After losing her spot on the U.S. women's national team, for which she played at the 2015 Women's World Cup and 2016 Olympics, 29-year-old defender Whitney Engen
announced she won't be
playing in the NWSL for the Boston Breakers in 2017.
She issued a note
on her Twitter page: "To
the Women’s Soccer Faithful, I apologize for leaving you in limbo for so long. I have appreciated all of your encouraging messages and felt your tremendous support. At this time I have made the
decision to step away from soccer and will not be playing the 2017 NWSL season. I am currently exploring other passions and want to see where they may lead. Thank you again for everything. Until we
meet again! – Whitney”
Engen played in WPS for two seasons after playing at North Carolina and then moved to Europe, jump-starting her national team career after
playing for Tyreso in Sweden with U.S. teammates Christen Press
and Megan Klingenberg
She returned for the second NWSL season with the Houston Dash and then moved to the
Western New York Flash and Boston Breakers, who were last in the league in 2016.
In October 2016, she was released from her national team contract.