Did the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup spark a surge of interest in professional women’s soccer? Find out Wednesday when the Portland Thorns face the Boston Breakers in a match available to watch live online only — a contest that could be be crucial in deciding who will make the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs as the season enters the home stretch.
The Thorns, who feature Canada World Cup star Christine Sinclair (pictured above), sit in seventh place — but only four points behind the fourth-place Houston Dash with six games left on the 20-game NWSL schedule for Portland.
United States Women’s National Team start Alex Morgan, unfortunately, will not play, remaining on the injured list for the Thorns.
The Breakers remain in last place in the nine-team league — but with only six points separating the Boston and Houston teams on the NWSL table. With the top four teams qualifying for the September playoffs, Wednesday’s game is a must-win for both teams.
To find out how to watch the exclusive live online Portland Thorns vs. Boston Breakers National Women’s Soccer League showdown, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the 21,000-seat Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. That’s 10 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Breakers come into the game desperate to break a dismal run of form that has seen them go winless since May 30, losing six games and drawing two in that span. Boston has not won a road game this season, but of their three home wins, one came against Portland. When the teams met at Providence Park in the season opener, the Thorns won — and in fact have never lost at home to the Breakers.
Boston’s Stephanie McCaffrey scored the only Breakers goal in that 4-1 drubbing.
Portland enters the Wednesday night match coming off a stirring win over the Western New York Flash, recording a 2-0 victory on goals by Sinclair and U.S. international Allie Long.
To watch the Portland Thorns vs. Boston Breakers National Women’s Soccer League match live online for free, visit Fox Sports Go at this link. The online service of the Fox Sports Network will carry the game exclusively — there will be no over-the-air television broadcast — meaning that game will be streamed for free to anyone, with or without a standard cable subscription, which is otherwise required for most Fox Sports Go streams.
[Image: Portland Thorns Publicity Photo]