Boston Breakers (2008)

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Boston Breakers
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Basic data
Seat Somerville , Massachusetts
founding 2008
Colours Blue White
First soccer team
Head coach Matt Beard
Venue Jordan Field
Places 4,100
league National Women's Soccer League
2017 Reg. Season : 9th place
Play-offs: not qualified

Boston Breakers is a women's soccer franchise based in Somerville , Massachusetts, in the greater Boston area . It was re-established in 2008 and played in Women's Professional Soccer from 2009 to 2011 and in the National Women's Soccer League from 2013 to 2017 , the top division in women's football in the United States.



The Boston Breakers succeeded the former WUSA team, which also played under the name Boston Breakers from the founding season in 2001 until the WUSA was discontinued for financial reasons in September 2003 in this first professional women's league.


In their debut season of 2009 , the team finished only 5th and thus missed qualification for the playoffs. The 2010 season went much better for the Breakers. You finished second in the regular season. In the playoffs, however, they were eliminated in the super semifinal. They lost 2-1 to Philadelphia Independence . Also in 2011 the Breakers qualified for the playoffs. They finished fourth in the regular season. In the playoffs, however, they were eliminated in the first round: the Breakers lost 3-1 to MagicJack .

However, the league was disbanded in 2012. Reasons were the lack of teams and a lawsuit from a former team owner. For the 2012 season they were part of the Women's Premier Soccer League Elite , which disbanded after one season. There the team was the best in the regular season, but failed in the playoffs in the semi-finals. The franchise then changes to the new National Women's Soccer League.


On November 24th, 2012 the founding of a new women's soccer professional league was announced in the USA. It was also announced that the Boston Breakers team from Boston will participate in the NWSL.

In the first season , the franchise took 5th place and narrowly missed the play-offs of the best four teams after the regular season.

Things went much worse for Boston in the following years: in the 2014 season they finished 8th, in 2015 and 2016 the franchise was by far the bottom of the table in the regular season. In the 2016 season, only three wins in 20 games with only 14 goals scored. Also in the 2017 season , after a good start to the season , the team was only to be found at the bottom of the table and finished ninth and penultimate place with four wins from 24 season games.

Before the 2018 season , the NWSL team was withdrawn from the game for financial reasons after negotiations with an investor had not been brought to a successful conclusion.


The Boston Breakers played their home games in the WPS time at Harvard Stadium. It has a capacity of 30,323 spectators. In 2013, the home games were played at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville , which has a nominal capacity of 2,500 spectators, but was enlarged by additional grandstands if necessary. For the 2014 season, the Breakers returned to Harvard Stadium. For the 2015 season, there was a move to the Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium, located directly next to Harvard Stadium, which was renamed Jordan Field in October 2015.



Current squad

As of October 30, 2017

No. position Surname
2 CanadaCanada FROM Allysha Chapman
3 United StatesUnited States FROM Brooke Elby
4th United StatesUnited States FROM Megan Oyster
8th United StatesUnited States FROM Julie King
9 EnglandEngland ST Natasha Dowie
10 New ZealandNew Zealand MF Rosie White
11 United StatesUnited States MF Rose Lavelle
14th United StatesUnited States TW Abby Smith
15th United StatesUnited States TW Sammy Jo Prudhomme
17th United StatesUnited States FROM Amanda Frisbie
No. position Surname
18th United StatesUnited States ST Tiffany Weimer
19th CanadaCanada ST Adriana Leon
20th United StatesUnited States FROM Christians Westphal
21st United StatesUnited States ST Margaret Purce
22nd United StatesUnited States ST Ifeoma Onumonu
23 United StatesUnited States ST Katie Stengel
25th United StatesUnited States MF Morgan Andrews
26th United StatesUnited States MF Angela Salem
33 United StatesUnited States ST Hayley Dowd

Coaching staff

Season statistics

year league Regular season Play-offs Average audience 1 Most successful goalscorer 1
2009 WPS 5th place not qualified
2010 WPS 2nd place Super semifinal
2011 WPS 4th Place 1 round
2012 WPSL Elite 1st place Semifinals
2013 NWSL 5th place not qualified 2,427 United StatesUnited States Sydney Leroux (11)
2014 NWSL 8th place not qualified 2,437 United StatesUnited States Heather O'Reilly (9)
2015 NWSL 9th place not qualified 2,863 United StatesUnited States Kristie Mewis (6)
2016 NWSL 10th place not qualified 3,570 EnglandEngland Natasha Dowie (3)
2017 NWSL 9th place not qualified 2,896 EnglandEngland Natasha Dowie (7)
1 Regular season only

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. New women's football league founded in the USA - with the Boston Breakers
  2. Boston Breakers to Play at Harvard Stadium in 2014 ( Memento from February 5, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), (English). Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  3. Breakers announce Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium as new home for 2015 NWSL season ( Memento from February 5, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), (English). Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  4. Boston Breakers Roster ( Memento from April 14, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), (English). Retrieved October 30, 2017.