Reign FC Rundown vs. Boston Breakers
It’s that time again folks. After two weeks away from league action due to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Reign FC will face the Boston Breakers on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT. While it is a road match, we think it will be pretty fun playing our East Coast besties, a team Reign FC have yet to face in 2015. As always, here are a few things to keep in mind ahead of today’s soccer game.
Home vs. Away
One of the key matchups for tomorrow’s game is all about location, location, location. Reign FC is still looking for its first win on the road while the Breakers have done a mighty fine job of creating a little fortress at Soldiers Field Soccer Complex. Boston currently has a 3–0–1 record at home, which includes victories over the Houston Dash, Portland Thorns, and FC Kansas City.
Reign FC, on the other hand, are currently 0–2–1 on the road, falling to Chicago 3–2, FC Kansas City 1–0, and tying Sky Blue FC 1–1. Head coach Laura Harvey and her side are eager to turn the road results into their favor, and what better time to start than tomorrow.
“We just need to be ready for the game. I think the earlier kickoff may suit us. Obviously we’re getting out to Boston early so we can train, get used to the climate and get used to the field,” Harvey noted when asked about playing on the road. “Boston’s new field is great and we are looking forward to playing there.”
Can Reign FC channel some of that feel-good energy they’ve come to know and love at Memorial Stadium and change the narrative on the road? We sure think so.
In case you didn’t watch Reign FC’s victory over Sky Blue FC on June 6, allow us to give you a wee recap. Laura Harvey’s side fired on all cylinders and controlled the match with impeccable movement, on and off the ball. In doing so, the midfield trifecta of Keelin Winters, Jess Fishlock and Kim Little all found the back of the net in the 3–0 result.
That win for Reign FC was the fourth match they have gone without a loss. Boston, too, are riding a four-match unbeaten streak.
Despite the break NWSL took for the group matches of the Women’s World Cup, it would appear both Reign FC and the Breakers are carrying momentum into Sunday’s matchup and it’s going to be one wild ride.
All eyes on the nets
Despite Boston’s great run at Soldiers Field this season, it’s worth mentioning that through four home matches, they’ve scored a total of six goals. And after defeating the Houston Dash 3–2 on April 18, they have yet to post more than one goal in a game (both at home and on the road). Forward Stephanie McCaffrey and midfielder Kristie Mewis have proven to be dangerous on the attack as both have a pair of goals apiece.
In comparison, Reign FC has scored a total of three goals on the road, two of which came against Chicago before losing in stoppage time. While they only scored one goal against Sky Blue FC in New Jersey, it wasn’t for lack of opportunities. Since then, the team has worked on becoming more dangerous inside the 18 as seen in the home wins over the Washington Spirit (3–1) and Sky Blue FC (3–0). Reign FC had a good week of training and it’s hard to imagine the team that played on June 6 not finding the back of the net more than once tomorrow.
All in all, it will be nice to see Reign FC face an opponent that is completely new to them this year, especially after already facing Sky Blue and the Red Stars twice (and they meet FC Kansas City again next). The confidence is there, the momentum is there, add a few goals and we could be very well looking at three points by tomorrow afternoon. But hey, don’t take our word for it. Tune into all the action at 1 p.m. PT here.