(Oct. 27, 2014) - The Boston Breakers announced today the club has acquired defender Kassey Kallman and forward Morgan Marlborough from FC Kansas City in exchange for midfielder Heather O’Reilly.
(Oct. 27, 2014) - The Boston Breakers announced today the club has acquired defender Kassey Kallman and forward Morgan Marlborough from FC Kansas City in exchange for midfielder Heather O’Reilly. An integral part of FC Kansas City’s 2014 National Women’s Soccer League championship team, Kallman and Marlborough bring extensive league and international experience to the Breakers.
“I met with our managing partner and coaching staff to go over our philosophy for developing our roster for 2015 and, more importantly, beyond,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “We have two great young players in Kassey and Morgan coming in, who are coming off winning a championship with FC Kansas City. I am excited to see them in a Breakers uniform and the direction we are going as an organization.”
Kallman, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft, played collegiately at Florida State University, earning NSCAA All-American First-Team honors as a senior in 2013. She was also a 2013 Mac Hermann Trophy semifinalist and the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2012, Kallman played for the U.S. U-20 team that won the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan and last year won the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain with the U.S. U-23 squad.
For FC Kansas City in 2014, the 22-year-old Woodbury, Minn. native played in and started 18 matches, finishing with one assist in 1,479 minutes. Kallman was part of a back line that allowed just 32 goals on the season, third lowest in the NWSL. She also played all 90 minutes in the 2014 NWSL Championship game, a 2-1 win over Seattle Reign FC.
Marlborough, a 6-foot forward from Santa Clara University, was the No. 12 overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft. The 23-year-old from Lee’s Summit, Mo. started two of the nine matches she appeared in last season with FC Kansas City. She scored two goals on just five shots on goal in 247 minutes.
In Marlborough’s senior season at Santa Clara, she scored 15 goals and six assists. Prior to her time at Santa Clara, Morgan spent her first three collegiate seasons at the University of Nebraska, tallying 59 goals and 25 assists in three seasons. On the international level, Marlborough helped lead the U.S. U-23 team to the 2013 Four Nations Tournament championship. Marlborough also previously played with the U.S. U-20 team.
“I would like to thank the Breakers organization, my teammates, and the fans for their support and for their continued efforts to grow the game,” O’Reilly said. “I’m excited for this next chapter of my career, and I look forward to helping FCKC defend their title.”
O’Reilly spent three years in Boston, debuting with the Breakers in the 2012 Women’s Premier Soccer League Elite. She played two matches that year, registering two assists. In two NWSL seasons in Boston, O’Reilly combined to score 14 goals and notch 11 assists in 42 games.
“I would also like to thank Heather for all of her contributions as a Boston Breaker, and for the hard work she does to further the women’s game,” Billiard added. “She is an ultimate professional on and off the field, has a great work ethic and is always great with fans.”
Marlborough is currently on loan with Glasgow City Football Club of the Scottish Premier League. She will join the Breakers prior to the start of the 2015 NWSL season.