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Houston Dash

Houston Dash bring back familiar face in trade with North Carolina Courage

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Allysha Chapman returns to the Houston Dash.

The Houston Dash announced on Wednesday that they had traded their 2019 first round draft pick to the North Carolina Courage for defender Allysha Chapman and two second round draft picks in the 2019 draft.

The move adds a sorely needed defender to the Dash's roster.

Houston Dash select three player in NWSL dispersal draft

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The Houston Dash selected Kyah Simon with their first pick of the dispersal draft.

The Houston Dash had an interesting day in the NWSL Dispersal Draft opting to take a retired player with their first pick. With the league going down to nine teams they elected to hold a dispersal draft to help place players from Boston with clubs for 2018.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Orlando Pride

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Everybody hurts sometimes.

It's a quick turnaround for the Boston Breakers this week as they just played a midweek game against the Houston Dash (a very disappointing 3-1 loss) and will now have to set themselves to play the Orlando Pride.

The Breakers are in a trough right now. Playing the Dash was probably their best chance to pick up points as they were without key midfielders Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian, but their own injuries took too severe a toll and they made several critical mistakes without being able to put the ball on frame themselves.

Hagen nets brace to help Dash playoff hopes

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Sarah Hagen's two goal performance led Houston to a 3-1 victory over Boston.

Sarah Hagen's breakout two-goal performance led the Houston Dash to a 3-1 victory over the Boston Breakers at Jordan Field in Boston on Wednesday night.

With Carli Lloyd out with an ankle sprain, Hagen made the most of her opportunity in the starting eleven, finding the back of the net twice, both following great attacking build-ups from the Dash attack.

Boston Breakers injuries take their toll in 3-1 loss to Houston Dash

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The weakened Boston defense couldn't consistently deal with Houston.

Starting XI: Abby Smith, Midge Purce, Julie King, Megan Oyster, Amanda Frisbie, Angela Salem, Amanda Da Costa, Rosie White, Adriana Leon, Natasha Dowie, Ifeoma Onumonu

Natasha Dowie returned to the lineup and Matt Beard made several other changes to his attack as the Boston Breakers took on the Houston Dash at home.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Houston Dash

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Midweek games suck.

The Boston Breakers are coming off a string of mediocre results, so they'll be raring to go against the Houston Dash when they come home for a midweek game tomorrow at Jordan Field.

The Breakers scrapped back against the Washington Spirit to gain a point on the road this past weekend in a 2-2 draw, but they have yet to win on the road this season.

Amanda Duffy

NWSL finally moves forward with Breakers ticket refunds

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You got moneeeyyyyy (maybe).

Two months, two weeks, two days. 75 days. That's how long Boston Breakers season ticket holders have been waiting for their refunds. Most of them were out at least several hundred dollars; some, thousands.

75 days, and Breakers season ticket holders are now finally seeing movement on getting their money back.

What is taking so long on Boston Breakers season ticket holder refunds?

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Pay me what you owe me. Don't act like you forgot.

The National Women's Soccer League officially announced at the Boston Breakers would fold on January 28, 2018. It is now April 5, over two months after that official announcement, in which the league stated "Breakers fans who have placed deposits on their 2018 season tickets will be contacted, and provided full refunds.

Seattle Reign

Links: Zlatan Ibrahimovic officially joins LA Galaxy

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LA used TAM, no DP spot required. The USWNT will take on China at Rio Tinto. Freddy Adu joins Las Vegas Lights FC.


Last July, Christen Westphal suffered a nerve injury playing against Seattle Reign that kept her out of action for months. Eight months and a Boston Breakers dispersal draft later, she is set to make her return to competitive action, this time as a Reign defender.

Match preview: Seattle Reign v. Boston Breakers

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The Reign will be looking for redemption after getting trounced by Boston on the road.

After putting in their worst performance of the season against Boston on the road, Seattle Reign FC (5-3-5) will be looking for redemption this weekend when they host the Boston Breakers (3-6-4). The match kicks off at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, July 15 at 7 PM PT, and will stream on go90 and the NWSL website.

Washington Spirit

Washington Spirit waive Alyssa Kleiner

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Washington is still well over the roster limit

This morning the Washington Spirit waived defender Alyssa Kleiner. Kleiner played two seasons for the Spirit and appeared in 35 games. With the amount of additions the Spirit have made this offseason, several more players will need to be waived before the season begins.

Boston Breakers players taken in NWSL dispersal draft

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Painful but necessary.

It's a ghoulish business, this, the parceling off of a roster from a folded team. But players need a place to play, and short of actually setting a reasonable deadline for ownership negotiations that would have given people proper time to find a job, the league has done its best to incentivize teams to draft players with relaxed rules around salary caps and roster limits for those drafted.

Adriana Leon nominated for Canada Soccer player of the year

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A good capper on a good year.

Boston Breakers forward Adriana Leon has been nominated for Canada Soccer's 2017 player of the year.

It's a very nice nod to a player who was seemingly out of the squad a couple of years ago but worked her way back in, notching three goals in six games for her country on top of six goals and six assists for her club.

Washington Spirit vs. Boston Breakers 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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Two injury-riddled teams are looking to figure some things out for the future

2017 has been a rough season for both the Washington Spirit and the Boston Breakers, who sit 9th and 10th in the NWSL standings at the moment. Injuries have hit both teams, as has a tendency to not turn good performances into actual results.

Spirit score more goals in 1 day than DCU does in 2, and more: 8/14/17 Freedom Kicks

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Some familiar names bubbling up and such also.

Hi. Did you all dry out yet? Anyway, Sunday night games suck for those of us scrambling for links. Minor gripe, I know.

Recaps of D.C. United's 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake from us (with more from us here), WaPo and MLS. RSL Soapbox has the land of Mormon.

Boston Breakers come back for 2-2 tie against Washington Spirit

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Adriana Leon and Abby Smith did their best to drag Boston to a result.

Starting XI: Abby Smith, Midge Purce, Julie King, Megan Oyster, Allysha Chapman, Angela Salem, Morgan Andrews, Rosie White, Adriana Leon, Katie Stengel, Tiffany Weimer

The Boston Breakers went into this game against the Washington Spirit with a much-weakened back line and it showed.

Washington Spirit vs. Boston Breakers 2017: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NWSL online

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The Spirit need a win against a team that has given them trouble throughout their history

After a stretch in which they played four straight road games (and five of six total games since July 1st), the Washington Spirit return home in dire need of points. Hosting the Boston Breakers, Washington is looking at a situation in which they need to make up a nine point gap in eight games to get into the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Washington Spirit

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Who can stay off the bottom of the table?

The Boston Breakers will play the Washington Spirit away tomorrow. These are two teams who have, frustratingly, missed some crucial pieces at times this season, but who are both capable of turning in scintillating performances. The problem is consistency.

Seattle Sounders

Major Link Soccer: NWSL’s Boston Breakers are no more

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The club will cease operations. An LAFC-Barcelona team up on a Californian side is a rumored replacement.


ZLATAN!! ZLATAN!! ZLATAN!! Somehow he might be a TAM player too...Ibrahimovic to MLS has "serious legs" – ProSoccerTalk

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Thanksgiving edition: Freedom Kicks for 11/23/2017

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Random stuff from across the soccer world

Hello and happy Thanksgiving! I hope your Thanksgiving is good and gets better than reading Freedom Kicks in the morning. Let's go!

D.C. United season review: Bruno Miranda - Black And Red United
Steven Streff reviews Bruno Miranda, whose loan lasts until the end of next season.

Rose Lavelle

News Roundup: Union men on national team duty, the Crew Seek investors in Ohio, and a rough weekend for women’s soccer

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Also pre-season starts, the Fire plan a trip to Bavaria, and silly season gets down to business.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs Portland Thorns

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Can Rose Lavelle help Boston put the ball in the net?

As we come to the close of the 2017 NWSL season, there's a lot to contemplate about the Boston Breakers. They have three games left and are currently on a four-game losing streak with a 3-11-7 record for 9th place overall. They've had injuries galore, including the hamstring injury that derailed Rose Lavelle's rookie season and forced the team to rearrange the rest of their season.

Big names headline USWNT roster for Tournament of Nations

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A list of mostly familiar names makes up the latest U.S. Women's National Team squad as they begin preparations for the 2017 Tournament of Nations.

Many of the names, including team captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, overlap with the group that traveled to Scandinavia in June.


Boston Breakers fold after ownership deal falls through

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The end of an era.

UPDATED 1/25/18 10:00 PM ET: Added tweets from Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson regarding the status of the Breakers before the decision was made to fold the team.

A new ownership deal that could have kept the Boston Breakers local but moved them down to the Union Point land development in Weymouth has fallen apart, and with no new ownership able to step in on such short notice, the team will fold.

Match preview: Boston Breakers vs FC Kansas City

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NWSL returns to action the Breakers return to the hunt for points.

It's been an exciting break in NWSL action with both the 2017 Women's Euro and the Tournament of Nations taking place. There have been days where up to five international matches took place from morning until night; can NWSL possibly hope to match that level of excitement?

Matt Beard

Boston Breakers sign Swedish defender Lotta Ökvist

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Ökvist seems primarily to play at fullback but might be coming onboard as a mid for Boston.

The Boston Breakers have signed 20-year-old Swedish international Lotta Ökvist for the upcoming 2018 season.

Ökvist comes from Piteå IF in Sweden's Damallsvenskan and has played for Sweden's U19 and U17 teams.

Matt Beard will stay on as Breakers coach in 2018

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Beard has some serious questions to answer in his third season.

Earlier today, The Bent Musket discussed whether Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard would be staying with the team in 2018 as its head coach. Thanks to social media, we now know the answer a couple of hours later from former GM and current President of Soccer Ops and Development Lee Billiard.

Abby Smith

Boston Breakers drop 1-0 on road to Sky Blue

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Boston's defense looked stronger but the offensive problems remain.

Starting XI: Abby Smith, Midge Purce, Julie King, Megan Oyster, Allysha Chapman, Angela Salem, Tiffany Weimer, Rosie White, Adriana Leon, Katie Stengel, Ifeoma Onumonu

Things got off to a start with a bang as the Boston Breakers took on Sky Blue FC away.

Reign FC play Boston Breakers to a 1-1 draw

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A flat performance puts a damper on Laura Harvey's milestone.

The night started off festive as the Seattle Reign FC celebrated head coach and general manager Laura Harvey coaching in her 100th NWSL regular season match. Unfortunately the night did not end with a celebratory spirit as the Reign FC and Boston Breakers played to a 1-1 draw.

Orlando Pride

Amanda Da Costa calls time on her career

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"It just felt right."

It was the last minute of stoppage as the Boston Breakers played the Orlando Pride at home. Orlando had already gone up two and Boston was just looking to salvage a little bit of dignity in the 93'. Adriana Leon took a big tackle in the box and the ref pointed to the spot.

Amanda Da Costa to retire after Orlando game

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Another bittersweet farewell.

It's a midseason for NWSL retirements, apparently. Boston Breakers midfielder Amanda Da Costa has announced she will retire following Boston's August 19 home game against the Orlando Pride. Da Costa will be attending grad school to pursue a masters in school psychology, and will be involved with coaching at her company, Advantage Training.

The Rest

NWSL boss only has partial answers on why Boston shuttered

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We're just starting to get answers about Boston and how the league and the team got to this point.

With the shuttering of the Boston Breakers, the attention of fans now turns from the what to the how and the why. How did Boston reach the point where not only was it no longer financially viable to run the team, but no buyer could be found who was willing to take on their reported debts?

Midge Purce called up to USWNT U23 camp

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Purce continues to nibble at the edges of the national team.

Boston Breakers forward Midge Purce has been called up to the first USWNT U-23 camp of 2018, which runs from January 4 - 11 in Carson, CA. As per US Soccer's press release, the full senior team will also be in camp at the same time, no doubt allowing Jill Ellis to evaluate younger players she considers to be on the periphery of the senior WNT.

The remarkable career of Angela Salem

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"I went to an open tryout and then just went from there."

On a slightly humid night in Boston, in front of a noisy crowd, Angela Salem was everywhere. The Boston Breakers were playing the Portland Thorns and Salem went from defensive to attacking mid as Boston tried to find an equalizer on a night when they were dominating play but unable to score.

Thorns Defeat Breakers 1-0, Clinch Home Semifinal

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The Portland Thorns defeated the Boston Breakers 1-0 at Jordan Field in Boston, MA, as Christine Sinclair netted her 8th goal of the season, guaranteeing the Thorns will host a semifinal for the second consecutive season.

The Thorns were unable to find much of a rhythm throughout the match, as the Breakers came out of the gate looking to disrupt the Thorns attack through physical, pressing play.

Boston Breakers waive forward Emilie Haavi

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Haavi wasn't able to settle with her new club.

The Boston Breakers have waived Norwegian international Emilie Haavi.

According to a statement released by the club, Haavi "struggled to adjust to life in America and was homesick."

Haavi played 458 minutes with five starts in seven games for the Breakers and signed in the 2016 offseason as part of Matt Beard's plans to revamp the roster and bring more options to the attack.

Seattle Reign FC vs. Boston Breakers: player ratings

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Christine Nairn pulled the strings to set Seattle up for goals, but the finishing was lacking this week.

Seattle Reign FC hosted the Boston Breakers on Saturday night, looking to make amends for their 3-0 defeat in Boston earlier this season, along with their equally disappointing 2-0 loss in North Carolina the week prior.

Mark Thomas talks Boston Breakers business plans

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Sponsors, attendance, media coverage woes, and a possible logo redesign and more.

It's hard to grow a small business. Most NWSL clubs are basically that - small businesses trying to create something from the ground up. The Boston Breakers have a little more of a foundation than some thanks to their long history in women's soccer, dating back to WUSA, but that doesn't mean they aren't facing the exact same conditions: an imperfect economy, tight budgets, and a general lack of awareness around women's sports.

Major Link Soccer: The Gold Cup begins

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Power rankings, news and more about the CONCACAF tournament. LA Galaxy's worst week of all time? Lap dances in Italian stadiums?


Buy your tickets now for the Reign's July 15th match against the Boston Breakers, because you'll be entered for a chance to win a team-signed Reign jersey.