Boston is one of the biggest sports cities in the world, steeped in historic performances and championship trophies. The Boston Breakers find themselves right in the mix. The longest-running professional women’s soccer team in U.S. history, the Breakers have roots dating back more than a decade.
The franchise was established in 2000, debuting in the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2001. The Breakers competed for three seasons in WUSA before the league folded. When Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) was formed in the fall of 2007, the Breakers joined the league and began play when WPS officially launched its first season in 2009. The Breakers played three seasons in WPS (2009-2011) before the league suspended operations in 2011. In their three WPS seasons, the Breakers reached the playoffs twice.
In 2012, the Breakers played in the eight-team WPSL Elite League, which featured eight teams from the Midwest and up and down the East Coast. The Breakers won the regular season championship with an 11-3 record. In 2013, the Breakers were one of eight teams that began play in the new professional womens soccer league, the National Women's Soccer League. The NWSL began with the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Seattle Reign FC, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit, and the Western New York Flash. In 2014, the league expanded to nine teams, adding the Houston Dash. In the first three NWSL seasons combined, the Breakers went 18-37-11 (8-8-6 in their debut season of 2013). In October 2015, the league expanded to 10 teams, adding the Orlando Pride for the 2016 NWSL season.
The Breakers played their 2013 home games at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Massachusetts before moving to Harvard Stadium in 2014. They played their 2015 home games at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium on the grounds of Harvard University. Soldiers Field was renamed Jordan Field in late summer 2015, and it will remain the home of the Breakers in 2016.
The Breakers pride themselves on the work they do both on and off the field. When they’re not competing for a championship on the pitch, they’re out in the community, making appearances at hospitals, youth camps, clinics, and more.