“This is an exciting time for the Boston Breakers as we start building our team for the 2013 NWSL season,” Boston Breakers General Manager Lee Billiard said. “We are delighted to have these seven world class players join our club.”
The Boston Breakers were allocated Sydney Leroux (USA) , Heather Mitts (USA), Heather O’Reilly (USA), Adriana Leon (CAN), Rhian Wilkinson (CAN) , Anisa Guajardo (MEX) and Cecilia Santiago (MEX).
So excited to be playing for Boston this season. Boss is pumped too! twitter.com/sydneyleroux/s…
— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) January 11, 2013
— Heather O’Reilly (@HeatherOReilly) January 11, 2013
— Heather Mitts (@heathermitts) January 12, 2013
Here’s our quick breakdown of today’s allocated players for the Boston Breakers:
Sydney Leroux (USA, F)
Attended UCLA where she was named a First-team NSCAA All-American and a semifinalist for the Hermann trophy during her senior year. Leroux is the United States all-time leading scorer in the U-20 Women’s World Cup play with 10 goals as well as the all-time leading scorer at the U-20 level for the United States with 30 goals. Named the 2011 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. Member of the 2012 Olympic gold medal team. Set a UWSNT record by scoring 14 goals off the bench during 2012. Was drafted by the Atlanta Beat (WPS) in the 2012 WPS Draft however the league folded before the season ever began. Leroux then joined the Seattle Sounder Women (W-League) that also featured a roster of USWNT players such as Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.
Heather Mitts (USA, D)
A three-time Olympic gold medalist for the United States and was also part of the 2011 Women’s World Cup team. Attended the University of Florida where she won a national championship, named a first-team All American in 1999 and became the school’s all-time record holder in appearances (95), starts (94), and minutes played (7,547). Was allocated to the Boston Breakers (WPS) during the inaugural WPS season and then went on to play for the Philadelphia Independence (WPS) and Atlanta Beat (WPS) during her WPS career.
Heather O’Reilly (USA, M)
A three-time Olympic gold medalist for the United States who made her first appearance for the USWNT while still in high school. Scored the fastest goal in Olympic women’s soccer history when she put one in the net just 41 seconds into a match against New Zealand. Named Sports Illustrated’s 2007 Sportsman of the Year. Attended the University of North Carolina where she won two national championships and ESPN Magazine named her the All-American Player of the Year following her senior season. Allocated to Sky Blue FC (WPS) during the inaugural WPS season and scored the game winning goal in the 2009 WPS Championship match against Los Angeles.
Adriana Leon (CAN, M/F)
Member of Canada’s U-20 National Team while scoring 3 goals in 3 matches in 2012. Played for Notre Dame and scored the match winning goal against #1 Stanford in the NCAA College Cup final. Finished her collegiate career at the University of Florida while starting 17 matches and scoring five goals.
Rhian Wilkinson (CAN, D)
Member of Canada’s 2007 Pan American Games team who took home a bronze medal. Played on the 2011 Pan American Games gold medal team that defeated Brazil. Won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics. Named SEC Freshman of the Year while playing for the University of Tennessee. She is also Tennessee’s all-time assists leader and was a three-time All-SEC selection.
Anisa Guajardo (MEX, F)
Played for Mexico’s U-17 and U-20 National Teams. All-American honorable mention selection by ESPN RISE after her senior year of high school. Played for Pepperdine University and earned third team NCAA Division I All-West Region during 2012 while leading the team in goals (10) and finished her career at Pepperdine ranked fourth in career goals with 27.
Cecilia Santiago (MEX, GK)
Became the youngest-ever goalkeeper to appear in a World Cup (2011) at the age of 16.
What are your thoughts on how the Boston Breakers faired during today’s NWSL National Team player allocation? Let us know in the comments below.