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Title: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on October 01, 2008, 03:01:49 PM
Boston Strikes Gold: Hucles, Lilly and Mitts to Play for Breakers
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
by Boston Breakers

BOSTON (Sept. 16, 2008) - The Boston Breakers were allocated U.S. Women's National Team standouts Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly and Heather Mitts, it was announced Tuesday afternoon by Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Commissioner Tonya Antonucci along with WPS part-owner and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash during a ceremony at the Sports Museum of America in Manhattan.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have Angela and Kristine return to the Boston Breakers, and also to welcome Heather to our team," said Breakers President and General Manager Joe Cummings. "We are fortunate to have been allocated three players of such high quality. They will provide our coaching staff an excellent base to build our team around."

Hucles and Mitts were each starters for the U.S. Olympic Team and won their second-consecutive gold medals last month at the Beijing Games, a tournament Lilly - a two-time gold medalist herself in 1996 and 2004 - missed due to the birth of her daughter, Sidney Marie, on July 22. After having played for the Boston Breakers of the former pro league, the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), both Hucles and Lilly chose to remain in the Boston area.

“I am delighted with our allocation,” said Boston head coach Tony DiCicco, who coached the U.S. to the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup championship. “We not only have three outstanding players but they are amazing people and role models.

“Kristine is a legend in the game and it is a thrill to be coaching her again. Her leadership and inspiration will excite and energize her teammates. Heather will anchor our defense. She has excellent speed and was very impressive as part of the defensive unit that shut out Brazil in the Gold Medal game last month. Angela was the leading scorer for the USA in their Gold Medal run. She has great versatility as a player being able to play a number of positions and is very experienced.

“This is a great start for the Boston Breakers.”


Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on October 01, 2008, 03:10:06 PM
Breakers build beginning of a family
Friday, September 19, 2008
by Dan Lauletta, Womensprosoccer.com

When Tony DiCicco vacated his post as head coach of the U.S. National Team following the 1999 Women’s World Cup, neither he nor Kristine Lilly figured they would ever be reunited as coach and player.  They figured wrong.

“Who knew,” said a laughing Lilly, her seven-week daughter Sidney in tow.  “I figured if I played long enough I would be reunited with someone.”

DiCicco also laughed at the question before turning serious when he said, “I know people are questioning whether she can get back (after taking a year off to have her baby).  Don’t count out Kristine Lilly.”

He may be onto something.  Not only is Lilly fully committed to playing in WPS, the longtime veteran of the National Team is not ready to hang up her Team USA Jersey either.

“I’m hoping to get a call-up,” she said.

Although they've worked together in an ESPN studio, Heather Mitts will be coached by Tony DiCicco for the first time when the Boston Breakers take the field in April 2009.A motivated Lilly bodes well for the Breakers, who were also allocated Angela Hucles and Heather Mitts, relative unknowns eight years ago who used the WUSA as a springboard to the National Team.  Neither of them though, made it in time to play for DiCicco.

“I have not played for Tony,” said Hucles, who like Lilly was a regular starter during the Breakers’ three-year tenure in the WUSA.  “I played for him one time in camp when I got called up in 1997.  That was my only experience having Tony as a coach.  It was great then and obviously I look forward to playing for him.”

Mitts has never even been to camp with DiCicco, but they teamed up as studio analysts during ESPN’s coverage of the 2007 Women’s World Cup.

“I kind of was joking to him last year when we were doing the TV stuff calling him coach and saying I’d love to play in Boston,” she said.  “I’m really looking forward to it.”

The chance to play for DiCicco was one of many factors that led Mitts to put Boston on her list of preferences for a WPS destination.

“When I think about all the components of where I want to go and be happiest, Boston was one of those places,” she said.  “It’s an amazing city.  It’s an even more amazing sports town.  I was lucky enough to play in Philadelphia (for the WUSA’s Charge) where the fans really embraced us.  I know that Beantown is going to be that town for me as well.

“Obviously the team was there before and the reception was great.  Everything goes into it.  Everything about it is positive in my eyes.”

Hucles was less sure about Boston than Mitts when she was drafted by the Breakers at the dawn of the WUSA.  But in her three years playing there she fell in love with the city and has made it her home since that league folded five years ago.

“Boston has been my home for the last six, seven years now,” she said. “I’m very thrilled.  It’s just a great day right now.  It’s nice to see that this is coming together.”

Their affinity for Boston aside, the three newest Breakers are some of the best soccer players around.

“We have a playing legend,” DiCicco said of Lilly.  “Great leader.  Great player.  Angela Hucles I think is playing the best soccer of her life.  She has a great following in greater Boston.  She has great versatility on the field.  She can get forward and score goals.  She can also play in the midfield and set them up.  Heather Mitts is one of the best athletes in the soccer world.  She’ll be an anchor for us on defense.  All three are just quality people too.”

As Mitts put it, “Hopefully they can score goals and I can keep the other teams from scoring.”

If DiCicco has anything close to the same affect he had on the National Team, the results figure to be promising.

“What Tony did with the (national) team was put together a team that was more like a family,” Lilly recounted.  “Players knew their roles.  Even if you were a reserve, you knew what your role was.  He brought a team together and created a family atmosphere that won.”

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on October 01, 2008, 03:59:51 PM
Boston Head Coach Tony DiCicco Targets Attacking Flair in WPS International Draft
Friday, September 26, 2008
by Boston Breakers

Breakers Seek to Add English Superstar, Pair of Brazilians and another Japanese Athlete to Boston Sports Scene

BOSTON (September 24, 2008) – The Boston Breakers took an offensive-minded approach to Wednesday afternoon's Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) International Draft.  The Breakers were officially assigned the WPS-playing rights to world-class stars Kelly Smith (midfield) of England, Brazilians Fabiana (forward) and Maycon (midfield), and Japan's Shinobu Ohno (forward).

"This is a pretty exciting draft for us," said Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco.  "Our goal was to zero in on the attacking personalities.  We think we will sign all four, but we are also prepared for some of the challenges that will come up in our negotiations with their current clubs and their agents."

Smith, who has 71 caps (appearances) and 27 goals with the English National Team, was the only England player in the former women's pro league in America when she was a member of the Philadelphia Charge (WUSA), along with current Boston Breaker Heather Mitts.  Widely considered one of the top players in the world, Smith was the Breakers' first round selection (third overall).

"Kelly Smith is one of the greatest players in the world," said DiCicco.  "I am hoping we can bring her flair, range of play and scoring ability, which would complement our team well."

Fabiana and Maycon each played on Brazil's silver medal winning Olympic Team this past summer in Beijing.  Fabiana, an up-and-coming forward, came off the bench in both Brazil's semifinal and final matches against Germany and the United States, respectively.  She scored a pair of goals during the 2006FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.  Maycon, a veteran of three FIFA World Cup and Olympic tournaments each, known for her speed and dribbling ability.

"Fabiana is very fast and fits that quick Brazilian mold with lot of flair," said DiCicco.  "She is young and will be fun for fans to watch develop.

"Maycon has a lot of experience and has wonderful consistency.  She has very little drop-off during the 90 minutes, much like (current Boston Breaker) Kristine Lilly whom I'm sure would appreciate that.  She is very versatile with the ability to play centrally or out wide."

Ohno has the chance to join popular Boston Red Sox pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima as another professional athlete from Japan playing in Boston.  American fans may recall the 24-year old forward opened the scoring in this summer's Olympic semifinal match against the United States with a goal in the 17th minute, her second tally of the tournament (the U.S. would come back to win 4-2 en route to the gold medal).

"Ohno is one of the exciting young Japanese players," said DiCicco.  "She is a wonderful possession player; quick and technical who can create and score.  She would fit in nicely."


Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on October 13, 2008, 07:40:26 PM
Full Circle: Angela Hucles returns to Breakers at home and on top of the world
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
by Colleen Garlick, Boston Breakers

The U.S. Women’s National Team has produced many “Golden Girls” in the past. Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain and countless others have all made their marks on the U.S. and world soccer scenes. Now, a new generation of skilled Americans are making a name for themselves on the world stage, and Angela Hucles is one of them.

Hucles, along with fellow original Boston Breaker Lilly and Heather Mitts, was one of three U.S. National Team players to be allocated to Boston on Sept. 16. Hucles had a blossoming career ahead of her prior to her initial stint in Boston right out of college, and she has fulfilled a lot of that promising talent in the years since.

At age six, the Virginia Beach-native joined her first soccer squad due to her distaste for her neighborhood swim team. Sleeping in and early morning cartoons were more important to Hucles than diving into a cold pool at 7:00 in the morning.

“My mom asked me what sport I wanted to be involved in, and I had to do something so I chose swimming,” recalls Hucles. “I loved being in the water and I thought that would be a fun thing to do. Then the meets we would have I would only get to participate in 30 seconds and I had to be there all day. So for me it really wasn’t that gratifying and satisfying to do swimming.”

Hucles moved onto soccer after her attempt at swimming. She attended Norfolk (Va.) Academy, where she was the all-time leading scorer with 204 goals and 106 assists. Hucles was also selected for the Parade and NSCAA All-American teams in 1995, and was a two time All-State and All-Regional selection in 1994 and 1995.

After her successful time at Norfolk Academy, Hucles went on to attend the University of Virginia where she played for former U.S. National Team coach April Heinrichs.  Hucles verbally committed to UVA while Heinrichs was in the process of being hired.

“I had a great experience with her [April Heinrichs] for those four years at UVA,” said Hucles. “During my four years we were ranked as high as second in the country and went to the NCAA tournament every year.”

During her time at Virginia, Hucles was a four-time First-Team All-ACC selection and was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy (considered the top individual honor in collegiate soccer) in 1999. She still holds Cavalier records as the school's all-time leader in goals (59), points (138) and game-winning goals (19).

Hucles' international experience began with the U-20 national team in 1997. She received her first cap with the U.S. Women’s National Team against Finland in 2002, and scored her first international goal against Costa Rica on November 6 that year. She was a member of the 2004 Olympic team who won the gold medal, as well as the 2007 World Cup squad.

Hucles' greatest international accomplishments, however, were made this past summer at the Beijing Olympics. Starting every match and leading the team in goals, Hucles proved to be a dominant force throughout the tournament. After a tough loss to Norway in the first round, the world marveled at the American women as they would go on to beat the talented Brazilian team, 1-0, in an action-packed gold medal match.

Going into extra time proved to be a battle of will for both the Americans and Brazil. “We were going to do whatever it took to make our team successful, whether it was stopping goals, or scoring goals, running the extra length of the field just to support your teammate," noted Hucles. "I think that’s what we were reminding ourselves in that moment when we knew we only had two halves of 15 minutes more to play in the Olympic final.”

Despite all her world travel and training, Hucles still finds time to give back to the community. She is a spokeswoman for the America SCORES New England program, which strives to empower students in urban communities using soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning, while inspiring youth to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their communities.

Hucles also volunteers for CityKicks. CityKicks is a Boston organization that provides opportunities for school age girls to participate in an after-school soccer program.

“With both of these organizations I feel that soccer has given me so many different opportunities in my life and I have met so many amazing people through it that I want to be able to share some of the enjoyment I have had with soccer with other kids and the community,” said Hucles.

Whenever Hucles gets a break after months of playing and being on the road, she comes back to Boston to unwind.

“I like to hang out with my friends or get back to shows that I have on TIVO. I watch HGTV religiously, all the programs on there.”

Hucles never really left Boston after the end of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2003. Perhaps it is because she has such fond memories of the city. And perhaps it is because she enjoyed a successful run of form on the pitch for the Breakers from 2001-03, which helped her jump into the national team picture.

In 2001, Hucles was chosen in the 12th round (93rd pick overall) by Boston in the WUSA inaugural draft. Hucles played in all 21 games (starting 19) in the Breakers' first year and posted two goals for the season.  She even scored the first goal in team history during a preseason match against Duke University.

Hucles had her most successful season with the Breakers in 2003. She started all 17 games, and had one goal and four assists to help the Breakers achieve their first appearance in the WUSA playoffs. Hucles garnered All-WUSA second-team accolades as a result of her play that season.

Backed by her success as a former Breaker and as a current national team star, Hucles is looking forward to the debut of the new Boston Breakers in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) in April, 2009.

“Boston is my home now, I had a great experience with the Breakers all three years, the league was phenomenal, and I was very fortunate to be a part of it,” explains Hucles. “Knowing that and being able to be a part of this new league is what makes me excited. Being able to be a part of the Breakers again is an honor as well because I knew what it was to be a Boston Breaker, and I expect nothing less from the organization.”

In the spring of 2009, seeing Hucles in a Breakers uniform will be a welcomed sight for Boston fans as she takes to the field at Harvard Stadium to continue her successful history of soccer greatness.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on October 13, 2008, 07:48:48 PM
Boston Shores Up Defense During WPS General Draft
Monday, October 06, 2008
by Boston Breakers

Breakers Add Two Central Defenders, W-League Defender of Year and 2004 Gold Medalist Keeper

BOSTON (October 6, 2008) – After loading up on several attacking players through the first stages of assembling his team, Boston Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco picked out three standout defenders and an accomplished goalkeeper during Monday’s Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) General Draft.

Boston selected defender Amy LePeilbet with its first round pick (fourth overall), followed by defender Nancy Augustyniak Goffi in the second round (11th overall), defender Sue Weber in the third round (18th) and goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill in the fourth round (25th).

“I feel very good about today’s draft,” said DiCicco. “Our goal was to solidify our defense and we did just that.”

LePeilbet played for USL W-League champions Pali Blues Soccer Club this past year. She was named the MVP of the title game after scoring the game-winning goal against, ironically, Luckenbill, who was the goalkeeper for FC Indiana in that game. LePeilbet was an All-American at Arizona State University and never missed a start in 74 matches from 2000-2003.

“Amy is a tough, athletic and smart defender who is also very good on the ball,” said DiCicco. “She is in the women’s national team pool and some close to the team said she would have made the Olympic team if she didn’t suffer an injury which kept her from consideration.”

Augustyniak Goffi, who also has ties to the Sun Devils having served as an assistant coach at Arizona State the past two years, is no stranger to pro soccer in the United States after playing for the Atlanta Beat, along with twin sister Julie, in the WUSA from 2001-03. She played for the Arizona Rush of the WPSL this past summer after stints with FC Indiana, FFC Turbine Potsdam (Germany) and WFL Wolfsburg (Germany).  Prior to playing for the Beat, she was an All-American at Clemson University.

“Nancy has world-class speed, is a very smart defender and does not get beat,” said DiCicco. “She is experienced and can play centrally or out wide.”

Weber was named the W-League Defender of the Year in Aug. after a strong season with the Long Island Rough Riders, in which she anchored a defense that allowed just seven goals in 14 matches. Weber was a two-time All-American at Hofstra University, where she recently had her number (#20) retired.

“Sue is a young, versatile player with wonderful upside to her game,” said DiCicco. “I think with some exposure from this league, she is someone that can get some looks by the full national team.”

Luckenbill was an Olympic gold medalist in 2004 and trained with this year’s Olympic team. She was named the WUSA Goalkeeper of the Year in 2002 after helping the Carolina Courage to the league championship. She has 14 international caps and was a three-time All-American at Dartmouth College.

“Kristin is an experienced goalkeeper who brings a championship pedigree to the Breakers,” said DiCicco. “No team will win in this league without an exceptional goalkeeper, and Kristin gives us that.”

This afternoon’s draft consisted of four rounds of selections of international and domestic players for all seven WPS teams. The order was established based on a lottery done at the Board of Governors meeting on Sept. 15, 2008, prior to the U.S. National Team allocation on Sept. 17. The order was 1-7, 7-1, 1-7, 7-1. The WPS General Draft was open to both domestic and international players.

WPS will conduct one more draft in January following two December combines for both undrafted domestic players and players who will have just completed their NCAA eligibility.

The Boston Breakers inaugural twenty-one game season (with 10 or 11 home games) will open in April of 2009 and continue through August. The team recently announced Harvard Stadium as its home venue.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on October 14, 2008, 10:39:35 AM
The WPS October general draft results are on the main league thread but have been followed by some comment on the choices made by the seven teams.

Comment on the Boston Breakers' choices was as follows:-

Boston Breakers

Picks: Amy LePeilbet, Nancy Augustyniak Goffi, Sue Weber, Kristin Luckenbill

Unlike the roads in and around the city the team will call home, the route the Breakers plan to navigate toward championship contention looks pretty intuitive.

Holding down the pivot spot in the middle of each round on Monday, the Breakers stuck with their theme of experience in tabbing defenders Amy LePeilbet and Nancy Augustyniak Goffi with their first two picks. The former Arizona State star and current Arizona State assistant coach, respectively, are proven commodities at the game's top level – Augustyniak Goffi in multiple WUSA seasons with the Atlanta Beat and LePeilbet in multiple appearances for the National Team in the run-up to the last World Cup-Olympic cycle.

Just about all of the Breakers initial moves prior to Monday had been geared toward the attack, but teaming up two veteran defenders like Augustyniak Goffi and LePeilbet instantly lends depth to the back line. And in third-round pick Sue Weber, the Breakers landed a young defender who could anchor things down the road – if she doesn't win regular minutes from the outset, either opposite Heather Mitts or in the middle. Not that the picks were without offensive benefit – stabilizing the defense should free Mitts to roam forward in support of Kristine Lilly, Angela Hucles, Kelly Smith and others.

After Sky Blue FC and Los Angeles filled needs at keeper in the opening round, fourth-round pick Kristin Luckenbill was an excellent value pick to pair with Irish international Emma Byrne, whose rights the Breakers hold.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: smithy on October 14, 2008, 01:03:07 PM
If they get all the players they want they will have a pretty impressive team.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on October 15, 2008, 12:08:06 PM
The squad compilation is more than a bit different from the usual scenario familiar to the Scandinavian and English fans. It's all very centrally controlled by the League.

First came the America WNT picks, then the international draft for WPS negotiation rights with overseas players. The next pre-announced phase of the WPS team squad was to be the general draft. But before that the new WPS League squeezed in a series of announcements on post-draft discovery players - basically an additional set of negotiation rights for foreign internationals. This was less well publicised by press releases etc.

However, as the Meadow Park faithful are already well aware, at the end of September, the Breakers announced Emma Byrne, the Arsenal and Eire goalie, as a discovery player for their franchise and have been assigned the WPS negotiation rights to try to secure Emma as one of their squad.

If they get all the players they want they will have a pretty impressive team.

I'm sure you're right. All of the seven squads being assembled already look top drawer if they all decide to sign up. I don't know much about the two Brazilians in the Breakers selection compared to some of their national team colleagues or of the Japanese forward. It's only in the limited TV coverage of the World Cup and Olympics that most of us get to know these players and, even then, I only caught a few of the games.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on October 16, 2008, 01:06:24 AM
On 10th October the Breakers acquired a further post-draft international discovery option from WPS for Canadian international forward Christine Latham.

Christine played last season for the Atlanta Silverbacks in the W-League.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on November 05, 2008, 12:09:41 PM
Victory tour brings the Breakers’ Mitts home to Cincinnati
Monday, November 03, 2008
by Dan Lauletta, womensprosocer.com

Discussions of the most prominent soccer cities in the country are not likely to include Cincinnati, but for one night at least, that will change when the U.S. Women’s National Team plays South Korea at Paul Brown Stadium on Wednesday evening.  The friendly is part of the Achieve Your Gold Tour following the United States’ second consecutive Olympic Gold medal.  For stalwart defender Heather Mitts the match is a rare opportunity to play in front of her hometown fans.

“The only time we ever go (to Cincinnati) to play is on the victory tour,” said Mitts, who was allocated to the Boston Breakers earlier this fall.  “Obviously a lot of good comes out of winning, but being able to go home and play in front of my family and friends is a great, great opportunity.  I’m really looking forward to it.”

The last victory tour followed the gold medal in 2004, and it was October 10 of that year when Mitts played all 90 minutes in a one-sided, 6-0 trouncing of New Zealand.  The game drew 18,806 to Paul Brown Stadium, the third largest crowd to watch the team that year, yet so far it is the only time Mitts has ever played a major soccer game in the Cincinnati area.

“Last time we played there it was great,” she said.  “They were hooting and hollering the whole time.  It was a lot of fun.”

This time around might be even more exciting for Mitts, who is reaping the benefits of a more relaxed schedule this fall than the one following the 2004 Olympics.

“The last victory tour we won, and then we had all the games right after; it was like boom, boom, boom,” she said.  “By the very end we were just so ready to go home and take a break and be away from soccer.  This time I took a full month off.  When I started to train again, I was so excited to be back and playing.”

The match at Paul Brown Stadium will be the second of three straight for the United States against South Korea.  Angela Hucles, Heather O’Reilly, and Lindsay Tarpley scored in a 3-1 victory on Saturday in Richmond.  Next Saturday they will meet at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.  The Achieve Your Gold Tour concludes December 17 in Detroit with a match against China.

Between now and the China match, Mitts will make her first trip to Boston as a member of the Breakers.  She will be in town with teammates Angela Hucles and Kristine Lilly on Dec. 4-5 for a two-day promotional whirlwind during which Mitts will also be scoping out apartments for the 2009 season.

“We have two nights of fun stuff planned,” she said.  “I’m looking forward to finally getting to Boston and getting used to the town.”

The Breakers are still a work in progress, but from afar Mitts is pleased with the development of the team’s back line where she will be teamed up with some familiar faces.

“For the most part, I’m familiar with everybody on the team, which is really exciting for me,” said Mitts, who is primarily a right-sided defender.  “We have Nancy Augustyniak-Goffi who can play on the outside or in the middle.  Amy (LePeilbet) is in the middle.  And we also picked up Sue Weber, and she plays on the left.  So we have our back line pretty much taken care of.  Things are looking pretty nice.”

Mitts also has experience playing with and against goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill, who the Breakers selected in the General Draft.  And while she hasn’t played with Weber, she had high praise for Augustyniak-Goffi and LePeilbet.

“Nancy came in (to the National Team) along with a lot of other really great players that were just so close to making it and for whatever reason just didn’t,” Mitts said.  “But this will be another great opportunity for her to play in the league and maybe to get another shot with the National Team.

“Amy is one of the best defenders that I’ve ever played with on the National Team.  She’s just had a little bit of unfortunate luck with injuries.  She’s great in the air.  She’s really, really aggressive.  She’s great with the ball at her feet.  She’s a great ball-winner and she’s great one-v.-one.  Basically she’s the whole package.  She’s nails.  I love playing with her.”

As the only Cincinnatian ever to reach the heights of the National Team, Mitts is somewhat of an anomaly, but she hopes the Heather Mitts Soccer Camp, held each summer in her hometown, will show girls from the area that they too can make it to the big time.

“I guess I am (an anomaly) because I am the only one to ever come out of there to be on the National Team,” Mitts said.  “I feel like it’s a hot bed for soccer.  I wouldn’t have had the experience growing up there if it wouldn’t have been.  I’m surprised more players don’t come out of there.  That’s why I try to have my camp.  I want to show the girls that I came from there and I worked really hard and you can do it too.  So hopefully there will be more to come.”

Mitts’ entire family still lives in Cincinnati and as of late last week her personal ticket count for Wednesday’s match had reached 25.

“Every day we have some new additions,” she said.  “People keep coming out of the woodwork.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on November 08, 2008, 12:02:56 PM
Once in a “Blue” Moon Goal Sparks Former Sun Devil Defender’s Journey to Boston
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
by Colleen Garlick, Bostonbreakers.com

It was August 2nd, in Virginia Beach, Va., and Pali Blues was trailing FC Indiana, 1-0, late in the second half of the 2008 W-League Championship game. Undefeated in all their previous games, Pali Blues was hoping and searching for the night’s rescuer.

And so, she came.

With the number three on her back, defender Amy LePeilbet answered the call and gave her teammates some life. The 83rd minute was a pivotal moment for the Blues and LePeilbet. Heading home the equalizing goal, LePeilbet quickly became Pali Blues’ savior.   

“I am a defender so I never score,” explained an excited LePeilbet. “I haven’t scored since college, so I couldn’t believe it when I saw the ball go into the net.”

The game-saving goal was swiftly followed with the game-winner five minutes later by teammate and Italian international, Illaria Pasqui. LePeilbet would go on to claim the game’s MVP award.

Growing up in Crystal Lake, Ill., LePeilbet enjoyed outdoor activities and sports such as volleyball, in-line skating, bike-riding, softball, and track. Finally, in the second grade the soccer ball began rolling.

LePeilbet played for recreational town teams until she attended Prairie Ridge High School, graduating in 2000. During her high school career, LePeilbet was captain as well as a three-time all-conference and all-tournament team selection. She still holds school records to this day for career goals (53) and assists (37).

“I really enjoyed my high school experience,” said LePeilbet. “I played with all my friends, it was a good time.”

Besides scoring goals on the soccer field, LePeilbet also sunk shots in the basketball gym. Serving as captain, LePeilbet was named MVP and still stands as the single-season record holder with 137 assists and 86 steals.

However, despite her success in high tops, LePeilbet continued to lace up the cleats.

“I am somewhat short, so I didn’t have the best shot at playing basketball later in life,” laughs LePeilbet. “I just loved soccer, it was the sport for me. With basketball I didn’t like being cooped up in the gym. Soccer became my passion, and ultimately it was an easy decision for me.”

LePeilbet continued her success at Arizona State. As a Sun Devil, she was a three-time First-Team All-PAC 10 selection, in addition to earning NSCAA Second-Team All-West Region accolades as a senior.  She was also a two-time Academic All-American.

“My senior year was my favorite time there,” recalls LePeilbet. “Everything came together my senior year. The team was great, the coaches were amazing and I had an amazing time playing.”

With strong performances in high school and college, LePeilbet entered the international arena. During her time at Arizona State, LePeilbet played for the United States U-21 team in the 2002 and 2003 Nordic Cups. She led her team to two consecutive titles and played every minute in both tournaments.

In 2004, LePeilbet broke into the National Team squad playing in the Four Nations tournament, the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament and the Algarve Cup. The team defeated Canada, 2-0, in the Four Nations tournament, beat Norway, 4-1, in the Algarve Cup, and qualified for the Olympics. LePeilbet continued her success in 2005 starting in three of four matches played.

“The Four Nations Cup was my first time with the full national team, so it seemed a little surreal that I was even there,” said LePeilbet. “It was an amazing experience. The team was wonderful, supportive, and took me in. I was with some of the bests players in the world - it was that legendary team that made women’s soccer known. It was an unbelievable opportunity and I feel honored that I had the chance to play with all of them.”

In 2006, LePeilbet continued her international success playing again the Peace Cup, the Four Nations tournament and the Algarve Cup. Arguably her best season with the National Team, the hard-nosed defender played in 13 games with nine starts.

Sadly, her play was cut short at the end of the 2006 season due to a torn left ACL. In December, 2006, LePeilbet underwent ACL reconstruction surgery, and was forced to miss the entire 2007 season.

“Mentally it was a battle for me,” explains LePeilbet. “Finally when I started running, I started to be able to kick around the ball, then I got to play a little more, and finally I was released for full contact. I tried to play as much as I could so I felt comfortable again, because that was one of the biggest battles for me. Mentally I wasn’t comfortable out there, I was a little scared, a little tentative, but once I got over that I was back to my old self.”

LePeilbet certainly returned from her injury with gusto, and by the 2008 season she was once again training with the National Team in the opening camp.

LePeilbet’s success nationally and internationally made a mark on the Boston Breakers coaching staff. On October 6, LePeilbet was the Breakers first-round draft pick (4th overall) in the WPS General Draft.

Her trip to Beantown is scheduled.

“I am so excited to have this opportunity, I feel so privileged to play for such a great organization,” said LePeilbet. “I’ve never been to Boston before, so I am really excited to see the town.”

“Sweet Caroline” playing at Fenway Park, swans in Boston Commons, and lobster at Legal Sea Foods, awaits one of Boston’s newest professional athletes. In the meantime however, LePeilbet might be able to catch up on her favorite book series, Harry Potter, and continue to improve on her tennis swing, another game she recently picked up.

“I am really enjoying playing tennis,” said LePeilbet. “It’s a great outdoor activity which I love.”

As LePeilbet soaks up the last rays of sun at her home in California, the Breakers eagerly await her arrival as her solid defense and hard work will be of great benefit to Boston’s back line.

And after having scored that clutch goal to lift her team to glory this past summer, the Breakers are hoping this defender will give WPS opponents more reasons to be singing the Blues in 2009!

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on January 10, 2009, 01:04:46 AM
Boston Breakers Sign Canadian Forward Christine Latham
Friday, January 09, 2009
by Boston Breakers

Westwood, Mass. (January 8, 2009) – The Boston Breakers announced the signing of former Canadian National Team forward and WUSA Rookie of the Year Christine Latham to a multi-year contract this afternoon. Terms of the deal were not disclosed per team policy.

“I am ecstatic to become a part of such a well-known organization,” said Latham, who is the Breakers’ first international signing.  “I know from playing in the WUSA last time around that the Boston Breakers pride themselves on having and maintaining such a strong organization, so I look forward to contributing to the team this year and being a part of the Boston Breakers family.”

“We are delighted to bring in a player of Christine’s caliber and to have signed our first international player,” said Breakers President and General Manager Joe Cummings.  “She gives us a strong, physical presence up front and has a proven ability to score goals at the highest level.”

Latham is no stranger to American soccer.  The Calgary-native enjoyed a stellar career at the University of Nebraska from 1999-2002 where she was a three-time All-American and two-time Hermann Trophy (national player of the year award) finalist.  She remains the Huskers’ all-time leader in goals scored (69) and points (167).

After finishing her collegiate career, Latham went on to be named the WUSA’s top rookie while playing for the San Diego Spirit during the league’s final season in 2003.  She tallied six goals and three assists that year after being signed as a Discovery Player by the Spirit in February, 2003.

Latham has earned a total of 49 caps (appearances) with the Canadian National Team.  She started in her first appearance with the team in a 1-0 win over Korea on May 5, 2000, at the Nike Cup and scored her first international goal a month later in a 5-1 win over Japan.  She started all six matches for Canada at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, scoring a team-high three goals in the tournament.  She played the full 90 minutes in her most recent appearance, a 2-0 loss to the United States in a July 30, 2006, friendly.

Latham has continued to play in the United States over the past four years for a pair of W-League clubs.  She played for the New Jersey Wildcats in 2005, and captained the Atlanta Silverbacks from 2006-2008.  She was the leading scorer for the Silverbacks in 2007 with 10 goals and two assists, and ranked third in the league with 15 goals in 2008.

Title: Boston Makes Amy Rodriguez Top Pick at 2009 WPS Draft
Post by: shlj on January 17, 2009, 09:27:15 PM
 ST. LOUIS (January 16, 2009) – The Boston Breakers selected 2008 Gold Medalist and University of Southern California forward Amy Rodriguez with the first pick of the 2009 WPS Draft Friday at the NSCAA Convention in St. Louis.

Rodriguez, who is widely known as “A-Rod” in soccer circles, led USC to the 2007 NCAA National Title. She was the only draft-eligible player that was on the 2008 Gold Medal-winning U.S. Olympic Soccer Team. Her top moment in the Olympic Games came when she assisted on Carli Lloyd’s game-winning goal in USA’s 1-0 win over Brazil in the gold medal match.

In addition to the 10 players selected in today’s draft, the Breakers also acquired the WPS playing rights to England international defender Alex Scott via a trade with the Chicago Red Stars that was finalized on Thursday.  Boston sent its natural second round (14th pick overall) and fourth round (28th overall) picks to Chicago, in exchange for the Red Stars’ sixth (41st overall) and 10th round (69th overall) picks.  In order to stay under the league maximum of international player negotiating rights, the Breakers relinquished their rights to Brazilian international Maicon.

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 Season Ticket Memberships are on sale, beginning at $130. For package details and a seating chart, visit www.bostonbreakers.com.


Confirmation that Alex Scott's playing right have been traded to Boston  :'(
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on January 19, 2009, 12:21:30 AM
Breakers' Nobis shores up game
by Monique Walker, Boston Globe
January 17, 2009

For the last two years, forward Jenny Nobis has taken her soccer skills from the Midwest to Sweden. From March to October she lived overseas and learned the more technical side of soccer.
This year, Nobis will not have to pack for Europe.

Nobis was one of 10 players selected by the Boston Breakers yesterday in the Women's Professional Soccer draft in St. Louis. Nobis was taken in the fifth round with the 29th pick.

"It feels so great to be recognized a little bit in my own country," said Nobis, who grew up in Illinois. "And there are a lot of great players I played with in Sweden who are coming here to play."

Nobis, 24, played at Missouri from 2002-05 and said she gained much from her time playing for Umea Sodra.

"Sweden was probably the best experience that could have ever happened to me," Nobis said. "I was a very athletic player, and when I went to Sweden I had to build up my technical game."

Nobis is most excited about the talent the Breakers picked up. With the No. 1 overall pick, Boston took forward Amy Rodriguez, a Southern California standout and a member of the 2008 United States Olympic team. Rodriguez has had an extensive career with the US national team and helped the Trojans capture the program's first NCAA soccer championship in 2007. She assisted on the winning goal in the Olympics, a 1-0 overtime victory over Brazil.

"I don't think any other player came close to Amy Rodriguez for the first pick," Breakers coach Tony DiCicco said.

Seven teams took about five hours to select 70 players in the 10 rounds of the league's inaugural draft. The night before the draft, the Breakers traded their second- and fourth-round picks to the Chicago Red Stars for English defender Alex Scott and sixth- and 10th-round picks. To keep Scott, the Breakers had to give up their rights to Brazilian midfielder Maycon.

"We've got one side of the defense covered with Heather Mitts, but we wanted to make sure we had flexibility wide defensively," Breakers general manager Joe Cummings said. "Scott is the kind of player we probably wouldn't have found in the draft."

The Breakers also selected defender Kasey Moore in the third round, forward Kelly Schmedes and defender Ariel Harris in the sixth round, forward Lindsay Vera in the seventh round, midfielder Ashley Nick in the eighth round, midfielder Allison Martino in the ninth round, and midfielder Stacy Bishop and goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson in the final round.

The Breakers have a respected nucleus of midfielder Angela Hucles, midfielder/forward Kristine Lilly, and Mitts, each player allocated from the US women's national team. Hucles and Mitts started on the 2008 US Olympic team, and Lilly was a member of the 1996 and 2004 gold medal-winning US teams.

DiCicco said the next step is to let the players know his expectations for fitness by training camp, which begins March 1.

The final roster - 18 senior players and four developmental players - must be determined by March 25.

The Breakers play their first home game April 11 at 7 p.m. against Saint Louis Athletica at Harvard Stadium.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on January 26, 2009, 11:50:11 PM
Feels so good to be last for former CJ standout
by Sean McClelland
Staff Writer, Dayton Daily News, Dayton, Ohio

Saturday, January 24, 2009

With 69 of the 70 picks in last week's inaugural Women's Professional Soccer draft off the board, Jamiel Johnson was teamless but not hopeless.

"It was kind of a nail-biter," the Chaminade Julienne grad said. "Definitely a long wait."

It ended happily when the Boston Breakers, one of the new league's seven franchises, called to inform the University of Tennessee All-American goalkeeper they had chosen her last overall.

"It came down to me and another keeper," Johnson said from campus. "They chose me. ... It's like a dream come true."

Now, if only this league fares better than its forerunner.

The WPS sprouts from the rubble of the Women's United Soccer Association, which folded in 2003. Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash and Yahoo! President and COO Jeff Mallett are part owners, so hopes are high.

"It's a good time to be starting up," Johnson said. "There's so much excitement and support behind women's soccer. It's grown tons in the U.S."

Johnson moved with her family from South Carolina to Kettering while in elementary school. Doug Lehman, her coach at CJ, called her a "once-in-a-lifetime athlete," and she proved it this past season in leading the Volunteers to the NCAA tournament. She was named MVP of the Southeastern Conference tournament after allowing two goals and making 13 saves through three matches and stopping two penalty kicks in a semifinal shootout with LSU.

Johnson's toughness is the stuff of legend down south. After breaking her collarbone as a sophomore and having a plate and nine screws inserted, she came back three weeks earlier than expected to lead UT to the NCAA Sweet 16.

In Boston, she'll play for Tony DiCicco, the former coach of the U.S. women's national team. Kristine Lilly and Heather Mitts, veterans of that squad, are marquee names on the roster, which also includes No. 1 overall draft pick Amy Rodriguez from USC. Play starts March 29.

"It's going to be a very good team," said Johnson, who is on course to graduate with a degree in sports management. "I'm real excited."


Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Rach_83 on January 27, 2009, 01:48:30 PM
Call It a Comeback
with women's pro soccer ready to strike with a new league, Boston Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco, 60, believes that, this time, failure is not an option.

By Sheila Eldred - January 25, 2009

You've devoted your career almost exclusively to coaching women's soccer (most notably, the 1999 women's national team), and this spring you'll coach the Boston Breakers. Women generally play by the same rules on the field, but do men and women respond differently to coaching?

Guys are kind of blunt instruments. Guys don't even have to like each other that much and they'll be fine on the field. With women, that isn't going to work. Their relationships are so important that if you don't have them as a unit off the field, it's hard to get the maximum out of them on the field.

So you had to be a quick study in sport psychology?

If I say to the team something like, "Our fitness needs to get to the next level," they will all take that as "Oh, my God, he's talking to me." Guys would be going, "Yeah, that's right. I'm the only fit one here."

How do you stay in shape to keep up with all these fit women that you're coaching?

They inspire you. One of my players has this 13-minute ab thing, which is murder. I got to about eight minutes of it.

Can you score against your goalkeepers?

Yes, if we'd blindfold 'em, I'd probably have a pretty good chance.

You served as commissioner of the WUSA, which folded in 2003. What did you learn?

Everything from sponsorship to marketing to the competition side to creating a fan-friendly festive environment for games to trying to get butts in seats. We did a lot of things right, but we made a lot of mistakes as well.

Such as?

We spent too much money. The business plan was never right. But from an entertainment level, from a competitive level, from a player-development level, every team in three years made the playoffs; it was a different champion in every year; there were very few lopsided scores.

Is that why you think the new league will make it?

Yes. And American women soccer players play sports the way Americans think sports should be played: with tremendous commitment, with fitness, with finding ways to win fairly. Plus, they have this girl-next-door-type demographics.

The Breakers will be the only professional women's sport team in Massachusetts. Do you think Boston will take to an all-female team?

Boston was very close to making money last time. I think we can replicate what we did last time and average around 7,000 fans. I think business plans have a goal of 4,000, 5,000.

How many of the fans were screaming tweens?

It was great family entertainment. It wasn't incredibly expensive. It was easy. It was fun. I still think that is the core demographic.

Your youngest son, now 17, was 4 when you were preparing for the Olympics. Did growing up around the national team affect him?

He was at practice with me one day and Mia Hamm was injured, so she could not participate. Mia sat in the van with him and read him a book.

So she became his favorite player.

Of course. A year or two later, somebody asks him who his favorite player is, and he went, "Well, it's Mia Hamm, but now everybody's copied me." I think that's happened for this whole generation, where boys have looked at these girls and been able to use them as role models.

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/articles/2009/01/25/call_it_a_comeback/ (http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/articles/2009/01/25/call_it_a_comeback/)
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on February 04, 2009, 12:55:30 PM
This one's also on Alex's thread, thanks to early bird shlj

Breakers Come to Terms With England Defender Alex Scott
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
by Boston Breakers

Westwood, Massachusetts - The Boston Breakers announced the signing of English National Team defender Alex Scott to a multi-year contract this afternoon. Terms of the deals were not disclosed per team policy.  Scott becomes the second international player to sign with the Breakers, following Canada’s Christine Latham, whose signing was announced on Jan. 9.

“Alex is a great addition to our squad,” said Breakers President and General Manager Joe Cummings.  “She is a young defender who already has a wealth of international experience and can help build our attack from the right back position.”

A versatile player and mainstay on England’s backline with 43 caps (appearances) and eight goals in her international career, Scott was originally selected by the Chicago Red Stars as an international discovery player on Sept. 26. Her WPS playing rights were then traded to the Boston Breakers last month prior to the 2009 WPS Draft. In addition to Scott, the Breakers received Chicago’s sixth and 10th round draft picks, in exchange for Boston’s second and fourth round picks.

In 2007, Scott helped her club team, Arsenal Ladies, to the “quadruple” by winning the English Women’s Premier League, FA and League Cup, as well as the UEFA Women’s Cup (Europe’s top club competition). The defender notched the winning goal for the Gunners in Arsenal’s 1-0 aggregate win over a highly-touted Umeå IK (Sweden) team, then led by current-L.A. Sol and Brazil forward Marta, in the final of that UEFA Women’s Cup.

A supporter of Arsenal as a child, Scott began her pro career with the London club before moving to Birmingham City in 2004. She returned to Arsenal a year later and has since seen action for England in both the 2005 UEFA Women’s Euro Championship, as well as the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup – starting all of England’s matches in both competitions.

The Boston Breakers, one of seven WPS teams, will open its inaugural season in April, 2009, and continue through August. The team will play its home matches at Harvard Stadium.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on February 20, 2009, 02:32:17 AM
After all the posts and comments on the forum about Kelly's move to the States, the Breakers have finally made their formal announcement about her signing.

Boston Breakers Sign FIFA World Player of the Year Finalist Kelly Smith
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
by Boston Breakers

Westwood, Mass. (February 18, 2009) – The Boston Breakers announced the signing of England National Team forward Kelly Smith to a multi-year contract this afternoon. Terms of the deals were not disclosed per team policy.

"We are delighted to have signed such a world-class, creative attacking talent such as Kelly Smith," said Breakers President and General Manager Joe Cummings.  "Kelly has been playing at the top level for a long time, and I feel she will have a tremendous impact, not only on our team, but also the league."

Widely considered one of the top players in the world, Smith was the Breakers' first-round selection (second overall) during the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) International Draft on Sept. 24.  The English international has 76 caps (appearances) and 33 goals over the course of her 14-year career with the national team.

Smith had yet another terrific year in 2008. She was a finalist for the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award, the second time in her career she has finished in the top five (2006). She was also appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) this past summer in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to football.

In 2007, Smith helped lead her club team, Arsenal Ladies, to the "quadruple" by winning the English Women's Premier League, FA and League Cup, as well as the UEFA Women's Cup (Europe's top club competition). Later that summer, Smith was named to the FIFA Women's World Cup All-Tournament Team after scoring four goals in four matches en route to guiding England to the quarterfinals.

Smith was the only English player in the former women's pro league in America when she was a member of the Philadelphia Charge (WUSA) from 2001-03, and a teammate of current Boston Breaker Heather Mitts. She played collegiately in the U.S. for Seton Hall from 1997-99, and was the NCAA's leading scorer for two straight years.
Since returning home to play for Arsenal after eight years in the United States in 2005, Smith has tallied 100 goals in 112 appearances for the London club. Smith began her career with Arsenal during the 1995-96 season, and has played for the English National Team since she was 16 years old.

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

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on February 20, 2009, 03:06:11 PM
Now a mom, Lilly yearns to play again
by Chris Elsberry, Staff Writer, Connecticut Post

For Kristine Lilly, the new joys of motherhood have been amazing. Every day with her 6-month-old daughter, Sidney brings something new and exciting.

So much has happened and there is so much more to come, and Lilly is thrilled to be a part of each and every moment.

But lately, in the back of Lilly's mind, there have been these little tugs -- feelings of what she's put aside as memories of her past inch forward.

Come back, they whisper. Come back.

While Lilly celebrated the birth of Sidney in July, in December, she celebrated a birth of another sort -- her return as captain of the U.S. women's national team, when she played in a pair of games against China. It marked her 341st and 342nd caps as a member of the national team, dating back to her very first cap on Aug. 3, 1987, against China. She is the only player, man or women, to play in that many games, and it is a feat that no one will likely ever come close to breaking.

Because even at age 37 (she will be 38 on July 22), and a new mom, Lilly wants to keep playing.

"I missed it a lot. ... It was just fun to be out there again and playing," Lilly said by phone last week. "I realized that I did miss it, so I'm looking forward to the league starting so I can practice every day with the team, which is going to be awesome."

Her team is the Boston Breakers, a member of the seven-team Women's Professional Soccer league. The Breakers will begin a 20-game schedule in early April and continue through August.

It is the second attempt for a women's pro soccer league in the U.S. In 2001, the Women's United Pro Soccer Association started play in the aftermath of the national team's victory in the 1999 Women's World Cup. But after just three seasons, the league folded.

Lilly feels this league has a much better chance for survival.

"I think the WUSA had a lot of positives, but I think the one negative was the budget and the finance side," Lilly said. "So hopefully, the WPS will take a lot of the great things that the WUSA had, which was the game itself, the athletes and promote that. And this time, we're going to be starting on a smaller scale. They've learned some lessons and the pay scale for the players is starting off a little lower than it was with the WUSA, but we can grow and I think that's great.

"The product itself is going to be great. The tickets aren't going to be expensive. I think it's going to be a deal out there for a sporting event. It'll be a great thing for people to take their kids to."

Practice with the Breakers is going to start at the end of the month, which is none too soon for Lilly, who was interested in playing in the upcoming Algrave Cup in Portugal with the national team but was left off the roster by head coach Pia Sundhage.

"It wasn't my decision. I think she wants to look at other players, so I'll kind of just wait this opportunity out," Lilly said. "In May and June, there are some friendlies, and hopefully, I'll be a part of that. But if that's not a go, maybe there are some changes."

Lilly has mainly been a midfielder. She scored 129 goals, second only to Mia Hamm, and has 103 assists, again second only to Hamm. She played in three Olympics, winning two gold medals and a silver.

Lilly has played in five World Cups, winning two gold and three bronze medals. She is the all-time leader in minutes played, nearly 27,000, which is over 450 hours on the soccer field.

"I would like to stay (with the national team), it's just a matter of fitting it in," Lilly said. "Pia, she wants to see new players. She's obviously seen me before, so I think it's just finding out if the fit is going to work.

"I'm taking it month by month and year by year. "I remember being in the last World Cup (2007) and saying this is my last, but you know what? Maybe not. We'll see."

Lilly has recently spoken to several schools and conducted a number of soccer clinics. She may one day take a new direction -- coaching.

For now, she gets daily practice being a new mom.

"It's great. It's crazy but it's great," Lilly said. "Life is different but amazing all at the same time."

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on February 26, 2009, 01:04:33 PM
Boston Breakers Sign Brazilian Fabiana and Canadian Candace Chapman
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
by Boston Breakers

Westwood, Massachusetts - The Boston Breakers completed their international signings with the announcement of Brazilian National Team forward Fabiana and Canadian National Team defender Candace Chapman to multi-year contracts this afternoon. Terms of the deals were not disclosed per team policy.

The two players join England National Team players Kelly Smith and Alex Scott, as well as Canada’s Christine Latham as Boston’s league-maximum five international players.

Fabiana played on Brazil's silver medal-winning Olympic Team last summer in Beijing.  An up-and-coming forward, she came on as a substitute in both Brazil crucial semifinal and final matches against Germany and the United States, respectively.

She scored a pair of goals for Brazil during the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, and was set to compete in the 2008 competition until she suffered a knee injury while playing for her club team in Sao Paulo, S.C. Corinthians, in the Brazilian Paulista Championship in October just prior to the tournament. Prior to Corinthians, Fabiana played for Sport Huelva F.C. in Spain.

“Fabiana is very fast and fits that quick Brazilian mold with lot of flair to her game," said Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco.  "She is young and will be fun for fans to watch develop. She’s coming off an ACL injury, so we will have to be patient with her, but her flair will be a nice addition to our attacking style of play.”

Chapman has become a mainstay for the Canadian National Team in recent years, starting every match for her country in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 2008 Summer Olympics.  The Ajax, Ontario-native has the distinction of not only being the first soccer player to score a goal at the Beijing Games, but she was also the first athlete to score a point of any kind in the entire 2008 Olympics as her opener in a 2-1 win over Argentina came two days prior to Opening Ceremonies.

A former collegiate standout and All-American at Notre Dame, Chapman has recorded 62 caps and five goals for Canada. She helped lead the Vancouver Whitecaps to the W-League Championship in 2006.

“Candace brings a wealth of international experience having started for Canada in the last World Cup and Olympic tournament,” said DiCicco. “She is versatile, very athletic and gives us some options on where we can use her. She is another exciting player that Boston Breakers fans will enjoy watching.”

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin 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.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin 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.


Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin 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.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin 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

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin 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.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin 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.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin 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.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin 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

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin 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.

Title: Alex Scott and Kelly Smith....will meet the team in Florida next week
Post by: Rach_83 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.

http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid9900.aspx?team=boston (http://www.womensprosoccer.com/newsitem_ektid9900.aspx?team=boston)
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin 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.


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.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Rach_83 on March 15, 2009, 11:14:36 AM
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
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin 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.

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin 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

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Rach_83 on March 31, 2009, 04:09:57 PM
Interviews from Boston Breakers Media Day here: http://www.necn.com/Boston/Sports/2009/03/30/Boston-Breakers-return-to/1238451611.html (http://www.necn.com/Boston/Sports/2009/03/30/Boston-Breakers-return-to/1238451611.html)

and also here: http://houseofsoccer.blogspot.com/2009/03/breakers-media-day-thoughts-and-apology.html (http://houseofsoccer.blogspot.com/2009/03/breakers-media-day-thoughts-and-apology.html)

Pictures here: http://www.pbase.com/revsnet/breakers_media_day__march_30_2009 (http://www.pbase.com/revsnet/breakers_media_day__march_30_2009)

and Abby Crumpton interview here: http://breakersnet.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/glad-to-be-back/ (http://breakersnet.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/glad-to-be-back/)

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 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!!
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: pat51 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.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 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
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: shlj 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
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Rach_83 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.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on April 06, 2009, 11:43:19 AM
Scott was playing as right back, I'm guessing K_Lincourt means the right side of defense as Gold Pride look at it on the attack, thats where they looked weak with Mitts playing left back. Gold Pride seemed to walk around the defence, scott had to bail them out quite a few times.

Kelly really was fierce, tussling with a player then giving her a shove when the ref blew the whistle, heehee she got a ticking off from the ref, never a dull moment when Kelly is playing, I love it!

She played an awesome game and was almost a one woman show for boston in the second half, amazing! Especially her shot at the end where she ran at the defence, made space and struck a sweet left shot which hit the cross bar. And she won so many free kicks.

Pat51 I agree they deserved a draw at least, Gold Pride were lucky to win, though I was impressed with Weimer, she was a tricky little player.

Did anyone notice the Gold pride player being stretchered off for a nose bleed? Surely she could have walked lol.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Rach_83 on April 06, 2009, 12:04:38 PM
I was really impressed by Weimer, I read all about these other players for Gold Pride and I thought she was there best player; very inventive. Interesting to see her do an interview at half time; could never see that happening in the game over here.

I've worked out Alex's problem, she didn't have Carney to feed to down the flank like she is use too  :D But thought she was far better than Mitts on the other side.

Saw the player stretcher off, made me laugh at first but then have seen it in the men's game so maybe they are just trying to provide them with the same service.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on April 09, 2009, 03:03:17 PM
Roberts, you are right. Alex did play right back. I watched a replay of the match last night, and saw why I thought she was on the left: she was having to make up for LePeilbet(who was some kind of awful) and Mitts. I know what Heather's problem was. She was chasing down Formiga and Weimer, and luckily Alex Scott was all over Arakawa after the first goal. The second goal for FCGP was insane. I had no idea Kandace Wilson was that fast, and she blew right by LePeilbet and Goffi.
Moore, Hucles and Latham were pissing me off, but nothing was as ridiculous as A-Rod. There were several chances that instead of firing a shot right to Barnhardt, she could have passed it to Kelly or Lil for a possible goal. I hope DiCicco plans to start Schmedes, Weber and Bishop on Saturday, because if not, I'm afraid Chalupney will walk all over them. And lets not forget what goalkeeper will being playing against them...Hope Solo is going to be ready for A-Rod and Lil to shoot, but not Kelly.
It was Erika, the Brazilian, who nearly broke her nose and had to go off the pitch. She was going to challenge Schmedes for a ball in the air, and went straight forward in her jump instead of up, and collided with Schmedes's back.   
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on April 12, 2009, 02:55:20 AM
Boston wins 2-0 on goals from Kelly Smith (53rd) and Lil (87th)!!!!! ;D
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on April 13, 2009, 09:52:26 AM
Breakers Shut Out St. Louis

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (April 11, 2009) – Boston Breakers forward Kelly Smith showed once again that she is an offensive force. The English National team star notched a goal and an assist to lead the Boston Breakers past Saint Louis, 2-0, on a rain soaked Saturday evening in front of 4,804 fans at Harvard Stadium.

Breakers captain Kristine Lilly scored her first goal of the season late in the game to secure the victory and help Boston improve to 1-1-0 on the season, while St. Louis drops to 0-2-0 in Women’s Professional Soccer action.

After a scoreless first half, the Breakers seemed to come alive. The attack pressured Saint Louis and started to put combinations together. The Breakers attack which led to Smith’s second goal of the season started when Amy Rodriquez picked up a loose ball at the 25-yard line. Rodriquez placed a through ball to Kelly Schmedes, who one-touched a ball through two Saint Louis defenders. Smith ran onto the pass and calmly placed the ball by diving Saint Louis goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Smith now leads the team with two goals and an assist. Last week she became the first player to have scored in both U.S. professional women’s soccer leagues. Smith played for the WUSA’s Philadelphia Charge.

“Obviously it’s a big win. Nobody wants to go into a third game without any points,” said Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco.  “Everybody was a little disappointed, not with our effort, but with our level of play last week. This (Saint Louis) was a good team.  It could have gone either way. For us to get three points was huge.’’

Lilly’s first goal of the season came in the 87th minute. Smith sent a cross to the left of Solo and Lilly ran onto the ball and placed a right-footed shot to the far upper corner giving the Breakers a 2-0 lead.

In the first half, the play was held in the middle of the field. Slowly the energy level lifted and both teams started to connect. Saint Louis had the first real threat when Kerri Hanks headed a cross from the Brazilian international Daniela. Boston Breakers goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill stretched out to her right and smothered the shot in the 22nd minute of play. Lilly had a chance in the 31st minute when she received the ball in the box. Lilly’s right-footed shot went wide as she struggled to hold off a Saint Louis defender.

The Breakers then committed a foul right outside the box awarding Saint Louis a free kick from the 22 yard line. Daniela stepped up and right-footed a shot towards the near post that sailed just high at 42nd minute. With a minute to play in the first half, Saint Louis applied more pressure as two shots were blocked by the solid Breakers defense.

“It's something we have been talking about the whole week. We have been practicing on how to score,” said Athletica Head Coach Jorge Barcellos. “It has been frustrating but we are working on it.”

“Our focus at this point has to be to score goals, we are playing well together and creating chances but we have to put the ball in the back of the net,” said Athletica Captain Lori Chalupny. “I don’t know why we aren’t scoring. Part of it is being unlucky, We had some great shots that just took a deflection or something. We just need to stay composed around the box.”

Boston will travels to take on the Washington Freedom on Saturday, April 18 (7pm ET). Saint Louis Athletica has a bye week before hosting the Los Angeles Sol on Saturday, April 25 (3pm CT).
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on April 19, 2009, 02:01:33 AM
Breakers win 3-1!!!
Goals for Boston: Kelly Smith, Christine Latham, Angela Hucles
Goal for Washington: Lori Lindsay

Kelly got a yellow card for a tackle in the back on Sonia Bompastor which resulted in a penalty kick for Washington by Abby Wambach, but Luckenbill saved it.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: shlj on April 19, 2009, 10:23:17 AM
I thought Kelly got into a fight lol another goal as well, that's 3 in 3.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on April 19, 2009, 03:26:50 PM
The way it described at first on Twitter, I thought she did, too. The match tracker shot up the yellow card on the top of the page, and I was thinking who got that? And then there it was...yellow by "10 Kelly Smith". Then I checked Twitter, and came to the same conclusion you did. And the penalty for Washington was for handball, Twitter was actually wrong about the tackle on Bompastor resulting in the PK. Hey, I call it as I read it.  :P
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: october74uk on April 19, 2009, 04:15:55 PM
haha its funny how we jump to conclusions thinking Kelly is always fighting in a game.....well maybe because she is ultra competitive and usually she is fighting someone.

No the yellow was for a tackle on Bompastor from behind. Nothing malicious. The penalty was due to a hand ball in the penalty area by a Boston defender.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on April 19, 2009, 09:56:23 PM
Yeah, I had no idea there was even a handball at all until I read a game summary this morning. LeBeilbet was the offender, and I'm not too keen on her anyways.  ;D
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on April 26, 2009, 03:40:33 AM
4-0 Boston lose to chicago red stars. Smith didn't play but Scott did the full 90. Boston were poor, unable to string an attack together or keep possession, they really missed Smith.
However Red Stars were having a great time with Carney, she had an awesome game with 3 assists and a goal! Player of the game in my opinion.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on April 26, 2009, 12:26:00 PM
Think I got a bit over excited last night, it was 1 assist and a goal for Carney and 1 double assist (is that american?! lol)
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on May 03, 2009, 12:56:47 AM
Half time score 1-0 to Boston against Marta's LA Sol with the goal scored in the 1st minute by............... you guessed it, Kelly Smith!!
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on May 03, 2009, 12:59:34 AM
 ;D WOOO!!! Kick their butts, Kelly!!
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on May 03, 2009, 01:02:36 AM
;D WOOO!!! Kick their butts, Kelly!!
A Rod left on the bench for 1st half
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on May 03, 2009, 01:24:42 AM
2-0 Breakers! Lilly with 2nd goal
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on May 03, 2009, 01:27:08 AM
2-1 now and A Rod has arrived, is this good news or bad?!
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on May 03, 2009, 02:00:07 AM
Final score 2-1 yeah!
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on May 03, 2009, 02:19:19 AM
That was awesome!! First STL keeps LA scoreless without their superstars, and now Boston beats them WITH their superstars. Scoreless Marta...love it!
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on May 03, 2009, 03:42:39 AM
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (May 2, 2009) - The Boston Breakers became the first team to score against and defeat the Los Angeles Sol with a 2-1 victory in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) action on Saturday evening at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. With the win, Boston (3-2-0 – 9 pts.) jumps ahead of Chicago (2-0-2 – 8 pts.) into second place in the league standings. Los Angeles is now 3-1-1 and remains in first place with 10 points.

Boston Breakers forward Kelly Smith added to her resume as she became the first player to record a goal against Los Angeles this season with her second-minute tally. It is now the fastest goal scored in WPS this season, and it was the fourth goal for Smith in four matches played.

Kristine Lilly notched the game-winning goal with a left-footed strike in the 55th minute. It was her second goal of the season and first game-winner.

The Sol cut into the Breakers lead in the 63rd minute when Aya Miyama sent a ball into the box and teammate Brittany Bock deflected the ball off her body. It was Bock’s first goal of the season.

“I am really proud of the players because they were embarrassed last week,” said Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco. “They played the number one team in the league who hadn’t lost a game or given up a goal, and I am very proud of the showing we had. The key to the game was mentality. I thought we started well in both halves, but Los Angeles is a very good team.”

Smith’s goal came from a great buildup which started with teammates Lilly and midfielder Angela Hucles. The two started the play at the midfield on a smooth give-and-go. Hucles then found defender Heather Mitts streaking down the sideline and her cross landed on the foot of Kelly Schmedes. Schmedes shot was deflected and Smith jumped all over the loose ball and rifled a shot to the left of diving Sol goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc (four saves).

At the 12 minute mark, Schmedes almost gave the Breakers an early 2-0 lead when she was sent in alone off a nice long ball from defender Alex Scott.  LeBlanc came out to cut the angle and handled a soft shot easily.

Forward Han Duan nearly equalized for the Sol in the 17th minute, but her effort from just outside the penalty area sailed high of the Breakers goal. Los Angeles's best chance in the first half came in the 30th minute when forward Han Duan’s goal was called back on an offside. In the 44th minute, Marta made a 50-yard run into the box from the left side of midfield, nearly reaching the endline, but her low cross did not find a teammate and was cleared by the Breakers defense and Boston finished the half with the 1-0 lead.

After a slow start to the second half, Lilly livened things up for the hometown crowd in the 55th minute. Boston defender Stacy Bishop found Lilly streaking down the left side of the field. Bishop placed a long ball over the head of Los Angeles defender Manya Makoski and Lilly caught up to the bouncing ball, settled it and drilled a low shot to the far post for a 2-0 lead.

Bock trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the 63rd minute when she rose above the Boston defense and got Aya Miyama’s free kick past Breakers ‘keeper Kristin Luckinbill, who stayed firmly planted on her line.

The game then settled down until the 76th minute when Marta blasted a shot to the left of Luckenbill (three saves) from about the 20-yard line. Luckenbill dove to her right to keep the Breakers in the lead. Minutes later, Smith had a chance at her second of the night when she drilled a shot high over the crossbar from 18 yards out. In the 82nd minute, the Breakers had another great chance when Bishop one-timed a shot which sailed high over the left corner of the goal.

In the 85th minute Marta excited the crowd with a dangerous cross from the right of Luckenbill, but the ball sailed to the far corner. Marta had a chance in the 89th minute from right inside the 18 yard line, but Luckenbill handled the low shot. Miyama had a free kick in the 90th minute which Luckenbill dove to save to secure the Breakers victory.

The Breakers and the Los Angeles Sol will meet again next week when Boston travels to The Home Depot Center on Sunday, May 10 (4pm ET/1pm PT).

Game Notes: The Breakers goal by Kelly Smith was the quickest goal scored in the WPS this season. The previous fastest goal scored was by Sol defender Allison Falk in the sixth minute on March 29 … Smith now leads the WPS in goals scored with four. She was also named to the WPS April Player of the Month … Both of Kristine Lilly’s goals this season have come on the Breakers home field at Harvard Stadium. Her first goal came against St. Louis on April 11th … Tonight’s crowd of 8,031 at Harvard Stadium is the second highest attendance number recorded this season in WPS. The record is 14,837 fans which attended the Washington Freedom at Los Angeles Sol game on Sunday, March 29 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Boxscore (All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.)



Karina Le Blanc, Los Angeles Sol Goalkeeper

On being back in Boston…

I’ve always loved Boston but it was road game for us because I’m with LA now.  The fans in Boston are always great and it was a great result for them but not to great for me.

The difference from last game…

I think we played a pretty good game they just scored more than we did.  That’s soccer.  Kelly Smith is the best finisher in the world and Lily is the most experienced.  We also had some great chances but Luckenbill made some great saves.

On the early goal…

We’re all professionals so a goal is a goal.  It’s all about bouncing back and I think we never gave up.

On hosting the Breakers next weekend...

We have them at home next week. Anytime you lose, you want the chance to avenge that as soon as possible.  We have that chance next week.

Brittany Bock, Los Angeles Sol Defender

On the goal…

She [Miyama] has one of the best services in the world and she put the ball in a great spot.

On the quick turn-around and playing the Breakers again next week…

You always learn something about another team by playing them but they learned something about us as well.  We’re both great teams and I think it will be a good game.

Abner Rodgers, Los Angeles Sol Head Coach

On playing a team coming off of a one-sided loss (4-0 to Chicago)...

You knew they were going to come out well, and with fairness to them, they scored two quality goals with two quality finishes.  I give them credit but I think we played a very good game as well and I was happy with the work we put in.

On how difficult it is taking on Kelly Smith…

[laughs] It is very hard.  She is a world class player and her acceleration is first class.  She’s a very, very complete player, one of the best in the world.

On dealing with players missing matches due to national team duty…

We don’t complain because everyone has to deal with it.  Han (Duan) definitely has the longest trip, over 13 hours from Japan to get here but she still had a pretty good game.

On the early goal…

We didn’t panic, we kept the ball down and played our game.  Even after Lilly’s goal we kept going.  The only thing we could have done better was when we went to a 3-4-3 formation at the end of the game we probably only needed to keep two back because Rodriguez was the only player up top.

On Marta disappearing towards the end of the game…

We need to get her the ball in dangerous positions.  There were times when she was coming too deep to get the ball and then we couldn’t get enough people into the attack.  It’s early in the season though and I think we’ll start to fuse things together and see the best of everyone towards the end of the season.

On what the Sol will take from their first loss of the season...

We’ll take a lot of positives from the game.  Even after they scored the second goal, we never put our heads down.  We will learn from it.


Kristin Luckenbill, Goalkeeper

On playing at home…

We were very excited to get back home. We were on the road for three of our last four games, so getting back to Boston, we really wanted to put on a good show for our fans.

On defending Marta…

I thought we just did a really good job of being aware of where she was. Being alert as to where she is. Their offense isn’t just her. They have a lot of talent, a lot of very creative people up front, but I thought we did a very good job making sure we had pressure on them at all times. Whenever one of their front-runners or midfielders got the ball, we had pressure on them right away, so they weren’t as creative as they wanted to be.

On scoring the first goal…

That was fantastic. No one has been able to score on Los Angeles yet, but we were pretty confident coming in that we could do it. Two minutes in, we were able to shatter that streak right away. That was huge for us to get that momentum from the start.

Tony DiCicco, Head Coach

On the team’s effort…

Any team no matter what your talent is, if you don’t commit to the game, you’re not going to be successful. I don’t think we had a good commitment to the match last week. This week, the key for this game was just mentality. Having mentality.

On winning…

I thought we started great in both halves, but they’re a very good team and you can see that they can knock it around. I’m really proud of the players because they were embarrassed last week. They played the number one team in the league, who hadn’t lost a game and hadn’t given up a goal. I was very proud of the showing we had.

Kelly Smith, Forward

On her goal…

The ball just popped back out and it was crowded but I saw some space to the right of the goal and lucky enough it went in.  It was just under two minutes; I’ve never scored a goal that quickly.  I just got in a lucky position and was able to get back on the score sheet.

On the importance of an early goal coming off of last week…

We wanted to prove ourselves early on and show that we are better than that.  We had to prove it for our organization and I think it was important to our defenders and keeper to show the level that they can play at.  They’re the best defensive unit I’ve ever played with and today they showed it.

On Marta…

A lot of the interviews I did before the game made it seem as Marta versus Kelly but to me it was Boston versus LA.  I was happy to get on the board but it was team effort and that’s what it takes to win a game like that.

On ice pack on knee…

This is a physical league and there were some tough girls out there tonight but it’s nothing serious.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on May 03, 2009, 01:31:03 PM
Poor Kelly getting bashed up again, I guess thats what comes with having quick feet, the defenders get frustrated and take her out, ow!

I wonder how much Scott had to do with keeping Marta quiet, may have been a different story if Marta was attacking Mitts (I asssme Marta was on the left wing).
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on May 04, 2009, 04:20:41 AM
well, she didn't score, and Kasey Moore didn't start, so that's a good thing in itself! Alex Scott was probably all over the place keeping and eye on Marta, but that's probably how Brittany Bock was able to be open enough for LA's goal.

Now the Breakers need to go into LA with no fear, or it will be a looong afternoon.  :-X
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on June 01, 2009, 10:25:31 PM
Breakers lose 2-1 to Sky blue fc Asante's team. Even worse Kelly smith was injured and had to be subbed off, I switched off after that, just too sad!
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on June 03, 2009, 01:30:16 AM
Buffalo Flash Pair Called Up By Boston Breakers!     

1st June 2009
Buffalo, New York

Defensive pair Sarah Wagenfuhr (Colorado Springs, CO) and Erika Sutton (Arvada, Colorado) today traveled to Boston, MA to attend a two day try out with WPS franchise Boston Breakers.

"It will be a great opportunity for Sarah and Erika to show Boston what they can offer, and is a mark of respect for the level of player we have here at Buffalo Flash," said Flash Head Coach Aaran Lines, "they are two of the many top class players we have on our roster and the Breakers' interest shows how players coming to play for us will be on everyone's radar. It rewards the excellent start to the season the team has had."


Defender/Midfielder Sarah Wagenfuhr is gifted passer of the ball who had a recent brief stint with WPS franchise Chicago Red Stars. She is a two-time All-American who played in three NCAA final fours, one National Championship game and for the US U-20 National World Championship Team.

"Sarah is a strong personality with leadership qualities," said Lines. "She distributes well and I'm looking for her to be a key part of the team."

Erika Sutton is a versatile wide player who can play either side of defense or midfield. As well as WPSL experience, she has also helped the Colorado Rush to three consecutive state cups and offers options in a variety of positions.

"Erika is a versatile player, with two great feet and a good shot," said Lines. "This year she should prove herself to be a fine W-League player."

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on June 15, 2009, 01:37:50 AM
Breakers lose again, 1-0 to St Louis Athletica, Aluko scoring, using her pace to run onto a through ball and nutmeg the keeper, nice.

Smith played the full 90 mins with a taped up knee, she looked good considering. Breakers had most of the play and deserved at least a draw, 17 shots but only 4 on target. Also 8 corners and 15 crosses!

A-Rod played the full 90 also but was useless again.
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on June 22, 2009, 12:22:32 PM
A-Rod has scored!
Breakers win 2-0 against Carney's team the Red Stars. Smith played the full 90 with no tape on her knee so thats good news and I didn't see her limp once - though it was a dodgy webcast  :-\
The 2nd goal was a penalty after a perfect through ball from Kelly Smith to Lilly into the box, sweet play!

Carney was named player of the match for the Red stars so good play from the England girls all round  :)
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Rach_83 on June 24, 2009, 01:24:30 PM
Good result for Boston considering the hammering the last time these 2 met. Nice to see Carney getting player of the match. Although I was surprised to see she played, no three match ban for a red card in WPS league then??  :-\
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on June 25, 2009, 11:41:13 AM
Another win for the Breakers! 1-0 against Washington Freedom. Goal by Christin Latham. Kelly scored an offside goal, apparently it looks like her knee is a lot better so thats good news  :)
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: october74uk on June 29, 2009, 09:36:21 PM
Just for fun

Boston Breaker Crossbar Challenge

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: shlj on June 29, 2009, 09:49:53 PM
Why am I not surprised by the winner of the competition  ;)
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Rach_83 on June 29, 2009, 10:16:15 PM
Why am I not surprised by the winner of the competition  ;)

because she's a genius  ;D that or Alex rigged it  :D
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on August 04, 2009, 01:09:14 PM
If the Breakers win this Sunday against the LA Sol they clinch a play off place :)
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: Roberts on August 10, 2009, 12:48:43 PM
 :( They lose 2-1

Scott and Kelly getting yellows at the end, Scott for a dodgy foul on Marta in the box and Kelly for arguing with the ref about it! She's got to stand up for her mate lol.

It was an exciting game though.

Just watched the highlights of the game and Kelly is really giving the ref grief lol and then after Marta scores the penalty she gives her a sarcastic clap  ;D
Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: redrobin on October 15, 2009, 11:49:55 AM
Rodriguez traded to Philadelphia Independence
by WPS - Staff Report
29th September 2009.

The Boston Breakers announced the trade of forward Amy Rodriguez and their first round draft choice in the 2010 WPS draft to the Philadelphia Independence in exchange for Philadelphia’s two first round selections in the 2010 draft.   The Independence is one of two expansion teams joining WPS for the 2010 season, along with the Atlanta Beat.  The 2010 WPS draft will be held on January 15, 2010.

“Amy’s lightning fast speed, exceptional skills, and game-changing energy will be a huge addition to our offensive line,” said Philadelphia Independence General Manager Terry Foley. “A young player with Amy’s international, National Team, and WPS experience is rare, and we feel that she brings a great combination of youth and tactical knowledge. She is a fan-favorite and we are thrilled to have her coming to Philadelphia.”

Along with Rodriguez, Boston will send the #5 overall pick in the first round to Philadelphia.  The Breakers will receive the #2 overall selection in the first round, along with Philadelphia’s bonus pick at the end of the first round, which is the #11 overall selection.

Rodriguez was originally selected with the 1st overall pick by the Breakers in the 2009 WPS Draft.   Rodriguez helped lead the University of Southern California Trojans to their first NCAA Championship in 2007.  The following summer, Rodriguez earned a Gold Medal at the Beijing Summer Olympics as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team.   The 22-year-old forward started in 11 of the 17 games she appeared in for the Breakers in 2009 recording one goal and no assists.

“The trade involving Amy Rodriguez was a difficult decision,” said Breakers Head Coach Tony DiCicco.  “A-Rod has some wonderful qualities as a player and she will certainly continue to evolve, however, the trade with Philadelphia allows us two first round draft picks and three high picks overall from one of the best college classes in recent history.  I am excited for the January draft options now available for the Boston Breakers. I want to wish Amy all the best with her new club.”

“As an organization, we think there are good options at the top of the WPS draft in January,” said Breakers General Manager Andy Crossley. “We talked about various scenarios with several clubs in recent weeks. We felt that this trade with Philadelphia offered us the best options in January’s draft.  At the same time, it creates some salary flexibility as we pursue a player for our fifth international roster spot.”

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on October 24, 2009, 02:28:10 AM
Breakers Agree to Terms with U.S. National Team Midfielder Leslie Osborne

Westwood, Mass. (October 21, 2009) – The Boston Breakers have agreed to terms with free agent midfielder Leslie Osborne, a former member of FC Gold Pride and current member of the U.S. Women’s National Team.  Osborne is the second new arrival to join the Breakers via free agency this offseason, joining her former FC Gold Pride teammate Tiffany Weimer.   

Osborne captained FC Gold Pride in 2009, starting in 18 of the club’s 20 matches and leading the team with 1,622 minutes of playing time. Her iron-woman performance marked a successful return from a torn ACL and ankle injury suffered during United States National Team training in May 2008, which caused Osborne to miss the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Osborne has recorded 61 international caps in her career with the U.S. National Team. She earned her first full team cap on January 20, 2004 against Sweden.  An impact player in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China, she appeared in five of the six games.  In 2006, she played in 19 matches, starting 12, and scored her first international goal against Chinese Taipei.  In the same year, Osborne broke into the scoring column in the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup Final against Canada.

The Brookfield, Wisconsin native is expected to bring consistency and leadership in the defensive midfield for the Breakers, a position where several different players were rotated during the 2009 season.

"Leslie Osborne is a proven midfielder who has a wonderful soccer pedigree and a track record of success,” said Boston Breakers Head Coach Tony DiCicco.  “She is talented, tough and a team leader, all qualities that will make the Breakers better.  I am looking forward to coaching her and introducing her to our Breaker fans." 

“I am tremendously excited to play for the Boston Breakers,” said Osborne. “Boston has a special place in my heart and I am ready to give everything I have to this great organization. This is a great opportunity to learn from such an experienced coach like Coach DiCicco and to play alongside some of the best players in the world. Being in the same city as our sponsor Puma is only another positive for me.  I cannot wait to arrive in Boston and begin to prepare for the 2010 WPS season.”

A former collegiate standout and three-time All-American at Santa Clara University, Osborne recorded 44 goals and 34 assists for the Broncos.  She was the first player in league history to be named the WCC Defender of the year and WCC Player of the year.  In 2004, as a senior, the team captain won the Honda Sports Award as the nation’s outstanding collegiate female soccer player and was a Hermann Trophy semifinalist.  As a freshman, Osborne was a key member of the Santa Clara team that won the 2001 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship, beating collegiate women’s soccer powerhouse North Carolina. 

Title: Re: Boston Breakers
Post by: K_Lincourt30 on October 24, 2009, 02:30:13 AM
Angela Hucles Retires from WPS and International Soccer

Westwood, Mass. (October 16, 2009) – Angela Hucles, a Boston Breakers veteran and 2008 Olympic hero, has announced her retirement from professional soccer.  Hucles will not travel with the U.S. National Team for its match against Germany on October 29 and she will not return for the second season of Women’s Professional Soccer after playing with the Breakers in 2009.

“I always wanted to involve myself in things I was passionate about and give 110 percent,” said Hucles. “I feel like I’ve come to a point where I no longer can give that much and I know that there are other players who are ready to step up to the plate in order to bring the World Cup trophy back to the U.S. and carry on the growth of professional women’s soccer in the United States as well.”

The 31-year-old Hucles has been a Breakers icon since the start of Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA).  In 2001, Hucles was chosen in the 12th round (93rd pick overall) by Boston in the WUSA inaugural draft.  Hucles played in all 21 games, starting 19 in the Breakers' first year and posted two goals for the season, including the first goal in team history.  Highlighting her WUSA career was the 2003 season, where she started all 17 games, and had one goal and four assists to help the Breakers achieve their first appearance in the WUSA playoffs.  Hucles earned All-WUSA second-team accolades as a result of her play in the final season of WUSA.

Hucles continued to call Boston home after the end of the WUSA in 2003.  The 31-year-old returned as a Breaker for the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer season.  Hucles was allocated to the Breakers via the United States Women’s National Team allocation on September 16, 2008.  The Breakers’ veteran started and played in 19 games, scoring two goals and notching one assist in 2009. 

“Angela has been a great contributor to the Boston Breakers and the Boston soccer community for years, dating back to the WUSA and continuing through the start-up and first year of the WPS,” said Owner and Managing Partner Michael Stoller.  “Her presence on the field will be missed, but we are very hopeful that Angela will be a long term contributor off the field to the Breakers and youth soccer in New England for years to come.”

Hucles' international experience began with the U-20 national team in 1997, but her successful run on the field for the Breakers from 2001-03, helped her jump into the national team picture.  She received her first cap with the U.S. Women’s National Team against Finland in 2002, and scored her first international goal against Costa Rica on November 6, 2002.  After a stellar WUSA season in 2003, she captured a regular spot on the National Team, starting six of the 15 games in which she played that year.

The Virginia Beach native was a member of the 2004 Olympic team, capturing her first Gold Medal in Athens and a member of the 2007 World Cup squad.  Hucles' greatest international accomplishments, however, were made at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, starting every match and leading the team in goals with four.  Hucles became the 24th American to earn 100 international caps, reaching the milestone against Korea Republic on Nov. 8, 2008.  Hucles will finish her career earning 109 caps for the USA and scoring 14 international goals.   

“Angela Hucles was a pleasure to coach, she was exceptional on the field and even more impressive as a person,” said Breakers Head Coach Tony DiCicco.  “She has given so much to our sport.  Her Olympic Gold Medal performance in 2008, leading the USA in scoring is legendary.  On behalf of the entire Boston Breakers team, staff and fans, we wish Angela all the best as she moves onto the next phase of her life.”

Hucles attended the University of Virginia where she played for former U.S. National Team coach April Heinrichs.  During her time at Virginia, Hucles was a four-time First-Team All-ACC selection, Four-time Mid-Atlantic All-Star, and was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 1999. She still holds Cavalier records as the school's all-time leader in goals (59), points (138) and game-winning goals (19).

“Thank you to everyone for allowing me the opportunity to reach and achieve my dreams and goals through playing a game,” said Hucles.