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

(Nov. 11, 2016) – Take a look inside The Breakdown, where each Friday, we look back at the week in Breakers news. Once again, the Breakers were extremely active off the field as the offseason rolls along.

Wednesday, the Breakers announced their second international signing in as many weeks. This time it was New Zealand international Rosie White. The 23-year-old from Auckland, New Zealand most recently played for Liverpool Ladies FC in the FA Women’s Super League. In two seasons (2015, 2016) with Liverpool, White had 33 appearances and scored four goals. “Rosie of course is a player who I worked with for a few months in my last season at Liverpool. She is technically a gifted soccer player who can play in numerous positions in the front three or in midfield,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “On top of that, she is a great person and brings international experience with the New Zealand national team.” “I am really excited to be signing with the Boston Breakers,” White said. “It is an amazing opportunity and a new adventure and challenge for me. I can’t wait for it to begin.” Prior to Liverpool, White starred at UCLA, helping the Bruins win the 2013 NCAA National Championship. In four years at UCLA (2011-2014), White scored 17 goals and added 12 assists. One of her biggest moments at UCLA came in 2013 when she scored the winning penalty kick in the shootout in the semifinals against Virginia. Capped 73 times for the New Zealand Women’s National Team, White has scored 14 goals for her country. She’s played in two FIFA Women’s World Cups (2011 in Germany and 2015 in Canada) and two Olympic Games (2016 in Brazil and 2014 in London). She also played for the Football Ferns in the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and the 2008 and 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cups.

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Thursday, midfielder Louise Schillgard departed the club for personal reasons. “I would like to thank Louise for her efforts on and off the pitch last year,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “She is a special player, and of course I am disappointed that she isn’t able to return, but her family comes first. I wish her, Johan, and Matteus all the best for the future.” The 27-year-old Schillgard, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, joined the Breakers prior to the start of the 2016 NWSL season. She made her NWSL debut on April 16, 2016 against the Washington Spirit.

Thursday on Twitter, Schillgard stated: I have to put my family first and I have decided that what is best for us is to stay at home in Sweden. Thank you to all the players and staff at the Boston Breakers and most importantly a huge thank you to the fans. You made me feel at home. My family and I enjoyed our time in Boston!

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Late Thursday, the Breakers announced some front office changes. Mark Thomas has been named President of Business Operations and Lee Billiard transitions to President of Soccer Operations and Development. Thomas will oversee the day-to-day business operations of the Boston Breakers organization. Responsibilities include sales, marketing, sponsorship, and day-to-day management of the business operations. Thomas will work on building off the current platform with a view to continue its growth financially and expanding the Boston Breakers brand. Under his new role, Thomas will be working on both short- and long-term strategies that will continue moving the organization forward off the field. Billiard will focus solely on the soccer side in his new role as president of soccer operations and development. Billiard will have more involvement in managing the pro team roster than in previous years. He will work directly with the head coach on the roster development, scouting and trade deals, along with maintaining previous soccer roles of overseeing the salary cap, facilities, and day-to-day operations associated with the pro team. Over the years, Billiard has been one of the major factors in building one of the country’s top soccer development pyramids. In his new role, Billiard will oversee all aspects of soccer operations from the pro team all the way down through the Boston Breakers Academy and Development Training Centers.

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What a season debut it was for Natasha Dowie last weekend in the Westfield W-League! The Melbourne Victory striker scored a brace in a come-from-behind, 3-3 draw with Adelaide United. The Victory came back three times to earn the point. This weekend, Dowie and the Victory play the Newcastle Jets (Sunday, 12 a.m. ET) … Kyah Simon started for Sydney FC in her team’s 2-1 loss on the road to the Brisbane Roar. This weekend is a massive one for Simon and Sydney as they take on rivals Western Sydney Wanderers. The match takes place Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET.

The UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 final draw was made this week. Emilie Haavi (Norway) and Amanda Da Costa (Portugal) helped lead their respective teams to final stage. Norway ended up in Group A with The Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium. Portugal got drawn into Group D with England, Scotland, and Spain.

The NCAA Division 1 Tournament kicks off around the country this weekend, and it features several members of the 2016 Boston Breakers College Academy and Boston Breakers U-20 teams, including: Harvard’s Gabby Kaplan, Dani Stollar, Alli Wiggins, Marissa Segala, and Maggie Basta, Albany’s Bianca Webb, and Northeastern’s Kerri Zerfoss, Carina Deandreis, Skylar LeBlanc, and Jill Quinn.

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The 2017 NWSL season will be here before you know it! Season tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting or by calling 617-945-1704.

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