Boston Breakers / National Women's Soccer League / Portland Thorns FC

PREVIEW: Portland Thorns at Boston Breakers

Tonight the last-place Boston Breakers host the fourth-place Portland Thorns at Harvard Stadium in the first match between the teams this season.

The Breakers have struggled early on, picking up just one win in seven matches. Five of those matches have been at home, where the team has scored seven goals while conceding 14.

Just five players have found the back of the net for Boston and only Heather O’Reilly and Lianne Sanderson have notched in more than one.

Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher has already faced 107 shots (52 on frame), making 34 saves. Her save percentage of 65 percent ranks lowest in the league (along with Washington Spirit’s Ashlyn Harris, who has played 810 minutes compared to Naeher’s 630).

Comparatively, Thorns goalkeeper Nadine Angerer boasts a save percentage of 84 percent—the third highest of the 13 goalkeepers who have seen playing time in the league.

On Saturday, Portland lost its second game of the season when Sky Blue’s Kelley O’Hara snuck a header right past Angerer in the 84th minute.

The Thorns are undefeated on the road, however. But despite the fourth place position, the team has only scored nine times (just ahead of Houston and Boston) and only two players have gotten on the score sheet: Jess McDonald (5) and Allie Long (4).

Portland’s Christine Sinclair, one of the most prolific scorers in women’s soccer, is ranked second in the league in shots (31) and third in shots on goal (16), but has yet to clock in a single goal or assist for her team in 720 minutes of playing time.

The Breakers are currently injury-free, while the Thorns will once again be without defender Rachel Van Hollebeke, due to a left ankle sprain. Forward Alex Morgan, who suffered a left ankle stress reaction, is questionable for the match.

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