Boston Breakers set to fold, leaving the NWSL with nine teams

Less than a month before the start of preseason, the NWSL will lose the Boston Breakers, who have roots all the way back to WUSA, the original women's pro soccer league, according to multiple sourced stories.

Anthony DiCicco was the first to tweet the news. A statement from the NWSL was expected later Thursday evening.

Boston, which struggled on the field and at the gate in its five seasons in the NWSL, is the third team to move or fold in the last year after the Western New York Flash (now at North Carolina) and FC Kansas City.

But while the NWSL found new owners for a 10th team -- the Utah Royals -- after FC Kansas City's demise, the late date of the Breakers' demise would be big blow to the league.

The original Breakers played in WUSA (2001-03). The second Breakers joined WPS in 2009 and stayed alive after its demise in 2011, playing one season in the WPSL Elite before the launch of the NWSL in 2013.

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