Breakers vs. F.C. Kansas City 2014: NWSL Match Preview

On Saturday, Breakers midfielder Heather O'Reilly will look to guide her club out of an early-season slump - Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

After scoring six goals in their previous two matches--and walking away with just three points--the Breakers will look for a complete, 90-minute performance when they visit F.C. Kansas City on Saturday.

Current form:

Just when a trio of role players--Maddy Evans, Jazmine Reeves, Nkem Ezurike--started to heat up, the Breakers returned to their early-season ways, struggling to turn in a 90-minute performance. On Sunday, the Spirit erased a one-goal deficit to claim a 3-2 victory, handing the Breakers their seventh loss in nine matches. With just six points to show for their 2014 campaign, Tom Durkin's side will need to relocate the fire that led to a 4-1 drubbing of Portland in late May. Otherwise, they will continue to lose ground on the playoff contenders--and fall completely out of the postseason picture.

Last Five: L-L-L-W-L

Despite an up-and-down 2014 debut, F.C. Kansas City has leveled off their inconsistencies, collecting four consecutive results dating back to May 14. On Wednesday, they shut out Western New York en route to a 1-0 victory, adding a little breathing room above fifth-placed Portland. If FCKC can continue to churn their offensive wheels, and buckle down defensively, as they have during their previous three contests, look out--the Blues may threaten the table's top teams.

Last Five: L-D-D-W-W

What to Watch For:

The Breakers have proven they can excel on both sides of the ball. And they've proven they can battle with the best teams in women's soccer. But now, more than one-third of the way through the NWSL season, they have not proven that quality soccer can span two halves, at least not in Boston. On Saturday, Durkin will need to rally his troops and instill a 90-minute mentality, regardless of the score and circumstance. In particular, the team needs a complete performance from its premier players, including Lianne Sanderson, Heather O'Reilly and Kristie Mewis.  And it needs to reduce poor decisions in the back, especially with a level score--and especially with a lead. Durkin's side has all the tools necessary to compete for a playoff spot; they just need to harness those tools from minute 1 through minute 90.

In Kansas City, Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski will look for a second victory over Boston, as the team took down the Breakers on May 25. During that match, Andonovski's side turned in an efficient offensive performance, using just four shots on goal to earn a 2-0 win. This time around, his defense will need to hold tighter; after scoring six goals in their previous two matches, the Breakers will visit FCKC on an offensive high. Look for defenders Nikki Phillips, Leigh Ann Robinson and Becky Sauerbrunn, who have played together in 11 of 12 matches this season, to stand tall against Boston's veteran attackers.

If O'Reilly and Sanderson can find space work in the attacking third, as they did on Sunday (6 shots on goal), look for the Breakers to narrowly take down the fourth-place Blues.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Bent Musket

You must be a member of The Bent Musket to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Bent Musket. You should read them.

Join The Bent Musket

You must be a member of The Bent Musket to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Bent Musket. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker