National Women's Soccer League

PREVIEW: Houston Dash at Boston Breakers

When the Houston Dash and Boston Breakers faced each other at the end of the 2014 season, it was a battle to avoid last place. This time, the Dash will look to gain seven points from their first three games. Coming off a bye week, the Breakers will seek to rebound after their 4-1 loss to the Portland Thorns in their season opener.

The game is the home opener for the Breakers, and their first NWSL game at Soldiers Field. Soldiers Field is also on the Harvard University complex, but will seat 4,000 instead of the 30,000-seat Harvard Stadium. This is the Breakers’ third stadium in three seasons.

Breakers defender Cat Whitehill bruised her ribs this week and will be out of the game, snapping her 47-game long start streak. The veteran defender will be a key loss for the Breakers, who struggled defensively against Portland. Houston’s Brittany Bock will miss the third-straight match of the season, but has started contact drills at practice and appears to be on her way to returning to the lineup.

It is the last match prior to the World Cup that the Dash will have Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian. Boston will retain Alyssa Naeher for next weekend’s match as the Breakers have not yet played three matches. Houston will be without Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod and defenders Lauren Sesselman and Allysha Chapman who are in residency camp with the Canadian national team. The Canadian players will be available for Houston on May 2.

Injury Report: Cat Whitehill (BOS) and Brittany Bock are listed as out. Boston’s Stephanie Verdoia (right ankle sprain) and Houston’s Ashley Nick (left hand fracture) and Ella Masar (nasal fracture, left hand injury) are all listed as probable.

 

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