(Feb. 19, 2014) - The Boston Breakers announced today that it will field a reserve team for the 2014 season.
Featuring some of the top, recently graduated collegiate talent in the nation as well as established players with semi-professional/professional experience, the Boston Breakers Reserves will train with the full Boston Breakers’ National Women’s Soccer League team and follow identical playing philosophies, learning to play ‘the Breakers way’.
The Reserves will play an exhibition schedule against other reserve teams as well as competing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).
“It is very important to set up a reserve team that mimics the senior team. With national team players missing games throughout the regular NWSL season, we need to pull up reserve players who are capable of competing at the top level, and are familiar with the coaching philosophies and senior squad as a whole,” Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “The reserve piece also adds an additional component to our development pathway. With our new Breakers Academy youth program, our teams train and compete from ages under 9-18, then onto our college academy team, to our reserves, and onto the pinnacle of our pathway, the senior pro team.”
The Breakers, for the second straight season, will also feature the Boston Breakers College Academy team in the WPSL. Boston Breakers College Academy, led by head coach Mitch Doherty and assistant coach Andy Coppola, finished its debut season in 2013 with a 6-3-2 record, advancing to the WPSL playoffs.
The team, which went unbeaten at home (3-0-2), was led by Boston College star Stephanie McCaffrey, who paced the team and was in the top five in the WPSL with 16 goals. Boston Breakers College Academy also featured recent U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team callup Stephanie Ribeiro (University of Connecticut).
“This program was a great success last year,” Billiard said. “We were able to provide players with a professional training environment, competitive games, and expose them to life as a Boston Breaker.
“It is a great way for us to see the next group of players coming through the college system, along with us being able to help these players prepare for their fall collegiate seasons. I was very impressed with the players who competed in 2013, and I am excited to see the amount of interest this program has generated with colleges and players from across the country.”
Tryouts will be held March 1, 2014, at The University Sports Complex in Hanover, Mass.