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

(Feb. 3, 2017) – The Breakdown returns after a one-week hiatus. This was a massive week for the Breakers and the NWSL. Let’s take a look back.

The week began with the announcement of the signing of Canadian forward Adriana Leon.

Most recently, the 24-year-old Mississauga, Canada native played for FC Zürich in Switzerland’s top-flight league, Nationalliga A.

In the NWSL, Leon played for the Western New York Flash in 2016. With the Flash, she started three of the 10 games she appeared in, logging 342 minutes. In the two seasons prior with the Chicago Red Stars, Leon scored a combined two goals and added three assists in 25 games, 19 of which she started. Leon made her NWSL debut with the Boston Breakers in 2013, scoring one goal in six games.

“I am excited for the opportunity to play for the Breakers this season and represent the city of Boston,” Leon said. “I look forward to working with the team and achieving new heights under the leadership of coach Matt Beard. I am focused on making 2017 a successful, rewarding experience and giving our great fans something to cheer about.”

Leon has 38 caps and five goals with the Canadian Women’s National Team. At 17 years old, Leon made her debut in the youth national team system. She helped Canada finish fourth at the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in Guatemala. She also represented Canada at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.

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The NWSL made a major announcement on Thursday in New York City. The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and A+E Networks have entered an historic partnership whereby A+E Networks will become the league’s newest investor with an equity stake in the National Women’s Soccer League, joining the existing team ownership groups.  As one of the leading women’s media brands, Lifetime, will become an official sponsor and broadcast partner of the league in a three-year deal, beginning in April. The strategic investment is accompanied by the creation of a new joint venture, NWSL Media, and marks a watershed moment in the league’s history that will bolster the league’s growth and support of the teams, players and fans.

NWSL Media, the new joint venture between the NWSL and A+E Networks, will act as the media and commercial arm of the league, overseeing all of its global broadcast and sponsorship rights. In addition, NWSL Media will manage all digital assets for the NWSL including a re-designed, a new NWSL app on iOS and Android, and the league’s social media platforms.  

NWSL Media will oversee the live streaming of all matches and produce the games in high definition with a consistent, state-of-the-art approach that will include exclusive new and original digital content for pre-game, halftime and post-game segments. The joint venture is currently negotiating with potential partners to stream the games not broadcast on Lifetime.

Lifetime, the premier entertainment destination for women, is making an unprecedented commitment with a three-year agreement to be the official broadcast partner.  For the first time in NWSL’s history, a league game will be broadcast on television every weekend of the season. The NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime will provide fans throughout the country with a live viewing platform every Saturday at 4 p.m. ET to watch the best players in the world. A pre-game show will kick off each weekly event at 3:30 p.m. ET.  Showcasing the network’s sponsorship and commitment to the league, Lifetime will be featured on all official jerseys with a patch on the right sleeve.

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Breakers defender Allysha Chapman was named to Canada’s roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies against Mexico in Vancouver, the Bronze Medal Celebration Match on 4 February at BC Place and a closed-door match on 7 February.

The Bronze Medal Celebration Match, which will be the first time Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will play at home since capturing its historic back-to-back bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will feature members of the Olympic squad, including retiring players Melissa Tancredi, Rhian Wilkinson, and Marie-Eve Nault in their final home match for Canada.


In Australia, Megan Oyster and the Newcastle Jets and Natasha Dowie and Melbourne Victory have concluded their 2016/17 Westfield W-League seasons. Oyster and the Jets just missed out on a spot in the finals, losing to Melbourne City, 2-0. Dowie and the Victory lost, 5-1, to Canberra. Dowie finished as the third top scorer in the W-League this season with nine goals, which set a single-season record for the club.

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

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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