|Owner||Boston Women’s Soccer, LLC|
|Head Coach||Matt Beard|
|League||National Women's Soccer League|
|Website||Club home page|
Boston Breakers is an American professional soccer club based in the Boston neighborhood of Allston. The team competes in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). They replaced the original Breakers, who competed in the defunct Women's United Soccer Association, as the Boston area's professional women's soccer team.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 Supporters
- 4 Players and coaches
- 5 Ownership and team management
- 6 Records and statistics
- 7 Honors
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The Breakers won the WPS Community Service Award and held league-leading attendance in 2002. Honors received in 2003 included:
- Maren Meinert – WUSA MVP
- Maren Meinert – All Star Game MVP
- Maren Meinert, Dagny Mellgren, Kristine Lilly – All-WUSA, 1st Team
- Angela Hucles, Kate Sobrero, Karina LeBlanc – All-WUSA, 2nd Team
- Joe Cummings – Executive of the Year
- Pia Sundhage – Coach of the Year
The formation of Women's Professional Soccer was announced on September 4, 2007, during which time it was also announced that a franchise had been awarded to Boston.
The Boston Breakers franchise was officially unveiled on October 26, 2008. At the time it was the only professional women's sports team in Massachusetts. As early as May 2007, Joe Cummings was named the President and General Manager. He previously worked for the Breakers franchise in the WUSA. In September 2007, Tony DiCicco was appointed as the club's first head coach.
During the WPS national team player allocation on September 16, 2008 the Breakers acquired Heather Mitts and former Breakers players, Kristine Lilly and Angela Hucles. The club acquired Amy Rodriguez as the first overall pick in the 2009 WPS Soccer Draft in St. Louis on January 30, 2009.
2012 league suspension
On January 16, 2012, the Breakers announced that they signed United States U-23 national team defender, Bianca D'Agostino. Australian national team forward, Kyah Simon, was acquired by the Breakers in anticipation of the 2012 season as well. Simon scored two goals against Norway in the 2011 World Cup, which advanced Australia to the quarter-finals. Her goals made her the first ever Aboriginal to score a goal in a World Cup tournament.
The league announced on January 30, 2012 that the 2012 Women's Professional Soccer season was suspended. On February 9, 2012 the club announced it would compete in the newly formed WPSL Elite for the 2012 season, with the expectation that it would rejoin the WPS for the 2013 season. The semi-pro league has no restrictions on the types of players, whether they be professional or amateur.
In 2012, the Boston Breakers joined the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite. The team finished in first place clinching the regular season title with an 11-3-0 record, the best season in the franchise history. They lost 3-1 against the Chicago Red Stars in the WPSL Elite semifinals.
In November 2012, it was announced that the Breakers would be one of eight teams in a new women's professional soccer league sponsored by the United States Soccer Federation, the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. On January 11, 2013, the league held its player allocation for the national team players, with Boston receiving seven players, including two returning former Breakers Heather O'Reilly and Heather Mitts. The other players assigned to the Breakers were Anisa Guajardo, Adriana Leon, Sydney Leroux, Cecilia Santiago, and Rhian Wilkinson.
The 2013 Boston Breakers season is the club's eighth overall year of existence, fourth consecutive year, and first year as a member of the National Women's Soccer League. They played 22 games, finishing with 8 wins, 6 draws, and 8 losses. They did not qualify for the post-season playoffs, and finished the season at fifth place in an eight team league.
The 2014 Boston Breakers season is the club's ninth overall year of existence, fifth consecutive year, and second year as a member of the National Women's Soccer League. They played 24 games, finishing with 6 wins, 2 draws, and 16 losses. They did not qualify for the post-season playoffs, and finished the season at eighth place in a nine team league.
The 2015 Boston Breakers season, is the club's tenth overall year of existence, sixth consecutive year, and third year as a member of the National Women's Soccer League.
Boston currently plays its home games at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium during renovations to Harvard Stadium, the 30,323-capacity home football stadium of the Harvard Crimson, which they also used while playing in WPS (from 2009–2011).
The Breakers previously played Dilboy Stadium in the Boston suburb of Somerville, Massachusetts for their 2012 and 2013 seasons, the move from Harvard to Dilboy concurrent with their league move to the WPSL Elite.
Players and coaches
As of November 10, 2015:
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Matt Beard (2015–)
- Tom Durkin (2014)
- Cat Whitehill (2013) (interim)
- Lisa Cole (2012–2013)
- Tony DiCicco (2009–2011)
Ownership and team management
Michael Stoller is a managing partner of Boston Women's Soccer, LLC, the ownership group overseeing the Breakers.
Records and statistics
|2009||WPS||5th||Did not qualify||7||9||4||25||18||20||4-3-3||3-6-1|
|2013||NWSL||5th||Did Not Qualify||8||8||6||30||35||34||5-3-3||3-5-3|
|2014||NWSL||8th||Did Not Qualify||6||16||2||20||37||53||5-7-0||1-9-2|
|2015||NWSL||9th||Did Not Qualify||4||13||3||15||22||43||4-5-1||0-8-2|
Individual Player Awards
Player of the Week
|2009||WPS||Week 3||Kelly Smith|
|2010||WPS||Week 17||Kelly Smith|
|2011||WPS||Week 9||Meghan Klingenberg|
|2011||WPS||Week 10||Alyssa Naeher|
|2011||WPS||Week 18||Lauren Cheney|
|2013||NWSL||Week 4||Sydney Leroux|||
|2013||NWSL||Week 7||Lianne Sanderson|||
|2013||NWSL||Week 13||Sydney Leroux|||
|2015||NWSL||Week 17||Alyssa Naeher|||
Player of the Month
|April 2009||WPS||Kelly Smith|||
|April 2009||WPS||Kelly Smith|||
|July 2010||WPS||Jordan Angeli|||
|August 2010||WPS||Kelly Smith|||
Pillars of Excellence
In summer 2009, the Breakers began a tradition of honoring legends from the past with commemorative banners at Harvard Stadium. The award's Pillars of Excellence name was influenced by the stadium's iconic colonnade. Players from both Boston Breakers (WUSA) and the WPS/WPSL Elite/NWSL entry are considered.
Maren Meinert became the first inductee during a halftime ceremony on May 17, 2009 when the Breakers hosted the Washington Freedom. During her final season in 2003 Meinert was named the WUSA's Most Valuable Player for the regular season and MVP of the WUSA All-Star Game. Angela Hucles was inducted on May 1, 2010 during a home game against the Chicago Red Stars. Kristine Lilly was inducted during halftime of a match against the Philadelphia Independence May 23, 2011. Leslie Osborne was inducted during halftime of a home game against Sky Blue FC.
|May 22, 2015||Leslie Osborne||Midfielder||WPS/WPSL Elite||2010-12|
|May 23, 2011||Kristine Lilly||Midfielder/Forward||WUSA/WPS||2001-03, 2009–10|
|May 1, 2010||Angela Hucles||Midfielder||WUSA/WPS||2001-03, 2009|
|May 17, 2009||Maren Meinert||Midfielder/Forward||WUSA||2001-03|
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