On Sunday, our family went to see the Boston Breakers play a soccer match against the Portland Thorns FC. My toddler daughter Kay didn’t last long and after about 20 minutes or so my wife had to take her to a playground. But my son Peter and I stayed to watch the entire game even during a rain shower in the final minutes.
Things started well with an early goal by Lianne Sanderson for the Breakers, but overall the team played sloppily failing to connect on passes and leaving goalkeeper Ashley Phillips exposed to attacks by the Thorns. A great number of fans in attendance were there to see the Thorns superstar player Alex Morgan with a subset actively cheering for the team from Oregon (including a handful of supporters holding Thorns’ scarves through the games). They were pleased to see Morgan even the score in the 23rd minute.
The Breakers were able to hang on until the rain began to fall and in the 87th Morgan made the assist for Melana Shim’s game-winning goal. A disappointing performance by the Breakers, but a fun game with a good vibe in the sellout crowd. This is the first time we’ve attended a Breakers’ game since their move to Dilboy Stadium in Somerville which is more intimate in seating than Harvard Stadium, but a running track makes the playing field feel very far away. The Afro-Brazilian drummers who play during the game were at the far corner behind the goal, but I think would help the atmosphere if they played closer to the stands (in fact, there’s plenty of room on the aforementioned track). Anyway, I need to get my butt in gear and go to more games.