Boston Breakers Sign Aussie Free Agent Sarah Walsh; Waive Latham to Make Room

Todd Civin@https://twitter.com/toddcivin1Senior Writer IFebruary 22, 2010

A post by Boston Breakers GM Andy Crossley on Big Soccer.com was confirmed by a press release moments ago from Breakers' Director of Communications Erica Hunt, announcing the signing of Australian National Team forward Sarah Walsh.

In order to make room for the forward from Down Under, the Breakers waived Canadian forward Christine Latham.

“Sarah has fantastic speed and attacking abilities,” Head Coach Tony DiCicco said. “She loves to get behind defenses and has the ability to score herself and create goals for her teammates."

DiCicco added, "Her leadership and experience will also provide a lot to our success. I look forward to coaching her and I think the Breaker fans will love her work ethic and abilities.”

Walsh joins England National Team players Alex Scott and Kelly Smith, Brazilian forward Fabiana, and Spain’s Laura Del Rio as Boston’s league-maximum five international players, prompting the waiving of Latham.

Walsh was originally drafted by Sky Blue FC as the seventh pick overall in the 2009 International Draft. She appeared in five games and scored one goal and one assist before being traded to Saint Louis Athletica on June 26, 2009. She played in 11 games for Athletica, starting in six, and notched a goal and two assists.

Walsh, 27, has a wealth of experience in international competition. She has been a member of the Australian National team since 2004, appearing in the 2004 Olympics in Athens during which her team made it to the Finals, the 2006 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, and the 2007 World Cup in China, where she scored a goal in the group-stage opener against Ghana.

She just concluded a season with Sydney FC of Australia’s W-League, and has been a member of five other Australian clubs throughout her career. In 2008, Walsh signed with the U.S. W-League’s Pali Blues, but subsequently missed the entire season due to a fractured leg.

Latham, who appeared in 16 games for the Breakers last season while netting two goals and an assist has cleared waivers and is a free agent. She has been invited to workout with the Breakers as a non-rostered free agent during the team's upcoming tryout and pre-season period, according to Crossley's post.

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.

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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 .

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