The Breakdown

A look back at the past week in Breakers news

(Jan. 9, 2015) - The first week of January kicked off with a bang as a trio of Breakers was called into U.S. Women’s National Team camps, two Breakers landed in China for the Four-Nation Cup, and the NWSL revealed its new commissioner.

Breakers keeper Alyssa Naeher and midfielder Kristie Mewis were called into USWNT camp by head coach Jill Ellis for a 21-day training camp, running from Jan. 5-25 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, that will kick off the USA’s Women’s World Cup year. Mewis recently returned from her loan spell with Japanese side Iga FC Kunoichi, where she scored five goals in five games for “The Ninjas.”

In addition to Naeher and Mewis, new Breakers defender Kassey Kallman is also in California, training with the USWNT. Kallman was named to the U-23 roster for a camp that began Jan. 3 and commences Jan. 10. Part of the camp will run concurrently with the full U.S. Women’s National Team event and the U.S. coaching staff will be observing training sessions.

Breakers forward Nkem Ezurike (Canada) and defender Bianca Sierra (Mexico) are currently in China, preparing for the start of the Four-Nation Cup, a tournament that features Canada, Mexico, Korea Republic, and China PR. The first games are scheduled for Jan. 11. The tournament runs through Jan. 15.

In other Breakers news, it was announced this week that the club will hold open tryouts on Feb. 21 at Forekicks in Taunton, Mass. The tryout is for the pro team as well as the reserve and college academy teams, which will play in the Women’s Premier Soccer League this season.

The National Women’s Soccer League announced Tuesday that Jeff Plush has been named Commissioner for the National Women’s Soccer League, which will begin its third season in April. Plush is an accomplished and respected senior executive with more than 20 years of operating experience in the sport and live entertainment industry.

Friday, the NWSL revealed the list of more than 140 players who are eligible for selection in the 2015 NWSL College Draft, which will be held Friday, Jan. 16, at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia.

The 2015 NWSL season is just three months away, so grab tickets now! Season tickets and three-game packages are currently on sale. Visit www.breakerstickets.com or call 617-945-1704 to purchase tickets.

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