Breakers acquire midfielder Amanda Da Costa from Chicago

(Nov. 3, 2016) – The Boston Breakers announced today that the team has acquired midfielder Amanda Da Costa from the Chicago Red Stars. In exchange, Boston sends back to Chicago their natural third (No. 28 overall) and fourth-round (No. 38 overall) picks in the 2017 NWSL College Draft that Boston picked up in a previous trade.

The 27-year-old Katonah, N.Y. native is no stranger to the Breakers and head coach Matt Beard, having played for Boston during the 2012 WPSL Elite season and then for Beard at Liverpool in both 2013 and 2014. She helped lead the Liverpool Ladies to back-to-back FA Women’s Super League titles.

“Amanda is a great person, and she will be a great addition to our roster. During our time at Liverpool she was a key player for me,” Beard said. “Technically, she is very gifted and she is a clever soccer player.”

The past two seasons, Da Costa has played in the NWSL, first for the Washington Spirit in 2015 where she scored three goals on four shots on goal in 17 appearances. In 2016 with the Chicago Red Stars, Da Costa started eight of the 13 matches she appeared in. In two NWSL seasons, Da Costa has 30 appearances, 15 starts, and has logged 1,311 minutes with three goals scored.

At Liverpool, Da Costa made more than 40 appearances and was part of the first Liverpool Ladies team to compete in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

With the Boston Breakers during the 2012 WPSL Elite season, Da Costa started all eight matches she appeared in, playing 709 minutes. She tallied one assist.

On the international level, Da Costa began playing for the Portuguese Women’s National Team in 2015, debuting on Dec. 1 against Spain in the Women’s Euro 2017 qualifiers. This past year with Portugal, Da Costa played in the Algarve Cup in March and in the recent Euro 2017 qualifiers, helping to lead Portugal to the final stages.

Prior to joining Portugal, Da Costa spent time in the U.S. Women’s National Team system, playing for the U-23 and U-20 teams. With the U-23s in 2012, she scored the game-winning goal to beat Norway in the finals of the Three Nations Tournament. In 2008, Da Costa competed with the U.S. U-20s at the Cyprus Cup.

The former Florida State star earned First-Team All-ACC selection and was named to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region team in 2010 for the Seminoles. She finished her career at Florida State having scored 17 goals and registering 24 assists. The 24 assists ranks her third all-time in program history. Following her time at Florida State, Da Costa was selected by the Washington Freedom in 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft.

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