Friday, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) allocated the Boston Breakers six national team players for the 2014 season.
Those high-value international players are: midfielder Heather O’Reilly (USA), midfielder/defender Kristie Mewis (USA), midfielder/defender Meghan Klingenberg (USA), midfielder Kaylyn Kyle (Canada), defender Chelsea Stewart (Canada) and midfielder Dinora Garza (Mexico).
Altogether, the NWSL allocated 50 national team players from the USA, Canada and Mexico to it's nine league teams on Friday.
That national team pool is comprised of 26 Americans, 16 Canadians and eight Mexicans, whose league salaries are supported by their national federations. The NWSL, which replaced the crashed WPS, was created to develop international players and is entering its second season of play.
From Jan. 3-6, the NWSL will hold a league-wide trade period, during which all NWSL teams may make trades throughout the four days. However, teams will not be allowed to waive players currently on their roster until after the NWSL Expansion Draft to support 2014 entry Houston Dash.
Heather O'Reilly - midfielder
O’Reilly has played for the Breakers since 2012 and last year finished tied for second on the team in goals (five) and second in assists (six). She earned NWSL Player of the Week honors in Week 3 for her two-goal performance in a 2-1 win over the Western New York Flash. O’Reilly, 29, has 193 caps and 37 goals for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Kristie Mewis - midfielder/defender
Mewis, a native of Hanson, Mass. and three-time NSCAA All-American at Boston College, played 20 games in 2013 for FC Kansas City and scored one goal for the Blues. The 22-year-old earned her first cap and scored her first goal with the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2013.
Meghan Klingenberg - midfielder/defender
Klingenberg played for the Breakers during the second half of the final season of the WPS in 2011, where she scored one goal and tallied two assists in 10 games. Klingenberg, 25, most recently played for Swedish champions Tyreso. She debuted for the USWNT in 2011 and started three for her four games in 2013.
Kaylyn Kyle - midfielder
Kyle, 24, was acquired by the Breakers on Sept. 10, 2013, in a trade with Seattle Reign, where she started 19 of her 21 games in 2013 and scored three goals in 1,752 minutes. The Saskatoon, Canada native won a bronze medal with the Canadian Women’s National Team at the 2012 London Olympics and a gold medal at the 2011 Pan-American Games. Kyle began her playing career in 2006 with the Vancouver Whitecaps and later played in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan for Pitea IF.
Chelsea Stewart - defender
Stewart, 23, recently won the NCAA Division 1 championship with UCLA, tallying three assists in 889 minutes. Stewart was a member of the Canadian Women’s National Team that won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and has 44 caps for Canada, including 12 starts. Stewart debuted for Canada in 2009 at age 18 and played in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and three Cyprus Cups.
Dinora Garza - midfielder
Garza, 25, made two appearances for the Chicago Red Stars in 2013. The Reynosa, Mexico native began her international career in 2011 and scored nine goals in 35 caps for Mexico. Garza was a member of Mexico’s World Cup team in 2011, and in 2008, Garza scored one goal for Mexico in the U-20 Women’s World Cup.