Breakers acquire midfielder Angela Salem from Washington

(Nov. 19, 2015) – The Boston Breakers announced today the team has acquired midfielder Angela Salem from the Washington Spirit in exchange for two second-round picks (Nos. 12 and 20 overall) in the 2016 NWSL College Draft.

(Nov. 19, 2015) – The Boston Breakers announced today the team has acquired midfielder Angela Salem from the Washington Spirit in exchange for two second-round picks (Nos. 12 and 20 overall) in the 2016 NWSL College Draft.

Salem, 27, has played 59 games in the NWSL, starting 54 of them, between the Washington Spirit (2015) and the Western New York Flash (2013-2014). With the Spirit in 2015, Salem started 12 of the 15 matches she appeared in, logging 987 minutes and tallying one assist.

“We are delighted to be bringing Angela to Boston. She is a player whose game I have admired for a long time now,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “She is very good at the role she plays, and for us it was important we added strength to that position.”

Angela Salem in action for the Spirit in 2015

Prior to joining the Spirit, Salem played three seasons for the Flash, beginning in 2012, when she led the Flash to the WPSL Elite championship by converting the game-winning penalty kick in the finals against the Chicago Red Stars. In three seasons with the Flash, Salem made 60 appearances (57 starts).

A native of Akron, Ohio, Salem also played professionally for the Atlanta Beat (2011) and Sky Blue FC (2010) in Women’s Professional Soccer, making a total of 14 appearances. She has also taken her game overseas, playing for Aland United in Finland’s top-flight league, Naisten Liiga, and in Australia in 2013 and 2014 for the Newcastle Jets of the Westfield W-League.

Salem played college soccer at Francis Marion University in South Carolina. She is the first-ever women’s soccer player from FMU to play professionally.

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