NWSL will hold dispersal draft for Breakers players on Tuesday

The Boston Breakers, the oldest name in U.S. women's pro soccer, folded less two months before the start of the 2018 NWSL season.

Negotiations to find new owners that would keep the team in Boston went on for several months but they suddenly collapsed last week. The announcement came three days after Boston players and staff were given the news. It was delayed when a new bidder entered the scene at the last minute.

“Discussions with an active buyer who had signed a letter of intent were ongoing since November of 2017," said Breakers managing partner Peter Stoller, who became an investor in the team when it joined the short-lived WPS (2009-11). "Unfortunately, due to certain factors that process was halted on short notice. Since that point a number of potential buyers were spoken with, but nothing could be completed within the short timeline."

Attendance: Boston Breakers in the NWSL
2,427 NWSL 2013 (Dilboy Stadium, Somerville)
2,437 NWSL 2014 (Harvard Stadium, Boston)
2,853 NWSL 2015 (Jordan Field, Boston)
3,570 NWSL 2016 (Jordan Field, Boston)
2,896 NWSL 2017 (Jordan Field, Boston)

The NWSL will hold a dispersal draft of Boston players on Tuesday:

-- A weighted lottery will determine the order (teams that didn't make the playoffs have twice the chance of being selected as teams that did make the playoffs);
-- Teams will not only select players under contract for the 2018 season but former players whose NWSL rights the Breakers still hold and players whose NWSL discovery rights the Breakers hold;
-- The NWSL will not expand player rosters to accommodate the addition of Breaker players but the players will not count against the rosters limits (18-20 players) in 2018.

Boston Breakers
GOALKEEPERS: Sammy Jo Prudhomme, Abby Smith.
DEFENDERS: Allysha Chapman, Brooke Elby, Amanda Frisbie, Julie King, Lotta Okvist, Megan Oyster, Christen Westphal.
MIDFIELDERS: Morgan Andrews, Rose Lavelle, Angela Salem, Tiffany Weimer, Rosie White.
FORWARDS: Hayley Dowd, Natasha Dowie, Adriana Leon, Ifeoma Onumonu, Margaret Purce, Katie Stengel.
In: Lotta Okvist (Pitea IF/SWE).
Offseason loans: Katie Stengel (Newcastle Jets/AUS).
2018 College Draft picks: Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina), Elizabeth Wenger (Georgetown), Ashton Miller (Duke), Joanna Boyles (North Carolina).
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