NWSL: Engen 'exploring other passions,' leaves Boston

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.
1 comment about "NWSL: Engen 'exploring other passions,' leaves Boston".
  1. aaron dutch, February 8, 2017 at 7:40 a.m.

    Lets be honest the NWSL is only a development arm of the USWNT and once players hit 25 and they are not selected (get a real paycheck) then the league is not valuable for development of them vs. Europe. And the players collecting the checks who are over 25-30 are now looking at the level of competition and depth in Europe and deciding to go. NWSL is sadly like the rest of the US system. Misaligned and without a structure that is sustainable long term to any outside forces like normal development models in Europe.

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