Last weekend the Seattle Reign opened their 2016 season with a loss to Sky Blue — their first ever loss at Memorial Stadium. Now they look to recover on the road against the Boston Breakers, a team that's struggled in recent seasons and a promising source of road points.
The watchword for the first two weeks of the new season has been parity. Seattle and Boston are the only remaining teams without a result, and currently 6 of the 10 teams have exactly three points. If either team wins, they'll find themselves in a 7-way tie for 2nd in the league.
Other than the long-term injury to Megan Rapinoe, the Reign's injury report is clean. The only availability question is at goalkeeper. The team announced this morning that they'd signed Andi Tostanoski, one of their camp keepers, as cover, meaning one of either Hope Solo or Haley Kopmeyer is likely out. But given the quality we saw from Kopmeyer covering for Solo last season, there shouldn't be a significant drop-off either way.
Boston is looking to build back from consecutive seasons in the basement of the league. Their biggest challenge will be finding offense. Last week they lost 0-1 and forced Spirit keeper Stephanie Labbe into only a single save despite trailing nearly the entire match. They are heavily reliant on Kyah Simon and deep attacks from midfielder Kristie Mewis. If those two can be shut down, they will struggle to score and the Reign will have a good shot to earn their first points of the season.