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Re: Boston Breakers
« Reply #20 on: February 27, 2009, 02:08:30 PM »
Boston Breakers, Boston Aztec Announce Reserve Team Affiliation
Thursday, February 26, 2009
by Boston Breakers

Westwood, Massachusetts – The Boston Breakers of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) reached an agreement with Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team Boston Aztec, in which Aztec will become the reserve team of the Breakers, it was announced today.

In this role, Aztec will provide an opportunity for Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco and general manager Joe Cummings to make additional roster moves when necessary and to allow players in their system to earn game experience.

“The Boston Breakers are very excited about our relationship with Boston Aztec. It will not be uncommon for some of the Breakers to get games with the Aztec in the WPSL, and for some of the Aztec players to be called up to the Breakers to fill in for injuries or players with their respective national teams,” stated DiCicco.
 
The Breakers coaching staff will work closely with the Aztec staff, led by former WUSA players Meotis Erikson and Rebekah Splaine, who will both serve as player/coach. Both Breakers and Aztec coaches were on hand to evaluate players at the WPS team’s recent open tryout at Harvard Stadium on Feb. 9-10. The Breakers and Aztec will also play against each other in an exhibition match (date, time and venue TBD).

"This is an exciting time for the Aztec family. We are thrilled to be affiliated with a great organization like the Breakers and to be able to link this with our New England Aztec boy's and girl's youth program," said Boston Aztec general manager Brandon Nelson.

Boston Aztec has featured amateur adult men's teams since 2002 and amateur women's teams since 2005. The previous highlight for the program came in 2005 when the men won the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) National Championship. Both Aztec men's and women's teams will play their home games in 2009 at Amesbury Sports Park in Amesbury, MA.

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Re: Boston Breakers
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2009, 08:11:01 PM »
Newest Breakers set to kick off training
by Monique Walker, Boston Globe
March 1, 2009

For a little more than a year, Women's Professional Soccer organizers have been forming teams, hiring coaches, luring players and appealing to fan bases in anticipation of their inaugural season. Today the teams can take over.
 
The Boston Breakers are among the seven WPS teams that begin training today. The Breakers will hold their first preseason session at Harvard Stadium, where they will play their games. Their first regular-season game will be April 5 against FC Gold Pride in Santa Clara, Calif., while their home opener is April 11 against St. Louis Athletica.

"We have been doing this for a year and a half basically and now we have a chance to get players on the field and start building," Breakers coach Tony DiCicco said.

After a week at Harvard, the Breakers will continue training in Florida. Not everyone will be in camp the first week. No. 1 pick Amy Rodriguez and veterans Angela Hucles and Heather Mitts are with the US women's national team in Portugal competing for the Algarve Cup. Kelly Smith and Alex Scott are with England's national team, while Candace Chapman is with the Canadian team at the Cyprus Cup.

All are expected to join the Breakers in time for a 10-day training session that begins March 13 in Sunrise, Fla., DiCicco said. The Breakers have 28 players on their roster but must cut to 24 by March 12.

For the players who will be in camp, DiCicco said, it is a time to "start implementing our culture and our mentality and the way we like to do things." He said the Breakers will play a possession style and he is looking for strong defensive players.

DiCicco has a storied career that includes leading the US under-20 women to a world title last year. He also was the US women's national coach for six years, leading the squad to the 1996 Olympic gold medal and 1999 World Cup title, and was commissioner of the now-defunct Women's United Soccer Association in 2002 and 2003.

The WPS boasts many former WUSA players, including midfielder/forward Kristine Lilly, who was with those Breakers when the league collapsed in 2003. Lilly, who missed the Olympics because of the birth of her daughter Sidney Marie last July 22, said she is most excited about being part of a team again and is optimistic about this league.

"I thought the last league was going to be around forever, too, but unfortunately that wasn't the case," Lilly said. "Now with the WPS, I think you hope for the best in everything. I think this time they've learned from some of the mistakes in WUSA but also brought along some of the positives.

"We had a great product on the field and we had cities that did well and we reached a great audience. So hopefully, we'll be able to expand our base."

Lilly also thinks the US winning gold at the Olympics last year will help. The league also will feature top non-US players, including Brazilian star Marta, who signed with the Los Angeles Sol.

http://www.boston.com/sports/soccer/articles/2009/03/01/newest_breakers_set_to_kick_off_training/



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Re: Boston Breakers
« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2009, 11:54:36 AM »
Players Arrive and Preseason Begins as Youth Teams Greet Breakers at First Practice

Sunday, March 01, 2009
by Boston Breakers

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived.  The players have all made their way to Boston, all of them except those playing with their national teams for the Algarve or Cyprus Cups that is, for the start of Breakers Preseason. While many were arriving to the Hub yesterday, others were making appearances around New England.

On Saturday morning, Kristine Lilly spoke on a panel at the City of Boston’s 13th Annual Breakfast For Champions event at the State Street Pavilion at Fenway Park.  Lilly spoke to over 300 kids who had participated in a Boston Centers for Youth & Families Recreation Division sports program during 2008.  The two-time World Cup and Olympic Champion demonstrated how she was able to overcome obstacles in her youth to get to the point she is today.

Meanwhile in Connecticut, head coach Tony DiCicco along with defender Sue Weber and goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill took part in the Soccer Champions Coaches Clinic at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. Over 1,200 coaches took part in the clinic, which has hosted by DiCicco and UConn head coach Ray Reid.

On Sunday, the action on the pitch began when the team entered the indoor bubble at Harvard Stadium. DiCicco used the session primarily to let the players get acquainted with one another, rather than focusing on instruction. After warming up, he split the squad into four teams for a series of 10-minute matches on two short fields.

Toward the end of practice, the bubble began to fill with a number of invited youth teams. The teams all had custom-made signs in hand while cheering on their new hometown favorites. After cool down, the Breakers greeted their eager fans and stayed around to sign autographs and take pictures.

Practice Notes:
Seven players were missing from the first practice, six of whom are on national team duty... Angela Hucles, Heather Mitts and Amy Rodriguez are in Portugal with the U.S. Women’s National Team for the Algarve Cup, while England’s Kelly Smith and Alex Scott, as well as Canada’s Candace Chapman are competing for their countries at the Cyprus Cup… All six are expected to join the team for the Breakers’ 10-day preseason trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., which takes place March 13-22... Brazil's Fabiana is rehabbing her knee. She injured her knee while playing for her former club, Corinthians (Brazil), in a match against São Bernardo in the Campeonato Paulista (São Paulo league) on Oct. 25.

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« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2009, 12:23:52 PM »
Boston Breakers Release Preseason Roster and Announce Cut Dates
Monday, March 02, 2009
by Boston Breakers

Westwood, Massachusetts - The Boston Breakers and head coach Tony DiCicco released their initial 33-player preseason roster, it was announced by the team today.

Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) mandates teams to start with no more than 28 players in camp at any one time until the first preseason cut down to 24 players on March 12.  The Breakers fall below the 28-player cap as seven of the 33 players are out due to either national team duty or injury.

The team will have to cut down from 24 to 18 (plus four developmental players) upon returning from a 10-day training session in Fort Lauderdale on March 22, with the roster to be finalized with the same numbers on March 24.

The Boston Breakers, one of seven WPS teams, will open its inaugural season in April and continue through August. The team will play its home matches at Harvard Stadium, and single-game, group and season tickets are now on sale for the 2009 season. For package details and a seating chart, visit www.bostonbreakers.com.

Boston Breakers Preseason Roster (As of March 2, 2009)

Name, previous team and usual position
Nancy Augustyniak Goffi - FC Indiana - D
Stacy Bishop - Tampa Bay Hellenic - M
Marisa Brown - Pitea IF (Sweden) - M
Candace Chapman -  Vancouver Whitecaps - D/M
Brittany Cooper - Albuquerque Lady Asylum - M/F         
Abby Crumpton - Charlotte Lady Eagles - F/D
Caitlin Fisher - Hammerby (Sweden) - D
Fabiana - Corinthians (Brazil) - F
Ariel Harris - D
Angela Hucles - M/F
Jaimel Johnson - GK
Christine Latham - Atlanta Silverbacks - F                                   
Amy LePeilbet - Pali Blues - D
Kristine Lilly - M/F
Allison Lipsher - Ajax America - GK
Kristine Luckenbill - FC Indiana Lionesses - GK
Allison Martinogades - Boston Renegades - M
Heather Mitts - D
Mary Frances Monroe - New England Mutiny - M/F
Kacey Moore - D
Sophia Mundy - Valur (Iceland) - M
Ashley Nick - M
Jennifer Nobis - Umeå Södra (Sweden) - F                   
Ashley Phillips - Atlanta Silverbacks - GK
Amy Rodriguez - F
Kelly Schmedes - Charlotte Lady Eagles - F
Marisha Schumacher-Hodge - M
Alex Scott - Arsenal - D
Kelly Smith - Arsenal - F/M
Cortney Sobrero - Fylkir (Iceland) - F
Maggie Tomecka - Soccerplus Connecticut - M
Lindsay Vera - F
Sue Weber - Long Island Rough Riders - D

Not currently in camp:-

Hucles, Mitts and Rodriguez due to U.S. National Team duty at the Algarve Cup in Portugal

Scott and Smith due to England National Team duty at the Cyprus Cup

Chapman due to Canada National Team duty at the Cyprus Cup

Fabiana due to injury

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Re: Boston Breakers
« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2009, 01:09:10 PM »
Breakers Back to Work
Monday, March 02, 2009
by Kyle McCarthy, Boston Herald

When the WUSA folded in 2003, no one knew if professional women’s soccer would ever return.

The reincarnated Boston Breakers of the brand-new WPS provided the answer by practicing for the first time yesterday underneath the practice bubble at Harvard Stadium.

“We’ve all been waiting for this day to come for several years,” goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill said. “Being out here today makes it feel real. It’s really exciting for all of us.”

Under the watchful eye of head coach Tony DiCicco, a combination of drafted and invited players scrimmaged for 90 minutes. In the coming weeks, these players will fight for one of the 18 senior roster spots and four developmental roster spots available.

“I was pleased with the quality,” DiCicco said. “We didn’t do much coaching. We let them play and get to know each other.”

DiCicco will have ample opportunity to evaluate those players fighting for spots on the bottom half of the roster over the next month. Most of the international stars - Heather Mitts, Angela Hucles and Amy Rodriguez (United States), Kelly Smith and Alex Scott (England) and Candace Chapman (Canada) - are off with their national teams and won’t join the Breakers until the team leaves for the Florida leg of its training camp on March 13.

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« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2009, 12:43:06 PM »
Boston Breakers Announce Doubleheaders with MPS Boston Renegades
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
by Boston Breakers

Westwood, Massachusetts – The Boston Breakers announced a series of three doubleheaders with the MPS Boston Renegades of the W-League for the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) season. The doubleheaders come as continuation of an existing partnership with Mass Premier Soccer (MPS).  The Breakers and MPS formally announced their partnership in Dec., 2007.

In addition to the three doubleheaders, the Boston Breakers will continue to encourage the vertical integration of any players that excel while competing in the highly-competitive USL W-League with the MPS Boston Renegades.

“We are happy to be continuing our developmental partnership with Mass Premier Soccer and to be offering an opportunity for our fans to see more quality soccer,” said Breakers General Manager Joe Cummings. “Our coaching staff has been working closely with Renegades head coach Darren Gallagher for some time now to further enhance the player pool at our disposal.”

The Renegades will take the field prior to the Breakers’ home games at Harvard Stadium on June 14, June 17 and July 15.

“Having former Renegades players such as Angela Hucles, Alison Martino, Caitlin Fisher, Maggie Tomecka and Ashley Phillips with the Breakers for the pre-season shows the caliber of player that has come through our system in recent years,” said Gallagher.  “I am very excited about seeing more of our players making the step up to WPS next year and in years to come.”

The MPS Boston Renegades were National Champions in 2001 and 2002 and are widely regarded as one of the best amateur women's clubs in the country. They will play their home opener this year at Milton High School and their remaining home games at Wayland High School.  The proceeds from the home opener at Milton will be donated to Milton HS coach, Mike Madden, who has tragically lost the use of his legs.

The MPS Boston Renegades play in the Northeast Division of the W-League.

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Re: Boston Breakers
« Reply #26 on: March 08, 2009, 12:13:40 AM »
Team Preview: Boston holds plenty of options for 2009 season
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
by Dan Lauletta, womensprosoccer.com

Boston Head Coach Tony DiCicco would like to use the Breakers’ first pre-season training camp to instill a positive culture in the franchise.  The early days of a new pro team can set a long-lasting tone, making DiCicco’s goal as important as it is ambitious.  Although a winter snow storm wiped out what was to be the Breakers’ first official training session Monday morning, the early signs from camp have been positive.

“It’s exciting,” the former U.S. National Team coach said.  “These players are really committed and they’re working hard.  We drafted a good group.”
 
Many close to the women’s game have already tabbed the Breakers as the most talented of the seven WPS sides.  Talent does not necessarily breed results, but there is little doubt that DiCicco has crafted a balanced roster where playing time will be tough to come by.  The glut of attacking players ranges from the venerable 37-year-old Kristine Lilly to 22-year-old top overall draft pick Amy Rodriguez, and is deep enough that Angela Hucles, who scored four times while playing striker at the Olympics, may find herself back in the defensive midfield.

“That’s the great thing about Angela is she can play a bunch of different positions,” DiCicco said.  “When (Leslie) Osborne went down (the National Team) put her in the midfield, and then when Abby Wambach went down they put her up top.  We’re going to find where we need her the most.  It could be in the attacking position.  It could be as an underneath forward, or it could be holding in the midfield.  It gives us good options.”

Options will be a popular word around WPS camps this month as coaches look to squeeze as much versatility as they can out of what will ultimately be 18-woman rosters with four optional spots for developmental players.  DiCicco has yet to decide what shape the Breakers will be in when they open play April 5 at FC Gold Pride, but his initial vision is for Lilly to team with England’s Kelly Smith as attacking midfielders.  Both have extensive experience playing in the midfield as well as at forward.

“They see the game so well,” DiCicco said.  “They can get in, they can play off players to get in, they can shoot from distance, and they can deliver final passes.  We’re looking at 4-3-3, 4-4-2, or even 3-4-3 but having them in attacking midfield roles.”

Lilly, who took off 2008 to have a baby, arrived in camp as fit as ever.  “Based on fitness, she’s 90 minutes,” DiCicco assured.

That leaves Rodriguez and Christine Latham as the most likely options to fill out the attack at forward.  Rodriguez is a tireless worker with the U.S. National Team experience and Latham was picked up through the International Discovery process after convincing DiCicco she would arrive at camp in shape following a sluggish combine last year.

“She’s a warrior forward,” DiCicco said of the former Canadian international.  “She can play back to goal.  She’s going to compete for anything in the air and score goals with her head.  She convinced me that she could come in fit and she has.  She has done a good job of shedding pounds and she looks strong.  I’m excited about having her as a target forward for us.”

Rodriguez, meanwhile, is ready to complement Latham by utilizing her speed and dribbling runs.  “(Tony) and I are prepared for me to come in and be in that role that the Breakers need and that’s one that can go out there and score goals and create dangerous chances,” she said.  “That’s the main role of a forward.  I need to be able to score goals and hopefully I will bring that to the Breakers.”

Jennifer Nobis and Kelly Schmedes are other forwards in camp that will be looking to contribute as target players.  Another forward, Fabiana is recovering from knee surgery and is still in Brazil.  She is expected to join the club soon but will be handled cautiously.

The backline will be based around Heather Mitts’s ability to get forward from the right flank.

“Any formation that I play will include outside backs being playmakers and getting forward,” DiCicco said.  “I think that’s an area of Heather’s game that she wants to make better.  She wants to be better and more confident getting into the final third.  She knows it, and we agreed to try to accomplish that together.”

One area that will not be an issue for Mitts is defending.  “She’s a fantastic one-v-one defender,” DiCicco said of the 30-year old who used the WUSA as a springboard to a regular place on the U.S. National Team.

According to the coach, Amy LePeilbet and Nancy Augustyniak Goffi, the Breakers’ top two picks in the General Draft last year, have separated themselves from the other defenders early in camp.  Barring playing in a 3-4-3, LePeilbet and Augustyniak Goffi are likely to be the center back pairing.

Kristin Luckenbill, who played every minute for the 2002 WUSA Champion Carolina Courage, is the woman to beat for starting goalkeeper honors.

Training camp is still young, but the action will move fast and furious.  Of the 26 players currently in camp only 18 will travel to Florida on March 15 to meet up with those currently away with their National Teams.  Six players who figure to play prominent roles on the Breakers are spending the beginning of the month competing at either the Algarve Cup or the Cyprus Cup: the USA’s Hucles, Mitts and Rodriguez, Canada’s Candace Champman and England’s Alex Scott and Smith.

“I’m a little bit upset that I’m not going to be there for the start of the Breakers,” Rodriguez said before heading to Portugal to represent the U.S. at the Algarve Cup.  “I want to meet all the players that I’ll be playing with.  Hopefully it’s a smooth transition once we get there.”

The club will return to Boston from Florida on March 23 and shortly thereafter will announce the final roster of 18 plus four optional developmental spots.  Then it’s down to the nitty gritty of preparing to open the season in the Bay Area on April 5.

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Re: Boston Breakers
« Reply #27 on: March 08, 2009, 01:03:06 AM »
All-Time Caps Leader Kristine Lilly Signs With Boston Breakers
Thursday, March 05, 2009
by Boston Breakers

Westwood, Massachusetts  – The Boston Breakers and two-time World Cup and Olympic Champion Kristine Lilly came to terms on a multi-year contact, it was announced today by the Breakers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed per team policy.

Lilly, the former captain of the WUSA Breakers from 2001-03, is the most capped male or female player in the world, having donned the U.S. jersey in 342 matches over a 21-year career.

“Kristine is and always will be a Boston Breaker,” said Breakers President and General Manager Joe Cummings.  “We are delighted to have her back playing with us, and I am sure our fans will be thrilled to see her in a Breakers uniform once again.”

“It is great to sign with the Boston Breakers again,” said Lilly, who will also be reunited with Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco, whom she used to play for with the U.S. Women's National Team. “I am looking forward not only to being a part of WPS, but also to having a professional women’s sports team back as a part of the Boston sports scene. I am excited to be on the field playing after having a baby last year, and I am also looking forward to playing in front of our fans and for Tony once again.”

After being allocated to the Breakers as a Founding Player of the WUSA in 2001, she went on to be a three-time First-Team All-WUSA selection - the only player in league history to do so. She scored 14 goals and dished out 28 assists, including a league-best 11 during the inaugural season, during her WUSA career.

The USA's “Iron Woman,” Lilly became the first player in history, man or woman, to play in 200 career internationals when she played against Canada in the championship of the Nike U.S Women’s Cup on May 7, 2000 in Portland, Ore. In 2006, she became the first and maybe the last player to hit 300 caps. With 129 international goals, the native of Wilton, Conn., is the second all-time leading scorer in U.S. and world history, and the all-time leader in minutes played.

Entering 2007, she had played in 85-percent of the games the U.S. women had ever played. Her 98 career assists are second only to Mia Hamm. Lilly was voted U.S. Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year in 1993, 2005 and 2006, and she was second in voting for the 2006 FIFA World Player of the Year.  She is the only woman to appear in all five FIFA Women’s World Cups.

Lilly took the majority of 2008 off from soccer due to the birth of her first daughter, Sidney, in June. She returned to the National Team for a pair of matches in December against China.

As a 20-year-old, she was a member of the U.S. team that won the title at the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup in China in 1991. During the famous 1999 World Cup triumph, Lilly made one of the biggest plays in U.S. history when she cleared a Chinese shot off the goal line with her head in sudden-death overtime of the final. She then went on to nail the crucial third penalty kick against China in the final to put the USA ahead after China had failed to score on their third attempt.

A decorated player at collegiate women's soccer powerhouse North Carolina, Lilly helped lead the Tar Heels to four NCAA title and was named to Soccer America’s College Team of the Decade for the 1990s. She was the Hermann Trophy winner in 1991 and a finalist in 1992.

The Boston Breakers, one of seven WPS teams, will open its inaugural season in April and continue through August. The team will play its home matches at Harvard Stadium

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Re: Boston Breakers
« Reply #28 on: March 09, 2009, 11:44:59 AM »
Lilly, Cooper Spark Breakers to 2-0 Scrimmage Win Over UConn
Friday, March 06, 2009
by Boston Breakers

Storrs, Connecticut - The Boston Breakers received goals from Brittany Cooper and Kristine Lilly in a 2-0 victory over the University of Connecticut Friday morning in Storrs, Conn., in the Breakers’ first-ever scrimmage as a Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) squad.

Cooper put the Breakers in front in the 54th minute from a shot toward the left side of the penalty area that beat the Huskies’ keeper to the near post from 20 yards out. Lilly then capped the scoring in the 82nd minute with a skillful one-time shot off a cross from the right side that found the lower right corner of the goal.

Kristin Luckenbill played the full 90 minutes in goal for the Breakers, making two saves. The Breakers peppered the Husky goal with 17 shots over the three 30-minute periods, while enjoying a comfortable edge in possession. Defender Amy LePeilbet made several key defensive stops in 1-on-1 situations, while defender Nancy Augustyniak Goffi and Lilly each did well to organize the defense and attack, respectively.

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Alex Scott and Kelly Smith....will meet the team in Florida next week
« Reply #29 on: March 11, 2009, 11:03:14 PM »
Boston Breakers Preseason Update - March 11

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 By: Boston Breakers

Westwood, Mass. (March 11, 2009) – The Boston Breakers played their second preseason scrimmage this afternoon, defeating Boston College, 6-1.  Forward Kelly Schmedes led the way with three goals for the Breakers. Kristine Lilly added a goal and assist, while Sophia Mundy had a pair assists.

The Breakers, who are now 2-0 in the preseason after last week’s 2-0 win at UConn, got off to a 4-0 lead at halftime and outshot the Eagles 19-9 in the match. All 17 field players present in camp saw action in the game.

Boston has two more days of training this week before leaving on an eight-day training trip to South Florida.

Breakers Notes

Roster Taking Shape
The Breakers will have their first set of league-mandated cuts on Friday, cutting down from 29 players (22 in camp plus seven either injured or on national team duty) to a maximum of 24 in camp.  The team released four players on Monday, Caitlin Fisher, Mary Frances Monroe, Ashley Nick and Cortney Sobrero.

The team’s opening day roster of 18 players plus four developmental players will be announced on March 25.

Across the Pond
While the majority of the team is battling it out in preseason training in Boston, six players have yet to see the pitch with the Breakers as they have been over in Europe with their respective national teams.  Angela Hucles, Heather Mitts and Amy Rodriguez are with the U.S. National Team in Portugal for the Algarve Cup. Meanwhile, Alex Scott and Kelly Smith of England, as well as Canada’s Candace Chapman have been playing in the Cyprus Women’s Cup.

All six players will meet the team in Florida next week to resume preseason training. Brazilian forward Fabiana, meanwhile, is rehabbing a knee injury back in Brazil and has not reported to camp yet.

25th to the Century Mark
Defender Heather Mitts became the 25th American woman to reach 100 career international caps (national team appearances) when she started in today’s championship match at the Algarve Cup. The Americans fell to Sweden, 4-3, on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s final.

Opponents Today, Teammates Tomorrow
Canada and England have each won their respective groups at the Cyprus Women’s Cup and will meet in Thursday’s championship match; meaning Alex Scott and Kelly Smith (England) will be opposing Candace Chapman (Canada). The three will all arrive as teammates for the Breakers just days later in Florida.

Sunshine State Scrimmages
The Breakers will take part in a pair of scrimmages while in South Florida next week.  Boston will see its first WPS opponent when they take on the Chicago Red Stars next Wednesday, followed by a contest against the University of Florida next Friday.  The Breakers have two Gator alums on their roster in Heather Mitts and Stacy Bishop.

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Re: Boston Breakers
« Reply #30 on: March 14, 2009, 01:48:02 AM »
Boston Breakers Announce Roster Updates and Additional Player Signings
Friday, March 13, 2009
by Boston Breakers

Westwood, Massachusetts – The Boston Breakers and head coach Tony DiCicco released their latest 25-player pre-season roster today, following two sets of cuts this week.

In addition, it was announced that four players currently in camp, defenders Nancy Augustyniak Goffi, Amy LePeilbet and Sue Weber, along with goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill, have each signed with the Breakers. Terms of the deals were not disclosed per team policy.
 
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) mandates that teams must announce roster cuts down to 24 players (in camp at any one time) by Monday. In addition to the 24 players the Breakers have in camp, the team also has Brazilian forward Fabiana on the roster, although she is not currently with the team due to injury and does not count toward this pre-season roster requirement.

Boston will have to make a final cut down to 18, plus four developmental players, upon returning from an eight-day training session in Ft. Lauderdale on March 22. The team’s opening day roster must be finalized and announced with the same numbers by March 25.

Joining the team in Florida will be six players who have been competing with their national teams in Europe throughout pre-season training. U.S. National Team stars Angela Hucles, Heather Mitts and Amy Rodriguez helped lead the Americans to a second-place showing at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. England’s Kelly Smith and Alex Scott won the Cyprus Women’s Cup by defeating Canada and Candace Chapman in yesterday’s championship match. Smith scored the game-winning goal in the final for England.

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The roster cuts are bound to lead to a lot of broken dreams, although I suppose it's possible the players could still end up playing for the Aztecs in the WPSL or as developmental players. The players cut so far have come from the locally invitees or from amongst those picked in the January general draft.

First cut - Caitlin Fisher, Mary Frances Monroe, Ashley Nick and Cortney Sobrero.

Second cut - Marisa Brown, Jaimel Johnson (featured in Reply 14 on this thread), Marisha Schumaker Hodge and Lindsay Vera.

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« Reply #31 on: March 15, 2009, 11:14:36 AM »
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England’s Kelly Smith and Alex Scott won the Cyprus Women’s Cup by defeating Canada and Candace Chapman in yesterday’s championship match. Smith scored the game-winning goal in the final for England.


....makes it sound like they won the match all by themselves?! no need for the other 9 players. I would have thought Fara's goal was the winning one as it was the last?!  :-\ but then the American's probably don't know who she is; best to keep it that way  ;D

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« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2009, 12:42:51 PM »
Breakers, Red Stars Battle to 1-1 Draw in Florida Scrimmage
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
by Boston Breakers

Lauderhill, Florida - March 18, 2009

Boston forward Amy Rodriguez cancelled out a Karen Carney opener for Chicago as the Breakers and Red Stars drew, 1-1, Wednesday afternoon in a rain-filled WPS scrimmage at the Lauderhill Sports Complex in Lauderhill, Fla.

Carney, a forward with the English National Team, opened the scoring in the 17th minute from a crossing position on the right side just beyond the penalty area. Instead of crossing, Carney’s shot was chipped just beyond the reach of Boston goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill and into the top left corner of the goal.

The Breakers soon began to pressure the Red Star goal and were rewarded in the 36th minute as Rodriguez found the back of the net after sliding onto a loose ball in the box about six yards in front of goal. Abby Crumpton had just had her shot beat Chicago goalkeeper Caroline Jönsson, only to see it cleared off the line by a Chicago defender – creating the loose ball which Rodriguez pounced on.

It was the second shot in a matter of minutes in which a Red Stars defender was forced to make a saving block.  Rodriguez split the defense with a through ball onto the path of Kristine Lilly, who then ran into the box and beat Jönsson, but her shot heading to the lower far corner was blocked by Chicago defender Heather Garriock.

Each team had a handful of chances the rest of the way as the teams played three 45-minute halves. The majority of the starters played at least 60 minutes before being subbed.

Lilly nearly had a second when her 64th-minute effort from a ball left off by Christine Latham in front of the penalty area ended up hitting the lower right post.  Two minutes later, Chicago midfielder Megan Rapinoe just missed to the far right post for the Red Stars.

During the third 45-minute period, Boston’s best chance came in the form of a free kick from Brittany Cooper from thirty yards out that forced a diving save from Chicago’s Lydia Williams in the 103rd minute. The Red Stars came close on a free kick from the right side of the penalty area in the 110th minute in which Michelle Wenino’s header missed wide of the far right post.

The Breakers will have one more scrimmage while in Florida on Saturday against the University of Florida.

The Boston Breakers, one of seven WPS teams, will open its inaugural season on April 5 at FC Gold Pride, followed by the team’s home opener April 11 versus Saint Louis Athletica at 7 p.m. The team will play its home matches at Harvard Stadium.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid10132.aspx?team=boston
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Re: Boston Breakers
« Reply #33 on: March 26, 2009, 01:24:57 PM »
Boston Breakers Announce Final Opening Day Roster
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
by Boston Breakers

Westwood, Massachusetts - March 25, 2009

The Boston Breakers and head coach Tony DiCicco released the team’s final opening day roster today, following three-plus weeks of preseason camp. Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) mandates that teams must announce their final opening day roster of 18 full-time players, plus four developmental players by today.

The Breakers’ roster features all-time international caps (appearances) leader Kristine Lilly, along with three members of the 2008 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team; Angela Hucles, Heather Mitts and Amy Rodriguez. In addition, Boston has five international players that have or currently feature regularly for their country’s national team, including 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year runner-up, Kelly Smith of England.

The Boston Breakers, one of seven WPS teams, will open its inaugural season on April 5 at FC Gold Pride, followed by the team’s home opener April 11 versus Saint Louis Athletica at 7 p.m. The team will play its home matches at Harvard Stadium, and single-game, group and season tickets are now on sale for the 2009 season. For package details and a seating chart, visit www.bostonbreakers.com.

Boston Breakers Opening Day Roster, with squad numbers, position and last club

25       Nancy Augustyniak Goffi - Defender -  FC Indiana Lionesses
  4       Stacy Bishop - Midfield - Tampa Bay Hellenic
  9       Candace Chapman (Canada) - Defender - Vancouver Whitecaps
15       Fabiana (Brazil) - Forward - Corinthians (Brazil)
16       Angela Hucles - Midfield/Forward - Boston Breakers (WUSA)
  7       Christine Latham (Canada) - Forward - Atlanta Silverbacks
  6       Amy LePeilbet - Defender - Pali Blues
13       Kristine Lilly - Midfield/Forward - Boston Breakers (WUSA)
18       Allison Lipsher - Goalkeeper - Ajax America
  1       Kristin Luckenbill - Goalkeeper - FC Indiana Lionesses
  2       Heather Mitts - Defender - Philadelphia Charge (WUSA)
17       Kacey Moore - Defender
19       Jennifer Nobis - Forward - Umeå Södra (Sweden)
  8       Amy Rodriguez - Forward
  3       Kelly Schmedes - Forward - Charlotte Lady Eagles
22       Alex Scott (England) - Defender - Arsenal
10       Kelly Smith (England) - Forward/Midfield - Arsenal
20       Sue Weber - Defender - Long Island Rough Riders
 

* = Developmental Players
14       Abby Crumpton - Forward/Defender - Charlotte Lady Eagles
23       Ariel Harris - Defender
24       Ashley Phillips - Goalkeeper - Atlanta Silverbacks
  5      Maggie Tomecka - Midfield - Soccerplus Connecticut

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid10494.aspx?team=boston
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« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2009, 04:57:21 AM »
:D That's a great pic of Alex! She looks like she is about to attack the reporter!!

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« Reply #36 on: April 06, 2009, 01:20:04 AM »
Breakes lose 2-1 at Gold Pride in their opener but played really well and deserved a draw at least.

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« Reply #37 on: April 06, 2009, 02:06:35 AM »
Breakes lose 2-1 at Gold Pride in their opener but played really well and deserved a draw at least.

Yes, they did. Tiff Milbrett's goal was completely by chance, really. Luckenbill should have grabbed up the ball, but the right side defense was weak all game. That's the side Gold Pride always seemed to find too much room on. They never seemed to go at Alex Scott on the left, and her passes to Kelly Smith were always precise. Kelly was all over the place fighting for balls, possession, and almost fighting with the Gold Pride's midfield. She was getting fierce! ;D

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« Reply #38 on: April 06, 2009, 04:39:43 AM »
Breakes lose 2-1 at Gold Pride in their opener but played really well and deserved a draw at least.

Yes, they did. Tiff Milbrett's goal was completely by chance, really. Luckenbill should have grabbed up the ball, but the right side defense was weak all game. That's the side Gold Pride always seemed to find too much room on. They never seemed to go at Alex Scott on the left, and her passes to Kelly Smith were always precise. Kelly was all over the place fighting for balls, possession, and almost fighting with the Gold Pride's midfield. She was getting fierce! ;D
Strange to play Alex out of position, I don't remember her ever play there for Arsenal or England

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« Reply #39 on: April 06, 2009, 11:29:03 AM »
Kelly was all over the place fighting for balls, possession, and almost fighting with the Gold Pride's midfield. She was getting fierce! ;D



Kelly was getting 'fierce' because the player from gold pride had her hands all over her and the ref completely missed it. I half expected the reaction from Kelly; its great to see her playing with such passion.

I thought Alex didn't look comfortable at times. They were much better once the subs came on, seemed to free Kelly into a more natural position for her.

Interesting game though.
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