(July 18, 2014) - The Boston Breakers travel to Portland, OR to take on the Portland Thorns at Providence Park (5p.m. EST kickoff) in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The Breakers have two more games away before they return back to Harvard Stadium.
Sunday will be the second match between the Portland Thorns FC and the Boston Breakers. At present, the Thorns are in fourth place in the NWSL standings (7-6-4) while the Breakers are in last (3-12-2).
In their first encounter this season, the Breakers took home a 4-1 win against the Thorns on May 28th. Jazmine Reeves, forward, stole the show with a hat-trick and an assist to Nkem Ezurike during the previous game solidifying the win. Portland tried their best against Breaker goalkeeper, Alyssa Naeher, however were declined all but one shot made by Christine Sinclair in the 61st minute. Tom Durkin, head coach of the Breakers, decided to rest Kristie Mewis and Joanna Lohman and chose to sub in Lianne Sanderson and Heather O’Reilly in the 74th and 60th minute, respectively. Both Sanderson and O’Reilly were presented with shooting opportunities but were denied by Nadine Angerer, Thorns goalkeeper.
Reeves has scored five goals this season, the most out of all of the Boston Breakers players and prior to the last match, Reeves had yet to score a goal in a professional game. Reeves along with Sanderson have been honored with NWSL Player of the Week this season. Sanderson has had 11 shots on goal along with four goals, just one behind Reeves. She also has played in 1127 minutes after the international call-ups earlier this season.
Jessica McDonald, Portland forward, had one shot on goal in the previous match between the two and is in third place with nine goals this season as well as 44 shots on goal. Thorn Midfielder, Allie Long, is in fifth place for goals with eight and is in first place with 89 corner kicks this season.
Although the Breakers are in last place, Naeher still holds the number one spot with saves at 76 and has played all 1530 minutes in goal this season. Naeher has also had one shut out. Angerer, is not far behind Naeher with 1287 minutes played in 15 games this season and is in fifth place for saves with 50.
Portland forward and Canadian international, Sinclair has had four goals and one assist and has played in 16 games this season starting in 15. She also holds the second spot for shots on goal with 28 and 55 shots in total. O’Reilly closely follows Sinclair with 24 shots on goal, putting her in fifth place. She has also started in 14 out of 15 games with four goals and two assists.
You can keep track of the action between the Breakers and the Thorns at Providence Park this Sunday via the YouTube Live Stream. You can also tune into ESPN 2 to see the debut of the National Women’s Soccer League. (kickoff 5 p.m. EST).