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Women's Soccer in New England
At the pro level, women's soccer in New England is synonomous with the Boston Breakers, first of WUSA and now of WPS. But the Breakers are not alone in New England's women's soccer scene.
Minor league women's soccer used to be the Boston Renegades and the USL's W-League's domain. The Renegades won two national titles, and the W-League spread around the region with teams like the Connecticut Lady Wolves, Cape Cod Lady Crusaders, New Hampshire Lady Phantoms, Rhode Island Lady Stingrays, Springfield Sirens, Vermont Lady Voltage and Western Mass Lady Pioneers. However, the W-League has since vacated New England, and the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) has taken hold.
In 2011, the WPSL included the Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves (minor league team for the WPS Breakers), the Boston Aztec U23s, CFC Passion (Conn., New England Mutiny (Mass.), SoccerPlus CT and Seacoast United (NH). The Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves won the 2010 WPSL national title.
In this section, we'll cover all of these teams, plus amateur teams from local leagues like the Eastern Massachusetts Women's Soccer League. Scroll down for stories.
Latest Women's Soccer Stories
1/31/12 - The Demise of Women’s Professional Soccer. Women’s Professional Soccer, both the league and the concept, was a difficult prospect at best. With the announcement that WPS has suspended its 2012 season, it is understandable to engage in finger pointing. Unfortunately, the reality is far more complicated than being able to pin the blame on one person or one misstep.
8/17/11 - Looking for positives for the Revolution, Breakers. If we judged the two division one professional teams in New England, the Revolution and Breakers, solely on the present, the judgement would be harsh. Neither organization is living up to their potential, on the field or off.
7/25/11 - Aztecs, Phoenix, Phantoms fighting for national titles. It is the business end of the season for New England's entries in the Women's Premier Soccer League and Premier Development League, and three New England-based teams have chances at national titles.
7/10/11 - A Cloudy Future for Women's Soccer. The US Women's National Team is about to take on Brazil in the 2011 Women's World Cup quarterfinals, but the pomp and circumstance of the tournament are briefly covering up the problems confronting the future of the professional women's game in the US.
6/6/11 - Boston Aztec, Boston Breakers to hold exhibition in Reading. For the third straight year, the Boston Aztec of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) will play an exhibition game against Women's Professional Soccer's Boston Breakers.
3/28/11 - Breakers busy preparing for 2011 WPS campaign. In all likelihood, this is a make or break year for Women's Professional Soccer. The league has struggled since its inception to maintain stability, but though the Boston Breakers haven't drawn as well as they did in the old WUSA, they have been a standard bearer for the league.
3/28/11 - Boston Aztec begin WPSL title defense with new signings. In 2010, the Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves and Boston Aztec U23 women's soccer teams lit up the Northeast Division of WPSL's East Conference.
3/11/11 - Breakers to retire Lilly's number 13. When Kristine Lilly announced her retirement over the winter, the Boston Breakers announced their intention to pay tribute to Lilly this season. Now they've announced when and how.
1/14/11 - Breakers select four, Longmeadow native picked in WPS Draft. For one day at least, we were allowed to forget the trials and tribulations WPS has gone through in its short existence. The league's third annual college draft was held on January 14th, and the local Boston Breakers made four selections while Massachusetts native Bianca D'Agostino was picked up by the Philadelphia Independence.
11/6/10 - Loss to Mexico Exposes Frailties of US Soccer. If the U.S. Women's Soccer team fails to qualify for a World Cup for the first time, the 2-1 loss in the CONCACAF World Cup qualification tournament to Mexico on November 5 won't be the defining moment.
10/15/10 - Former Breakers Defender Retires. Kate Markgraf Leaves Professional Game
8/22/10 - Atlanta Beats Shorthanded Breakers. Down 4 Starters, Boston Falls In Connecticut
8/16/10 - Breakers End Sky Blue Hex. Osborne Injured In Critical Win For Boston
8/9/10 - Breakers, Independence Share The Spoils. Boston Battles For 2-2 Draw On The Road
8/7/10 - Rodriguez Makes Most Of Fresh Start. Former Breaker Excelling With Philadelphia
8/1/10 - Breakers Beat Washington Again. Dominance Of Freedom Continues With 3-1 Win
8/1/10 - Boston Aztec Breakers Reserve Win WPSL Championship. Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) East Conference champion Boston Aztec Breakers Reserves (12-1-1) defeated Pacific Conference champion Ajax America (9-4-1) 2-1 to win the 2010 WPSL National Championship in Richardson, Texas.
7/31/10 - Freedom Pays Visit To Breakers. Plenty On The Line In WPS Clash
7/22/10 - Marta, Gold Pride Top Breakers. Brazilian's Wonder Goal Proves to be the Difference
7/21/10 - Breakers Ready For First Place Gold Pride. Defenders Will Need To Be On Form Against Marta, Sinclair
7/19/10 - Breakers Come Back Against Freedom. Angeli Scores Again as Boston Makes it 3 in a Row
7/12/10 - Breakers Make It Two In A Row. Boston Scores 3 in 5 Minutes to Top Atlanta
7/5/10 - Breakers Finally Get Second Win. Lilly Game-Winner Completes Comeback
6/30/10 - Breakers Cut Weimer, Two Others. Igwe, Enyeart Also Put On Waivers
6/14/10 - Sky Blue Does It To Breakers Again. Penalty In 92nd Minute Leaves Boston Empty-Handed
6/10/10 - New England Mutiny tie CT Passion, 1-1. Mutiny lets lead slip in 75th minute for second straight road draw
6/5/10 - New England Mutiny tie Seacoast United, 1-1. The New England Mutiny (1-1-1 WPSL East-Northeast) drew 1-1 with Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) newcomer Seacoast United (0-2-1 WPSL East-Northeast) at Bill Ball Stadium at Exeter High School in Exeter, New Hampshire on Saturday.
5/2/10 - Breakers Fall To Chicago. Red Stars Score Twice In Second Half To Top Boston
4/26/10 - Breakers Earn Point In St. Louis. Moore Nets First Career Goal In 1-1 Tie
4/25/10 - Breakers Travel For St. Louis Challenge. Athletica An Early Favorite In WPS
4/18/10 - Phillips Steps Up For Breakers. Mass. Native Assumes Role As No. 1 Keeper
4/19/10 - Breakers Draw With Philly. Smith Scores Again In 1-1 Tie
4/12/10 - Breakers Win Season Opener. Cheney, Smith Lead Boston Over Washington
4/10/10 - Breakers Ready For Take Two. Boston Hopes Playoff Berth Is In The Cards
4/4/10 - Breakers Announce Opening Roster. The Boston Breakers released the team's final opening day roster Thursday, following three-plus weeks of preseason camp.
1/13/10 - Seacoast United Enters WPSL. Seacoast United Soccer Club has announced that it intends to enter a women's team in Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) starting in 2010.
10/30/09 - U.S. Women Down Germany. Abby Wambach scored her 101st career goal on a header in the 34th minute and a world class performance by the U.S. defense made sure it held up for a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Germany in front of a sold-out crowd at Impuls Arena.
10/22/09 - Breakers Sign Leslie Osborne.
The Boston Breakers have agreed to terms with free agent midfielder Leslie Osborne, a former member of FC Gold Pride and current member of the U.S. Womenï¿½s national team.
10/18/09 - Angela Hucles Retires.
Angela Hucles, a Boston Breakers veteran and 2008 Olympic hero, has announced her retirement from professional soccer.
10/16/09 - Mitts Returns to Philly.
Defender Heather Mitts has signed with the Philadelphia Independence after one season with the Boston Breakers.
10/9/09 - Weimer Signs for Breakers.
The Boston Breakers have agreed to terms with free agents Tiffany Weimer and Erika Sutton for the 2010 season.
9/29/09 - Breakers Deal A-Rod to Philly.
The Boston Breakers dealt former No. 1 overall draft pick Amy Rodriquez to the expansion Philadelphia Independence, cutting ties with the franchise's first-ever pick in the WPS draft.
9/16/09 - Breakers Lose Weber, Schmedes.
Boston Breakers forward Kelly Schmedes and defender Sue Weber were selected by the Philadelphia Independence in Tuesdayï¿½s Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS) expansion draft.
8/31/09 - LePeilbet Named Defender of the Year.
Amy LePeilbet of the Boston Breakers was named Womenï¿½s Professional Soccerï¿½s MedImmune Defender of the Year during Saturdayï¿½s league awards ceremony in St. Louis.
8/28/09 - Plenty of Breakers Still Active.
WESTWOOD, Mass. ï¿½ While the 2009 season may be over for the Boston Breakers, there are still four players lacing up their cleats these days.
8/28/09 - Breakers Hire Interim GM.
WESTWOOD, Mass. ï¿½ Andy Crossley has been named the interim General Manager of the Boston Breakers, the team announced Wednesday.
8/26/09 - Four Breakers Called into WNT Camp.
U.S. women's national team head coach Pia Sundhage has called in 26 players for a 12-day training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., running from Sept. 21 to Oct. 2.
8/10/09 - Sol End Breakers' Season.
BOSTON, Mass. -- A ball from Los Angeles Sol midfielder Aly Wagner dribbled into the penalty area in the 60th minute - a season hung in the balance.
8/6/09 - Johansson Named W-League MVP.
Franklin Pierce University junior All-American Angelika Johansson was named the W-Leagueï¿½s Most Valuable Player as announced by the United Soccer Leagues (USL).
8/6/09 - Breakers Trio Named All Stars.
Boston Breakers defenders Amy LePeilbet and Alex Scott, along with midfielder Kelly Smith, were among Womenï¿½s Professional Soccerï¿½s selections of the leagueï¿½s First XI in preparation for its 2009 WPS All-Star Game, scheduled for Aug. 30 in Fenton, Mo. (the home site for St. Louis Athletica).
8/3/09 - Two Aztecs Make All WPSL.
SACRAMENTO, CA ï¿½ Three players with local ties made the 2009 All-WPSL First Team, announced last Friday.
8/2/09 - Athletica Shut Out Breakers.
Eniola Aluko scored her sixth goal of the season to lead Saint Louis Athletica past the Boston Breakers, 1-0, in Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS) action Saturday night at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo.
7/31/09 - W-League Honors Locals.
Franklin Pierceï¿½s Angelika Johansson, UConnï¿½s Brittany Taylor and the Boston Renegadesï¿½ Casey Brown have been named to the USL W-Leagueï¿½s All-Eastern Conference team
7/30/09 - Locals Abound on WPSL East List.
SACRAMENTO, CA ï¿½ Four players from local teams made the WPSL All-East First Team, announced on Wednesday. while seven more players with local ties were recognized in some way.
7/30/09 - Breakers Fall Short in DC.
The Boston Breakers held on until the 73rd minute, despite playing with 10 women from the fifth minute on, but Abby Wambach finally broke through for the Washington Freedom in a 1-0 win over the Breakers in Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS) action Wednesday night at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.
7/29/09 - Crunch Time for Breakers.
The Boston Breakers may be getting their best player back when they need her most.
7/26/09 - Boston Can't Break Through Against Blue Sky.
BOSTON, Mass. -- Boston Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco has expressed his belief many times this year that ï¿½good finishing trumps good goalkeeping.ï¿½
7/24/09 - US Women Sweep Canada.
CHARLESTON, S.C. ï¿½ Christine Nairn scored on an assist from Lauren Cheney and the U.S. Womenï¿½s National Team defeated Canada, 1-0, on Wednesday night.
7/21/09 - Mutiny Forward Recognized.
New England Mutiny forward Brittany Barry was named to the WPSL Team of the Week.
7/20/09 - Select Eliminated from WPSL Playoffs.
The Bay State Selectï¿½s season came to an end Sunday with a 2-0 loss on the road to the Millburn Magic in a Womenï¿½s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) first round playoff game.
7/20/09 - US Women Down Canada.
Abby Wambach scored her 100th career goal in her hometown to lead the U.S. womenï¿½s national team to a 1-0 victory against Canada in front of 8,443 fans at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
7/20/09 - Shorthanded Breakers Figure Out Gold Pride.
Kelly Schmedes scored her first goal of the season to lead the Boston Breakers past FC Gold Pride, 1-0, in Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS) action Sunday night at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
7/19/09 - Challenge Awaits Breakers in California.
This weekï¿½s international fixtures have taken a toll on just about every WPS roster, but none more than the Boston Breakers.
7/19/09 - Aztecs Burned by Inferno.
AMESBURY, Mass. -- The best season in the Boston Aztecs womenï¿½s team history came to an abrupt end Saturday night with a 3-1 loss to the Lancaster Inferno in the WPSL East quarterfinals.
7/19/09 - Mutiny Advance in WPSL Playoff.
After a regular season of frustration for Brittany Barry that saw multiple near misses keep her off the scoresheet, the 16-year old notched two goals in the quarterfinals of the WPSL East playoffs as the New England Mutiny defeated the Adirondack Lynx 4-1 at Fort Ann, N.Y.
7/18/09 - WPSL, NPSL Playoff Preview.
Four teams from New England qualified for the WPSL and NPSL playoffs that begin this weekend.
7/16/09 - Roundup: Mutiny, Phantoms Win.
A week ago, the New England Mutiny needed to win its last two games - and get help from other teams - to qualify for the WPSL playoffs.
7/16/09 - Breakers Get Back on Track.
BOSTON, Mass. -- Of all the trends that have manifested themselves during the course of this inaugural Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS) season, one has proven to be the most conclusive of all: score first and youï¿½ll win the game.
7/15/09 - Breakers Host Chicago in Critical Showdown.
A win would put them back within a shout of second place and give them control of their playoff destiny.
7/14/09 - Trio Honored by WPSL.
Locals Abby Crumpton and Sydney Stoll have been named to the WPSL Team of the Week, while Jenna Roncarati was an honorable mention.
7/14/09 - W-League Combine in September.
USL announced today the dates for the second annual USL W-League Combine. The event will be held Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27 at Ed Radice Sports Complex in Northwest Tampa, Florida.
7/13/09 - Breakers Struggle Again with Blue Sky.
BOSTON, Mass. -- Two disturbing trends that are threatening to derail the Boston Breakersï¿½ season came to the forefront again in the teamï¿½s 2-1 loss to Sky Blue FC Sunday night.
7/10/09 - Mutiny Keeping Hope Alive.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ï¿½ Karen Gurnon knows what it's like when a team that pencils in a playoff trip every year finally has to kiss the postseason berth goodbye.
7/9/09 - Aztecs Continue Undefeated Run.
The Boston Aztecs faced off against traditional WPSL powerhouse New England Mutiny in a tight match Tuesday night, remaining undefeated with a 3-1 win.
7/7/09 - Reds' Ryan Honored by WPSL.
SoccerPlus Connecticut midfielder Becky Ryan was named to the Womenï¿½s Premier Soccer Leagueï¿½s Team of the week in a league announcement Tuesday.
7/7/09 - US Calls Up Four Breakers.
U.S. women's national team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 21 players for two matches against Canada, the first taking place on Sunday, July 19, at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., and then again three days later on Wednesday, July 22, at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C.
7/4/09 - Jersey Unkind to Breakers Again.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Conceding an early goal once again proved too much to overcome for the Boston Breakers, who fell 1-0 to Sky Blue FC Saturday afternoon.
7/3/09 - Sky Blue Rematch Awaits Breakers.
On June 21, the Boston Breakers avenged their worst loss of the season, turning a 4-0 road defeat to Chicago in April into a 2-0 win on the Red Starsï¿½ home field.
7/1/09 - Breakers' Fabiana Nears Return.
The time may be coming near that Fabiana makes her anticipated debut with the Boston Breakers.
6/30/09 - Four Locals Shine in Respective Leagues.
Four players with local ties have been recognized in the latest "Team of the Week" awards for the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) and the United Soccer League (USL).
6/25/09 - Breakers Take Over Second Place.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In a season of high and lows, the Boston Breakers appear to finding themselves on the way up once again.
6/24/09 - Plenty at Stake for Breakers.
Had the Boston Breakers lost Sunday in Chicago, they would be in a three-way tie for last place in Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS).
6/21/09 - Breakers Top Red Stars.
Amy Rodriguez scored her first goal of the season while Kristine Lilly added a goal and an assist as the Boston Breakers defeated the Chicago Red Stars, 2-0, in Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS) action Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
6/21/09 - Breakers Seek Revenge in Chicago.
Tony DiCicco has coached in three World Cups - as an assistant in 1991 and head coach in 1995 and 1999.
6/20/09 - Scott Makes Herself at Home.
Alex Scott was a teenage striker when she first joined the Arsenal Ladies senior side.
6/19/09 - Monroe Returns to Breakers.
The Boston Breakers have officially added Mary-Frances Monroe to their 22-woman roster. To make room for the 29-year old midfielder, the team released midfielder Stacy Bishop.
6/18/09 - Reds Can't Stand Fury.
Three different players scored for the visitors as the Long Island Fury (4-0 WPSL East) defeated the SoccerPlus CT Reds (2-3-1 WPSL East) by a 3-2 score in WPSL East action Monday in New Britain, Conn.
6/18/09 - Breakers Draw Even with Pride.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - As wretched a display as they put on in the first half, the Boston Breakers played up to their lofty potential in the second.
6/17/09 - Tiffany Weimer Making it Big.
From an early age, Tiffany Weimer seemed destined for success on the soccer field.
6/16/09 - Monroe Earns WPSL Honors.
Boston Aztec midfielder Mary-Frances Monroe has been named to the Womenï¿½s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Team of the Week, as announced by the league Tuesday.
6/16/09 - Renegades Win Second Straight.
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The MPS Renegades won their second consecutive game this past Sunday, notching a 2-1 victory over the Long Island Lady Rough Riders.
6/15/09 - Breakers Miss Chances Against Athletica.
The Boston Breakersï¿½ winless streak reached four Sunday night, as visiting Saint Louis Athletica left Harvard Stadium with a 1-0 win on a goal from Eniola Aluko.
6/9/09 - Boston Breakers Notebook.
Making the leap from college to professional sports is challenging enough. Doing it while learning a new position can only add to that difficulty, but thatï¿½s exactly what Kasey Moore is trying to do with the Boston Breakers.
6/9/09 - WPSL Recognizes Three Locals.
Three players with local ties have been recognized in the WPSLï¿½s Team of the Week.
6/9/09 - Renegades Split Over the Weekend.
The Boston Renegades traveled to New Jersey for their second match in two days Sunday, looking to bounce back from their defeat to the Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues the day before.
6/7/09 - Aztecs Undefeated in WPSL Play.
The Boston Aztecs remained undefeated in WPSL play with another 3-0 win against the Millburn Magic Saturday. The teams matched up last weekend in a 3-0 win for the Aztecs, and they were able to pull it off again.
6/6/09 - Franklin Pierce Star Shines in USL.
Franklin Pierce University junior All-American Angelika Johansson was named to the W-League ï¿½Team of the Weekï¿½ as announced by the United Soccer Leagues (USL).
6/3/09 - Locals Earn League Awards.
Boston Aztec defender Kasey Moore shared the WPSLï¿½s Player of the Week honor with San Francisco forward Mariko Yoshihara.
6/1/09 - Renegades Secure First Home Win.
WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Boston Renegades won their first home game of the season this weekend with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Wildcats.
5/31/09 - Breakers Fall in New Jersey.
The Boston Breakersï¿½ hopes of finishing first in WPSï¿½s inaugural season took a big hit Sunday night when they lost, 2-1, to Sky Blue FC in Piscataway, N.J.
5/30/09 - The Last Unknown for Breakers.
One womanï¿½s loss is anotherï¿½s gain. Such has been the case for Boston Breakers central defender Sue Weber this season. When Nancy Augustyniak-Goffi suffered an injury following Bostonï¿½s season-opening loss to FC Gold Pride, Weber stepped into the starting lineup in her place.
5/30/09 - Mutiny Sign former Hartford Star.
The New England Mutiny of the WPSL East Conference have bolstered their attack, signing former SoccerPlus CT Reds and University of Hartford standout Meagan Reimer.
5/27/09 - Reds' Casey Earns WPSL Honors.
SoccerPlus CT Reds keeper Caity Casey has been named Co-Player of the Week in WPSL.
5/26/09 - US Women Trounce Canada .
Five Boston Breakers got the starting nod as the U.S. Women's National Team scored twice in each half, getting goals from four different players to defeat Canada 4-0 in front of 10,255 fans at BMO Field in Toronto.
5/26/09 - New England Soccer Weekend Roundup.
The Western Mass Pioneers picked up their first win of the season in what was an otherwise grim weekend for New England clubs.
5/24/09 - Reds Ready for Breakers' Visit .
It was March 9, 1993, when Chris Bart-Williams and Tony DiCicco first crossed paths.
5/24/09 - A Big Comeback for LePeilbt .
It will be a noteworthy return when Amy LePeilbet puts on the U.S. womenï¿½s national team shirt Monday night in Toronto as the Americans get ready to take on Canada.
5/24/09 - Reds Rob Mutiny in WPSL Opener .
Both teams had contributed far too generously to Women's Professional Soccer rosters during the offseason for this to be considered a rematch.
5/22/09 - Breakers Top Aztec in Friendly .
AMESBURY, Mass. - The Boston Breakers scored a 4-0 win over Boston Aztec Thursday night at Amesbury Sports Park.
5/22/09 - Mutiny, Reds to Meet Again .
When the New England Mutiny and SoccerPlus CT Reds take the field in New Britain, Conn. tonight, their rosters will be significantly different than the last time they met in July.
5/21/09 - Breakers' Latham Suspended, DiCicco Fined .
The WPS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Boston Breakers forward Christine Latham for two games and fined her $250 for an elbow thrown in the 51st minute of the Breakersï¿½ 1-1 draw against the Washington Freedom Sunday.
5/21/09 - Aztec, Breakers no Ordinary Friendly .
Tonightï¿½s match between the Boston Breakers and Boston Aztec is, technically, a friendly.
5/20/09 - Renegades Grab Points on the Road .
The MPS Renegades took to the road this weekend with back to back W-League games at Long Island and New York.
5/19/09 - Breakers, CT Reds Set to Face Off .
The Boston Breakers of Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS) and the SoccerPlus CT Reds of the Womenï¿½s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) will play a friendly at Veteranï¿½s Memorial Stadium in New Britain, Conn. on Memorial Day Monday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.
5/18/09 - Boston Breaks Even with Freedom .
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Boston defender Alex Scott scored the equalizer in the second half to ensure the Breakersï¿½ kept their undefeated home record in a 1-1 draw against the Washington Freedom Sunday night at Harvard Stadium.
5/17/09 - Passion Open with Tie .
The Connecticut Passion surrendered a late goal in the 88th minute to settle for a 3-3 with the New York Magic in the season opener for both clubs.
5/17/09 - Mutiny Ring in 2009 with Win .
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. ï¿½ With the bitter taste of last yearï¿½s WPSL defeat to SoccerPlus CT still in their mouths, the New England Mutiny opened their 2009 season in convincing fashion, trouncing the Maine Tide, 4-0, at Northampton High School on Saturday.
5/17/09 - Lady Pioneers Drop Home Opener .
LUDLOW, Mass. ï¿½ The Western Mass Lady Pioneers dropped their home opener, 3-1, to the Hudson Valley Quikstrike Lady Blues on Saturday at Lusitano Stadium.
5/16/09 - Breakers Aim to Defend Home Turf .
With the WPS season now in its eighth week, the Boston Breakers remain the only team with a 100 percent home record.
5/12/09 - WNT Matches Against Japan Cancelled .
The first two domestic matches of 2009 for the U.S. Womenï¿½s National Team have been cancelled after Japan decided not to travel to the United States or Canada, citing concerns with the swine flu (H1N1) virus.
5/12/09 - Lady Pioneers Win Season Opener .
The Western Mass Lady Pioneers won Saturdayï¿½s season opener, 1-0, on the road against the New York Magic. Laura Guigli from the University of Hartford scored in 43rd minute on an assist from Kelly Kuss.
5/11/09 - Breakers Draw in Los Angeles .
Defense took center stage Sunday as the Boston Breakers held the Los Angeles Sol to a 0-0 draw on the road in Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS) action at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
5/7/09 - Four Breakers Called into National Team .
WESTWOOD, Mass. -- Four Boston Breakers were among the 21 players called up to the U.S. Womenï¿½s National Team by head coach Pia Sundhage on Wednesday.
5/5/09 - Breakers, Aztec to Play Friendly .
The Boston Aztec of the East Conference of the Womenï¿½s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) and the Boston Breakers of Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS) will play a friendly match at Amesbury Sports Park in Amesbury, Mass. on Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m
5/4/09 - Breakers, Bolts Team Up .
BOSTON, MA ï¿½ The Boston Breakers and the local youth club FC Greater Boston Bolts are teaming up to provide new opportunities to young soccer players in Massachusetts.
5/3/09 - Breakers Hand Sol First Loss .
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - What a difference a week - and an early goal - can make.
5/1/09 - Breakers Look to Rebound .
Embarrassingï¿½ wake-up callï¿½ redemption. Those were just three words or phrases heard at Fridayï¿½s Boston Breakers practice at Harvard University. The first two refer to last Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Chicago Red Stars, a result that saw the Red Stars leap over Boston into second place in the WPS standings.
5/1/09 - Smith WPS Player of the Month .
Boston Breakers forward Kelly Smith has been named Aprilï¿½s Player of the Month in Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS).
4/28/09 - Catching Up With Joe Cummings: Part II .
Soccer New England continues its interview with Boston Breakers President and General Manager Joe Cummings.
4/27/09 - Roster Shaping Up for Mutiny .
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ï¿½ The roster is shaping up for the New England Mutiny, a local Womenï¿½s Premier Soccer League team that plays its home games at Northampton (Mass.) High School.
4/27/09 - Catching Up With Joe Cummings .
These are busy days for Joe Cummings. The Upton, Mass. resident is in his second stint as president and general manager of the Boston Breakers, having served in the same dual role during the club's WUSA days from 2001-03.
4/26/09 - Tough Day for Local Pro Clubs.
Saturday was a night to forget for the regionï¿½s top professional clubs.
4/25/09 - Breakers Look to Keep Rolling.
So often, a 90-minute soccer game can be determined by a single kick of the ball.
4/21/09 - Six Locals Join WPSL's Magic.
Offense took center stage Saturday night, as the Boston Breakers became the first team in the WPS to score three goals in their 3-1 win over the Washington Freedom at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
4/19/09 - Breakers Bust Out Against Freedom.
Offense took center stage Saturday night, as the Boston Breakers became the first team in the WPS to score three goals in their 3-1 win over the Washington Freedom at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
4/17/09 - Breakers Get Past Athletica.
While goal-scorers Kelly Smith and Kristine Lilly received most of the plaudits after the Boston Breakers' 2-0 win over Saint Louis Athletica Saturday ï¿½ with Smith earning WPS Player of the Week honors ï¿½ the back line also played a key role in the victory.
4/15/09 - Kelley Smith WPS Player of the Week.
Boston Breakers midfielder Kelly Smith was named the WPS Player of the Week, for the week ending April 12.
4/12/09 - Breakers Get Past Athletica.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On a slick turf surface in the driving rain, it was never going to be easy to score goals.
4/11/09 - A Homecoming for Kia McNeill.
Less than halfway through her senior season at Boston College, Kia McNeill made as big a change as you can make in soccer, moving from striker to central defender.
4/10/09 - Breakers Set to Host Athletica.
With their inaugural WPS match out of the way - a 2-1 road loss to FC Gold Pride Sunday - the Boston Breakers are looking ahead to their next milestone.
4/7/09 - Bay State Select Rounds Out Roster.
Bay State Select of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) has added six players to its for the upcoming season.
4/6/09 - Breakers Fall in Season Opener.
A 90th minute goal from substitute Tiffeny Milbrett gave FC Gold Pride a 2-1 over the Boston Breakers Sunday in both teamsï¿½ inaugural Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer match.
3/31/09 - A New Era for Breakers.
When the Womenï¿½s United Soccer Association (WUSA) was suspended after the 2003 season, rumors started almost immediately that the league would, in some form, come back in the future.
3/26/09 - Breakers Finalize Roster.
The Boston Breakers and head coach Tony DiCicco released the teamï¿½s final opening day roster today, following three-plus weeks of preseason camp.
3/19/09 - New Gig for Former Revs' Asst..
Former Revolution assistant Matt Driver will serve as the head coach and general manager of the new Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer franchise in Philadelphia.
3/19/09 - WPSL Releases East Schedule.
SACRAMENTO, CA -- The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) released the Summer 2009 East Schedule Thursday, including the slates for the five teams from New England.
3/18/09 - Breakers Draw With Chicago.
Boston midfielder Kristine Lilly cancelled out a Karen Carney opener for Chicago as the Breakers and Red Stars drew, 1-1, Wednesday afternoon in a rain-filled WPS scrimmage at the Lauderhill Sports Complex in Lauderhill, Fla.
3/17/09 - Women Kick Off Domestic Play vs.China.
CHICAGO -- The U.S. women's soccer team will open its 2009 domestic schedule on May 20 with a match against surprise 2008 Olympic semifinalist Japan at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.
3/15/09 - Breakers Trim Roster to 25.
The Boston Breakers released their latest 25-player pre-season roster, following two sets of cuts this week.
3/12/09 - Breakers Notebook: Defeat BC in Scrimmage.
WESTWOOD, Mass. ï¿½ Kelly Schmedes scored three goals and Kristine Lilly added a goal and assist in the Boston Breakersï¿½ 6-1 win over Boston College in the teamï¿½s second preseason scrimmage Wednesday afternoon.
3/12/09 - Sweden Bests US in Algarve Final.
FARO, Portugal -- A last-gasp goal gave the U.S. women's soccer team a 1-1 tie with Sweden in the 90th minute of the Algarve Cup final, but on the seventh penalty round, Heather Mitts? shot clanged off the post and sealed the 4-3 penalty win -- and Algarve Championship -- for the Swedes.
3/10/09 - U20 Advances to Algarve Final.
FERREIRAS, Portugal -- Forward Megan Rapinoe scored in the 21st minute to give the U.S. Women's National Team a 1-0 victory against Norway in the final group game for both teams at the 2009 Algarve Cup.
3/7/09 - US Women Slip By Iceland.
FERREIRAS, Portugal ï¿½ Forward Natasha Kai scored a spectacular goal in the last minute of regulation time to give the U.S. Womenï¿½s National Team a dramatic 1-0 victory over Iceland in the second game of the 2009 Algarve Cup.
3/6/09 - Lilly, Breakers Come to Terms.
WESTWOOD, Mass. ï¿½ The Boston Breakers and Kristine Lilly officially agreed to terms Thursday on a multi-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
3/5/09 - BC Defender Heads Back to Fury.
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY -- Boston College All-American Alyssa Pember will return to the Long Island Fury for a fourth season this spring.
3/4/09 - US Women Down Denmark.
LAGOS, Portugal ï¿½ The U.S. womenï¿½s soccer team kicked off the Algarve Cup with a 2-0 win over Denmark in whipping wind and drizzling rain on Wednesday.
3/4/09 - Breakers Hire Harvard Asst..
WESTWOOD, Mass. ï¿½ Harvard womenï¿½s soccer assistant Katie Shields will join the Boston Breakersï¿½ coaching staff as an assistant for the 2009 season.
3/3/09 - Breakers Announce Preseason Roster.
The Boston Breakers and head coach Tony DiCicco released their initial 32-player preseason roster, it was announced by the team today.
2/27/09 - Tournament Benefits Inccer City Girl Soccer Players.
CityKicks will host the 4th annual Ice Breaker Tournament once again this March at Harvard University.
2/27/09 - Breakers, Aztecs form Partnership.
The Boston Breakers of Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS) have reached an agreement with Womenï¿½s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team Boston Aztec, in which Aztec will become the reserve team of the Breakers.
2/26/09 - Breakers Sign Fabiana Chapman.
WESTWOOD, Mass. -- The Boston Breakers completed their international signings with the announcement of Brazilian National Team forward Fabiana and Canadian National Team defender Candace Chapman to multi-year contracts on Wednesday.
2/25/09 - BC's Henderson Returns to Fury.
Boston College womenï¿½s soccer midfielder Kelly Henderson will return to the WPSLï¿½s Long Island Fury for a fourth season.
2/24/09 - Breakers Announce Preseason Schedule.
WESTWOOD, Mass. ï¿½ The Boston Breakers announced their 2009 preseason schedule, which features a six-game preseason slate, including scrimmages against UConn and Boston College.
2/19/09 - Breakers Sign English Star Smith.
The Boston Breakers announced the signing of England national team forward Kelly Smith to a multi-year contract Wednesday.
2/16/09 - BU Senior Invited to Breakers Camp.
Boston University women's soccer senior Marisha Schumacher-Hodge has been invited by the coaches of the Boston Breakers to participate in its preseason camp, following a strong showing at the teams tryouts on Feb. 9-10.
2/6/09 - Three Breakers On Algarve Cup Roster.
CHICAGO -- Three Boston Breakers were named to the US Women's National Team's roster for the 2009 Algarve Cup.
2/4/09 - WPSL's Aztecs Name Coaching Staff.
The Boston Breakers announced the signing of English international defender Alex Scott to a multi-year contract Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed per team policy.
1/31/09 - WPSL's Aztecs Name Coaching Staff.
BEVERLY, MA - The Boston Aztecs of the East Conference of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) have announced their Summer 2009 coaching staff.
1/23/09 - Breakers Moore Named to U23s.
Boston Breakers defender Kasey Moore was named to the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team's 18-player roster for a two-match competition in Spain in early February.
1/22/09 - Mann Gets Call From Scotland.
Goalkeeper Lauren Mann of the Harvard women's soccer team has been invited to the Scottish Women's National Team training camp.
1/17/09 - Breakers Add A-Rod, Nine Others.
The Boston Breakers selected 2008 Olympic gold medalist and University of Southern California forward Amy Rodriguez with the first pick of the 2009 WPS Draft Friday at the NSCAA Convention in St. Louis.
1/16/09 - Breakers Take Amy Rodriquez.
The Boston Breakers selected USC and Women's National Team forward Amy Rodriguez with the first overall pick in today's WPS Draft.
1/15/09 - DiCicco on the Breakers.
Heading into Fridayï¿½s WPS Draft, in which they hold the first overall selection, the Boston Breakersï¿½ roster has already taken shape.
1/11/09 - Breakers Sign Chrstine Latham.
The Boston Breakers have signed former Canadian National Team forward and WUSA Rookie of the Year Christine Latham to a multi-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed per team policy.
12/19/08 - Mass. Native Honored by US Soccer.
CHICAGO -- Hanson (Mass.) native Kristie Mewis was named the U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year in an announced made by the organization Thursday.
12/18/08 - Americans Dispatch China Again.
DETROIT, Mich. -- The U.S. Women's National Team defeated China 1-0 on a first-half goal from midfielder Heather O'Reilly to finish off an historic year with its 33rd victory of 2008.
12/17/08 - Breakers to Open in California.
Over five years after their last match, the Boston Breakers will return to Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS) action Sunday, April 5.
12/16/08 - Four More Years for Sundhage.
CHICAGO -- U.S. women's soccer coach Pia Sundhage will lead the team for another four years through the 2012 Olympics, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced Monday.
12/15/08 - US Downs China in Exhibition.
CARSON, Calif. -- Tina Ellerston scored her first career international goal and the U.S. Women's National Team beat China, 1-0, in an exhibition match at the Home Depot Center.
12/8/08 - US Wins U20 World Cup.
LA FLORIDA, Chile -- The United States Under-20 Women's soccer team downed Korea, 2-1, to win the 2008 U20 Women's World Cup.
12/5/08 - U20 Women Book Ticket to Finals.
COQUIMBO, Chile -- The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team booked a place in the championship game of the U20 Women's World Cup with a hard-fought 1-0 semifinal victory over Germany on Thursday.
12/3/08 - Lilly Rejoins National Team.
CHICAGO -- After a year off, Connecticut native and Boston Breaker Kristine Lilly will make her return to the U.S. Women's National Team this month.
12/1/08 - U20 Women Advance to Semis.
CHILLAN, Chile -- The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team advanced to the semifinals of the U20 Women's World Cup with a 3-0 win over England on Sunday.
11/28/08 - U20 Women Fall to China.
TEMUCO, Chile -- The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team fell 2-0 to China in the final Group B game of the 2008 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Despite the result, the Americans clinched the top place in Group B and will return to Chillan to face England, who finished second place finisher in Group A, in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
11/23/08 - U20 Women Earn Decisive Win.
CHILLAN, Chile -- The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team earned a decisive 3-0 win against Argentina in the second game of Group B at the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Chile.
11/2/08 - Americans Defeat South Korea.
RICHMOND, Va. -- The U.S. women?s soccer team made it four wins in four games on the 2008 Achieve Your Gold Tour, defeating South Korea 3-1 on Saturday behind goals from Angela Hucles, Heather O?Reilly and Lindsay Tarpley.
10/7/08 - Breakers Aim to Shore Up Defense.
After loading up on several attacking players through the first stages of assembling his team, Boston Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco picked three defenders -- including a Dartmouth College alum -- and an accomplished keeper during Mondayï¿½s Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS) General Draft.
9/25/08 - Breakers Assigned Internationals.
BOSTON ï¿½ The Boston Breakers took an offensive-minded approach to Wednesday afternoon's Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) International Draft.
9/21/08 - US Women Set Win Record.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. ï¿½ The U.S. womenï¿½s soccer team set a record for wins in a calendar year, picking up its 29th victory of 2008 with a 2-0 triumph over Ireland Saturday in the third match of the Achieve Your Gold Tour.
9/18/08 - US Women Tie Wins Record.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ï¿½ Forward Natasha Kai scored her team-leading 15th goal of the year in the 72nd minute to give the United States womenï¿½s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Ireland Wednesday at Giants Stadium.
9/17/08 - Welcome Back: Lilly, Hucles Return to Boston.
BOSTON ï¿½ The Boston Breakers will have a familiar look to them when they resume play this spring in the new womenï¿½s pro league, Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS).
8/28/08 - Ten Locals on WPS Combine List.
TAMPA, FL ï¿½ Seven Boston Renegades and three others from local New England colleges are among the 128 players participating in Septemberï¿½s inaugural Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer combine, the USL announced on Wednesday.
8/22/08 - US Takes Home Gold.
BEIJING -- The United States women's soccer team exacted some revenge on the team that eliminated it from the World Cup, beating powerful Brazil, 1-0, Wednesday to win the gold medal.
8/18/08 - Women Earn Shot at Gold.
BEIJING -- Two goals from Angela Hucles propelled the United States women's soccer team to the gold medal match following a 4-2 victory over Japan in the Olympic quarterfinals on Monday.
8/15/08 - American Women Down Canada.
SHANGHAI, China -- A dramatic diving header goal from Natasha Kai in the 101st minute of overtime gave the U.S. women's soccer team a 2-1 win over Canada and a berth in the semifinals of the Beijing Olympics.
8/12/08 - Women Advance to Second Round.
SHENYANG, China -- The U.S. Women's National Team defeated New Zealand, 4-0, Tuesday to win Group G and advance to the second round of Olympic play.
8/9/08 - Two Breakers in WPS Combine.
TAMPA, FL -- The USL announced Friday that 128 players have been provisionally chosen to participate in the inaugural W-League Combine that will give the players an opportunity to showcase their abilities for Women's Professional Soccer coaches and scouts in Tampa from September 4-7.
8/9/08 - US Women Rebound with Win.
QUIHUANGDAO, China -- The U.S. women's soccer team rebounded from a 2-0 opening loss to Norway with a solid 1-0 win over Japan in the team's second match of Group G action in the 2008 Olympic Games.
8/6/08 - Women Drop Olympic Opener.
QINHUANGDAO, China ï¿½ The U.S. womenï¿½s soccer team didnï¿½t know what hit them.
8/3/08 - Late Collapse Dooms Mutiny.
SACRAMENTO, CA ï¿½ The New England Mutiny were just seven minutes away from advancing to the WPSL National Final before surrendering two goals ï¿½ including a 30-yard bomb -- in a two minute span to drop a 2-1 heartbreaker to the Arizona Rush in the Semifinal Championship Saturday.
8/3/08 - Velaj Named W-League U19 POY.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA ï¿½ Connecticut Passion forward Fortuna Velaj was named the W-Leagueï¿½s U19 Player of the Year in an announcement made at the leagueï¿½s championship banquet Friday.
8/3/08 - Locals Flood WPSL Teams.
SACRAMENTO, CA ï¿½ The New England Mutiny and SoccerPlus CT ï¿½ the two teams in the WPSL Eastern Conference Final ï¿½ had two players each named to the All-WPSL First Team, and another one each one the Second Team.
8/1/08 - Semifinals Next for Mutiny.
After ending the undefeated aspirations of bitter rival SoccerPlus CT, the New England Mutiny set their sights on another tough opponent, the Arizona Rush, in their WPSL Final Four match up on Saturday.
7/28/08 - U17 Women Win CONCACAF.
TRINIDAD -- The U.S. Under-17 Women?s National Team won the 2008 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship with a 4-1 victory against Costa Rica on Sunday night.
7/27/08 - Mutiny Upset Undefeated Reds.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. ï¿½ Defeated twice in the regular season by the SoccerPlus Reds, the New England Mutiny managed to deal the leagueï¿½s only remaining team with a perfect record its first loss of the year in a huge 1-0 win Sunday in the finals of the WPSL Eastern Conference playoffs.
7/26/08 - Mutiny Advance Past Fury.
The New England Mutiny defeated the Long Island Fury, 4-2, in the WPSL Eastern Conference semifinal match Friday night in Long Island.
7/26/08 - SoccerPlus Douses Inferno.
The SoccerPlus Reds remained undefeated in their biggest game of the year, taking down the Lancaster Inferno, 2-1, in a hard-fought semifinal matchup Friday night.
7/26/08 - Two Locals on W-League East Team.
Connecticut Passion forward Furtuna Velaj and Boston Renegade defender Therese Luckner were named to the W-League Eastern Conference All Conference Team on Friday.
7/26/08 - Mutiny, Reds Dominate WPSL East Team.
The SoccerPlus Reds and New England Mutiny were the best teams in the WPSLï¿½s East region for the majority of the season. Now theyï¿½re being rewarded for it.
7/24/08 - Passion Forward Honored Again by W-League.
Connecticut Passion forward Furtuna Velaj was named to the W-League Team of the Week for the third time this season.
7/22/08 - Women U23s Win Nordic Cup.
SWEDEN ï¿½ The U.S. Under-23 womenï¿½s soccer team beat Germany, 3-0, to win the 2008 Nordic Cup championship Tuesday.
7/22/08 - Reds, Mutiny Begin Postseason.
The undefeated SoccerPlus Reds and the defending East Champion New England Mutiny will begin their respective WPSL playoff runs starting this Friday.
7/22/08 - Crusaders, Renegades Ready for Playoffs.
The Boston Renegades and Cape Cod Crusaders begin their quest for a championship this week as their W-League and Premier Development League playoff games kick off Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
7/21/08 - Unbeaten Reds Head to Playoffs.
Leah Blayney scored a hat trick and added two assists to pace SoccerPlus to a commanding 9-0 win over New York athletic Club and complete their perfect regular season with a 12-0 record.
7/21/08 - Passion Close Out First Season.
Rebecca Moros waited until the last game of the season to score a goal, but the Washington midfielder made it count with a game-winner against the Connecticut Passion in a 1-0 Freedom victory Sunday in the season finale for both clubs.
7/19/08 - Reds Clinch Top Spot Over Mutiny.
The SoccerPlus Reds prevailed with a 2-0 win over rival New England Mutiny in a battle for the WPSLï¿½s East-North crown on Friday night.
7/19/08 - Hanson Twins Power U17 Women.
TRINIDAD ï¿½ Massachusetts native Samantha Mewis scored twice ï¿½ including one on a feed from sister Kristen ï¿½ and the Under-17 Womenï¿½s National Team defeated Costa Rica, 6-0, in the teamï¿½s first-ever World Cup Qualifying match Friday.
7/19/08 - Schnur, U23s Best England.
SWEDEN ï¿½ UConn alum and Mutiny defender Meghan Schnur notched an assist and the Womenï¿½s Under-23 National Team beat England, 3-0, in its second game of the Nordic Cup Friday.
7/19/08 - Cheney Replaces Wambach on Olympic Roster.
CHICAGO ï¿½ Forward Lauren Cheney will replace Abby Wambach on the U.S. Womenï¿½s Olympic Soccer Team after the USAï¿½s leading scorer broke her leg in the Americansï¿½ 1-0 exhibition win over Brazil this week.
7/17/08 - Passion Play Over Renegades.
Two goals by Furtuna Velaj -- including the game winner in the 62nd minute -- gave the Connecticut Passion a 2-1 victory over the Boston Renegades in a W-League matchup Wednesday.
7/17/08 - Locals on WPSL Team of the Week.
A player from each of the top teams in the WPSL ï¿½ SoccerPlus CT and New England Mutiny ï¿½ made the leagueï¿½s Team of the Week.
7/17/08 - Wambach to Miss Olympics.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. ï¿½ The U.S. Womenï¿½s National Team received devastating news Wednesday that leading scorer Abby Wambach will miss the 2008 Olympics after fracturing her leg in the Americans' 1-0 exhibition win over Brazil.
7/16/08 - U23 Women Beat Swiss.
SWEDEN ï¿½ The U.S. Under-23 Womenï¿½s National Team defeated Switzerland, 1-0, in the opening match of the 2008 Nordic Cup Tuesday.
7/13/08 - Women Sweat Out Brazil.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. ï¿½ With on-field temperatures hitting 100 degrees, the U.S. Womenï¿½s soccer team sweated it out in front of 15,071 at Dickï¿½s Sporting Good Park, getting a 71st-miunte goal from Amy Rodriquez to beat Brazil, 1-0, on Sunday.
7/13/08 - Vermont Women Fall to London.
The Vermont Lady Voltage blew an opportunity to win their first game of the season Saturday, suffering an unfortunate 2-1 loss to the London Gryphons after taking an original 1-0 lead.
7/12/08 - Hanson Twins on U17 Roster.
CHICAGO ï¿½ Kristen and Samantha Mewis of Hanson, Mass. were named to the U.S. Under-17 Womenï¿½s National Team for the upcoming CONCACAF U17 Championships in Trinidad & Tobago.
7/10/08 - Schnur on U23 Women's Team.
UConnï¿½s Meghan Schnur was named to the U.S. Under-23 Womenï¿½s National Team that will travel to Sweden Friday for the Nordic Cup tournament held next week.
7/10/08 - Passion's Johnson Honored.
Ahna Johnson of the Connecticut Passion was named to the W-League Team of the week for her two-goal performance last week.
7/8/08 - WPS Details Player Allocation.
The new womenï¿½s pro soccer league set to launch in April 2009 ï¿½ Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer ï¿½ will draw its players from the US. National Team, international and domestic drafts and local team tryouts, the league announced Tuesday.
7/7/08 - Rough Riders Hault Passion.
SOUTHBURY, Conn. ï¿½ Keri McCabeï¿½s fourth goal of the season in the 69th minute gave the Long Island Rough Riders (7-1-2) a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the CFC Passion in a W-League match-up Sunday.
7/6/08 - Aztec Women Win Home Finale.
The Boston Aztec WPSL team ended the Aztec home season with a 6-0 victory over the visiting Adirondack Lynx on Sunday.
7/6/08 - Sundhage Triumphant in Return Home.
SWEDEN -- The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Sweden, 1-0, on a 39th minute goal from midfielder Carli Lloyd to complete a sweep of two matches in Scandinavia.
7/3/08 - Women Get First Win in Norway.
NORWAY ï¿½ The U.S. Womenï¿½s National Team won for the first time ever in Norway, defeating the host country, 4-0, on goals from four different players, in a friendly on Wednesday.
7/2/08 - Monroe Named Weekly Best Again.
The New England Mutinyï¿½s Mary-Frances Monroe was honored for the second time this year as the WPSLï¿½s Player of the Week on Tuesday.
6/29/08 - Rhinos Bully Lady Voltage.
The Vermont Lady Voltage remain winless after Saturdayï¿½s 3-0 loss to the Rochester Raging Rhinos in W-League action at Collins-Perley Stadium.
6/29/08 - Emphatic Win for Reds.
The SoccerPlus CT Reds continued their reign atop the WPSL with an emphatic 6-0 win over an undermanned and hapless New York Athletic Club Saturday night in New Britain.
6/29/08 - Women U20's Fall to Canada.
PUEBLA, Mexico -- The United States Under-20 women's soccer team picked a bad time to allow a goal.
6/26/08 - Renegade Defender Recognized.
Boston Renegades defender Danielle Kot was named to the W-League Team of the Week following her stellar performance in Saturdayï¿½s game against the New York Magic.
6/26/08 - Lady Pioneers Get First Win.
In a battle of the defeated, the Western Mass. Lady Pioneers downed the Vermont Lady Voltage, 5-1, Wednesday night to notch their very first victory of the season while simultaneously keeping Vermont winless.
6/26/08 - Three Area Players Among WPSL's Weekly Best.
Three local players were selected to the WPSL Team of the Week Wednesday for their efforts in games from the week before.
6/26/08 - US Women Qualify for U20 World Cup.
PUEBLA, Mexico -- The U.S. Under-20 Women's soccer team earned a berth to the U-20 Women's World Cup after a 4-0 win over Costa Rica in the semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament on Wednesday.
6/24/08 - Renegades Spell Magic.
After dropping three points at Long Island on Saturday evening, the Boston Renegades bounced back 24 hours later with a 2-0 victory over the host New York Magic.
6/24/08 - US Women's Olympic Roster Announced.
CHICAGO -- Formerly banished goalkeeper Hope Solo was one of 18 players named to the US women's soccer team's roster for the Summer Olympics in Beijing, while longtime mainstay Briana Scurry was left off the team.
6/23/08 - U20 Women Best Mexico.
MEXICO -- After bombarding Cuba, 9-0, on Friday, the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team scored a third of the goals Sunday, but still won easily, 3-0 over Mexico, to earn the top place in Group A of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
6/23/08 - SoccerPlus Turns Tide Red.
The SoccerPlus CT Reds remained undefeated, beating the Maine Tide, 3-0, Sunday afternoon at Veteranï¿½s Memorial Stadium to improve their sterling record to 8-0.
6/23/08 - Mutiny Dominate Lynx.
WEST SPRINGFIELD - After beating the Adirondack Lynx 4-0 on the road a week ago, the New England Mutiny had good reason to feel confident going into this weekendï¿½s rematch.
6/22/08 - Passion Win Fourth Straight.
The Connecticut Passion earned its fourth straight victory in impressive fashion with a 6-1 win over the New Jersey Wildcats at Reese Stadium on the campus of Yale University Saturday.
6/22/08 - Lady Voltage Stay Winless.
The Vermont Lady Voltage came close but dropped a tight 2-1 decision to the Hamilton Avalanche Saturday to remain winless at 0-9 on the W-League season.
6/21/08 - US Wins Peace Queen Cup.
SUWON, South Korea -- The U.S. women's soccer team won the 2008 Peace Queen Cup with a 1-0 victory over Canada thanks to midfielder Angela Hucles stoppage time goal and some timely goalkeeping from Hope Solo.
6/17/08 - Mutiny Bounce Back Against Lynx.
After their first regular season loss ever at home the night before to the SoccerPlus CT Reds, a one-hour lightning delay before Saturdayï¿½s match with Adirondack only added to the weirdness of the weekend for New England Mutiny.
6/17/08 - Passion Jam Gunners.
Quinnipiacï¿½s Fortuna Velaj scored the game-winning goal to lead the Connecticut Passion past the Fredericksburg Lady Gunners, 2-1, in W-League action this weekend.
6/17/08 - Women Dispatch Brazilians.
SUWON, South Korea -- The U.S. Women's National Team defeated Brazil, 1-0, on a 41st minute goal from forward Amy Rodriguez in a scrappy encounter at the 2008 Peace Queen Cup, giving the USA control of Group B and taking a major step toward a berth in the tournament's championship game.
6/15/08 - US Women Win Peace Cup Opener.
SUWON, South Korea ï¿½ Natasha Kai and Abby Wambach tallied and the US Womenï¿½s National Team beat Australia, 2-1, in the its opening match of the 2008 Peace Queen Cup
6/14/08 - Red Top Mutiny in Battle of Best.
The SoccerPlus Connecticut Reds faced the New England Mutiny Friday night in Agawam, Mass in a battle of the WPSLs undefeated. With both teams missing crucial players to U.S. National Team training camps, it was the Reds who prevailed with a 3-1 victory.
6/12/08 - Passion Player Earns Weekly Nod.
Natalie Urbas had a huge hand leading the Connecticut Passion to their first two franchise victories over the weekend and was rewarded Wednesday by being named the W-League Player of the Week.
6/11/08 - Reds, Mutiny Dominate WPSL.
SACRAMENTO ï¿½ In anticipation of the big showdown this Friday night, it was only appropriate that the WPSL Players of the Week came from the two top New England clubs.
6/9/08 - Lady Pioneers Remain Winless.
The Western Mass. Lady Pioneers fell to 0-6 in the W-League this year after two losses this weekend to Ottawa (1-0) and Laval (4-0).
6/9/08 - Power Out for Voltage.
The Vermont Lady Voltage dropped two more games to fall to remain winless (0-7) in 2008.
6/9/08 - Passion Earn First Win.
Not only did the first-year Connecticut Passion earn their first W-League victory, but they decided the feeling was good that they won again the next day in what easily was the best week of their young existence.
6/9/08 - Renegades Stretch Unbeaten Streak.
WALTHAM, Mass. ï¿½ The Boston Renegades pushed their winning streak to five games this weekend with road victories over Fredericksburg Lady Gunners and Northern Virginia Majestics.
6/8/08 - Mutiny Stay Perfect.
Mary-Frances Monroe netted the gameï¿½s only goal and the New England Mutiny defeated the Boston Aztecs 1-0 in Saturdayï¿½s Womenï¿½s Premier Soccer League action.
6/7/08 - Reds Remain Undefeated.
The SoccerPlus CT Reds remained undefeated this year, improving to 5-0 after a 5-0 win over the Boston Aztecs (1-2) Friday.
6/6/08 - Mutiny's Mauer Called to U23s.
New England Mutiny midfielder Jenny Maurer has been called into camp for the U-23 United States Women's National Team.
6/6/08 - Renegade Keeper Nets Award.
Boston Renegades goalkeeper Meghann Burke was named the W-Leagueï¿½s Player of the Week after posting two shutouts on the road last week.
6/4/08 - Red Makes WPSL Weekly Team.
Connecticut SoccerPlus forward Katie Schoepfer made the WPSL Team of the Week for her performance in the Redsï¿½ 3-0 win over the Boston Aztecs last week.
6/3/08 - Women Reveal Peace Cup Roster.
CHICAGO -- Former Boston Breaker Kate Markgraf joins 20 US women's soccer players on coach Pia Sundhage's roster for June's Peace Queen Cup.
6/2/08 - Renegades Edge Freedom.
Mary Therese McDonnell gave the Boston Renegades the lead in the 54th minute with what would eventually turn out to be the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over the Washington Freedom Sunday.
6/2/08 - Comets Shoot Past Pioneers.
An early goal from Therese Smith would be the highlight of the day for the Western Mass. Lady Pioneers, who continued their tough start to the 2008 season in a 5-1 loss.
6/2/08 - Toronto Downs Lady Voltage.
TORONTO -- The Vermont Lady Voltage dropped to 0-5 on the year after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Lady Lynx Sunday.
6/1/08 - Mutiny Take Tide Out.
BANGOR, Maine ï¿½ In a match played in high winds and driving rain, the New England Mutiny were able to quell the Tide, defeating the new Maine side, 1-0, in WPSL action.
6/1/08 - Reds Topple Aztec Women.
The Boston Aztec (1-1-0) WPSL team will head back to the drawing board after a 3-0 loss to the SoccerPlus CT Reds (4-0-0) on Saturday.
6/1/08 - Passion Still Searching for First 'W'.
BERLIN, Conn. ï¿½ The CFC Passion and New York Magic began their game at Sage Park in Berlin with the same objective: win their first W-League game of 2008. At the end of the match, a first win was still not in either teamï¿½s record.
5/28/08 - Three Locals on WPSL Team of the Week.
Three local players, including two from SoccerPlus Connecticut, made the WPSL Team of the Week for their efforts last week through the weekend.
5/28/08 - Lady Voltage Drop Another.
The Vermont Lady Voltage traveled to Canada Tuesday night and lost 2-0 to the host Laval Comets to fall to 0-3 on the year.
5/27/08 - Tired Pioneers Falter in Canada.
ONTARIO ï¿½ At this point, the Western Mass. Lady Pioneers could use a break.
5/27/08 - Reds Unhitch Lynx.
Becky Ryan scored twice and the SoccerPlus CT Reds continued to showcase their goal-scoring abilities with a 5-0 win over the Adirondack Lynx Friday night.
5/27/08 - So-so Weekend for Maine Teams.
BANGOR, Maine -- The new PSL teams in Maine had a so-so showing this Memorial Day weekend with the men's Sting team drawing, 1-1, with the AC Diablos and the women's Tide falling 3-1 to the Diablos women's team.
5/25/08 - Lady Voltage Drop First Two.
The Vermont Lady Voltage had a disappointing start to the season, scoring zero goals and fiving up 10 in an 0-2 performance this weekend.
5/23/08 - Aztec Women Rout Stingers.
The Boston Aztec WPSL team earned a solid 5-0 win over the visiting Massachusetts Stingers at Amesbury Sports Park Thursday.
5/22/08 - Renegade Honored for Outburst.
Boston Renegade forward Ashlee Pistorius was named to the W-League Team of the Week for her four-goal outburst in last weekï¿½s 7-1 victory over Northern Virginia.
5/20/08 - Mutiny Pluck Stingers.
The New England Mutiny defeated the Massachsuetts Stingers 5-1 behind two goals from Mary-Frances Monroe.
5/20/08 - Lady Pioneers Lose Opener.
LUDLOW, MA ï¿½ The Western Mass Lady Pioneers dropped their season opener, 2-0, Sunday against the Toronto Lady Lynx.
5/20/08 - Renegades Rout Majestics.
Reigning Honda National Player of the Year Ashlee Pistorius led the Boston Renegades with four goals Saturday night in a 7-1 W-League romp over the Northern Virginia Majestics.
5/20/08 - Tide Drop First Game to Reds.
The Maine Tide, New Englandï¿½s newest WPSL entry, kicked off their inaugural season with a 2-0 loss to a more established local franchise, the SoccerPLus CT Reds on Saturday.
5/19/08 - Passion Can't Overcome Early Hole.
The Connecticut Passion fell behind 2-0 in the first 16 minutes and were unable to make up the deficit, despite playing up a player for the final 40 minutes, eventually losing, 3-1, in their first ever W-League home game Saturday.
5/12/08 - Renegades Drop Opener.
The Boston Renegades surrendered a late first-half goal and eventually fell, 1-0, to Jersey Sky Blue in both clubsï¿½ USL W-League season opener Saturday.
5/12/08 - Passion Draw in First W-League Game.
The Connecticut Passion, playing their inaugural season in the USL W-League, got a penalty kick goal from Fortuna Velaj in the 80th minute to force a 2-2 draw with the New York Magic Saturday in the teamï¿½s first-ever regular season game.
5/11/08 - Mutiny Open with 4-0 Win.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. ï¿½ In front of a sellout crowd of 1,252 at Northampton High School, the New England Mutiny began defense of their Eastern Conference championship in the Womenï¿½s Premier Soccer League with a 4-0 victory over New York AC.
5/11/08 - Kai, US Trick Canada.
Forward Natasha Kai scored her first career hat trick and the United States womenï¿½s soccer team beat Canada, 6-0, Saturday in a rematch of last monthï¿½s CONCACAF Championship.
5/9/08 - Breakers Hire Cole as Asst..
WESTWOOD, Mass. ï¿½ SoccerPlus Connecticut Reds assistant coach Lisa Cole will join coach Tony DiCiccoï¿½s staff with the new Boston Breakers, the club announced Friday.
5/7/08 - Crusaders, Renegades Open Season Saturday.
The Boston Renegades and Cape Cod Crusaders open their respective seasons this Saturday, the former at Framinghamï¿½s Bowditch Stadium and the latter at Mass Maritime Academy.
5/4/08 - Wild Win for US Women.
In a wild match that saw the U.S. Women's National Team score two own goals and give up a three-goal lead in the second half, substitute midfielder Angela Hucles provided the game-winner in the 94th minute to lead the Americans to a 5-4 victory over Australia.
4/20/08 - US Women Convene for Exhibitions.
CHICAGO ï¿½ In their first action since winning the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, 25 members of the U.S. womenï¿½s soccer team will convene in North Carolina on April 22 to gear up for a three-game exhibition slate against Australia and Canada.
4/14/08 - SoccerPlus Reds Add Three.
FARMINGTON, Conn. ï¿½ Three players from the Florida State team that made it to the womenï¿½s soccer championship last season have committed to play for the WPSLï¿½s SoccerPlus Connecticut Reds this summer.
4/13/08 - US Wins Women's CONCACAF.
MEXICO -- The U.S. women's soccer team, after a big save from goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, prevailed 6-5 in penalty kicks to win the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament Saturday.
4/11/08 - Eagles' Defender Signs Overseas.
CHESTNUT HILL -- Boston College defender Kia McNeill has signed a contract to play with Kristianstad of the professional women's league Allsvenska in Sweden.
4/10/08 - US Women in Olympics.
MEXICO ï¿½ The U.S. Womenï¿½s National Team rebounded from a frustrating first half to score three second half goals ï¿½ two by Natasha Kai ï¿½ and clinch a spot in the Beijing Summer Olympics with a 3-0 win over Costa Rica Wednesday.
4/9/08 - Mutiny Complete Puzzle.
The New England Mutiny resigned the final piece to the puzzle, inking goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe for the 2008 season and ensuring the team will return all 21 players from a squad that made it to the WPSL National Championship Finals.
4/7/08 - US Women Best Mexico.
MEXICO -- The U.S. Women's National Team got two goals from Natasha Kai and one from Abby Wambach in a rousing 3-1 victory over Mexico in front of a sold-out crowd of 22,280 at the Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez.
4/5/08 - Jamaica Easy Fodder for US.
MEXICO ï¿½ Striker Abby Wambach had two goals and two assists and the United States womenï¿½s soccer team started Olympic Qualifying with a bang, routing Jamaica, 6-0, on Friday.
4/2/08 - Breakers to Play at Harvard.
WESTWOOD, Mass. ï¿½ The new Boston Breakers in the new womenï¿½s pro league, Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer (WPS), announced Wednesday that Harvard Stadium will serve as the teamï¿½s home venue.
3/31/08 - Roster Set for Women's Olympic Qualifying.
CHICAGO -- United States women's soccer coach Pia Sundhage finalized the 20-player roster to travel to Mexico for 2008 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying as the USA attempts to earn one of two berths to the summer's Beijing Olympics.
3/25/08 - Aztecs Ink Former Breaker.
The Boston Aztecs womenï¿½s team signed Cambridge (Mass.) native and former Boston Breakers forward Rebekah Splaine for the 2008 season.
3/18/08 - Aztecs Sign Two BC Players.
The Boston Aztec WPSL team signed two more Boston College players for this summer, adding Braintreeï¿½s (Mass.) Amy Caldwell and Marshfieldï¿½s (Mass.) Jill McNeil.
3/14/08 - Renegades Sign Franklin Pierce Standout.
The MPS Boston Renegades recently signed Franklin Pierceï¿½s Gabriella Demoner and Swede native Therese Luckner as well as three players from Texas A&M.
3/12/08 - Mutiny Bring Back Record 20 Players.
The WPSLï¿½s New England Mutiny have resigned 20 of 21 players from last year, the most ever returnees in the 10-year history of the Womenï¿½s Professional Soccer League.
3/12/08 - Women Win Algarve Cup.
PORTUGAL -- Abby Wambach's 49th-minute goal proved to be the difference as the U.S. women's soccer team beat Denmark, 2-1, Wednesday to capture its sixth Algarve Cup championship.
3/11/08 - US Women Roll Past Norway.
The U.S. women?s soccer team got goals from Natasha Kai, Abby Wambach and Heather O'Reilly in an 11-minute span before second-half sub Amy Rodriguez finished the scoring in the 90th minute to cap a 4-0 victory over Norway and vault the Americans into their sixth straight Algarve Cup final.
3/10/08 - Aztecs Ink Former UConn Captain.
The Boston Aztec WPSL women's team inked former UConn All-American and WUSA veteran Kerry Connors for the 2008 season.
2/22/08 - Quartet Returning to Renegades.
WALTHAM, Mass. ï¿½ The W-Leagueï¿½s Boston Renegades announced this week that Lauren MacIver, Kelsey Hood, Jamie Craft and Jasmine Phillips will each return for the 2008 season.
2/6/08 - DiCicco, Weimer Returning to WPSL.
SACRAMENTO, CA ï¿½ Connecticut natives Tony DiCicco and Tiffany Weimer will both return to SoccerPlus CT, DiCiccoï¿½s club, for the upcoming Womenï¿½s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) season.
1/29/08 - Connecticut Natives Among U.S. Women Call-Ups.
CHICAGO -- Connecticut natives Tiffany Weimer (North Haven) and Manya Makoski (Trumbull) were two of the 37 players called into the next U.S. Women's National Team training camp in preparations for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.
1/27/08 - DiCicco To Coach US U-20 Women.
CHICAGO -- Boston Breakers coach and former U.S. Women's National Team headman Tony DiCicco has been named head coach of the U.S. Under-20 women's team.
1/18/08 - New England Teams Start on W-League Opening Night.
TAMPA, FL ï¿½ The Boston Renegades and the expansion Connecticut FC are two of the 18 clubs that will see action on the USL's W-League Opening Night on Saturday, May 10.
1/17/08 - New Women's League Announces Name, Logo.
BALTIMORE ï¿½ Women's pro soccer is now officially back, complete with a new name and a fresh Mia Hamm-inspired logo.
1/17/08 - Solo Back In Sundhage's First Win.
GUANGZHOU, China ï¿½ It took Pia Sundhage one game to get her first win with the United States women's soccer team -- and it took Hope Solo one game to win back her starting job.
1/12/08 - US Women's Teams Realign for '08.
CHICAGO -- The U.S. women's soccer program is undergoing a reconstruction at the youth level. The program will reinstitue its Under-18 team and the Under-21 team is being converted to a U-23 side to continue to compete in the annual Nordic Cup.
1/8/08 - Lilly To Miss Olympics.
Connecticut native and former Boston Breaker Kristine Lilly announced she will not compete in the 2008 Olympic Games next summer if the United States qualifies in April.
12/28/07 - Sundhage Opens Camp With US.
New U.S. women's soccer coach Pia Sundhage called 27 players to a six-day training camp that will run from Jan. 3-8 in Carson, Calif., in the team's first action of the new year.
12/5/07 - Women Set for First Training Camp Under Sundhage.
The U.S. women's soccer team starts its first training camp under new coach Pia Sundhage this Saturday in Carson, Calif.
11/13/07 - Sundhage Named New US Women's Coach.
Former Swedish star and Boston Breakers coach Pia Sundhage was named the new head coach of the United States Women's National Team Tuesday.
11/9/07 - WPSL Coming to Maine.
The Women's Premier Soccer League is coming to Bangor, Maine.
10/14/07 - Scurry and US Beat Mexico.
Briana Scurry started and played the entire game, this time earning a much more favorable result, albeit on an almost meaningless stage, as the U.S. women's national team downed Mexico, 5-1, in the squad's first match since the World Cup.
10/12/07 - Solo Back With US
Banished and disgruntled U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo was on the Women's National Team's roster for its season-closing, three game exhibition set with Mexico.
10/2/07 - The Girls of Fall
Tim Bresnahan takes a look at the rise and fall from grace of the US Women's National team.
9/30/07 - Germans Win Second Straight Cup
Germany defeated Brazil, 2-0, to win its second straight Women's World Cup Sunday.
9/30/07 - US Takes Third Place
The United States women received some solace at least, winning third place in the Women?s World Cup Sunday with a 4-1 rout of Norway.
9/27/07 - Disaster - US Routed by Brazil.
The United States? goalkeeping switch didn?t work, but not much else did either in the Americans 4-0 loss to Brazil Thursday.
9/26/07 - US Switching Goalies.
Former UMass standout Briana Scurry will start in goal in place of Hope Solo in the U.S. women?s soccer team?s match against Brazil tomorrow, according to reports from multiple media outlets.
9/23/07 - Sitting Down with DiCicco
Soccer New England recently caught up with Tony DiCicco, who was named head coach of the new Boston Breakers last Friday.
9/17/07 - Group B Showdown.
The US Women's National team needs to score plenty of goals against Nigeria in tomorrow's fianl Group B Game if they want to avoid Germany
in the quarter finals.
9/17/07 - Group B Showdown.
The US Women's National team needs to score plenty of goals against Nigeria in tomorrow's fianl Group B Game if they want to avoid Germany
in the quarter finals.
9/9/07 - US Women Ready.
The US Women's National team heads to China in preparation for their Group B opener agaisnt North Korea.
9/5/07 - Women's Pro Soccer League Returns.
Investors and league officials announced Tuesday the establishment of a new North American women's professional league, under
the temporary working title of Women's Soccer LLC, created to fill the void left when the WUSA folded in 2003.
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