Four national team players allocated to Boston Breakers for the upcoming season

(Jan. 14, 2015) - The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the official list of allocated players for the 2015 NWSL regular season. A total of 42 allocated National Team players will be participating in the upcoming season with 25 Americans, 13 Canadians and four Mexicans. Four players have been allocated to the Boston Breakers: forward Nkem Ezurike (Canada), midfielder Kristie Mewis (U.S.), goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (U.S.), and defender Bianca Sierra (Mexico).

(Jan. 14, 2015) - The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the official list of allocated players for the 2015 NWSL regular season. A total of 42 allocated National Team players will be participating in the upcoming season with 25 Americans, 13 Canadians and four Mexicans. Four players have been allocated to the Boston Breakers: forward Nkem Ezurike (Canada), midfielder Kristie Mewis (U.S.), goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (U.S.), and defender Bianca Sierra (Mexico).

All four played for the Breakers during the 2014 NWSL season. Naeher was named NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year. She started all 24 games. Her 106 saves were also an NWSL best, and her six penalty kick saves were the most in league history. Naeher recently earned her first cap with the U.S. Women’s National Team. It came on Dec. 18, 2014, in a 7-0 win over Argentina in the International Tournament of Brasilia.

Mewis scored three goals and notched two assists in 17 games. Ezurike, Boston’s No. 1 draft pick in last year’s NWSL College Draft, saw action in 11 games and scored two goals. Sierra, acquired midseason in a trade with the Washington Spirit, made 11 appearances, including nine starts. She notched one assist on the season.

Once again, the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and U.S. Soccer will be subsidizing the salaries of their respective players. While the three federations are planning on hosting extended training camps and events prior to the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, they have agreed to release their players to participate from the start of the 2015 season.

The National Team players will begin the season with their respective National Teams, but will participate in the first three to four NWSL matches before the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015. The NWSL will also take a brief 12-day break during the group stages of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

Next, the NWSL will be holding the 2015 College Draft on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. ET at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention in Philadelphia. For more details, go to NWSLsoccer.com.

Following are the club-by-club allocations:

 

Boston Breakers

Kristie Mewis (USA)
Alysa Naeher (USA)

Nkem Ezurike (CAN)*

Bianca Sierra (MEX)*

 

Chicago Red Stars

Shannon Boxx (USA)
Julie Johnston (USA)*
Christen Press (USA)

Karina LeBlanc (CAN)
Adriana Leon (CAN)
Melissa Tancredi (CAN)
Rachel Quon (CAN)

 

Houston Dash

Meghan Klingenberg (USA)

Carli Lloyd (USA)

Allysha Chapman (CAN)*

Erin McLeod (CAN)
Lauren Sesselmann (CAN)

 

FC Kansas City

Nicole Barnhart (USA)
Lauren Holiday (USA)

Heather O’Reilly (USA)
Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)
Amy Schilling (USA)

 

Portland Thorns FC

Tobin Heath (USA)
Alex Morgan (USA)
Rachel Van Hollebeke (USA)

Christine Sinclair (CAN)
Kaylyn Kyle (CAN)
Rhian Wilkinson (CAN)*

 

Seattle Reign FC

Sydney Leroux (USA)
Megan Rapinoe (USA)
Hope Solo (USA)

 

Sky Blue FC

Kelley O'Hara (USA)
Christie Rampone (USA)
Jonelle Filigno (CAN)
Monica Ocampo (MEX)

Washington Spirit

Crystal Dunn (USA)

Ashlyn Harris (USA)
Ali Krieger (USA)

Diana Matheson (CAN)
Veronica Perez (MEX)

Arianna Romero (MEX)

Western New York Flash

Whitney Engen (USA)
Abby Wambach (USA)
* = Newly Allocated Player in 2015

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women's professional soccer league featuring national team players from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The nine clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Houston Dash, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit and Western New York Flash.

 

Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league's official website at www.NWSLsoccer.com.

 

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