THE BREAKDOWN

A look back at this week in Breakers news

(Dec. 5, 2014) - The first week of December was a busy one for the Breakers. It included a new player signing, a prestigious honor for a former Breakers legend, and overseas matches with some of the newest Breakers.

This weekend will be a busy one for a few Boston Breakers. Brazilians Francielle and Andressa Alves are currently playing in the Nestle Cup International Women's Club Championship with São José Esporte Clube. The team beat Urawa Reds, 1-0, Wednesday.

Andressa Alves

Both Francielle and Andressa Alves played 90 minutes in the win. Saturday in Japan, São José plays Arsenal in the finals. The match kicks off at 3:10 p.m. local time (Saturday, Dec. 6) / 5:10 a.m. ET.

Francielle's and Andressa Alves' Brazilian Women's National Team teammate Ketlen Wiggers signed with the Breakers Thursday. The 22-year-old forward, currently playing for Centro Olimpico, "is tremendous with the ball at her feet," Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said, adding, "her balance and close control when running with the ball is exceptional, and she is capable of scoring goals from a variety of positions on the field, which adds more dimensions to our attacking threat in 2015." Watch Ketlen in action here.

Ketlen Wiggers

Friday, Breakers keeper Alyssa Naeher was called up to the U.S. Women's National Team for the upcoming International Tournament of Brasilia, a four-team competition being held from Dec. 10-21 at the National Stadium Mane Garrincha.

On Saturday, Dec. 6, the draw for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will take place in Ottawa at 12 p.m. ET and streamed live at FIFA.com. The 2015 Women's World Cup runs from June 6 through July 5 in Canada.

Alyssa Naeher was named to Jill Ellis' 24-player roster (Photo by Mike Gridley)

This weekend in Japan, Kristie Mewis and Iga FC Kunoichi take on JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies U18 in the second round of the 36th Empress Cup. The winner advances to the third round (Dec. 13/14) against AS Elfen Saitama. Iga's opponent this week opened the Empress Cup with a 2-1 win last month over Shizuoka Sangyo University Iwata Bonita. Iga received a first-round bye.

Kristie Mewis celebrating a recent win with her Iga FC Kunoichi teammates

Former Boston Breaker, from the WUSA days, Maren Meinert was shortlisted for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football. Meinert led Germany to gold at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Germany beat Nigeria, 1-0, in extra time to win the title.

During her time with the Breakers, Meinert was named the 2003 WUSA most valuable player, the same year she took home WUSA All-Star MVP honors. In 2009, Meinert became the first player inducted into the team's Pillars of Excellence (watch video).

A member of the 2014 Boston Breakers College Academy WPSL team was named as a semifinalist for the 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded to the top college player in the nation. Midfielder Sam Mewis (UCLA) is one of 16 semifinalists. This year, she was named Pac-12 Player of the Year and espnW National Player of the Year. Friday, Mewis was named to the U.S. Women's National Team roster for the upcoming tournament in Brazil and she was named as a first-team NSCAA All-American for the first time in her college career.

Sam Mewis came up through Scorpions Soccer Club, which is now the Boston Breakers Academy

And .... Congratulations to defender Bianca Sierra and the Mexico Women's National Team! They won gold at the Central American and Caribbean Games by beating Colombia, 2-0, in the finals, last week in Veracruz.

Bianca Sierra, middle row (center), and Mexico celebrate winning gold

Don't forget to take advantage of the Boston Breakers 25 Days of Christmas! All you have to do is purchase or renew your season tickets and your are entered into a drawing for the prize on the day you purchase/renew your season tickets. See the image below for the incredible prizes! Complete rules can be found here.

 

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