Sauerbrunn Faces King in NWSL Action Sunday

Sunday’s game, to be played at Harvard Stadium at 6pm CT, will feature a pair of St Louis products, both defenders. Becky Sauerbrunn (Ladue) leads FC Kansas City in their game against Boston that features Nerinx Hall grad Julie King. Julie has played every minute for the Breakers in her third season with the team following four years at Auburn. Sauerbrunn is co-captain and reigning NWSL Defender of the Year. Sauerbrunn wears #4 and can be found in the central defense, usually last woman back while King wears #8 and is the right back for Boston.

You can also follow the action live on YouTube. This game, and all of the NWSL games, are included in my Soccer on TV calendar.

FC Kansas City Becky Sauerbrunn 4From NWSLsoccer.com, this game preview – Rodriguez scored her seventh goal of the season in a 1-1 home draw Wednesday night with Seattle Reign FC as the Blues ended seven-game winning streak of the league leaders.

The U.S. international, who is tied with Seattle midfielder Kim Little for the most goals in the league, collected a pass from fellow forward Liz Bogus and turned away from two defenders before curling a left-footed shot from 23 yards into the top right corner of the Hope Solo’s net.

Rodriguez’s seven tallies account for nearly half of the 16 goals scored by FC Kansas City, which ranks second in the league.

Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart made two saves on the night – including a stop on Little in second-half stoppage time – to help FCKC become the first team all season to take at least a point against the Reign.

Barnhart and her defense will be looking for another strong performance against the bottom-of-the-table Breakers, who come into the contest on the heels of three consecutive losses. Read more at FCKansasCity.com

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Julie King (blue) Boston Breakers/Nerinx Hall

BostonBreakersSoccer.com looks at the game – Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made 10 saves in the 4-1 loss last Sunday, and she leads the league with 32 saves in her six games this season. The Breakers defense is targeting a first shutout of the season and will come up against the NWSL’s leading scorer in Amy Rodriguez. The former Boston forward has seven goals in nine games and along with another one-time Breaker in Lauren Holiday, who has been relentless with shots on goal. Rodriguez tops the league with 21 shots on target while U.S. Women’s National Team counterpart Holiday, who has three goals, is second with 18.

Midfielders Heather O’Reilly and Lianne Sanderson lead the Breakers from an attacking perspective with two goals and an assist each to their name. The pair have played every minute of Boston’s season up to now, as have Naeher, Julie King and Cat Whitehill, while midfielder Joanna Lohman has started all six matches. O’Reilly notched a penalty in the last game and is probable for this one with a right ankle sprain. Forward Lisa De Vanna remains with the Australian national team as they prepare for their AFC Women’s Asian Cup final with Japan this weekend.

Read more at BostonBreakerssoccer.com

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