Breakers set to meet Orlando Pride for first time Sunday night in Florida

(July 8, 2016) - The Boston Breakers will finish their four-game road trip this weekend as they look to come away with three points against the Orlando Pride Sunday (5:00 p.m. ET kickoff) in Orlando.

By Anna Padilla

(July 8, 2016)- The Boston Breakers will finish their four-game road trip this weekend as they look to come away with three points against the Orlando Pride Sunday (5:00 p.m. ET kickoff) in Orlando.

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The Breakers will be looking to return home next week on a positive note after a close, 2-0 loss to the Seattle Reign last Friday night. Boston faced a Seattle team in the midst of a four-game unbeaten run, which the Breakers were unable to snap. Boston tested Seattle’s keeper early in the first half with shots from Kyah Simon and Eunice Beckmann. Boston entered the second half down one goal. It came from Reign FC’s Nahomi Kawasumi in the 14th minute. Kawasumi struck again in the 62nd minute.

Facing the Orlando Pride (5-6-0) this week, the Breakers are looking to come away with a win in the first of two games against the Pride in July. The Breakers will try to take advantage of the roster changes the Pride will face this week as keeper Ashlyn Harris and forward Alex Morgan have been called up for the U.S. Women’s National Team game this weekend. Orlando is also without Australians Steph Catley and Laura Alleway, Brazilian Monica, and Canadian Josee Belanger, who are all away on Olympic duties with their respective countries. The Breakers will be without defender and captain Whitney Engen, also off on U.S. Women’s National Team duty.

“Obviously, it’s going to be a tough game,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “You’ve got to deal with the heat. I think for both teams, it’ll be a tough game due to the conditions. Of course, they’ve lost a lot of players to the Olympics, so that’s an advantage to a certain extent, but on the flip side, trying to guess what Tom’s (Sermanni) is going to play and what they’re going to do and planning for the game is going to be very difficult.”

Orlando will enter Sunday’s match rested from two-week break after losing to Portland Thorns FC, 2-1, on June 26. Orlando’s Jasmyne Spencer scored halfway into the second half to bring the Pride ahead, however, Orlando’s unbeaten record at home was broken when the Thorns scored two goals in the last 11 minutes of the game.

The Breakers return to Boston against Sky Blue FC on Sunday, July 17, at 5 p.m. ET. Boston will remain home to play the Orlando Pride on Sunday, July 31, at 6 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com

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