Six national team players allocated to the Breakers

(Jan. 3, 2014) - The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the official list of allocated players for the 2014 NWSL season, and six will join the Boston Breakers.

(Jan. 3, 2014) - The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the official list of allocated players for the 2014 NWSL season. A total of 50 allocated National Team players will be participating in the upcoming season with 26 Americans, 16 Canadians and eight Mexicans.
In addition to the returning allocated National Team players, there are 11 newly allocated National Team players that are now spread among the nine clubs including five Americans (Yael Averbuch, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg and Christen Press), four Canadians (Jonelle Filigno, Rachel Quon, Chelsea Stewart and Melissa Tancredi) and two Mexicans (Jackie Acevedo and Arianna Romero).

The Breakers have been allocated six players: midfielder Heather O’Reilly, midfielder/defender Kristie Mewis, and midfielder/defender Meghan Klingenberg from the U.S., midfielder Kaylyn Kyle and defender Chelsea Stewart from Canada, and Mexico midfielder Dinora Garza.

U.S. Soccer is subsidizing the salaries of 26 players, while the Canadian Soccer Association and the Federation of Mexican Football will do the same for 16 and eight players, respectively.

From Jan. 3-6, the NWSL will have a league-wide “trade period” during which all NWSL teams may make trades throughout the four days. However, teams will not be allowed to waive players currently on their roster until after the NWSL Expansion Draft.

O’Reilly has played for the Breakers since 2012 and last year finished tied for second on the team in goals (five) and second in assists (six). She earned NWSL Player of the Week honors in Week 3 for her two-goal performance in a 2-1 win over the Western New York Flash. O’Reilly, 29, has 193 caps and 37 goals for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Mewis, a native of Hanson, Mass. and three-time NSCAA All-American at Boston College, played 20 games in 2013 for FC Kansas City and scored one goal for the Blues. The 22-year-old was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NWSL College Draft and this year earned her first cap (Feb. 9 vs. Scotland) and scored her first goal (June 15 vs. Korea Republic) with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Klingenberg makes her return to Boston, having played for the Breakers during the second half of the Women’s Professional Soccer season. Klingenberg most recently played for Swedish champions Tyreso. During her last stint in Boston, Klingenberg scored one goal and tallied two assists in 10 games, totalling 961 minutes. The 25-year-old made her U.S. Women’s National Team debut in 2011, making two appearances at the Four Nations Tournament in China. In 2013, Klingenberg saw action in four games, starting three.

Kyle was acquired by the Breakers on Sept. 10, 2013, in a trade with Seattle Reign FC, one that saw defender Carmelina Moscato head to Seattle. Kyle started 19 of the 21 games she appeared in for Seattle during the 2013 NWSL season. The 24-year-old scored three goals (second highest on the team) and logged 1,752 minutes, fourth most on the team. The Saskatoon, Canada native won a bronze medal with the Canadian Women’s National Team at the 2012 London Olympics and won a gold medal at the 2011 Pan-American Games. Kyle began her playing career in 2006 with the Vancouver Whitecaps and later played in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan for Pitea IF.

Stewart recently won the NCAA Division 1 championship with UCLA. She played 26 games (seven starts) with the Bruins, tallying three assists in 889 minutes. With Canada, Stewart was a member of the Canadian Women’s National Team that won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The 23-year-old Denver, Colo. native previously played for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Stewart has 44 caps for Canada, including 12 starts. Stewart debuted for Canada in 2009 at age 18 and over the last four years, she’s played in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and three Cyprus Cups.

Garza made two appearances for the Chicago Red Stars in 2013. The 25-year-old Reynosa, Mexico native began her international career in 2011. She has 35 caps for Mexico and has scored nine goals for her country. Garza was a member of Mexico’s World Cup team in 2011, and in 2008, Garza scored one goal for Mexico in the U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The Boston Breakers are one of nine teams in the National Women's Soccer League. To purchase tickets, visit www.breakerstickets.com or call 617-945-1704.

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring national team players from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The nine clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Houston Dash, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.

Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. For more information about the NWSL, and for a complete list of allocations, log on to the league’s official website at www.NWSLsoccer.com.

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