Breakers acquire defender Melinda Mercado from Western New York

Team trades 2014 college draft pick in exchange

 The Boston Breakers acquired defender Melinda Mercado from the Western New York Flash in exchange for their second round pick in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft.

The Boston Breakers acquired defender Melinda Mercado from the Western New York Flash in exchange for their second round pick in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft.

"We are very happy to add Melinda to the team," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "We need some depth to our back line with the injuries we have had. She is a good young player who can play center back and wide if needed. I liked her coming our of college and am excited to have her join us." 

Mercado, a two-time All-American at Oklahoma State University, finished her college career having started in a school-record 98 games. In her senior season, the fall of 2011, Mercado was named the Big 12 Conference Defender of the Year for the second straight season. The 5-foot, 10-inch Mercado finished her career with six goals and two assists.

Mercado did not see any time on the field with the Flash through three games this season. She will wear No. 23 when she suits up for the Breakers.

Prior to joining the Western New York Flash, Mercado played for the Oklahoma Alliance in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. She spent four WPSL seasons with the Alliance (2008-2012).

Mercado was selected by the Breakers in the third round of the 2012 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft, but WPS ceased operations two weeks later.

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