The Boston Breakers added even more depth to their attack by signing forward/central midfielder Elizabeth Guess as a Discovery Player. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Discovery Players may be either international or domestic. Players who were eligible for but not selected in the Supplemental Draft may be claimed as Discovery Players.
"I’m obviously really excited. I think we have an awesome group here. I’m most excited about the players we have," Guess said. "We have a lot of experience. I feel really comfortable with the team here, and it’s been an easy transition."
Guess, 28, won two NCAA National Championships and three Atlantic Coast Conference Championships with the Tar Heels during her four-year college career at UNC. And, she played alongside current Breakers and former Tar Heels Heather O’Reilly and Cat Whitehill. She said O’Reilly played a big part in making her decision easier to come to Boston.
"Heather was a main factor in me coming to Boston," Guess said. "I was pretty much set on going back to Europe, and she would text me every couple days, ’Breakers, Breakers,’ so I started to consider and thought, ’that could be pretty fun.’ And I haven’t played with Cat since my freshman year of college. It’s awesome to be playing with her again and to have that UNC connection."
Libby Guess in preseason action against Sky Blue FC (Photo by Paulo Lopes)
After graduating from UNC, Guess went on to win the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) regular season title with SoccerPlus Connecticut in 2008 and a year later did the same with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the USL W-League. Guess later went overseas, playing in 2012 for ADO Den Haag of the BeNe League. She scored four goals in 11 games (nine starts) for ADO.
"It was an awesome experience," Guess said. "It’s really cool to play in a different kind of style, in a different country, in a different league, different coaching. I just learned a bunch of different technical aspects. It was a hard transition at first; we play a more physical game here. But I definitely learned a different side to the game, so it was a great experience."
"Libby’s a really talented player. She’s crafty on the ball, has a lot of tricks up her sleeve, and is going to give us more depth in our attacking midfield," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "She can also play out wide as a forward or winger, and she can also play up top. She has a knack for scoring goals. She’s just an overall good soccer player."
Guess is very much looking forward to playing in the National Women’s Soccer League, which opens April 14, at home against the Washington Spirit.
"I think it’s awesome that (a professional) league is back. This country needs pro women’s soccer," Guess said. "I’m most excited to be playing again in the U.S. with old teammates and old friends. It’s so competitive. It’s on another level, and I know I’m going to get better. I’m really looking forward to that."