Seattle Reign FC (2-9-2 8pts) vs. Boston Breakers (4-5-3 15pts)
Wednesday, 10pm EDT
Starfire Stadium / Tukwila, Washington
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REFEREE: Miguel Panduro Jr.
Seattle Reign: Kennya Cordner (Doubtful)
Boston Breakers: Bianca D’Agostino (Out for the season)
For their second game this week, the Boston Breakers will take on the Seattle Reign at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington. Both teams secured crucial wins last weekend, with Seattle beating the Red Stars 3-1 and Boston beating first place Sky Blue FC 3-2.
What to Expect: This is the second matchup between these two teams. The previous game resulted in a 2-1 win in favor of Seattle (the Reign’s first win of the season). The Reign is currently on a three game undefeated streak whereas the Breakers’ victory over Sky Blue last Sunday was the first win since May 25th. Yet, despite that winless “drought”, Boston proved their strength and aggression, as the team was able to score 3 goals against Brittany Cameron and top of the table Sky Blue FC. Forward Sydney Leroux has consistently proven that she’s a significant part of the Breakers, scoring 2 goals last game. She currently has a total of 7 goals for the season. Add in the speed and skill of Heather O’Reilly, the impressive goalkeeping of Alyssa Naeher, and the player with the most assists in the league (Lianne Sanderson) and Boston appears to be in a great position.
Yet, Seattle has been turning heads lately as they ended their 11 game winless streak in their midweek match against Boston and then secured another win against Chicago. These two consecutive victories have moved the Reign out of last place. With that being said, it’s evident that the Seattle squad is constantly growing and improving. As for attacking, Jessica Fishlock currently has the most goals on the team (3). In addition, the Reign has Christine Nairn, Kaylyn Kyle, Keelin Winters, and US international Megan Rapinoe who scored her first goal against Chicago. Not only that, Seattle also received former FC Kansas City forward Renae Cuellar (in exchange for Teresa Noyola) as well as Jessica McDonald (via wavers from Chicago). Stephanie Cox has also been added to the roster. Those players along with goalkeeper Hope Solo, who has played in a total of 5 games and tallied 31 saves, will make the difference.
Overall, it will not be a high scoring match. It wasn’t until the last 15 minutes of the previous matchup between these two teams that Seattle scored the two goals that would win the game.
Prediction: 2-1 in favor of Seattle with goals from Fishlock and Rapinoe (goal by Leroux for Boston)