FC Kansas City head on the road to face the winless Boston Breakers as they look to find their first win of the season.
On Sunday at Jordan Field the FC Kansas City Blues will visit the only team looking up at them in the NWSL standings, the Boston Breakers. FC Kansas City lead the overall series winning six of the nine meetings with each team winning twice in Boston.
We are one-quarter of the way through the season (each team has played five of their twenty regular season games) and both teams are still looking for their first win. FC Kansas city are coming off a 0-0 draw at home against Chicago while Boston are coming off a 1-0 loss away to FC Sky Blue.
The returning Desiree Scott has provided the Blues midfield more cohesion, but the retirement last week of Jen Buczkowski might mean one step forward and two steps back. 2013 NWSL coach of the year Vlatko Andonovski will have some decisions to make regarding his lineup as he tries to replace Buczkowski. Last season Mandy Laddish lined up next to Bucz frequently when Scott was gone, but she has moved to more of an attacking midfield role.
First year Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard lost goalkeeper Abby Smith for the season last week and signed Jamie Kranich as her replacement. While that is a big adjustment the most pressing issue for Boston is that they are the only NWSL side that have been shutout in all five of their games this year.
My Prediction :
With both teams desperate for a win this will be a wide open affair. Whichever side concede first will likely have that here we go again feeling especially if that goal comes in the first half. I think that FC Kansas City will play a high line defensively, boss the midfield, and Heather O’Reilly will send balls into Shea Groom from the flank or split the defenders with through balls allowing her to go to goal with the ball and she will find the back of the net twice, the second time coming late in the match to seal all three points for the away side.
FC Kansas City 2
Boston Breakers 0