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
, 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
AVG. LEAGUE YEAR (STADIUM, CITY) 2,427
NWSL 2013 (Dilboy Stadium, Somerville) 2,437
NWSL 2014 (Harvard Stadium, Boston)
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
-- 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
-- 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 2018 PLAYERS: GOALKEEPERS:
Sammy Jo Prudhomme, Abby Smith. DEFENDERS:
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).