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New Jersey Club Hits the Road for a Sunday Pairing with the Breakers
Sky Blue FC (4-4-4, 16 points) returns to National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) action on Sunday night, visiting the Boston Breakers (1-10-1, 4 points) for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The New Jersey side enters the match-up in the thick of a fight for playoff positioning, currently just two points shy of fourth place on the NWSL Table.
“We are looking forward to getting on the field against Boston on Sunday,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “Our mindset is focused on pushing ourselves into a top four position and to keep building upon the good performances of the previous few weeks. We know Boston presents a very good challenge for us, but we are confident that we will get a positive result if we play to our true ability.”
Sky Blue FC has suffered just a single defeat in its last six contests (2-1-3), and the team is coming off a 1-0 victory last Saturday over the Houston Dash to claim that season series. The game-winner of the encounter came via a fantastic strike from Taylor Lytle, who placed a top-shelf laser into the upper left 90 after receiving a ball from Sarah Killion in the 54th minute. Sky Blue FC is now in position to take the season series from the Breakers on Sunday with a win or draw after blanking them at Yurcak Field earlier this year, 1-0.
Boston suffered a painful loss last weekend after having a win against the Orlando Pride within its grasp. The Breakers took a 1-0 lead into the 90th minute of that game, only to see Pride defender Kristen Edmonds strike twice before the final whistle to give Orlando a dramatic 2-1 victory.
Historically, Sky Blue FC leads the overall NWSL series with Boston, 5-2-3, but the Breakers do hold a 1-2-1 home advantage.
When the action gets underway on Sunday night, Sky Blue FC will know exactly what type of striking distance it has regarding playoff position. The Pride and Chicago Red Stars are currently locked at 18 points and will play one another in Orlando on Saturday night. If a draw happens in that game, a Sky Blue FC win would see the New Jersey side become level with both clubs at 19 points. A win by either the Red Stars or Pride puts Sky Blue FC in a position to jump over the losing side.
Viewer Note: Fans unable to make it to Boston this weekend can watch Sky Blue FC take on the Breakers live in HD via YouTube.
Sky Blue FC will return home to Yurcak Field on Saturday, July 23rd, hosting the Washington Spirit at 7:00 p.m., and tickets for that match are available now. Additionally, all fans who eat at Quaker Steak & Lube in Edison before the game will receive free parking for the match.
Flex and individual tickets for Sky Blue FC are on sale now! For any questions regarding tickets, call the Sky Blue FC tickets department at 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849), and a team representative will be happy to assist you.
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