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Boston Breakers launch reserve team, release preseason schedule

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On Thursday, the Boston Breakers announced that the National Women's Soccer League team will field a reserve team for the 2014 season.

The Boston Breakers Reserves will feature recently graduated collegiate talent and players with semi-professional/professional experience. The Reserves will train with the Boston Breakers first team. The Reserves will play an exhibition schedule against other reserve teams as well as competing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).

Tryouts will be held March 1, 2014, at The University Sports Complex in Hanover, Mass.

“With national team players missing games throughout the regular NWSL season, we need to pull up reserve players who are capable of competing at the top level, and are familiar with the coaching philosophies and senior squad as a whole,” Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said.

“The reserve piece also adds an additional component to our development pathway. With our new Breakers Academy youth program, our teams train and compete from ages under 9-18, then onto our college academy team, to our reserves, and onto the pinnacle of our pathway, the senior pro team.”

Boston Breakers preseason schedule

The Boston Breakers will play a three-game preseason schedule versus Northeastern University, Boston College, and the University of Connecticut.

The Breakers open their preseason exhibition schedule on Sunday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at Parsons Field at Northeastern in Brookline, Mass. The Huskies, led by head coach Tracey Leone, won the Colonial Athletic Association championship this past fall.

On Saturday, March 29, the Breakers face Boston College at 3 p.m. at 885 Centre St. in Newton, Mass.

On Saturday, April 5, the Breakers play the University of Connecticut at Taunton Forekicks in Taunton, Mass.

The Breakers' preseason opponents will feature several players who were members of the Boston Breakers College Academy WPSL team, including McCaffrey, Alexandra Johnson, Casey Morrison, and Patrice Vettori from Boston College; Paige Burnett, Bianca Calderone, Amy Steele, and Hannah O'Donnell from Northeastern; and Ribiero at UConn.

March 23 7 p.m. Northeastern University
March 29 3 p.m. Boston College
April 5 7 p.m. University of Connecticut



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