Breakers midfielder Amanda Da Costa announces retirement

(Aug. 18, 2017) – The Boston Breakers announced today that midfielder Amanda Da Costa will retire following Saturday’s game at home against the Orlando Pride.

Da Costa, 27, has played in 10 games for the Breakers in 2017, logging 368 minutes. She played seven seasons of professional soccer, both in the U.S. and overseas, dating back to 2011.

“Making this decision to retire from soccer was never going to be an easy one, and I want to thank the Boston Breakers for supporting me in this choice. I have opportunities happening around me that I can’t pass up at this point in my life, and I am looking forward to seeing where life after soccer takes me,” Da Costa said. “I have so much love for my fans, friends, family, coaches, and teammates that I can’t begin to put into words. I am simply so grateful for each and every one of you for inspiring me, believing in me, and challenging me to be a better person and athlete. I can’t wait to continue to be a fan and spectator of the NWSL as I close this chapter. I have seen so much growth in women’s soccer over the past seven years of my career, and I know big things are in the future for us all.”

The Katonah, N.Y. native played three seasons in the National Women’s Soccer League, one each for Boston, Chicago, and Washington. Prior to the NWSL, Da Costa played more than 40 games for Liverpool Ladies under current Breakers head coach Matt Beard. She helped lead Liverpool to back-to-back FA Women’s Super League titles and a Champions League berth.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Amanda for three years,” Beard said. “She is a great player, a great person and we shared many happy memories on the soccer field. I wish her all the best and success for the future.”

Before joining Liverpool, Da Costa played in eight games (709 minutes) for the Boston Breakers in the Women’s Premier Soccer League Elite. An All-ACC selection at Florida State University, Da Costa was the 17th overall selection in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer Draft by the Washington Freedom.

“I would like to go on record thanking Amanda for her great contributions to women's soccer in general. She’s an excellent ambassador of the game and a great professional,” Boston Breakers director of soccer operations and development, Lee Billiard. “I know how much Amanda has given to this sport over the years and through the professional leagues. She deserves a lot of credit, and we at the Breakers wish her well for her future endeavors.”

On the international level, Da Costa played for Portugal, most recently tallying an assist against Scotland in the UEFA Women’s European Championship. She made her debut for Portugal on Dec. 1, 2015 against Spain in the Women’s Euro 2017 qualifiers. Da Costa previously participated in the 2016 Algarve Cup with Portugal, and she was a member of the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team.

The Breakers play Orlando Saturday at 4 p.m. ET at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. and then at Sky Blue FC Saturday (7 p.m. ET) before heading to Orlando (Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. ET). They return home Sept. 10 (6 p.m. ET) to take on Portland Thorns FC. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.