Cat Whitehill returns to the Breakers

Olympic gold medalist defender back for second season

 The Boston Breakers have signed four major players, including one of the top center backs in the game, Olympic gold medalist Cat Whitehill. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Boston Breakers have signed four major players, including one of the top center backs in the game, Olympic gold medalist Cat Whitehill. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"I am so excited to be a part of the Boston Breakers again this year. After my experience with the club last year, I realized what a professional environment the club creates and the many wonderful people that surround the club who truly love the game and want to see it grow," Whitehill said. "I’m so glad that the Breakers are a part of the NWSL, and I can’t wait to get out on the field and put on the Breakers jersey. This team already looks amazing with the players that they have acquired, so I just know this season is going to be so much fun and I hope full of a lot of wins."

Cat Whitehill returns for her second season as a Breaker (Photo by Mark Gardner)

Capped 134 times for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Whitehill brings a wealth of experience to the backline. In 2012, Whitehill played 14 games (13) starts, logging 1,190 minutes, third highest on the team and the most minutes played by a defender in WPSL Elite.

"Cat’s a proven, experienced defender. She can bring a lot to our back line,” Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. “She’s played at the highest level. She’s someone I have a lot of respect for. I’m excited to have her lead our back line again."

The 31-year-old Birmingham, Ala., native played three years in Women’s Professional Soccer, two with the Washington Freedom and one with the Atlanta Beat. In 59 games, Whitehill played 5,304 minutes, scored four goals to go with six assists. A member of the 2004 gold medal winning U.S. squad at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, Whitehill played in five games at the 2004 Olympics, starting three. She also was a member of the third-place U.S. squads at the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

In 2007, Whitehill led the U.S. in minutes played (2,116) and played every minute of all six Women’s World Cup matches, one of only two players to accomplish that feat. She’s also the only defender to score two goals in a World Cup game (2003 vs. North Korea). The U.S. Soccer Young Athlete of the Year in 2003, Whitehill actually made her U.S. debut for the senior squad three years prior (July 6, 2000, vs. Italy). She scored her first U.S. goal on March 17, 2001, against Norway.

Whitehill won two NCAA Championships in college with the University of North Carolina (2003 and 2000) and also won the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy in 2003, an award given to the best collegiate player.

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