(March 1, 2015) – The excitement builds as preseason is set to open in just over a week. As we get closer to the start of training, a handful of Breakers remain active on the international scene. There’s that new and more in this week’s Breakdown.
Saturday in La Manga, Spain, 2015 NWSL College Draft pick Stephanie Verdoia (Seattle University) made history, winning her first-ever cap in the U.S. National Team system. Verdoia started for the U.S. U-23s and she had an assist in a 2-0 win over Norway. In the first game of the La Manga Tournament, 2015 draftee Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College) started for the U.S. in a 1-0 win against Japan. The U.S. play Monday against England.
McCaffrey (left, bottom row, center) and Verdoia (right, No 10) are currently 2-0 with the U.S. U23s in La Manga
Wednesday will be a busy day for a pair of Breakers. Alyssa Naeher and the U.S. Women’s National Team open the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal against Norway at 2 p.m. ET. Bianca Sierra and Mexico start the day with an 8:30 a.m. ET match at the Cyprus Cup against South Africa.
Alyssa Naeher and Bianca Sierra will be in action this week for their respective countries (Photos By Mike Gridley)
The Algarve Cup schedule for the U.S. also features games against Switzerland (Friday, March 6, at 12 p.m. ET) and Iceland (Monday, March 9, at 1:30 p.m. ET). All matches will be shown live on Fox Sports. The Algarve Cup final is set for Wednesday, March 11.
Mexico faces Czech Republic Friday at 10:30 am. ET and Belgium on Monday, March 9. Placement matches for the Cyprus Cup are scheduled for Wednesday, March 11.
Earlier in the week, Breakers midfielder Nikki Washington announced her decision to retire from professional soccer. Washington, 26, retires after playing two seasons in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). In 2014,
Nikki Washington twice played for the Breakers (Photo By Mike Gridley)
The Mesquite, Texas native started the season with the Houston Dash before the Breakers acquired her via trade on April 29. With the Breakers, Washington played 15 games (10 starts), scored one goal, and logged 939 minutes. She also played at total of 1,186 minutes and made 18 appearances with 13 starts with both Boston and Houston. Read the full release at:
The countdown is on for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. This past Thursday marked 100 days until the start of the tournament. Canada is in Group A with China, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. The U.S. is in Group D with Sweden, Australia, and Nigeria. Brazil is in Group E with South Korea, Spain, and Costa Rica. Mexico is in Group F with Colombia, France, and England. Follow @FIFAWWC on Twitter for daily updates and highlights from past World Cups.
In other news …
The 2015 NWSL season is just a couple months 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 begins this Tuesday (March 3). 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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