The Boston Breakers announced this afternoon that former Breakers players Sue Weber and Kelly Schmedes have departed the team via the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer Expansion Draft.
Both were selected by the Philadelphia Independence, who join the Atlanta Beat as the two expansion teams for the 2010 WPS season.
Philadelphia selected Weber with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the expansion draft. The 23-year-old defender was originally selected by the Breakers in the third round (18th overall) of the WPS General Draft on January 15, 2009.
The speedy center back helped anchor the Breakers’ defense, prior to ending her season early with knee surgery. The Islip, New York native started in eight of the nine games she played for the Breakers. Prior to joining the Breakers, the former Hofstra University star earned 2008 W-League Defender-of-the-Year and All-Star honors as a member of the Long Island Rough Riders.
Schmedes was selected in the second round (13th overall) of the expansion draft by the Independence. The Odessa, Texas native was selected as the 21st overall pick by the Breakers in the 2009 WPS General Draft on January 15, 2009.
The 26-year-old forward started in ten of the 17 matches she played in. Schmedes finished the season with 1 goal and 1 assist, notching the game winner at FC Gold Pride on July 19th, 2009.
In addition to Schmedes and Weber, the Philadelphia Independence also selected Lori Lindsey (second overall) and Sarah Senty (ninth overall) from the Washington Freedom, Jen Buczkowski (third overall) from Sky Blue FC, and Nikki Krzysik (fifth overall) and Danesha Adams (11th overall) from the Chicago Red Stars.
The Atlanta Beat selected Leigh-Ann Robinson from FC Gold Pride (first overall), Amanda Cinalli (fourth overall) and Sara Larsson (10th overall) from Saint Louis Athletica, Katie Larkin (sixth overall) and Sharolta Nonen (eighth overall) from the Los Angeles Sol, and Noelle Keselica (12th overall) from Sky Blue FC.
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