In 2000 the Vancouver Lady 86ers played an exhibition season over the summer along with three other new Pacific Northwest teams: Portland Rain, Spokane Chill and Seattle Sounders Select Women. The Portland Rain also played in the PCSL in 2000. The four teams planned to play in the USL's W-League in 2001. The Vancouver Angels of the WPSL was merged with the Vancouver Lady 86ers to form the W-League team, the Vancouver Breakers in 2001.
The first year for the Vancouver Breakers, 2001, was a transition year for the W-League with the advent of the Women's United Soccer Association. A large number of players moved to WUSA, and the Breakers were part of the new group of ladies entering the league with the excitement of WUSA’s formation. Of the four teams with 10+ wins, the 13-0-1 regular season champion Maryland Pride, 12-1-1 Western Conference champion Vancouver Breakers and 10-2-2 Hampton Roads Piranhas reached the playoff semi-finals.
The first day of the W-1 championship series saw some spectacular action from the 9-2-3 Boston Renegades and Vancouver in the semi-finals. The Breakers needed a 104th minute overtime golden goal from Andrea Neil to advance on a 1-0 win over the host Piranhas.
After a two-and-a-half hour thunderstorm delay resulting in the cancellation of the 3rd place game, the final was played at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. When the skies cleared, Boston was revelled in the wet conditions with a goal and an assist from Minna Mustonen in the first 19 minutes resulting in a 2-0 halftime lead. Vancouver’s Tammy Crawford scored just after the restart, but Mustonen proved too much on the night, tallying another goal and assist less than a minute apart. By the 55th minute the score was 5-1.
The second year Vancouver Breakers were again among the contenders for the regular season title of the combined W-1 and W-2 leagues. The championship series was hosted by Vancouver. The Breakers only lost only one regular season match to rival Seattle Sounders Select 4-3 in overtime in the season’s penultimate game.
The Breakers lost in the semi-finals to the Charlotte Lady Eagles 1-1 via 4-5 penalty kicks. Charlotte’s Esther Thompson saved Vancouver’s fifth shot.
Vancouver changed their name to match their brother team, the Whitecaps, and again dominated the Western Conference. However, after another year of absolute dominance in the west, the Vancouver Whitecaps were stunned in their home opener by rival Seattle and were then surprised at home again in the playoffs by the Sounders, falling 3-1 in penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw.