The Boston Breakers head to Maryland on Saturday, May 12, to take on D.C. United Women in a preseason exhibition. The game will take place at the Maryland SoccerPlex, a venue the Breakers last played in 2010.
Women’s professional soccer is returning to the Maryland SoccerPlex this summer, as the Boston Breakers take on D.C. United Women on Saturday, May 12 in a preseason exhibition.
The arrival of the Breakers represents the first return of a professional soccer team to the Washington, D.C. region since the end of the 2010 season. The match is expected to mark the return of former local D.C. favorite Cat Whitehill, fellow U.S. international Leslie Osborne, and the Australian Women’s National Team duo of Kyah Simon and Tameka Butt, who competed with Australia at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
"We are looking forward to a great game with D.C. United Women, as we both prepare for the upcoming season," said Lisa Cole, Head Coach of the Breakers, "We can’t wait to play at the Maryland SoccerPlex again. It’s one of the best women’s soccer venues around, and the fans are always supportive of the game."
For D.C. United Women, the match precedes the kickoff of their second season in the USL W-League, which they kick off the following Saturday, hosting the Virginia Beach Piranhas at 7 p.m. on May 17.
"We have a very exciting team coming together for our second season at the SoccerPlex," said team owner Bill Lynch. "We can’t think of a better way to kick off the year than hosting the return of a professional soccer team at what we believe is the best women’s soccer venue in the country."
The May 12 exhibition match takes place barely a week after United Women are scheduled to complete their roster following the release of several top players from their college duties. Several of the nation’s top collegiate players from schools like Maryland, Virginia, Penn State and reigning NCAA national champion Stanford will join an impressive cast of former professionals and others in pursuit of a W-League championship in just their second year of existence.
The match is being sponsored by the Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS), one of the oldest and most prestigious all-girls youth soccer leagues in the country. United Women are also donating $1 per ticket to Headers for Hope, a national charity dedicated to fighting cancer and supporting its victims and their families.
"Supporting and promoting the game of soccer for girls and women is part of our league charter," said WAGS President Kathie Diapoulis.
With the return of so many recognized professional players, and the support of WAGS, ticket sales are expected to be brisk. Single-game general seating tickets go on sale to today, however with strong season ticket interest, VIP seating is presently only available through season ticket purchases. United Women may release single-game VIP seating at a later date - depending on capacity.
About Boston Breakers
The longest-running professional women’s soccer team in U.S. history, the Breakers have roots dating back more than a decade. Established in 2001 by making its debut in the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), the Breakers competed for three seasons in WUSA , and later joined Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) where it competed from 2009-2011. In their three seasons in WPS, the Breakers reached the playoffs twice. Follow the team on Twitter @bostonbreakers.
About D.C. United
Playing in their second full season in 2012 and headquartered in the Washington, D.C. region, D.C. United Women is a member of the United Soccer Leagues’ W-League and that league’s 2011 Rookie Franchise of the Year. The first and longest-standing women’s league in North America, the Pro-Am W-League is USL’s highest level of women’s soccer in the United States and Canada. Licensed by D.C. United, the team of top local amateur, collegiate stars and unpaid professionals is independently owned and operated by Washington Soccer Properties, LLC and play their home games at the famous Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. Visit http://www.dcunitedwomen.com for more information. Follow the team on Twitter @dcuwomen.
About Washington Area Girls Soccer League
Founded in 1974 by Mavis Derflinger and Rael Vodicka, the Washington Area Girls Soccer League is one of the premier girls’ soccer associations in the United States. Today’s membership includes some 600 teams from across D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, competing in a variety of divisions ranging from Under-9 to Under-19 age levels. Learn more about WAGS at wagsl.com
About Headers for Hope
Established in honor of every individual who has been diagnosed with cancer; every family member who has held the hand of their loved one being treated for cancer; and all friends acting as a support system to someone who has been told the news they have cancer. Headers For Hope works with tournaments and teams across the country and within each sport to raise money, which is donated back to their local cancer charity or organization. For more information on how to get involved, please contact louise.waxler@HeadersForHope.org or visit headersforhope.org