The Orlando Pride host the Boston Breakers tonight at Orlando City Stadium, looking for their fifth consecutive win as they hope to keep their playoff run unbroken. Alex Morgan has just been named the August player of the month. She has scored in five straight matches and has eight goals in eight matches started so far this season. If she continues on this pace, she will easily score more goals this season than Cyle Larin by the time it's all said and done, and she will do so in fewer than half the games of the Orlando City MLS player. Morgan's game-winning goal in the 87th minute over FC Kansas City was named Goal of the Week in NWSL, and it made history: with that goal, Morgan became the first player in league history to score the game-winning goal in three consecutive matches.
Meanwhile, the Boston Breakers come into the match 9th on the table after suffering three consecutive losses. They have been eliminated from the playoffs after their most recent loss, but it's not uncommon for teams out of the playoff race to take the goal of playing spoiler for the hopes of others. The Pride and Breakers have faced each other twice already this year, with the Pride winning both of those matches. Defeating the same team three times in any season is always a difficult task, which is another reason the home side should be wary going into the match.
Players to Watch
Boston has had some hard luck this season, but that doesn't mean they don't have talented players on their side.
Meanwhile, as a team, the Orlando Pride are 2nd in the league in scoring (37 goals) and they lead the league in assists with 25. It's no surprise the names that lead in those categories for the club.
I know I just said that the Orlando Pride cannot take this game for granted, and I am confident that they have reached that combination of team chemistry and focus that will allow them to add yet another win to their season total. They are above the line for the playoffs, but they do not have the luxury of dropping points at this time of the season and let them feel confident they will still reach their goal. With that in mind, I predict the Pride will win this match 3 - 0 and give Ashlyn Harris yet another clean sheet victory.
What about you? Do you think the Pride will be able to win this match, or do you think beating Boston three times in the same season will be too much to ask? Let me know in the comments below.