The Boston Breakers (2-3-1, 7 points) host FC Kansas City (3-3-1, 10 points) at Soldiers Field Stadium, in the first match-up between the two clubs.
Boston enters the match coming off of a 1-1 draw with Sky Blue FC in Week 7. Rookie forward Stephanie McCaffery provided the Breakers with their lone goal in the match, her first since opening day. McCaffery netted the equalizer in the 60th minute to help the Breakers’ unbeaten streak reach two games.
Despite leading the league in goals against the Breakers have allowed only one goal in their last two matches, a testament to the play of central defenders Julie King and Kassey Kallman, as well as outside backs Lauren Lazo and Mollie Pathman. Goalkeeper Jami Kranich has been undefeated since giving up three goals in her NWSL debut.
“Our girls trained really well this week,” Durkin said. “It’s been our best soccer so far. So even though we’re down Lauren Lazo, Bia, and Rafa, I’m really happy with what the girls have put in, so I’m expecting a big game, and hopefully we get our legs under us and we’re firing on all cylinders Saturday at 7.”
Kansas City’s trip to Boston marks the first game of a three-game road trip.
The last time the teams squared off, the Blues earned a 2-1 win, with goals coming from Amy Rodriguez and Sarah Hagen for Kansas City and Heather O’Reilly for Boston. Hagen, the only goalscorer who will be featured in tonight’s match, has been quiet this season, scoreless in seven matches.
Kansas City enters tonight’s match looking improve after a 2-1 loss against the Chicago Red Stars on May 23. Amy LePeilbet headed Erika Tymrak’s 68th minute corner kick past Michelle Dalton for Kansas City’s only goal.
The Blues’ offense has been stagnant this season as the club are second-worst in goals only producing six so far this year.
OUT: FCKC: Frances Silva (left ankle sprain)
PROBABLE: Liz Bogus (deviated septum)