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Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Orlando Pride

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Everybody hurts sometimes.

It's a quick turnaround for the Boston Breakers this week as they just played a midweek game against the Houston Dash (a very disappointing 3-1 loss) and will now have to set themselves to play the Orlando Pride.

The Breakers are in a trough right now. Playing the Dash was probably their best chance to pick up points as they were without key midfielders Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian, but their own injuries took too severe a toll and they made several critical mistakes without being able to put the ball on frame themselves.

Hagen nets brace to help Dash playoff hopes

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Sarah Hagen's two goal performance led Houston to a 3-1 victory over Boston.

Sarah Hagen's breakout two-goal performance led the Houston Dash to a 3-1 victory over the Boston Breakers at Jordan Field in Boston on Wednesday night.

With Carli Lloyd out with an ankle sprain, Hagen made the most of her opportunity in the starting eleven, finding the back of the net twice, both following great attacking build-ups from the Dash attack.

Boston Breakers injuries take their toll in 3-1 loss to Houston Dash

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The weakened Boston defense couldn't consistently deal with Houston.

Starting XI: Abby Smith, Midge Purce, Julie King, Megan Oyster, Amanda Frisbie, Angela Salem, Amanda Da Costa, Rosie White, Adriana Leon, Natasha Dowie, Ifeoma Onumonu

Natasha Dowie returned to the lineup and Matt Beard made several other changes to his attack as the Boston Breakers took on the Houston Dash at home.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Houston Dash

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Midweek games suck.

The Boston Breakers are coming off a string of mediocre results, so they'll be raring to go against the Houston Dash when they come home for a midweek game tomorrow at Jordan Field.

The Breakers scrapped back against the Washington Spirit to gain a point on the road this past weekend in a 2-2 draw, but they have yet to win on the road this season.

Houston Dash vs Boston Breakers Final Score: Scoreless draw for Dash and Breakers

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Dash, Boston split points in Wednesday night game.

The Houston Dash hosted the Boston Breakers in a mid-week match-up that was slightly delayed due to the Houston Dynamo playing (and losing) a US Open Cup game earlier in the evening. The Dash were the better team on the night but the Breakers were the team who would find the back of the net.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Houston Dash

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Midweek away game. Yay.

The Boston Breakers have lost four in a row. They haven't won a game since April 29, when they took the Reign apart 3-0. They've gotten one of a possible 15 points in their last five games. They're back at the bottom of the NWSL table. And they have to turn around after their 1-0 loss on Saturday and play the Houston Dash away midweek.

U.S. Open Cup Round Five: Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City Preview

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Sporting Kansas City will travel south to BBVA Compass Stadium to take on the Houston Dynamo in the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

The Houston Dynamo will take on Sporting Kansas City in the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Wednesday June, 28th at 5:30 PM at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Smith and Lavelle called up for USA friendlies in Europe

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Will Abby Smith get her first international cap?

Jill Ellis has named her 21-player USWNT roster for their upcoming June friendlies against Sweden and Norway.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit)

Rose Lavelle is in the lineup; given her most recent performances with the WNT and her current form in NWSL, it was almost a given she would be called in.

Know thine enemy: Boston Breakers vs Seattle Reign

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Our friends at Sounder at Heart help us preview Boston vs Seattle.

The Boston Breakers host Seattle at Jordan Field this Saturday, fresh off a 1-0 win against Sky Blue FC. What they're looking for now is a second win in a row to really cement the feeling of turning over a new leaf. For that, they'll need to contend with the Reign, who had a victory of their own last weekend: stomping the Houston Dash 5-1.

Orlando Pride

Amanda Da Costa to retire after Orlando game

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Another bittersweet farewell.

It's a midseason for NWSL retirements, apparently. Boston Breakers midfielder Amanda Da Costa has announced she will retire following Boston's August 19 home game against the Orlando Pride. Da Costa will be attending grad school to pursue a masters in school psychology, and will be involved with coaching at her company, Advantage Training.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Orlando Pride

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The Breakers need a win.

The Boston Breakers are in their second week away from home as they take on the Orlando Pride away on Saturday. They're coming off a loss and two ties - ties which could have been wins, but for letting the other team back in the game in the second half.

Orlando's recent results are a mixed bag too, with a loss, tie, and a win, although that win was an exultant 3-1 handling of the previously invincible-seeming North Carolina Courage.

Washington Spirit

Spirit score more goals in 1 day than DCU does in 2, and more: 8/14/17 Freedom Kicks

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Some familiar names bubbling up and such also.

Hi. Did you all dry out yet? Anyway, Sunday night games suck for those of us scrambling for links. Minor gripe, I know.

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake from us (with more from us here), WaPo and MLS. RSL Soapbox has the land of Mormon.

Boston Breakers come back for 2-2 tie against Washington Spirit

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Adriana Leon and Abby Smith did their best to drag Boston to a result.

Starting XI: Abby Smith, Midge Purce, Julie King, Megan Oyster, Allysha Chapman, Angela Salem, Morgan Andrews, Rosie White, Adriana Leon, Katie Stengel, Tiffany Weimer

The Boston Breakers went into this game against the Washington Spirit with a much-weakened back line and it showed.

Washington Spirit vs. Boston Breakers 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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The Spirit need a win against a team that has given them trouble throughout their history

After a stretch in which they played four straight road games (and five of six total games since July 1st), the Washington Spirit return home in dire need of points. Hosting the Boston Breakers, Washington is looking at a situation in which they need to make up a nine point gap in eight games to get into the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Washington Spirit

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Who can stay off the bottom of the table?

The Boston Breakers will play the Washington Spirit away tomorrow. These are two teams who have, frustratingly, missed some crucial pieces at times this season, but who are both capable of turning in scintillating performances. The problem is consistency.

Germany wins in Russia, the US warms up for the Gold Cup & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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And some local soccer stuff too I guess.

Hi. Hope you got fireworks, are going to a fireworks thing, and keep an eye on your pets and/or kids.

Recaps of D.C. United's 2-0 loss to the Montreal Impact by us and MLS (Goff took the weekend off). D.C. finds themselves 20th in the 22 team MLS.

Washington Spirit have most of the chances, but fall 1-0 to the Boston Breakers

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Midge Purce's first professional goal kept Washington winless away from home

Despite creating plenty of chances in both halves, and the return of Mallory Pugh and Estefania Banini, the Washington Spirit remained winless away from home, falling 1-0 to the Boston Breakers at Jordan Field today.

Boston Breakers pick up Katie Stengel

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Could she be the missing attacking piece?

The Boston Breakers have claimed 25-year-old forward Katie Stengel after she was waived by the Washington Spirit.

To maintain the 20-player roster cap, the Breakers have waived defender Kylie Strom.

Stengel had 222 minutes over five games for the Spirit and no goals or assists; with the Spirit starting to find their rhythm through the work of Francisca Ordega and Cheyna Williams, and the return of Mallory Pugh hopefully imminent, that didn't leave much room for Stengel to break in.

Chapman and Leon called up for Canada

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More international players are getting called away as teams take advantage of the FIFA window.

Allysha Chapman and Adriana Leon have both been called up to Canada's 19-player roster for upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica. Canada will play Costa Rica on June 8 and June 11 in Winnipeg and Toronto respectively.

Abby Smith

Reign FC play Boston Breakers to a 1-1 draw

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A flat performance puts a damper on Laura Harvey's milestone.

The night started off festive as the Seattle Reign FC celebrated head coach and general manager Laura Harvey coaching in her 100th NWSL regular season match. Unfortunately the night did not end with a celebratory spirit as the Reign FC and Boston Breakers played to a 1-1 draw.

Boston Breakers waive Libby Stout

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Stout never seemed to fully recover from injury.

The Boston Breakers have waived goalkeeper Libby Stout. Stout started 2017 preseason with an ankle injury which put her out four to six weeks and never managed to get back into the roster.

Stout was brought onboard in November of 2015 after the Breakers dealt away former starting goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to the Chicago Red Stars.


Match preview: Boston vs North Carolina

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Just hold on, team.

So. The Boston Breakers are sitting at eighth in the league with a 2-4-2 record. Their last five games are all losses or draws after what seemed like a pretty bright start to the season. They've shown that they can score in games; what they need now is to show they can hold on to a lead and not cough up equalizers or winning goals.

Match preview: Boston looks for away points in Chicago

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Another test for Boston as they go on the road.

The Boston Breakers are looking for their first away points of the season as they face the Chicago Red Stars away at Toyota Park. The Breakers are coming off two wins and one loss at home, while Chicago also has a mixed bag of results, beating FC Kansas City and the Houston Dash at home, but losing to Houston away, as well as losing to Portland away.

Match preview: can Boston get one back on North Carolina?

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Can Boston's new roster defeat the Courage's more experienced team?

The Boston Breakers will face the North Carolina Courage for the first time tomorrow at Jordan Field. Except this is no brand-new meeting; you'll remember the Courage were formerly the Western New York Flash before they were sold to the NC Football Club's ownership and moved south.

Portland Thorns

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 20

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Chris and Jamie return to discuss the Portland Timbers' 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders, the NWSL's decision to play a day game in Houston, and the Portland Thorns' comprehensive 2-0 victory over the Boston Breakers.

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Boston loses 2-0 away at Portland

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Bad start, tough finish.

Starting XI: Abby Smith, Allysha Chapman, Christen Westphal, Megan Oyster, Julie King, Emilie Haavi, Angela Salem, Rose Lavelle, Rosie White, Natasha Dowie

It started with calamity as the Boston Breakers took on the Portland Thorns in the away leg of their two back-to-back games.

Match Preview: Thorns v Breakers, Part 2

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For the second week in a row, the Portland Thorns face off against the Boston Breakers. Can they manage to win?

Last week, Portland faced Boston in Boston, and managed to rally a draw, even though they were behind by two goals by the 50th minute. This was mostly because Boston is a young team; they were unable to hold onto their lead.

Match preview: Breakers vs Thorns at home

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It's basically a home-and-away series for Boston as they take on Portland.

By a quirk of scheduling, the Boston Breakers will face the Portland Thorns at home, then will turn around and fly out to Portland to face them away. There's two macro level issues at stake here: Boston wanting to make sure that home games are wins more often than not, and seeing if they can re-balance the scales between themselves and Portland.

Merritt Mathias gets angry and that's fine

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The unfair standards we place on female athletes.

The NWSL disciplinary committee suspended Seattle Reign player Merritt Mathias three games for violent conduct, referring to an incident during a Reign vs. Portland Thorns match when Mathias tussled with Thorns defender Emily Sonnett over the ball and ended up pulling her hair.

The Rest

Boston Breakers waive forward Emilie Haavi

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Haavi wasn't able to settle with her new club.

The Boston Breakers have waived Norwegian international Emilie Haavi.

According to a statement released by the club, Haavi "struggled to adjust to life in America and was homesick."

Haavi played 458 minutes with five starts in seven games for the Breakers and signed in the 2016 offseason as part of Matt Beard's plans to revamp the roster and bring more options to the attack.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs FC Kansas City

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NWSL returns to action the Breakers return to the hunt for points.

It's been an exciting break in NWSL action with both the 2017 Women's Euro and the Tournament of Nations taking place. There have been days where up to five international matches took place from morning until night; can NWSL possibly hope to match that level of excitement?

Big names headline USWNT roster for Tournament of Nations

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A list of mostly familiar names makes up the latest U.S. Women's National Team squad as they begin preparations for the 2017 Tournament of Nations.

Many of the names, including team captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, overlap with the group that traveled to Scandinavia in June.

Seattle Reign FC vs. Boston Breakers: player ratings

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Christine Nairn pulled the strings to set Seattle up for goals, but the finishing was lacking this week.

Seattle Reign FC hosted the Boston Breakers on Saturday night, looking to make amends for their 3-0 defeat in Boston earlier this season, along with their equally disappointing 2-0 loss in North Carolina the week prior.

Mark Thomas talks Boston Breakers business plans

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Sponsors, attendance, media coverage woes, and a possible logo redesign and more.

It's hard to grow a small business. Most NWSL clubs are basically that - small businesses trying to create something from the ground up. The Boston Breakers have a little more of a foundation than some thanks to their long history in women's soccer, dating back to WUSA, but that doesn't mean they aren't facing the exact same conditions: an imperfect economy, tight budgets, and a general lack of awareness around women's sports.

Match preview: Seattle Reign v. Boston Breakers

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The Reign will be looking for redemption after getting trounced by Boston on the road.

After putting in their worst performance of the season against Boston on the road, Seattle Reign FC (5-3-5) will be looking for redemption this weekend when they host the Boston Breakers (3-6-4). The match kicks off at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, July 15 at 7 PM PT, and will stream on go90 and the NWSL website.

Major Link Soccer: The Gold Cup begins

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Power rankings, news and more about the CONCACAF tournament. LA Galaxy's worst week of all time? Lap dances in Italian stadiums?


Buy your tickets now for the Reign's July 15th match against the Boston Breakers, because you'll be entered for a chance to win a team-signed Reign jersey.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Chicago Red Stars

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Boston needs goals at home.

The Boston Breakers entire this match against the Chicago Red Stars at #9 on the table, with 12 points out of 12 games. The Red Stars are #2, with 23 points out of 12 games. In their last meeting in May, the Red Stars forced a 1-1 tie in nearly the last minute of regulation, denying the Breakers a crucial road win.

Four ways to up your New England soccer fandom

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Watch local soccer and three more ways to become a New England soccer super fan.

If you're reading this blog then you're probably a pretty big soccer fan. That said, there's always more you can do to elevate your fandom. With this in mind, here are four things that you can do to become a New England soccer super fan.

Breakers in midst of losing streak, but fans should “hang tough”

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Matt Beard and Julie King discuss how they're fixing Boston's problems and their hope for the rest of the season.

Boston Breakers fans are a pretty paranoid lot, which is not entirely unfair. As Oprah says, you teach people how to treat you, and the Breakers have taught fans that things can go intensely, catastrophically wrong.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 19

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Matt Pentz returns to the show to look ahead to the Portland Timbers' visit to Seattle while Chris and Jamie recap the Timbers' 4-1 dismantling at the hands to the Montreal Impact and the Thorns' 2-2 away draw with the Boston Breakers.

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