National Women's Soccer League

Previewing the weekend: Spirit, Red Stars look to solidify places in postseason

Boston Breakers v. Washington Spirit ( 7 p.m. ET; Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium in Allston, Mass.)

For the final time this season, the Boston Breakers will take the field at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, squaring off against the Washington Spirit. Despite having lost their last four consecutive matches–and not having won since May 30–the match is already recorded as a sell out.

The struggling Breakers will likely face an uphill battle against the Spirit, who last failed to score on July 3.

Washington’s Crystal Dunn is one to look out for, having scored five goals in her last three matches and the Spirit will be looking for a win to help cement a place in the race to the playoffs.

FC Kansas City v. Western New York Flash (8 p.m. ET; Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City)

A congested middle of the table (with just three points separating fourth through eighth place) gives both FC Kansas City and the Western New York Flash an added incentive to win tonight’s match.

Last season’s champions currently sit in sixth place (19 points) and have only lost two (of six) home games this season. After tonight, the Blues have three consecutive home games to try and push themselves into the playoffs.

The young Flash team is now in seventh place (18 points), coming off a 2-1 away win over Sky Blue FC. Prior to the win, the Flash went on a five-game winless streak, having failed to win a single match in the month of July. On the road, the Flash have won two (of seven) matches total.

Portland Thorns v. Chicago Red Stars (9:30 p.m. ET; Providence Park in Portland, Ore.; Fox Sports 1)

Sunday’s only match features the Portland Thorns hosting the Chicago Red Stars in the second, and final, meeting between the two teams this season.

In this season’s playoff race, the fifth place Thorns (5-6-4) are currently on the outside looking in and in need of a home win.

The Red Stars (7-1-6, second place) are now on a six game undefeated streak, with three of those matches having ended in draws.

Thinking about the playoffs, the Thorns need the points more than the Red Stars do, but a win from the Red Stars tomorrow can help put the team in a great spot of hosting a semifinal match–and the Red Stars are 3-0-3 at home.

The Red Stars have struggled to close out matches (with six having ended in draws), so the Thorns will be looking to take advantage of that and may even feature new signing Lianne Sanderson in the process.

The game kicks off at 9:30 p.m. ET at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.

Injury Report

Notables:

Out:  Steph Catley (POR; right heel contusion),
Doubtful:  Lauren Holiday (FCKC; left sacral iliac instability)

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