Boston Breakers (2008)
|Seat||Somerville , Massachusetts|
|First soccer team|
|Head coach||Matt Beard|
|league||National Women's Soccer League|
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.
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Before the 2018 season , the NWSL team was withdrawn from the game for financial reasons after negotiations with an investor had not been brought to a successful conclusion.
- Harvard Stadium ; (30,323 places); Boston, Massachusetts (2009-2011 and 2014)
- Dilboy Stadium (2,500 seats); Somerville , Massachusetts (2013)
- Jordan Field (4,100 seats); Boston, Massachusetts (2015-2017)
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.
As of October 30, 2017
|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||Sydney Leroux (11)|
|2014||NWSL||8th place||not qualified||2,437||Heather O'Reilly (9)|
|2015||NWSL||9th place||not qualified||2,863||Kristie Mewis (6)|
|2016||NWSL||10th place||not qualified||3,570||Natasha Dowie (3)|
|2017||NWSL||9th place||not qualified||2,896||Natasha Dowie (7)|
- New women's football league founded in the USA - with the Boston Breakers
- Boston Breakers to Play at Harvard Stadium in 2014 ( Memento from February 5, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), bostonbreakerssoccer.com (English). Retrieved January 7, 2014.
- Breakers announce Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium as new home for 2015 NWSL season ( Memento from February 5, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), bostonbreakerssoccer.com (English). Retrieved February 5, 2015.
- Boston Breakers Roster ( Memento from April 14, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), bostonbreakerssoccer.com (English). Retrieved October 30, 2017.