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Breakers Roster Taking Shape

January 18, 2012 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Boston Breakers News Release


The Boston Breakers added to their attack and strengthened their defense at Friday's 2012 WPS Draft. With their first pick, the No. 3 overall selection, they drafted University of San Diego forward Stephanie Ochs, who scored 25 goals and had 31 assists for the Toreros during her four-year career.

With their second pick in the Draft, the Breakers selected University of North Carolina forward Courtney Jones. She scored 36 goals and 32 assists in her career as a Tar Heel and is a former UNC teammate of current Breakers midfielder Meghan Klingenberg.

The Breakers took Oklahoma State University defender Melinda Mercado with their third pick. Mercardo started 26 games at center back in 2011 and played more than 2,300 minutes.With their final pick of the Draft, the Breakers selected Boston University's Jessica Luscinski, a two-time America East Striker of the Year. The Bedford, N.H., native scored 29 goals and 24 assists in her college career.

D'Agostino, Simon join roster

The Breakers signed a pair of players in the last week, beginning with Australian international striker Kyah Simon. Tuesday, the Breakers signed Massachusetts native and former Atlanta Beat midfielder Bianca D'Agostino (pictured above).

Simon is one of the stars of the Australian Women's National Team and currently plays for Sydney FC of the Westfield W-League. Read more about Simon here.

D'Agostino grew up in Longmeadhow, Mass., and played high school soccer in Connecticut. The No. 18 overall selection in the 2011 WPS Draft, by the Philadelphia Independence, D'Agostino was later signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Beat. She started five of the 10 games she appeared in for the Beat, logging 418 minutes. Read more about what D'Agostino has to say about returning to her home state.

This offseason, the Breakers have signed four players who were not on their roster in 2011 - U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Heather O'Reilly, Olympic gold medalist defender Cat Whitehill, as well as Simon and D'Agostino.

All players will report to preseason on March 1, 2012. Opening weekend is tentatively scheduled for April 14-15.

The current Boston Breakers roster as of Jan. 18, 2012 looks like this:

Keepers

Alyssa Naeher

Kati-Jo Spisak

Defenders

Taryn Hemmings

Elli Reed

Alex Scott (co-captain)

Cat Whitehill

Midfielders

Bianca D'Agostino

Meghan Klingenberg

Megan Mischler

Heather O'Reilly

Leslie Osborne (co-captain)

Kelly Smith

Keelin Winters

Forwards

Katie Schoepfer

Kyah Simon

Your 2012 Boston Breakers checklist

With the start of the 2012 season less than two months away, now's the time to make it your goal to make the difference. Season memberships are now on sale.

Single-game tickets will be available shortly after the 2012 WPS regular season schedule is announced, which is expected in early to mid-February.

In the meantime, start planning out your 2012 Boston Breakers schedule. Season memberships are available to purchase by going to www.breakerstickets.com.

Other things to put on your checklist: take in as many Breakers games as possible. Home games are played at Harvard Stadium. When you're at the games, get autographs from your favorite players, including one of our newest stars, U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Heather O'Reilly.

What else? Buy a 2012 Boston Breakers game jersey. Get your friends to sign up for the Breakers newsletter, where you'll be the first to get updates throughout the week, have the ability to get Game Notes before coming to home games and for our away games, and much more.

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