THE BREAKDOWN

A look back at the past week in Breakers news

(Dec. 19, 2014) - It was a huge week for the Breakers, from the field to the front office.

(Dec. 19, 2014)It was a huge week for the Breakers, from the field to the front office.

Internally, we’re proud to present our revamped website! Check out www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com for our sleek new look. The easy-to-navigate site features links to tickets, rosters, schedule, and more all on the main page.

Monday, the Breakers partnered with the popular SoccerGrlProbs. With a following of nearly 190,000 on Twitter and more than seven million views on their YouTube videos, SoccerGrlProbs has become a massive success. The Breakers and SoccerGrlProbs will collaborate on a number of videos throughout the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League season. For more, visit http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/home/852391.html.

Also off the field, the Breakers have kickstarted an initiative that engages fans across the globe. #BreakersFamily calls on fans, players, coaches, anyone to take a photo holding up a sign that reads #BreakersFamily. Once you’ve snapped that photo, put it on Twitter, tag the Breakers (@BostonBreakers) and use the #BreakersFamily hashtag. Be sure to let us know where in the world you are when you take the photo.

Throughout the year, most of the pictures will be on social media, the Boston Breakers website, in the home game match day program, and more.  Being part of the #BreakersFamily shows that you are some of our most passionate fans. As the longest running team in the league, we want to see what the Breakers mean to you and how much you mean to the Breakers. This is a great way to interact with Breakers fans, meet new fans, see what the players are up to, and be a part of the Boston Breakers organization. So join the family today!. So go visit http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/home/852468.html for more information.

On the field, Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher had a day to remember, making history in the process. In Brazil at the International Tournament of Brasilia/Torneio Internacional de Brasilia, Naeher earned her first cap and first start for the senior U.S. Women’s National Team. It came Thursday in a 7-0 win over Argentina. Naeher made one save, a big one at that, preserving her first USWNT shutout and victory.

Alyssa Naeher (Photo by Mike Gridley)

With the win, coupled with Brazil’s victory over China later that evening, the U.S. advanced out of the group stage and into the finals. The championship match should be an epic showdown as the U.S. will meet Brazil Sunday, Dec. 21 in Brasilia (4 p.m. ET start). These two teams slugged it out earlier in the week, and the host nation

Brazil came from behind to beat the U.S., 3-2. In Brazil’s win Thursday over the U.S., newly signed Breaker Andressa Alves played 80 minutes. In Thursday’s victory over China, she scored on a penalty kick in the 4-1 triumph. It was Andressa Alves’ first goal of the tournament.

Andressa Alves scored a goal in a 4-1 win over China

In the U.S. vs. Brazil match, 2014 Boston Breakers College Academy team midfielder Sam Mewis (UCLA) came on the 80th minute for the U.S.

Breakers midfielder Kristie Mewis continues to tear it up in Japan for Iga FC Kunoichi. The Ninjas won their second straight Empress Cup match, this time in the third round, defeating Nadeshiko League rivals AS Elfen Saitama, 3-1, last Sunday. In four games with Iga, Mewis has scored five goals.

Kristie Mewis scored two goals for Iga FC Kunoichi vs. Saitama

This Sunday, Dec. 21, Mewis and Iga play in the quarterfinals against Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies, who are coming off a third-round win over Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara. Sunday’s quarterfinals between Iga and Urawa kicks off at 11 a.m. local time Sunday, which is 9 p.m. ET in the U.S. The winner in the quarterfinals moves on to the Dec. 28 semifinals. The 36th Empress Cup final is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2015. Iga is seeking its third Empress Cup title. Iga won in 2001 and in 1998, when it was named Prima Ham FC Kunoichi.

Friday, Dec. 19, the FIFA Women’s World Rankings were released. Germany overtook the U.S. for the No. 1 spot, a position the U.S. held for six years. Brazil falls two spots to No. 8. One through five went: Germany, U.S., France, Japan, and Sweden.

The Breakers currently have two great ticket promotions underway. The first is the 25 Days of Christmas. If you purchase or renew your season tickets on any given day, you are entered to win that day’s prize. If you do not win on that day, your name is eligible to be drawn each day through the end of the promotion (Dec. 25). There are some incredible prizes. Find out all the information here: http://bostonbreakerssoccer.com/home/848742.html.

The second promotion is the Holiday Pack. For $90, you get tickets to three (3) home games and a Breakers scarf. Call 617-945-1704 or visit www.breakerstickets.com to purchase tickets for either promotion. This offer runs through Jan. 5, 2015.

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