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Four Breakers Called Up for U.S. National Team Matches Versus Japan

Posted by iamhannah on May 6, 2009

Westwood, Mass. (May 6, 2009) – Four Boston Breakers are among the 21 players called up to the U.S. Women’s National Team by head coach Pia Sundhage, it was announced this afternoon by U.S. Soccer. The team will face Japan in a pair of matches, May 20 in Frisco, Texas and again on May 23 in Sandy, Utah.

The four Breakers, a total which matches the Chicago Red Stars for the WPS team with the most call-ups, are forward Amy Rodriguez, midfielder Angela Hucles and defenders Amy LePeilbet and Heather Mitts.  None of the four will miss any matches with Boston, and will join the national team following the Breakers home match against the Washington Freedom on May 17.

Rodriguez, Hucles and Mitts have all been mainstays with the national team in recent times and were each a part of the gold medal-winning squad which defeated Brazil last summer in the final of the Beijing Olympics.  For LePeilbet, this is her first time back with the team since 2006.

Since the Olympic triumph, both Hucles and Mitts have hit the 100 cap (appearance) milestone, becoming the 24th and 25th Americans, respectively, to do so. Hucles earned her 100th cap against the Korea Republic on Nov. 8, while Mitts reached the century mark in the previous U.S. match against Sweden in the final of the Algarve Cup on March 11.

Rodriguez, who had the assist on the game-winning goal in the USA’s 1-0 win over Brazil in the Olympic final, has scored six times in 35 international matches. LePeilbet has earned 23 caps with the national team from 2004-06.

These will be the first-ever international games for the U.S. during the WPS season and the first domestic matches of 2009 for a U.S. team which is in very early preparations for qualifying for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. Seventeen of the 21 players on the roster are currently playing in WPS, and Sundhage also named four collegiate players.

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LOS ANGELES SOL DROPS 2-1 DECISION TO THE BOSTON BREAKERS

Posted by iamhannah on May 3, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – Saturday, May 2, 2009– The Los Angeles Sol (Women’s Professional Soccer) suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Boston Breakers Saturday night at Harvard Stadium.

Midfielder Kelly Smith opened the scoring for the Breakers (3-2-0, 9 pts.) in the second minute when the Sol failed to clear a ball from their defensive third of the field.  Smith collected the ball and calmly beat a diving Karina LeBlanc – the first time the Sol defense has surendered a goal this season.

Forward Han Duan nearly equalized for the Sol (3-1-1, 10 pts.) in the 17th minute, but her effort from just outside the penalty area sailed high of the Breakers goal.  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.

Midfielder Kristine Lilly doubled the lead for the Breakers ten minutes after the break when she corralled Stacy Bishop’s pass and put her low shot into the side netting and past LeBlanc.

Los Angeles rookie defender Brittany 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 Sol had a few chances to equalize in the final twenty minutes, including a shot by Marta in the closing moments, but they were unable to hit home and the Breakers clinched the 2-1 win.

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Late Milbrett Goal Denies Point for Breakers in Season Opener

Posted by iamhannah on April 5, 2009

Santa Clara, Calif. (April 6, 2009) – Tiffany Milbrett came off the bench to spoil the Boston Breakers comeback with a goal in the 90th minute to lift FC Gold Pride to a 2-1 victory over the Breakers in the first-ever match for both teams in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) action Sunday evening in front of 6,459 fans at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Milbrett’s winner for FCGP (1-0) came against the run of play as the Breakers (0-1) had taken the momentum following a Kelly Smith equalizer in the 79th minute. Second-half substitute Stacy Bishop dribbled into the box and poked the ball thru to Smith in front of goal. Smith then touched the ball and rounded FCGP goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, settled and then blasted the ball into the top of the net.
Smith had a great chance for a second equalizer in the final minute of stoppage time when her 22-yard left-footed effort beat Barnhart but smacked the crossbar and went out of play.
Eriko Arakawa opened the scoring for the home team with a 15th-minute glancing header at the near post after some good build up and a Tiffany Weimer cross from the right edge of the penalty area.
Milbrett’s winner came after another second-half sub, Kandace Wilson, crossed and forced Boston goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill to punch ball away. The ball fell right to Millbrett in front of area, however, as she settled and blasted ball in center of goal before Luckenbill and the Breakers defense could block the ball off the line.
“We are disappointed, but I thought we had some good performances and some average ones out there,” said Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco.  “We just need to get better consistency. It was an exciting game and I think it would have been a fair result as a tie, but they took their chances and we didn’t.
“I thought Kelly Smith was the class player out on the field for us today.”
The Breakers travel back to Boston for the team’s home opener on Saturday against Saint Louis Athletica at 7 p.m. at Harvard Stadium. Single-game tickets for all games, as well as group and season tickets are now on sale by calling 781-251-2100. For online orders, package details and a seating chart, visit www.bostonbreakers.com.
Arakawa got the counter-attack going for the first goal by picking up a loose ball in Boston’s attacking third and giving to Formiga, who ran through midfield before dishing to Christine Sinclair on the left side.  The Canadian international then centered back to Arakawa, who left it back to Carrie Dew, who then distributed on the flank to Weimer for the cross to Arakawa.
The Breakers settled after the goal and went on the attack – with Smith and Amy Rodriguez being a constant attacking threat throughout the rest of the match.  Rodriguez had her first of two opening-half chances on goal when she stole a ball in the back after the Brazilian Erika misplayed the ball and had a clear path to goal in the 18th minute – only to have Barnhart come out and get the stop.
Smith then set up a pair of chances for Boston with a couple of surgical through balls. First in the 32nd minute, from about 10 yards into her own defensive half, Smith sent a long pass on the ground into the path of Christine Latham.  Latham took the ball in the box and centered for Rodriguez, but the ball was cleared away before she could get a touch.
Three minutes later, again starting from midfield, Smith dribbled into space and placed the ball between two defenders for Rodriguez, who then had a left-footed effort saved by the leg of Barnhart in front of goal.
Formiga nearly added to the FCGP lead after she forced a leaping save from Luckenbill in the 62nd minute after stealing the ball just outside the box.
Boston’s attack picked up steam shortly thereafter. In the 68th minute, Kristine Lilly passed the ball along the left touchline for substitute Kelly Schmedes, who then sent a cross into the center of the penalty area for Rodriguez, but FCGP defender Rachel Buehler was there to close in and break the opportunity up.
Rodriguez was at it again in the 77th minute, this time providing the service herself from the right side of the area to Lilly at the far post, but the cross was just a little too high.
The Breakers got it right in the 79th minute with Smith’s tally, and then had a number of chances to add a second before and after Milbrett’s winner. The best perhaps in the 88th minute when Smith scooped up a clever ball over the top of the FCGP defense for Schmedes, who then touched the ball over the keeper, but also just over the crossbar.
Box Score
April 05, 2009 – Boston Breakers vs. FC Gold Pride
GOALS 1 2 Total
Boston 0 1 1
FC Gold Pride 1 1 2
SCORING SUMMARY
Minute Team Goal
15’ FC Gold Pride Eriko Arakawa (Tiffany Weimer)
79’ Boston Kelly Smith (Stacey Bishop)
90’ FC Gold Pride Tiffany Milbrett (UA)
MISCONDUCT SUMMARY
None
LINEUPS
FC Gold Pride: Nicole Barnhart, Rachel Buehler, Erika, Carrie Dew, Formiga, Leslie Osborne (Brandi Chastain, 65′), Leigh Ann Robinson, Kristen Graczyk, Christine Sinclair (Tiffany Milbrett, 69′), Eriko Arakawa (Kandace Wilson, 83′), Tiffany Weimer
Boston Breakers: Kristin Luckenbill, Alex Scott, Nancy Augustyniak-Goffi, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kasey Moore (Sue Weber, 81′), Kristine Lilly, Angela Hucles (Stacy Bishop, 72′), Kelly Smith, Christine Latham (Kelly Schmedes, 58′), Amy Rodriguez
ATTENDANCE: 6,459

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Boston Breakers Announce Final Opening Day Roster

Posted by iamhannah on March 25, 2009

Westwood, Mass. (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.


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Breakers, Red Stars Battle to 1-1 Draw in Florida Scrimmage

Posted by iamhannah on March 19, 2009

Lauderhill, Fla. (March 18, 2009) – Boston midfielder Kristine Lilly 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 Lilly 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 Lilly 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.  Amy Rodriguez split the defense with a through ball onto the path of 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.

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All-Time Caps Leader Kristine Lilly Signs With Boston Breakers

Posted by iamhannah on March 5, 2009

Westwood, Mass. (March 5, 2009) – 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 with the national team 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.

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Boston Breakers Announce Doubleheaders with MPS Boston Renegades

Posted by iamhannah on March 4, 2009

Westwood, Mass. (March 4, 2009) – 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. For more information on the home schedule and ticket packages, visit http://www.masspremiersoccer.com.

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 http://www.bostonbreakers.com.

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Boston Breakers Add Katie Shields to Coaching Staff

Posted by iamhannah on March 3, 2009

Westwood, Mass. (March 3, 2009) – The Boston Breakers announced that Harvard Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach Katie Shields has joined the Breakers coaching staff for the 2009 season.  Shields will continue to serve in her current position with both the Crimson and as Assistant Director of the SoccerPlus Goalkeeper School.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Boston Breakers and the inaugural season of WPS,” said Shields. “Tony DiCicco is one of the greatest coaches in the women’s game and I am excited to be a part of his staff and vision for the Boston Breakers. The combination of working with Tony, (assistant coach) Lisa (Cole) and helping to establish a permanent women’s pro soccer league in this country is an opportunity I could not pass up.”

Shields was a standout goalkeeper for Harvard, garnering All-Ivy League accolades all four years, in addition to NSCAA First-Team All-Northeast Region honors in 2005 after recording a school-record 11 shutouts.  She finished her career ranked second all-time at Harvard in minutes played (4,145), third in total saves (272) and fifth in save percentage (.863). She led the Crimson to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004, and her .908 save percentage in 2005 is the 10th-best single-season performance in NCAA history.

After graduation, Shields held assistant coaching positions at Arizona State and UC Irvine before rejoining her alma mater as goalkeeping coach in 2007. During her first season, Shields helped coach Crimson goalkeeper Lauren Mann to Second-Team All-Ivy League honors. She continued her coaching success this past year, helping the Crimson to a 10-3-5 record, an Ivy League title and a berth in the NCAA tournament.

The Boston Breakers, one of seven WPS teams, will open its inaugural season in April and continue through August.

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Boston Breakers Release Preseason Roster and Announce Cut Dates

Posted by iamhannah on March 2, 2009

Westwood, Mass. (March 2, 2009) – The Boston Breakers and head coach Tony DiCicco released their initial 32-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 32 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 Ft. Lauderdale on March 22, with the roster to be finalized with the same numbers on March 24.

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

Name Position Height Hometown Previous Team

Nancy Augustyniak Goffi D 5-5 Peachtree City, Ga. FC Indiana

Stacy Bishop M 5-8 Land O’ Lakes, Fla. Tampa Bay Hellenic

Candace Chapman $ D/M 5-7 Ajax, Ontario Vancouver Whitecaps

Brittany Cooper M/F 5-6 Albuquerque, N.M. Albuquerque Asylum

Abby Crumpton F/D 5-7 Rochester Hills, Mich. Charlotte Lady Eagles

Caitlin Fisher D 5-8 Cambridge, Mass. Hammerby (Sweden)

Fabiana @ F Brazil Corinthians (Brazil)

Ariel Harris D 5-6 Holly Springs, N.C. Univ. of North Carolina

Angela Hucles ^ M/F 5-7 Virginia Beach, Va. U.S. National Team

Jaimel Johnson GK 5-7 Dayton, Ohio Univ. of Tennessee

Christine Latham F Calgary, Alberta Atlanta Silverbacks

Amy LePeilbet D 5-6 Crystal Lake, Ill. Pali Blues

Kristine Lilly M/F 5-4 Wilton, Conn. U.S. National Team

Allison Lipsher GK 5-9 Honolulu, Hawaii Ajax America

Kristine Luckenbill GK 5-9 Paoli, Pa. FC Indiana

Allison Martino M 5-6 Draper, Utah Boston Renegades

Heather Mitts ^ D 5-5 Cincinnati, Ohio U.S. National Team

Mary Frances Monroe M/F 5-2 Northport, N.Y. New England Mutiny

Kacey Moore D 5-8 Mission Viejo, Calif. University of Texas

Sophia Mundy M 5-3 Houston, Texas Value FC (Iceland)

Ashley Nick M 5-8 Monrovia, Calif. U. of Southern California

Jennifer Nobis F 5-7 Quincy, Ill. Umeå Södra FF (Sweden)

Ashley Phillips GK 5-8 Peabody, Mass. Atlanta Silverbacks

Amy Rodriguez ^ F 5-4 Lake Forest, Calif. U. of Southern California

Kelly Schmedes F 5-6 Odessa, Texas Charlotte Eagles

Marisha Schumacher-Hodge M 5-4 Los Angeles, Calif. Boston University

Alex Scott % D England Arsenal Ladies FC

Kelly Smith % F/M 5-6 Watford, England Arsenal Ladies FC

Cortney Sobrero F 5-7 Las Vegas, Nev. Fylkir (Iceland)

Maggie Tomecka M 6-0 Shrewsbury, Mass. SoccerPlus Conn.

Lindsay Vera F 5-5 Houston, Texas N.C. State University

Sue Weber D Islip, N.Y. L.I. Rough Riders

Notes
^ = Currently not in camp due to U.S. National Team duty at the Algarve Cup in Portugal
% = Currently not in camp due to England National Team duty at the Cyprus Cup
$ = Currently not in camp due to Canada National Team duty at the Cyprus Cup
@ = Currently not in camp due to injury

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Boston Breakers, Boston Aztec Announce Reserve Team Affiliation

Posted by iamhannah on February 26, 2009

Westwood, Mass. (February 26, 2009) – The Boston Breakers of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) reached an agreement with Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team Boston Aztec, in which Aztec will become the reserve team of the Breakers, it was announced today.

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

“The Boston Breakers are very excited about our relationship with Boston Aztec. It will not be uncommon for some of the Breakers to get games with the Aztec in the WPSL, and for some of the Aztec players to be called up to the Breakers to fill in for injuries or players with their respective national teams,” stated DiCicco.

The Breakers coaching staff will work closely with the Aztec staff, led by former WUSA players Meotis Erikson and Rebekah Splaine, who will both serve as player/coach. Both Breakers and Aztec coaches were on hand to evaluate players at the WPS team’s recent open tryout at Harvard Stadium on Feb. 9-10. The Breakers and Aztec will also play against each other in an exhibition match (date, time and venue TBD).

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

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

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