Breakers sign Colombian National Team striker Melissa Ortiz

Becomes Boston's first discovery player signed during offseason

(Dec. 5, 2013) The Boston Breakers announced today the club has signed forward Melissa Ortiz, a member of the Colombia Women's National Team. Per club and league policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

(Dec. 5, 2013) The Boston Breakers announced today the club has signed forward Melissa Ortiz, a member of the Colombia Women's National Team. Per club and league policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Ortiz most recently played for KR Reykjavik in the Pepsi Deildin, Iceland's top flight. She will not take up one of the club’s international roster spots due to her U.S. citizenship.

"I am very pleased we are bringing Melissa to Boston. I believe we have picked up a gem of a player," Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. "She's young in age, but very experienced on the field due to her national team endeavors, and she's someone with a good record of goal scoring."

Ortiz, 23, earned her first call up to the national team in 2009. She has 10 caps and four goals for the senior team, including two appearances at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Ortiz also competed with Colombia in the 2010 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Germany, where she played five games and scored Colombia's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Germany. 

A four-year starter at Lynn University in Florida, Ortiz scored 44 goals (eighth most in school history) and tallied 24 assists. Ortiz is also fourth all-time in game-winning goals (13), third in minutes played (5,635) and first in shots on goal (157) at Lynn.

"She is a solid physical presence who can play in a number of attacking roles, just a pure attacking player, who I believe, under the tutelage of head coach Tom Durkin, will be a goal-scoring threat here in Boston," Billiard said.

Ortiz becomes the first discovery player signed by the Breakers during this offseason. The team has made a number of roster moves since the end of the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League season, most recently acquiring U.S. Women's National Team midfielder and former Boston College star Kristie Mewis.

Breakers season memberships are now on sale for the 2014 NWSL season. Visit www.breakerstickets.com to purchase tickets.

 

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