The following former Boston Breakers players and staff members have been inducted into the Boston Breakers "Pillars of Excellence".
Each of these individuals has made an outstanding contribution not only to the Boston Breakers organization but also to the sport of women’s soccer. We are incredibly proud to recognize them as lifetime members of the Boston Breakers family.
|Maren Meinert - Boston Breakers 2001-2003
Maren Meinert was a midfielder/forward player who played with the Breakers in all three seasons of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) from 2001-03. On top of a highly successful career with the Breakers, Maren also represented the German Women’s National Team at 3 separate World Cups (1995, 1999 and 2003) and the 2000 Sydney Olympic games.
In 2003, she was named the WUSA Most Valuable Player after leading Boston to the league’s best record during the regular season. She was also named the MVP of the WUSA All-Star Game that year.
After retiring from club soccer, she had one final accomplishment - leading her native Germany to its first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup title in October, 2003. Meinert was second in the tournament in goals scored with five, including goals in the semifinals and final against the United States and Sweden, respectively.
Angela Hucles - Boston Breakers 2001-03, 2009
In 2001, Hucles was chosen in the 12th round (93rd pick overall) by Boston in the WUSA inaugural draft. Hucles played in all 21 games, starting 19 in the Breakers’ first year and posted two goals for the season, including the first goal in team history.
Highlighting her WUSA career was the 2003 season, where she started all 17 games and had one goal and four assists to help the Breakers achieve their first appearance in the WUSA playoffs. Hucles earned All-WUSA second-team accolades as a result of her play in the final season of WUSA.
Hucles continued to call Boston home after the end of the WUSA in 2003. The 31-year-old returned as a Breaker for the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer season. Hucles was allocated to the Breakers via the United States Women’s National Team allocation on September 16, 2008. The Breakers’ veteran started and played in 19 games, scoring two goals and notching one assist in 2009.
Hucles made her National Team debut in April 2002 and was a fixture until her retirement from the game in at the end of the 2009 season. She won gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and only injuries kept her from seeing action at World Cups in 2003 and 2007.
Kristine Lilly (2001-2003, 2009-2010)
Lilly is one of the most decorated players in international soccer history with 352 caps, more than any other female or male in U.S. Soccer history. A two-time World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Lilly scored 130 goals with the National Team.
A native of Wilton, Conn., Lilly began her career as a Boston Breaker in 2001, when she was selected by the Breakers in the WUSA inaugural draft. captained the Breakers to the 2010 WPS Super Semifinals. In her two seasons with Boston, Lilly started in 42 of the 43 games she appeared in, logging 3,725 minutes). In those two years, she scored six goals and had six assists.
In 2001, her first season in WUSA, Lilly played every minute of all 21 games, scored three goals, and had a league-best 11 assists. The following season, she started all 19 matches and notched career highs in goals scored (8) and assists (13).
In her final WUSA season with the Breakers, Lilly started all 19 games, finished with three goals and four assists, led the Breakers to their first-ever playoff game, and was named First-Team All-WUSA for the third consecutive year.
Lilly was allocated to the Boston Breakers for the inaugural WPS season in 2009. She served as team captain for the Breakers in both 2009 and 2010. In two seasons with the WPS Breakers, Lilly played in 43 games (42 starts, 3,725 minutes) and scored six goals to go along with six assists.
Lilly played in her first U.S. Women’s National Team match on Aug. 3, 1987 and scored her first international goal 10 days later against China. Lilly was voted U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year twice (1993 and 2005). She scored her final and 130th international goal on May 22, 2010, in a game against Germany. Her final match with the U.S. came on Nov. 5, 2010, against Mexico.
|Leslie Osborne - Boston Breakers 2010-2012
Leslie Osborne was a midfielder who played with the Breakers in two seasons of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) and one season in the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite.
Osborne was acquired by the Breakers on Oct. 12, 2009 after playing the 2009 WPS season with FC Gold Pride. The Brookfield, Wis. native played in 51 games (50 starts) in three seasons (2010, 2011, 2012) with the Breakers, logging 4,259 minutes. She served as Boston’s captain in each of her three seasons.
Capped 61 times for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Osborne played in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, helping lead the U.S. to bronze. Her first appearance with the U.S. came on Jan. 30, 2004, vs. Sweden. She scored her first goal on Oct. 1, 2006, vs. Chinese Taipei.