(Nov. 18, 2016) – Once again we are back with The Breakdown, where each Friday, we look back at the week in Breakers news. For the third week in a row, the Breakers made player moves, this time bringing in a defender from Washington. That’s not all that went on this week.
Thursday, the Breakers acquired Washington defender Megan Oyster, as well as the Nos. 3 and 9 picks in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, in exchange for defender Kassey Kallman and midfielder Kristie Mewis. In addition, Boston also receives the No. 2 allocation spot in return for the No. 1 spot in the Distribution Ranking Order.
The 13th overall pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft out of UCLA, Oyster played two seasons for the Spirit. She started all 25 games she appeared in, logging 3,140 minutes. The Naperville, Ill native is currently on loan in Australia, playing in the Westfield W-League for the Newcastle Jets. This is her second straight offseason in Australia, having played for Newcastle during the 2015/2016 W-League season. “Megan is a player that we really wanted to bring to the club,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “She is a very good defender and comfortable on the ball. Megan will bring great experience to the back line and a winning mentality.” A four-year star at UCLA, Oyster was instrumental in the Bruins winning the 2013 NCAA National Championship. She assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime of the championship game against Florida State.
“Megan is a top quality defender, a very important piece of the puzzle for us, and a player Matt wanted, so to bring her into the club is a big positive for us. We have a plan in place for how we use the draft picks to help strengthen the squad which is the important next step,” said Boston Breakers President of Soccer Operations and Development Lee Billiard. “It is always tough moving players like Kassey and Kristie, but we felt the need to freshen it up and free up cap space, allowing us to keep making the progress we have done so thus far.”
Read more about the Oyster trade at http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/NEWS/927919.html.
Friday afternoon, the Breakers unveiled a new campaign for 2017: #4BOS. The Boston Breakers announce a new campaign for the 2017 season: For Soccer. For Fans. For Family. For Boston.
When thinking about the campaign, we asked: “What is the make up of the Boston Breakers?” We were able to break these values down into four pillars, and these pillars are the foundations that the Boston Breakers are built on:
For Soccer: We are proud to be the longest-running women’s professional soccer organization in the U.S. We have been part of the professional women’s soccer landscape since its inception, and we will continue to build a future for younger players and fans.
For Fans: We have a diverse and loyal fanbase of all ages, races, sex, creeds, and orientations. Our fans are and will always be the most important element of our make up.
For Family: Past, present, future players, and staff are considered part of the Breakers’ family. Together we are strong.
For Boston: The Breakers are fortunate to be a professional sports team in Boston, the greatest sports city in America. We are very proud of the city we represent and its passionate sports fan.
“Boston is the greatest sports town in the world, and I’m proud to support the Breakers as they launch #4BOS," said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “Along with their fans, the team brings so much passion and positive energy to the game of soccer and our city’s sports culture.”
Read all about the #4BOS campaign at http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/NEWS/927943.html.
Saturday, Breakers midfielder Emilie Haavi and her Norwegian teams, LSK Kvinner, play Roa in the finals of the Norwegian Women’s Cup. LSK Kvinner are seeking their third straight Cup title. The 2016 Toppserien champions kick off against Roa Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. In the Norwegian Cup this season, LSK Kvinner have outscored their opponents, 39-2, in five matches.
Speaking of Haavi, it was a big week for the Norwegian. She was named to the Norway Women’s National Team roster for a Nov. 29 friendly against Germany.
W-League action heated up last weekend once again. Kyah Simon played all 90 minutes of the Sydney derby as Sydney FC defeated the Western Sydney Wanderers, 2-0. Things didn’t go as planned for the Melbourne Victory. Natasha Dowie played all 90 minutes in a 4-0 loss to the Newcastle Jets, who feature the newest Breakers, Megan Oyster. Oyster scored what proved to be the game-winner, netting a goal in the eighth minute. This weekend, Oyster and the Jets play Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET against Perth Glory. Meanwhile, Simon and Dowie clash for the first time this year as Sydney FC takes on the Melbourne Victory. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 a.m. ET Sunday.
The U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team opened up the 2016 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea this week. After a scoreless draw with France, the U.S. beat New Zealand, 3-1. They next face Ghana on Monday, Nov. 21. The U.S. U-20 team features 2016 Boston Breakers College Academy goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn.
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.
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