The Breakdown - A look back at the week in Breakers news

(Jan. 13, 2017) – Welcome to the first Breakdown of 2017, and this one is a big one! Each Friday, we look back at the week in Breakers news. And what a week this one was for the Breakers.

The 2017 NWSL College Draft took place Thursday in Los Angeles, and the Breakers came away with two of the top three picks, four in the first round, and six overall.

Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle was the No. 1 overall pick for the Breakers, who then drafted USC midfielder and 2016 NCAA National Champion Morgan Andrews at No. 3.

“I’m really pleased. We had a plan in place. We watched a lot of games, watched a lot of footage on players, and the important thing for me was to make sure we come out of today with strength and depth in the squad, players that could create competition for places. To me, that was really, really important,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “We worked really hard to get the amount of first-round picks we did to enable us to pick some of the best young players in the country.”

With the No. 8 pick in the draft, the Breakers selected California forward Ifeoma Onumonu. The 5-10 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native was a two-time NSCAA All-Pacific First Team selection (2012, 2016).

The Breakers didn’t need to look too far from home for the No. 9 overall pick as they selected Harvard forward Margaret Purce. The two-time Ivy League Player of the Year was an All Ivy League selection all four years with the Crimson.

With the No. 31 pick, the Breakers selected their second 2016 NCAA National Champion of the day, drafting USC goalkeeper Sammy-Jo Prudhomme. The 5-10 Aliso Viejo, Calif. native was named the 2016 Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year and earned NSCAA All-Pacific Region honors.

At No. 38, the Breakers selected Boston College forward Hayley Dowd. The Peabody, Mass. native played two seasons on the Boston Breakers College Academy team. At Boston College, Dowd scored 39 goals and added 12 assists in 81 games.

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The Boston Breakers will hold an open tryout on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Forekicks II (219 Forest St., Marlboro, Mass.). The indoor surface is a state-of-the-art field turf that takes both cleats and indoor shoes.

The Breakers are holding an open tryout in order to identify and select talent ahead of the National Women’s Soccer League pro team season and Women’s Premier Soccer League Boston Breakers Reserve, College Academy, and Under-20 team seasons. The tryout session time will be confirmed after payment is received. Registration is limited.

All candidates are responsible for their own travel expenses to and in the Boston area. A participation waiver will need to be signed at the field prior to participation, and proof of health insurance must be shown.

Read more about the tryout and register at

The week began with the Breakers announcing the signing of defender Amanda Frisbie.

Frisbie made three appearances for FC Kansas City in 2016. The Blues acquired her from the Western New York Flash following the 2015 season. She started two of the four games she appeared in for the Flash in 2015.

“I'm delighted that we have managed to bring Amanda to Boston,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “She’s done very well in Iceland, playing as a center back. We monitored her progress overseas, and she will be another good addition to the roster.”

A native of Keller, Texas, Frisbie, 24, starred at the University of Portland. As a senior at Portland in 2013, Frisbie was a NSCAA First Team All-American (Portland’s first first-team All-American since 2009) and was a MAC-Hermann Trophy Semifinalist. She was selected by Seattle Reign FC, seventh overall, in the 2014 NWSL College Draft. She missed the 2014 season due to injury.

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In Australia, Megan Oyster and the Newcastle Jets play host to Brisbane Roar on Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET), while Natasha Dowie and Melbourne Victory host Melbourne City at midnight ET on Sunday.

In other news …

The 2017 NWSL season will be here before you know it! Season tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting or by calling 617-945-1704.


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