She began her professional career in Boston, and after two years playing for German powerhouse 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, keeper Alyssa Naeher returns to the Breakers. Naeher’s signing is pending league approval and receipt of her International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
"We’re excited having Alyssa joining the team. Obviously we know her well, having coached her here before," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "She got a lot of experience in Germany. We’re glad to have her back."
Naeher, a three-time NSCAA All-American at Penn State, was a first-round (11th overall) selection in the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft and played 16 games her rookie season for the Breakers. She finished the season with a 9-4-2 record, three shutouts, and a 1.17 goals against average. In 2011, Naeher led WPS in saves (99), a number that also set a single-season franchise record. She finished the season with five shutouts and a 1.33 GAA, starting all 18 games for the Breakers.
"I’m really excited to be back in Boston," Naeher said. "I enjoyed my time and the experience in Germany, but I am happy to have the opportunity to be able to play in Boston again."
Naeher joined Turbine Potsdam in the Frauen Bundesliga following the 2011 WPS season. She made an immediate impact when she joined the club, quickly taking over the starting role and leading Potsdam to the 2011-12 Frauen Bundesliga championship, the team’s fourth straight title. She made her debut on Sept. 28, 2011, coming on in the 64th minute of the team’s 6-0 victory over Thor/KA of Iceland in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. She made her first start on Nov. 2, 2011, a 10-0 win over Glasgow City in the Champions League. Over two years at Potsdam, Naeher had a 6-3-1 Champions League record with four shutouts.
Alyssa Naeher returns to Boston after two seasons with Turbine Potsdam (Photo Courtesy of 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam)
This past season with Potsdam, Naeher posted a 16-4-1 record with 10 shutouts, helping the team earn a berth into the 2013-14 Champions League. The team finished second in the Bundesliga, four points back of champions VFL Wolfsburg. In her debut season with Potsdam, 2011-12, Naeher went 13-2-2 with 11 shutouts in the league.
The 25-year-old Naeher won the 2008 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team, earning the Golden Glove after posting five wins in the tournament. She later played for the U.S. U-23 team and earned her first call-up to train with the senior team in December 2009 by Pia Sundhage. She travelled with the U.S. to Portugal for the 2011 Algarve Cup.
A native of Stratford, Conn., Naeher starred at Christian Heritage High School.