The Breakers are set for their first full exhibition match of the preseason as they host Sky Blue FC in a battle of National Women’s Soccer League teams. The game begins at 6:15 p.m. and takes place at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville. Admission is free.
The two teams last played in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and last met on Aug. 14, 2011 at Harvard Stadium. The Breakers won, 2-0, on a pair of goals by Lauren Cheney to clinch a spot in the WPS playoffs. Breakers midfielder Heather O’Reilly was a member of Sky Blue FC that season, and the only remaining Breaker from 2011 is Katie Schoepfer, who actually began her professional career at Sky Blue.
This time, a whole new Breakers side will take the field. Wednesday’s projected roster not only includes O’Reilly and Schoepfer, but also will feature U.S. Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux, Canadian Women’s National Team defender Rhian Wilkinson and forward Adriana Leon; returning Breakers: midfielder Bianca D’Agostino and defenders Cat Whitehill and Julie King; and a host of newcomers, including the former Philadelphia Independence, Espanyol, and DC United duo of forward Lianne Sanderson and midfielder Joanna Lohman, former Atlanta Beat and Boston College defender Kia McNeill, Norwegian international midfielder Lisa-Marie Woods; and college draft picks Mariah Nogueira, a defensive midfielder from Stanford, and University of Florida forward Jo Dragotta.
"I think this is the most important game for us this preseason," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "We get to play one of the NWSL teams. Playing college teams and boys teams, and playing intersquad scrimmages, nothing replicates playing against this competition."
Boston’s roster for Wednesday’s match will also include NWSL Supplemental Draft pick and former University of Maryland and New York Fury forward Jasmyne Spencer; keepers Vikki Alonzo (former New England Mutiny and University of Miami), Colleen Boyd (Oregon State), and Adelaide Gay (University of North Carolina); midfielder/forward Andrea Rodrigues, who plays for Portugal’s Women’s National Team and played college soccer at the University of Central Florida, former University of North Carolina midfielder/forward Libby Guess, former Long Beach State and Pali Blues midfielder Shawna Gordon, former University of Colorado midfielder Kate Russell, former University of New Hampshire midfielder Monique LaMotte, and former Santa Clara defender Jennifer LaPonte. Former University of Miami forward, one of the leading scorers in WPSL Elite last season with the Mutiny, Kate Howarth, is a game-day decision.
Cole said Wednesday’s game will put some of the pieces of the 2013 Breakers puzzle together.
"There are a lot of good pieces, but we haven’t figured out who is playing where," Cole said. "I think this game will do that."
Sky Blue FC brings a deep roster to Boston, one that includes U.S. Women's National Team captain, defender Christie Rampone, former Boston Breaker and another member of the U.S., defender Kelley O'Hara, Australian striker Lisa De Vanna, Canadian midfielder Sophie Schmidt and defender Melanie Booth, and Australian defender Caitlin Foord, who won the "Best Young Player" award at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup at the age of 16.
Breakers projected roster for Wednesday’s game:
Goalkeepers: Vikki Alonzo, Colleen Boyd, Adelaide Gay
Defenders and midfielders: Cat Whitehill, Julie King, Kia McNeill, Rhian Wilkinson, Jennifer LaPonte, Bianca D’Agostino, Heather O’Reilly, Lisa-Marie Woods, Mariah Noguiera, Joanna Lohman, Kate Russell, Shawna Gordon, Monique LaMotte, Andrea Rodrigues, Libby Guess
Forwards: Katie Schoepfer, Lianne Sanderson, Adriana Leon, Sydney Leroux, Jo Dragotta, Jasmyne Spencer, Kate Howarth
Sky Blue FC projected roster for Wednesday's game:
Goalkeepers: Ashley Baker, Brittany Cameron
Defenders and midfielders: Brittany Bock, Melanie Booth, Coco Goodson, Caitlin Foord, Kendall Johnson, Taylor Lytle, Manya Makoski, Kelley O'Hara, Christie Rampone, Sophie Schmidt, Madeleine Thompson
Forwards: Danesha Adams, Rachel Breton, Lisa De Vanna