Breakers acquire Kristie Mewis, Michelle Betos from Seattle Reign FC

Also receive two draft picks; send Sydney Leroux to Seattle

 (Nov. 18, 2013) - The Boston Breakers have acquired midfielder Kristie Mewis from Seattle Reign FC in exchange for forward Sydney Leroux. In addition, Boston also received goalkeeper Michelle Betos as well as Seattle’s first-round and second-round picks in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.

(Nov. 18, 2013) - The Boston Breakers have acquired midfielder Kristie Mewis from Seattle Reign FC in exchange for forward Sydney Leroux. In addition, Boston also received goalkeeper Michelle Betos as well as Seattle’s first-round and second-round picks in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.

“I have been trying to get Kristie in a Breakers jersey since January,” Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “It has taken the better part of a year, but we have finally been able to bring Kristie back home. She is a fantastic player who has proven herself at the international level, and as a homegrown talent, will be able to connect with our fan base."

Mewis, a native of Hanson, Mass. and three-time NSCAA All-American at Boston College, played 20 games in 2013 for FC Kansas City and scored one goal for the Blues.

The 22-year-old was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NWSL College Draft and this year earned her first cap (Feb. 9 vs. Scotland) and scored her first goal (June 15 vs. Korea Republic) with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Kristie Mewis returns to the Boston area, fresh off her rookie season with FC Kansas City (Photo By Mike Gridley)

Leroux led the Breakers and finished second in the league in scoring in 2013 with 11 goals. The 23-year-old, who had a team-best four game-winning goals, also tallied two assists in 19 games for the Breakers.

“While we are sad to see Sydney leave, we are happy we could help her move closer to her family,” Billiard said. “After speaking with Sydney, it was clear she needed to be closer to home. It was tough for me to do, but I’m confident we got the best we could out of the trade. I want to thank Sydney for everything she did for us as a Boston Breaker and wish her the best in Seattle.”

Leroux earned NWSL Best XI First Team honors and was twice named NWSL Player of the Week in 2013. A 2012 Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Leroux scored 10 goals for the U.S. in 2013, upping her international total to 24 goals. She has won 42 caps for the U.S. since making her debut in early 2011.

“I would like to thank the Boston Breakers organization, my teammates, and the fans for a wonderful experience last year,” Leroux said. “I truly enjoyed my time in Boston and have many great memories, but I had a strong desire to be closer to my family in the Pacific Northwest. While I am sad to leave the Breakers, I appreciate their accommodating of my request and wish everyone well.”

Mewis has 10 caps, one goal, and two assists for the U.S. She was a mainstay on U.S. youth national teams, having captained the U-17 team that finished second in the 2008 FIFA U-17 World Cup. She won the bronze ball at the tournament. Mewis also played in the 2010 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Germany, alongside her younger sister, Samantha, who currently plays for UCLA.

Mewis made her professional soccer debut in January 2013, playing for Canberra United in the Westfield W-League in Australia. She scored two goals in two games for Canberra.

Betos made seven starts for Seattle in 2013. The 25-year-old makes her return to Boston after she played for Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves in 2011, helping to lead the team to the WPSL Final Four.

Keeper Michelle Betos is also back in Boston

Betos most recently played in the UEFA Women’s Champions League with Breakers Joanna Lohman and Lianne Sanderson for Cypriot champions Apollon Limassol. A star at the University of Georgia, Betos finished her college career with 26 shutouts, which ranks her third all-time at the school.

“Michelle is another player who has ties to Boston and a player who just spent a full season training with one of the best female goalkeepers in the world - Hope Solo,” Billiard said. “Michelle will add more quality to the roster.”

The acquisition of Mewis and Betos adds to a busy offseason for the Breakers, which also have acquired forward Courtney Jones from FC Kansas City and Canada international midfielder Kaylyn Kyle in an earlier trade with Seattle. The Breakers have traded away Canadian defender Carmelina Moscato and midfielder Mariah Nogueira (both to Seattle in separate transactions), and the rights to defender Casey Short (to Chicago).

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