NWSL – Who Are Ya? – Camp Invitee Mini-Dossier – Boston Breakers

The first of a nine-part series giving what little details I can find/what I know about the camp invitees for each club. Let’s hope Portland and Seattle get rosters out…

Boston Breakers

Katerin Castro – F – Sundsvall (SWE) – Colombian international last seen in the second tier of the Swedish league. Experienced at international level, but scoring record is not great.

Tori Christ – GK – Cornell – The longest of longshots. Vastly undersized at 5’4″, and started for just a season and a half on a really bad Cornell team. Was second choice this year too.

Michelle Cruz – D – Portland – Draft stock tumbled after missing half the season through injury. Was an absolute stud in 2012 though with five goals and six assists. Logjam at left-back though, meaning odds aren’t great.

Kimika Forbes – GK – Maine-Fort Kent – Trinidad and Tobago international was a star at tine USCAA college, helping her side to a national title. Would consumer an international slot though, so she’s probably another longshot.

Hanna Gilmore – MF – Chicago Red Stars (Baylor) – Underdog hung around with Chicago for the first few weeks of the season unexpectedly last season. Team short on attacking midfield depth, so she’s got a shot.

Ashley Grove – F – WNY Flash (Maryland) – Persistent if nothing else. Made it as an amateur player with the Flash after being a supplemental pick for the club last season. Steep odds given the corps of forwards she’s battling again.

Jess Hurtado – MF – Jacksonville – A few years removed from a good but not great career with the Dolphins. Was on the periphery of the Colombian Olympic team as well but a tall ask making this roster.

Meghan McMahon – F – Oklahoma City – Another small school stud. May have peaked a bit too early with twenty-seven goals as a junior before slipping to sixteen this past season. A project with upside worth keeping an eye on.

Katie Oakes – MF – Cal – Sister of infamous WPS bust Jill Oakes. Former U23 international and highly touted prospect but never rose above being just very good at Cal. A longshot despite lack of central midfield depth here.

Suzane Pires – MF – Southern Connecticut State – Brazilian! Scored eleven goals for a bad Southern Connecticut State teams as a senior en route to NSCAA Third Team All-American honors. Would consumer an international slot but might be worth developing on the reserve team.

Jamie Pollock – MF – Georgia – Another a few years removed from end of her college career. Central midfield tweener capable of operating as an attacker or holder but might be a jack of all trades but master of none. May not be dynamic enough to make it at this level.

Dominique Richardson – MF – Barry University – The other Dominique Richardson. This one is a Bermudan who overcame multiple ACL surgeries to be a lower league standout. International status, injury history, and lack of big game experience count against her, but would you bet against her given all she’s overcome?

Laura Weinberg – F – Duke – The poster child for occasional brilliance. Looked like becoming one of the nation’s best forwards as a junior with sixteen goals and twelve assists. Saw her draft hopes vanish after dreadful senior season though, with just five goals on seventy-seven shots. Could be a great find with right coaching.

Rachel Wood – D/F – HK/Vikingur (ISL) (UC Irvine) – Tough as nails vet who battled colitis at North Carolina to win a ring with the Tar Heels before finishing her career at UC Irvine. After a stint in Iceland, getting a chance stateside. A massive figure at 6’0″ who loves to play forward but probably has to make it at center-back here.

Best Bets – Wood, Cruz, Weinberg

3 thoughts on “NWSL – Who Are Ya? – Camp Invitee Mini-Dossier – Boston Breakers

  1. Rdalford

    Do you know pre-season status of Natasha Anasi – she does not seem to be listed in any of the pre-season roster stuff from the Boston Breakers? Breakers badly need help/backups on defense CB and DM and Anasi would seem to have skills to play either position (at least as backup). Perhaps she is finishing up work at school before joining pre-season and/or finishing school in May then joining? Any info?


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