Meet the Breakers: Anisa Guajardo and Cecilia Santiago

Mexican duo bring wealth of experience to Boston

The Boston Breakers have had ties to Mexico in the past. In the WUSA, Monica Gonzalez, a founding member of Mexico’s Women’s National Team, wore Breaker blue. This season marks the first time the Breakers have had two Mexican players on their team and the first time a Mexican-born player has donned a Breakers uniform.

Forward Anisa Guajardo and keeper Cecilia Santiago were part of the 55-player U.S., Canada, and Mexico allocation spread amongst the eight National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) teams. 

Guajardo has been capped seven times by the Mexico Women’s National Team. The prolific goal scorer (she was tied for first on Pepperdine University this past fall with 10 goals and is ranked fourth all-time at the school with 27 goals) took the field for Mexico in both the 2012 CONCACAF and Olympic qualifiers. She finished her 2012 international season by scoring a goal in a 2-1 win Dec. 13 over Brazil at Estadio Paulo Machado de Carvalho in Sao Paulo.

"I am very thankful towards the Boston Breakers organization and the Mexican Federation for allowing me the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love," Guajardo said. "To play in a city like Boston is a dream come true. There are no words to express my excitement. I can’t wait to play with so many talented players and to play for such an impressive team like the Boston Breakers."

At Pepperdine, Guajardo was named to the 2012 West Coast Conference First Team and NSCAA All-West Region team. In addition to finishing fourth all-time at Pepperdine in goals scored, the Clovis, Calif., native ended her career at fifth all-time in points (68). She also scored nine career game-winning goals, which ranks fourth all-time.

Anisa Guajardo

Prior to landing at Pepperdine, Guajardo had a phenomenal career for her club, high school, and national teams. She’s played in the Mexico National Team system since her 2008 call-up to the U-17 team. She’s competed on some of the best club teams in the nation - Arizona Rush, East Fresno United Fusion, Stanford Club, and California Odyssey. In addition to her performances on the field, Guajardo has also made an appearance on the big screen in the movie Dreaming of Julia (Cuba Libre), playing the character, Lisa, alongside Harvey Keitel.

Keeper Cecilia Santiago grew up in Ciudad Neza, Mexico, and joined the National Team as a teenager. As a 16-year-old in 2011, Santiago started for Mexico in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. She was the fourth youngest player in the tournament, and when she made her debut at the World Cup, she became the youngest keeper ever to start a World Cup game.

Cecilia Santiago

Santiago played all 90 minutes of each of Mexico’s three games in the group stage. Mexico tied England, 1-1, lost to eventual World Cup Champions Japan, 4-0, and tied New Zealand, 2-2. Santiago finished the tournament with nine saves. Santiago played club soccer for Santos Laguna in the Super Liga Femenil de Futbol. Now, she’s heading to Boston to begin a new venture.

"I am very excited to begin my professional career in such a beautiful city," Santiago said. "And I’m motivated to prove my quality on the field. I can’t wait to put on a Boston Breakers jersey."
 
The 5-foot, 8-inch keeper has played on various levels in the Mexico National Team system. She was an integral part of Mexico’s U-20 World Cup team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. Santiago posted two shutouts in group stage play (2-0 vs. Switzerland and 4-0 vs. New Zealand) and had a tremendous game, making nine saves in a heartbreaking, 1-0 overtime loss to Nigeria in the quarterfinals.
 
To see Anisa Guajardo and Cecilia Santiago in action this season, be sure to purchase season memberships. The 2013 NWSL season begins in mid-April.
 

 

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