
Following Sunday’s game, the Breakers travel to Washington Sept. 23 to take on the Spirit (7 p.m. ET kickoff) and return home for their season finale Sept. 30 against Sky Blue FC (7 p.m. ET). Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com. Season tickets for the 2018 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting breakerstickets.com.