Breakers sign Norwegian midfielder Lisa-Marie Woods

Star international joins club as Discovery Player

The Boston Breakers have signed one of the top international midfielders in the world, Lisa Marie Woods. Per league and team policy, terms of Woods’ contract were not disclosed. 

The Boston Breakers have signed one of the top international midfielders in the world, Lisa-Marie Woods, as a discovery player. Per league and team policy, terms of Woods’ contract were not disclosed. Discovery Players may be either international or domestic. Players who were eligible for but not selected in the Supplemental Draft may be claimed as Discovery Players.

A member of the Norwegian Women’s National Team system since 2003, Woods has also had several successful stints on the club level, particuarly in 2010 when she won the Kniksen Prisen, given to the top player in Norway’s top-flight league, Toppserien. Woods won the award while playing for Stabæk. 

"I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to play for such a solid team and organization," Woods said. "I am looking forward to playing with such great, quality players on the Breakers this year. I’ve also heard the Breakers have the best fans in the league, so I am looking forward to playing in front of them. They do the job off the field, and I will work my best every day to do my work on the field. I am very excited to get started."

Woods, 28, most recently played for Fortuna Hjørring in Denmark’s Elitedivisionen and started both legs of the team’s UEFA Women’s Champions League matches last spring against Glasgow City. Last summer, Woods played for the Ottawa Fury of the USL W-League. There, she helped lead the Fury to the W-League championship, the club’s first-ever title. She also was named team MVP. Woods is Boston’s second link to Ottawa. Defender Rhian Wilkinson played for the Fury, and this week, both Woods and Wilkinson were named to the Fury Ultimate XI, as voted on by fans.

Woods began her national team career in 2003 with Norway, when she captained the U-19 team in the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship. She earned her first cap with the senior national team in 2009. 

This will not be Woods’ first time playing soccer in the U.S. She earned several accolades while playing for Middle Tennessee State University (2004-2006). Shortly thereafter, Woods began her professional career with Toppserien club Asker and later joined Kolbotn. In addition to playing pro soccer in Norway, Denmark, and Canada, Woods also played in Australia, for Perth Glory in 2011.

"Lisa is a player with a lot of international experience; she’s played all over the world. She is a talented player with a little bit of fire in her," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "She’s competitive and wants to win. She’s going to help push our team and help make our team better. She has a knack for scoring, and I’m excited she’s joining the Breakers."

Woods becomes the third Norwegian to play for the Breakers in the team’s 12-year history, joining the likes of Dagny Mellgren and Ragnhild Gulbrandsen.

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