The Boston Breakers hosted the Orlando Pride on Saturday in front of a 4,321-fan sell-out crowd at Jordan Field. There were a few noteworthy stories emerging at the time of the match, so the players and coaches in the videos below don't all talk about the game specifically.
The home team spent the afternoon honoring Amanda DaCosta, who capped off her final professional appearance with a successfully converted penalty kick in second half stoppage time. The PK was DaCosta's final touch, and it got the Breakers back within one goal of the Pride, who won 2-1 on two Alex Morgan set piece goals.
Boston Breakers Midfielder Amanda DaCosta
When she signed with the team this season, it was with the understanding that she'd be retiring before the end of the year. The club approved the plan, and she got the storybook ending of a goal on her final touch (which she told me she would do earlier on Saturday—I have it on tape).
Boston Breakers Head Coach Matt Beard
On a strong performance in the loss by his side, a less-than-strong performance by the officials, injuries, DaCosta's departure and more.
Boston Breakers Forward Natasha Dowie
DaCosta's teammate and close friend at both Liverpool and in Boston, Dowie shared her memories about their years playing together.
Boston Breakers GK Abby Smith
With yet another new back line in front of her, Smith was strong in goal and stressed the importance of tracking second balls on set pieces.
Boston Breakers Midfielder Morgan Andrews
Andrews, due in part to a snippet of a story in the Union Leader that made its way on to Twitter, found herself beset by questions about her own departure from the Boston Breakers after the match.
Several league watchers were confused by the lack of clarity in the excerpt posted to Twitter, which some interpreted as suggesting that Andrews may have decided to leave professional soccer for good. Not so! She'll be present at Sky Blue next weekend, and available for the team to fly in for any matches as necessary for the remainder of 2017.
In her own words:
Orlando Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni
Marta, Alex Morgan, Officiating and the Westfield Matildas.
Orlando Pride Forward Marta
With special translation assistance from a member of the Boston Armada supporters group.
Orlando Pride Forward Alex Morgan
Morgan's two goals were enough for the win. She also briefly touched on the USWNT performance at the Tournament of Nations, and how she hopes to be a part of the roster for the next World Cup.