The Boston Breakers released the team’s final opening day roster today, following three-plus weeks of preseason camp.
Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) mandates that teams must announce their final opening day roster of 18 full rostered players, plus four developmental players by today.
The Breakers’ roster features nine returning players from their inaugural season. Team veterans are highlighted by 2009 WPS All-Stars Amy LePeilbet, Kristine Lilly, Alex Scott and Kelly Smith. LePeilbet was named the 2009 WPS MedImmune Defender of the Year while Smith was named the first-ever WPS Player of the Month in April 2009.
In the offseason the Breakers acquired U.S. Women’s National Team players Lauren Cheney and Stephanie Cox, along with National Team pool player, Leslie Osborne.
Cheney and Penn State goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher were selected by the Breakers in the first round of the 2010 WPS Draft. Other rostered 2010 draftees include Santa Clara defender Jordan Angeli (second round) and University of Denver forward Taryn Hemmings (seventh round), one of the team’s four developmental players.
In addition to Scott and Smith of England, Spanish forward Laura del Rio, Sarah Walsh of Australia, and Brazilian Fabiana, combine for the league maximum five international players.
The Boston Breakers, one of eight WPS teams, will open its season on April 10 at Washington Freedom, followed by the team’s home opener April 18 versus Philadelphia Independence at 6 p.m. The team will play its home matches at Harvard Stadium, and single-game, group and season tickets are now on sale for the 2010 season.
For package details and a seating chart, visit www.bostonbreakers.com.
Boston Breakers Opening Day Roster
Elk Grove, Calif.
University of Portland
Taryn Hemmings *
University of Denver
Crystal Lake, Ill.
Analisa Marquez *
University of Arizona
Mission Viejo, Calif.
University of Texas
Ashley Phillips *
Laura del Rio
FFC Frankfurt (Germany)
Arsenal Ladies (England)
Arsenal Ladies (England)
Sydney FC (Australia)
North Haven, Conn.
Claire Zimmeck *
William & Mary
* = Developmental Player
About Boston Breakers
The Breakers are part of the eight-team Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS), which begins play for the second season in April and continues through September. The team plays its home matches at Harvard Stadium.
About Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS)
Headquartered in San Francisco, Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) is the world’s premier soccer league for women with eight teams across the United States featuring the best players from around the world. WPS completed its inaugural season in August 2009 as Sky Blue FC of New Jersey became the first-ever WPS Champions.
In 2010, eight teams will each play 24-game schedules from April 10-September 12 including six original WPS teams—Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Gold Pride (Bay Area), Saint Louis Athletica, Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY) and Washington Freedom—and two expansion teams Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence.
The top four finishers in the regular season will qualify for the 2010 WPS Playoffs scheduled for September 19-26. For more information, visit the WPS official website at www.womensprosoccer.com or follow all the news at www.twitter.com/womensprosoccer .