The Breakdown - A look back at the week in Breakers news

(March 3, 2017) – The Breakdown returns, and we have a lot to recap this week with news from Boston to Europe.

The week began with the announcement of the signing of midfielder Rose Lavelle. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, Lavelle was a three-time NSCAA All-American at the University of Wisconsin. The two-time Big Ten Midfielder of the Year was one of the top scorers at Wisconsin over the past four seasons. In 84 games at Wisconsin, the 21-year-old Lavelle scored 22 goals, leading the team in scoring in 2015 and 2016.

“Of course selecting Rose at No. 1, we always knew we were going to sign her,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “She is a talented footballer with a great future ahead of her.”

The 21-year-old Cincinnati, Ohio native was recently named to the U.S. Women’s National Team’s SheBelieves Cup roster. The U.S. will play Germany March 1, England March 5, and France March 7.

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The Boston Breakers announced on Wednesday their schedule for the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League season.

The Breakers open up the year on the road, taking on FC Kansas City on Sunday, April 16, at Swope Soccer Village. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET. They return to Boston one week later for their home opener, when they take on rivals Sky Blue FC on Sunday, April 23 (4 p.m. ET) at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass.

The Breakers will play all 12 home games at Jordan Field in 2017 and 12 on the road.

“I'm really looking forward to 2017 with all the changes that we have made. We have worked incredibly hard in the offseason, and we are pleased with where we are both on and off the pitch,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “It's good to have four out of the first six games at Jordan Field to help us settle and gel as a team and get the fans behind us.”

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Then on Thursday, the Breakes announced their preseason schedule. The Boston Breakers announced today they will play four preseason games ahead of the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League season.

The Breakers open preseason on March 13, and their first preseason game is scheduled for Saturday, March 25 at 4 p.m. ET against Boston College. The Breakers and Eagles will play on BC’s Newton campus in a closed-door scrimmage.

On Tuesday, March 28, the Breakers take on the New England Futbol Club’s U-15 boys’ team at Forekicks in Taunton, Mass. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. Saturday, April 1, the Breakers face the University of Connecticut at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. They wrap up the 2017 preseason schedule on Tuesday, April 4, against Sky Blue FC on the campus of the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. This will be a closed-door scrimmage. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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Four Breakers are competing in international tournaments. Defender Allysha Chapman and Canada and midfielder Amanda Da Costa and Portugal are playing in the Algarve Cup in Portugal. On Wednesday, March 1, Portugal plays Russia and Canada takes on Denmark. On Monday, March 6, Chapman and Da Costa go head to head as Canada plays Portugal at 2 p.m. ET. The finals of the Algarve Cup are set for Wednesday, March 8.

Midfielder Rosie White and New Zealand are competing in the Cyprus Cup, facing Korea on Monday, March 6 (10:30 a.m. ET). The finals of the Cyprus Cup are on Wednesday, March 8.

Midfielder Rose Lavelle and the U.S. Women’s National Team are hosting the SheBelieves Cup. On Saturday, March 4, the U.S. plays England at 5 p.m. ET (live on Fox), and on Tuesday, March 7, the U.S. goes up against France at 7 p.m. ET (live on Fox Sports 1).

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