The Breakdown

A look back at the past week in Breakers news

(Feb. 13, 2015) - As the preseason nears, the Breakers continue to make waves off the field, especially this past week with the announcement of two signings. Read all about it and more in The Breakdown.

(Feb. 14, 2015) - As the preseason nears, the Breakers continue to make waves off the field, especially this past week with the announcement of two signings. Read all about it and more in The Breakdown.

It was announced earlier this week that Brazilian forward Andressa Alves da Silva and midfielder Francielle Manoel Alberto have been called up by the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol to participate in an 18-month residency program ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. One day later, the Breakers signed Brazilian forward Rafaela Travalao (Rafinha) and Beatriz Vaz e Silva (Bia).

“I am happy to welcome Rafaela and Beatriz to the Boston Breakers. We are fortunate to have found two such dynamic players with championship pedigree,” Boston Breakers head coach Tom Durkin said. “They arrive from AFE (Associação Ferroviária de Esportes), Brazil's most dominant women's side over the past decade, as Brazilian champions.”

Rafinha, 26, and Bia, 29, are currently playing for Associação Ferroviária de Esportes (Ferroviária). In the Copa do Brasil, Ferroviária defeated Cruzeiro, 2-0 (6-2 on aggregate) earlier this week. Both players are expected to join the Breakers prior to the start of the 2015 season. Read the full story here

Breakers Head Coach Tom Durkin stopped by the office this week and during his visit, he sat down with us to talk about the the new stadium and the anticipation of getting started with preseason next month.

On playing at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium: “I’m really looking forward to playing in the soccer-specific stadium. It’s going to be a great training ambiance for us. Dimension-wise,it’s much more suitable to our playing style. I think it’ll be good for our opponents, so it’ll be a better soccer match."

On the preseason: "It’s been a long offseason, You get a little anticipation-weary to the point where you really want to get started ... There’s a lot of variables factoring into preseason with the National Team training camps and player movement. The quicker we can get the players in front of us and working, the better we’ll feel about the season."

On the schedule: "Overall, I think the schedule is going to help the team prepare for each match, so I think that’s the most important thing."

The U.S. Women's National team wrapped up its European tour Friday. Alex Morgan scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win over England at MK Dons ... Earlier in the week, the U.S. lost, 2-0, to France. Next up for the U.S. is the Algarve Cup in March.

In other news …

The 2015 NWSL season is just a couple months away, so get your tickets now! Season tickets, single-game tickets, flex packs, and three-game packages are currently on sale! Visit or call 617-945-1704 to purchase tickets.

The Breakers are holding open tryouts for the professional, reserve, and college academy teams. The open tryouts will be held on Feb. 21 at Forekicks in Taunton, Mass.

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