The Breakdown

A look back at the past week in Breakers news

(Feb. 6, 2015) - What a week it was! Once the news started flowing, it never stopped. It actually all began late last week with the announcement of assistant coach Doc Simpson and continued this week with news on a new stadium, the 2015 NWSL schedule, and more!

(Feb. 6, 2015) - What a week it was! Once the news started flowing, it never stopped. It actually all began late last week with the announcement of an assistant coach continued this week with news on a new stadium, the 2015 NWSL schedule, and more!

The Breakers appointed Doc Simpson. Simpson has coached a number of women’s soccer teams for more than 20 years. He has spent the past 13 years with the Women’s Premier Soccer League team Aztec Soccer, the former reserve club of the Breakers. Simpson, known to many as “Doc”, served in a number of roles at Aztec, including head coach since 2006. In 2009, Simpson led the Aztec U23s to the WPSL National Championship game. For more on Doc, visit http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/NEWS/859576.html.

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named 24 players for a 13-day trip to Europe that will feature matches against France on Sunday, Feb. 8 in Lorient (12 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and against England on Friday, Feb. 13 in Milton Keynes (3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). Included in Ellis' roster is Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. For more on Naeher and the USWNT, visit http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/NEWS/859881.html.

 

Alyssa Naeher (Photo by Mike Gridley)

Thursday, the Breakers made two MAJOR announcements. The first revealed the new stadium and training grounds for the team: Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium at Harvard University. Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium on the campus of Harvard University will serve as the new playing and training venue for 2015.

 “This has been a project we have invested a lot funding into, and something we have been working on for a while now,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “We are excited about the facilities development for the 2015 NWSL season. The stadium will make for a very close and electric environment along with a top class playing field.”

Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, which has a field that measures 116x74 yards, currently has a capacity of up to 2,500 (seating and standing room combined) However, the soccer-specific stadium is undergoing a massive renovation project both on and off the field for the upcoming NWSL season.

In addition to the new state-of-the-art Field Turf surface that was replaced (enhanced) last summer, seating capacity will increase by 2,500, bringing seated capacity to 4,000. Bleachers will be added to locations behind each goal to accommodate the extra seating, and there will be additional space for standing room only, from 500 to 700. There also is room for 100 pitch side seats.

For more on Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, visit http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/NEWS/860803.html.

Next came the big announcement, unveiling the 2015 NWSL schedule. The Breakers open the season Saturday, April 11, 2015, on the road against the 2013 NWSL champions Portland Thorns FC. The match will take place at Providence Park in Portland, Ore., with a 10 p.m. ET kickoff.

The Breakers then return to action on Saturday, April 26 at 5 p.m. ET, for their home opener against the Houston Dash. The Breakers will be making their 2015 debut at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The Breakers will play 10 games at home and 10 on the road this season. For more the full schedule, visit http://www.bostonbreakerssoccer.com/SCHEDULE/2015schedule/index_E.html.

Did you happen to watch the Big Game Sunday? During the Patriots/Seahawks Super Bowl, our own Kristie Mewis engaged in a banter-filled smack talk session with Alysha Clark of the Women’s National Basketball Association’ Seattle Storm as part of the ESPW #WSmackTalk. If you missed it, check out the entire smack talk dialogue here: http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/12255175/wsmacktalk.

In other news …

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 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.

The 2015 NWSL season is just a couple months away, so get your tickets now! Season tickets, single-game tickets, flex packs, and three-game packages are currently on sale! Visit www.breakerstickets.com or call 617-945-1704 to purchase tickets.

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