(March 8, 2015) – Preseason has arrived! Players are in town and ready to get the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League season underway Monday. This past week, there was a lot of news, so we’ll recap it all right here in this week’s Breakdown.
The biggest news last week was made off the field as the Breakers announced a partnership with Moody Street TV. Based out of Waltham, Mass., Moody Street TV will produce a short documentary on the Boston Breakers to air on New England Sports Network (NESN) as part of the network’s Celebrity Spotlight Series. It will reach 4 million homes in New England and more than 5 million nationwide (via DirectTV and the Dish Network). The 30-minute episode will feature exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage, player profiles, and more. They will run three to four times each month. Read all about the partnership and program at http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/home/865500.html.
The Breakers signed their first player obtained at the 2015 NWSL College Draft – forward Stephanie McCaffrey. The 22-year-old from Winchester, Mass. recently returned from La Manga, Spain, competing with the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team. She started two of the three games in a tournament that saw the U.S. go 3-0. McCaffrey was also invited to train with the full national team in January.
“We are very pleased with Stephanie's signing as she exemplifies what the Breakers brand is all about,” Boston Breakers head coach Tom Durkin said. “Stephanie is a young talented, aggressive player who enjoys her football especially scoring goals.”
McCaffrey was acquired by the Breakers at the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft in a trade with the Chicago Red Stars, who drafted McCaffrey with the No. 5 overall pick. The Breakers acquired McCaffrey from Chicago, in exchange for their No. 9 and 11 draft picks. Read more at http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/NEWS/865247.html.
Both Alyssa Naeher and Bianca Sierra were busy overseas, competing in the Algarve Cup and Cyprus Cup, respectively. Naeher and the U.S. beat Norway and Switzerland and play Iceland Monday. A U.S. win sends the team to Wednesday’s finals. Sierra and Mexico beat South Africa and the Czech Republic. Mexico rounds out group play Monday against Belgium. The placement matches are scheduled for Wednesday, March 11.
How does the Breakers Reserve Team program work? Watch GM Lee Billiard and defender Rachel Wood talk about it in this video: “Breaking Through” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rur1LN2cjGs.
The second trailer for “The Breakers Story” was released this week, featuring Tony DiCicco, Angela Hucles, Maren Meinert, and Katie Schoepfer. Watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8nTnwTRhCs.
SoccerGrlProbs stopped by the office recently to challenge Cat Whitehill and Kristie Mewis. This is what happened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seVmcbnos1Q.
In other news …
The 2015 NWSL season is just over four weeks away, so get your tickets now! Season tickets, single-game tickets, flex packs, group tickets, and three-game packages are currently on sale! Visit www.breakerstickets.com or call 617-945-1704 to purchase tickets.
The Breakers make their home debut on their new grounds – Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium - on Saturday, April 26 at 5 p.m. ET, against the Houston Dash. To purchase tickets, visit www.breakerstickets.com.
Have you taken advantage of Breakers Buck$? It’s a new ticket scheme in 2015 for season ticket holders and youth soccer partners. Check out what the program offers and how you can earn Breakers Buck$. More info at http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/TICKETS/bucks/index_E.html.
Due to popular demand, Tick Tock Ticket Tuesday is back and continues this Tuesday (March 10). For more information on the promotion, visit http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/NEWS/864392.html.
Have you joined the #BreakersFamily? Well now is the perfect time! Fans are encouraged to send in photos and video throughout the season. Simply hold up a sign up saying: #BreakersFamily and where you are in the world at that moment. It could be at a game, town/club practice, anywhere. Just snap a photo and post the picture holding up the #BreakersFamily sign, let us know where you are, and tag @BostonBreakers and the hashtag #BreakersFamily.
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