Kendall Fletcher looks to hold it down from her defensive post tomorrow (Photo by Howard C. Smith, ISI Photos).
Sky Blue FC Hosts Boston Breakers with its Focus Set on Reaching the WPS Playoffs
Piscataway, N.J. (Friday, September 10, 2010) – Only one game remains on the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) schedule for Sky Blue FC (7-10-6, 27 points), and the team heads into Saturday’s 7:00 p.m. home finale with the Boston Breakers (10-8-5, 35 points) knowing that the playoffs are still within reach. With a win over the Breakers, coupled with a loss or tie by the Washington Freedom (7-9-7, 28 points) in its match against the Atlanta Beat (5-12-6, 21 points) on Saturday, the team will advance to the postseason to defend its 2009 WPS Championship.
“Training has been going very well this week,” Sky Blue FC head coach Rick Stainton said today. “We have been emphasizing our attack and also our strategy going against Boston. The last time we played them (a 4-0 road defeat), they generated a very good attack against us and were able to find some pockets. We’ve been working on closing those pockets by defending better, and that will give us more opportunities on the offensive end.”
The road loss to Boston in the last pairing of these two sides was the first time that the Breakers had defeated Sky Blue FC in seven games, dating back to 2009. At the friendly confines of Yurcak Field, Sky Blue FC is currently 2-0-1 against Boston.
“We know there’s a lot at stake in this match, and we may have to chase the game a little bit differently,” Stainton remarked. “Planning and preparation has been very important as we approach Saturday. We know Boston also has a lot at stake as they look to solidify the number two seed, so they’ll be coming at us as well. It’s going to be a pure battle, and we couldn’t be any more excited about getting onto the field tomorrow.”
Washington will be hosting Atlanta, which has already been eliminated from postseason contention, at the same time as the Sky Blue FC match with the Breakers, something that only increases the dramatic finish to the 2010 WPS regular season.
“What we have to be focused upon is our own game, and we’re going to push for the win,” Stainton concluded. “Regardless of what happens in the other game, if we don’t handle our business and win, we won’t have any opportunity to reach the playoffs. We have to play our game and pursue the victory, and that is what we all expect of one another with so much is on the line.”
Don’t miss your last chance to see Sky Blue FC at home in 2010! All fans are encouraged to wear orange to this game as the team looks to drop the “Orange Curtain” for its home finale. Fans who put down a 50% deposit tomorrow at the Sky Blue FC sales table for the purchase of 2011 season tickets will receive an automatic seat upgrade, as well as admission into a post-game reception with the team. Tickets for the regular season finale with Boston are available now, and fans can get them today by calling 1-888-SBFC-TIX.