Sky Blue FC (4-4-4, 12 points) will to take on the Boston Breakers f(1-10-1, 4 points) or the second time this season at Soldier's Field Soccer Stadium in Boston.
Their first meet up this season ended with Sky Blue being victorious over the Breakers,1-0, with the lone goal scored in an own goal situation.
"We are looking forward to getting on the field against Boston on Sunday," said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. "Our mindset is focused on pushing ourselves into a top four position and to keep building upon the good performances of the previous few weeks. We know Boston presents a very good challenge for us, but we are confident that we will get a positive result if we play to our true ability."
Sky Blue is looking for three points on the road against the lowest ranked team in the league and a spot in the playoffs this season. If Sky Blue brings the level of play they brought the past few weeks, this could be an easy win, but anything can happen if they are off their game even for just a minute.
Both teams will again be without the players on the Olympic roster. Sky Blue FC will be without defender Kelley O'Hara and midfielder Sam Kerr, who was named to Australia's national women's team for Rio. Boston Breakers will be without defender and captain Whitney Engen.
Although plagued by injuries this season, Sky Blue is looking relatively healthy at the moment. Only Kim DeCesare, who was placed on the 45-day injury list for a knee contusion, and Caroline Stanley is still out after a left shoulder sprain prior to last weeks game.
Boston's goalkeeper Libby Stout may also be benched for Sunday's game, as she's been suffering from a right quad strain this season. Kristie Mewis has been recovering from a right ankle sprain, but likely will see time on the field for Boston anyway.
For fans unable to make the road match, it will be streamed live on NWSL Soccer's YouTube Channel and is available here.
Sky Blue FC Roster
Goalkeepers: (2) Caroline Casey, Jill Loyden
Defenders: (6) CoCo Goodson, Kristin Grubka, Maya Hayes, Christie Rampone (C), Erica Skroski, Erin Simon
Midfielders: (7) Kelly Conheeney, Theresa Diederich, Shawna Gordon, Sarah Killion, Taylor Lytle, Raquel Rodriguez, Nikki Stanton
Forwards: (5) Leah Galton, Tasha Kai, Danielle Schulmann, Catherine Zimmerman
Head Coach: Christy Holly
What: Sky Blue FC v Boston Breakers
When: Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST
Where: Jordan Field, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Online: NWSL Soccer YouTube Channel