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These Are the Boston Breakers: Angela Hucles

Todd Civin@https://twitter.com/toddcivin1Senior Writer IApril 12, 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 14: Soccer player Angela Hucles walks on stage during the 29th annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards presented by the Women's Sports Foundation at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on October 14, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for WSF)

Each day, Todd Civin will present a different member of the Boston Breakers Soccer Team as part of his "These are The Boston Breakers" series.

Angela Hucles is a key member of the Boston Breakers of the new Women's Professional Soccer League. The speedy midfielder hails from Virginia Beach, and played her college ball at University of Virginia, where she received her degree in Anthropology.

As a collegian, Hucles was a four-time First-Team All-ACC selection and a four-time Mid-Atlantic All-Star. She finished her career as the all-time leader in goals (59) and points (138), and holds the Virginia record for most game-winning goals with 19. She was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 1999.

Hucles was a proud member of the 2008 Olympic gold medalist team and played every minute of all six games for Team USA. She led the 2008 Olympic team with four goals, scoring against New Zealand, Canada, and Japan (2), and finished the tournament just one goal shy of the overall scoring title.

She had her best year on the National Team in 2008, playing in 18 games heading into the Olympics—all but one off the bench. She scored a dramatic stoppage time game-winning goal for the USA in a 5-4 win over Australia.

Hucles also scored a stoppage-time winner in the championship of the Peace Queen Cup to give the USA a 1-0 win over Canada. She scored her third goal of '08 on a remarkable, long range blast against Norway in Fredrikstad.

In 2007, Hucles was named to the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup team, but did not see any action. In 2006, Angela played in seven games, starting four, and participated in the 2006 and 2007 residency programs.

Her first Olympic experience was in 2004, when Angela was a member of the US Team, where she played in two matches in Athens, Greece. She also played in 21 games, starting eight, and scored four goals, three coming at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

A highlight of Hucles 2004 experience came against France, when she scored her first and only two-goal game in that tourney against France. She also scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Denmark.

In 2003, she earned a regular spot on the national team, starting six of the 15 games in which she played, and made the 2003 Women’s World Cup Team. A shin injury prevented her from seeing any action during the tournament.

As a youth, she was a member of the Under-20 National Team from 1997-1999.

In becoming a professional, Hucles was selected in the 12th round with the 93rd overall pick in the WUSA inaugural draft by the Boston Breakers in 2001. She had her best WUSA season as a rookie, starting all 17 games in which she played, while scoring one goal with four assists to help the Breakers to the playoffs for the first time. She was named to the All-WUSA Second Team.

During her second season in 2002, she played in 19 games and started 17, scoring three goals with four assists. She was named as a reserve on the WUSA North All-Star Team.

Angela also played for the Hampton Roads Piranhas in the winter league in 2000, leading the league in assists. She also scored six goals in 14 games, and played for the Boston Renegades in the summer of 2005 and 2006.

When not kicking the ball around Cambridge, she enjoys writing columns on women’s sports for the Boston Metro during the 2002 WUSA season. She attempted unsuccessfully to learn to play the guitar, but is a pro at video game guitar hero.

Angela works with the Massachusetts state Treasury Department’s “Savings Makes Cents” program, where she speaks to children at schools about the importance of saving money, and is a New England SCORES spokesperson and CityKicks volunteer.

Her favorite pre-game meal is pasta and chicken, and sometimes ice-cream, while her favorite cartoon character is Wonder Woman. She also loves Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street.

Angela enjoys building up her massive DVD and music collection and likes electronic gadgets, such as her iPod and digital camera. Her newest gadgets are her Tivo and new FastLane Pass.

"I love speeding by the people who have to wait in line to pay the toll," she said, "Mainly because I used to be one of them."

Her favorite foods are Asian, Mexican, and Italian cuisine. She enjoys spending time with her family and loves playing with her little cousins.

In her free time, she loves to read books of all sorts, but particularly interested in real estate and learning more about different ways of investing.

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