(Oct. 28, 2016) – Take a look inside The Breakdown, where each Friday, we look back at the week in Breakers news. Despite being in the offseason, it was another busy week for the Breakers.
Monday, the Breakers re-signed midfielder Stephanie Verdoia. The 23-year-old Salt Lake City native played a career-high 10 games in 2016, starting five. She logged 453 minutes, also a career best. She tallied six shots, three of which landed on goal. In two seasons with the Breakers, Verdoia has started six of the 18 games she’s appeared in, registering 639 minutes. “I'm delighted Steph has re-signed for the club,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “As last season went on, she grew in confidence. I'm looking forward to seeing a confident Steph Verdoia from the word ‘go’ in 2017.” The former Seattle University star, and program’s leading goal-scorer, was selected by the Boston Breakers in the fourth round of the 2015 NWSL College Draft. She made her professional debut and first start on April 26, 2015, a 3-2 win at home against the Houston Dash. Read more about Verdoia’s signing at http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/NEWS/926852.html.
Three days later, the Breakers announced that veteran defender Julie King has re-signed with the club. King is now the senior-most member of the club, having been with the Breakers since 2012. In 2017, King will return for her sixth season as a Breaker. She debuted in 2012 in WPSL Elite. In five seasons with the Breakers, the 27-year-old St. Louis, Mo. native has 88 appearances, including 82 starts. She’s logged 7,462 minutes and has five goals and four assists. “Julie was a key player for us last year, and it was important that we kept her for 2017,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “I am looking forward to seeing Julie progress further as a player and be a key part of the Boston Breakers for 2017.” Voted Team Most Valuable Player in 2016, King started 17 of the 18 matches she appeared in, playing 1,523 minutes. She was one of only four Breakers to play more than 1,500 minutes in 2016. King matched a career high for goals in a single-season with two. She also tallied one assist, giving her the most points in a season during her professional career. Read more about King’s signing, and see what she had to say about it as well, at http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/NEWS/927035.html.
The 2016/17 Westfield W-League season kicks off in Australia next week and a pair of Breakers will begin their campaigns with their respective clubs. Forward Kyah Simon and Sydney FC open up on Saturday, Nov. 5, against Brisbane Roar FC. The teams play at 5 p.m. local time (2 a.m. ET). Forward Natasha Dowie and Melbourne Victory begin play on Sunday, Nov. 6 (2 p.m. local time/Saturday 11:30 p.m. ET) against Adelaide United.
In other news …
The 2017 NWSL season will be here before you know it! Season tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.breakerstickets.com or by calling 617-945-1704.
There is a great deal going on with our Boston Breakers camps right now, and this deal is ONLY good until the end of the month. If you call Neill Caine between now and Oct. 31, you can get 20 percent off a camp! Caine can be reached at 617-945-1704 ext. 208.
Have you taken advantage of Breakers Buck$, the reward program currently being offered for season ticket holders and youth partners? For every purchase you make throughout the season on Breakers products, you earn Breakers Buck$ that can be used for future purchases! Learn more about Breakers Buck$ at http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/TICKETS/bucks/index_E.html?1477669206.
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