So since I last covered the Boston Breakers, these ladies have been on quite a tear, winning three straight games in July, culminating with Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Washington Freedom.
This was a pretty fun game, with the Breakers outplaying the Freedom for the most part, getting it done with a strong possession game, solid passing and excellent movement off the ball — just the kind of technical soccer I like to see! And definitely a far cry from the long-ball fest I covered at the Revolution a few weeks ago.
Here’s a few from the Breakers’ convincing win Sunday:
7.18.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers striker Lauren Cheney gets a push from Washington's Cat Whitehill in Boston's 2-1 win on July 18, 2010.
7.18.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers defender Ifeoma Dieke wins a header against Washington's Kristi Eveland in Boston's 2-1 win on July 18, 2010.
7.18.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers midfielder Lindsay Tarpley congratulates midfielder Jordan Angeli on her game-winning goal against Washington in their 2-1 win on July 18, 2010. Angeli scored off Tarpley's deflected header attempt.
7.18.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers midfielder Jordan Angeli, facing, is mobbed by teammates after her game-winning goal against Washington in their 2-1 win as Washington midfielder Brittany Bock walks past on July 18, 2010.
I haven’t shot soccer in a few years — been playing a hell of a lot more than photographing, that’s for sure. It’s easily my favorite sport after baseball, but being stateside, opportunities to photograph the world’s game are few and far between.
Here’s a few from the recently revived Women’s Professional Soccer league, featuring the hometown Boston Breakers and the visiting Chicago Red Stars. A frustrating loss for the Breakers, who were blanked, 2-0, by the then-winless Red Stars.
5.1.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers midfielder Kristine Lilly fights for possesion with Chicago Red Stars midfielder Formiga in Chicago's 2-0 on May 1, 2010.
5.1.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers midfielder Kristine Lilly reacts after her shot missed left against Chicago on May 1, 2010.
5.1.2010 — BOSTON — Breakers goalkeeper Ashley Phillips and defender Kasey Moore react after CHicago striker Cristiane, dancing in back, scored Chicago's second goal in their 2-0 win on May 1, 2010.