The Breakdown

A look back at the past week in Breakers news

(Jan. 23, 2015) - The latest Breakdown goes back to last Friday, which signified the unofficial start to the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League season: The 2015 NWSL College Draft. There's more Breakers news this week, including ...

(Jan. 23, 2015) - The latest Breakdown goes back to last Friday, which signified the unofficial start to the 2015 National Women’s Soccer League season: The 2015 NWSL College Draft. In other Breakers news this week …

At the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia last Friday, the NWSL held its third annual college draft. The Breakers selected five players and acquired another via trade during the draft.

“I’m very pleased with our draft. We added a variety of positions, winning players, and depth options,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing these girls during preseason.”

The Breakers came away from the draft with four forwards (Winchester, Mass. native and Boston College alum Stephanie McCaffrey; Division 1 National Champion from Florida State, Jamia Fields, Texas A&M’s Bianca Brinson; and one of the top scorers in the nation, Seattle University’s Stephanie Verdoia; along with two defenders: Sam Lofton from James Madison University and Northeastern University back, former Boston Breakers College Academy captain, and Wellesley, Mass. native Bianca Calderone.

“We had a quite a bit of restructuring to do, so we tried to infuse the younger players with a decent amount of experience,” Breakers head coach Tom Durkin said. “We solidified our defense. We have balance. And, we have some very creative players.”

For more information and photos from the 2015 NWSL Draft, visit http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/home/857009.html.

Thursday of this week, midfielder Courtney Jones announced her retirement from professional soccer in order to pursue her a career in starting her own business. Jones played two seasons with the Breakers, beginning in 2012 (WPSL Elite) and last year (2014 NWSL). In her two years with the Breakers, Jones combined for five goals and seven assists in 2,227 minutes of action. She appeared in 32 games (25 starts). Add in her 2013 NWSL season with FC Kansas City and Jones finished her three-year semi- and professional career with a combined for nine goals and eight assists in 2,897 minutes. She appeared in 54 games, including 31 starts.

"I can't thank the NWSL and the Boston Breakers organization enough for giving me an opportunity to play the game I love,” Jones said. “The Breakers have been an amazing group of people to work for and work with. I made lifelong friends and met incredible people while in Boston, and I will never forget the memories I made as a Breaker.”

For more on Jones’ retirement, visit http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/home/858047.html.

The Breakers are holding open tryouts for the professional, reserve, and college academy teams. The open tryouts will be held on Feb. 21 at Forekicks in Taunton, Mass.

Have you joined the #BreakersFamily? Well now is the perfect time! Fans are encouraged to send in photos throughout the season. Simply hold up a sign that reads: #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 (Twitter or Facebook) and the hashtag #BreakersFamily. In addition to fans and our players, several local professional athletes have joined, including New England Revolution players Andrew Farrell and Kelyn Rowe as well as the New England Patriots cheerleaders and mascot, Pat Patriot. Check out the Boston Breakers Twitter page for a collection of #BreakersFamily photos.

The 2015 NWSL season is just a couple months away, so grab your tickets now! Season tickets, flex packs, and three-game packages are currently on sale. Single-game tickets for the April 26 home opener against the Houston Dash are also on sale now. Come see Carli Lloyd and the Dash take on Alyssa Naeher and the Breakers in this epic clash! Visit www.breakerstickets.com or call 617-945-1704 to purchase tickets.

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