The Boston Breakers are one of the oldest top-level women’s teams in the US and one of the original women’s professional SOCCER franchises.
Since being established as one of the charter members of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2003, the Breakers have established a rich franchise history that includes some of the top players ever, including US National Team legend Kristine Lilly and stars Amy Rodriguez, Heather Mitts, Amy LePeilbet, Lauren Cheney, Rachel Buehler, Sydney Leroux, Cat (Reddick) Whitehill and Heather O’Reilly. International stars including Kelly Smith and Lianne Sanderson (England) and Maren Meinart (Germany) have also played for the team. The Breakers coaching staff has been led by sideline luminaries include Pia Sundhage and Tony DiCicco.
The current Breakers team competes in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), which is supported by the national soccer federations of the US and Canada. The roster features several current and former US National Team members including Whitney Engen, Stephanie McCaffrey and Kristie Mewis as well as Australian Women's National Team member Kyah Simon.
As part of its commitment to promoting a healthy and development-oriented approach to girls’ soccer, the team established the Boston Breakers Academy for girls ages 8 through 12. The Academy focuses on the skills of the game, developing an appreciation for sport and a positive work ethic, and teaching basic principles that lead to success on the field and off. In 2015, the Breakers Academy merged with the New England Football Club (NEFC), one of the premier girls soccer clubs in New England.
For more information about the team, the NWSL and game schedules, please visit the Boston Breakers team website.
Breakers Academy DIRECTOR
Tom Durkin was named Director of Coaching for the Boston Breakers Academy in September 2015, after two years serving as team's Head Coach.
Tom is a U.S. Soccer staff coach who conducts coach licensing instruction at the highest level. Before taking over the Breakers, he served as a coach for the FC Celtic Bolts of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He holds an international diplomas from FIFA, the international governing body of association football, from the Football Association of Ireland and KNVB International of the Netherlands. Among many other amateur, college and professional posts, Tom has overseen the girls USYSA Region 1 Olympic Development program teams.
Sydney Stoll served as Girls Director for the Boston Breakers Academy from 2013 to 2015, after serving as Assistant Girls Director since 2011. A four-year member of the Varsity Women's Soccer Team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Sydney was named team's co-captain and an Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team selection in her senior year. During the 2009-2010 season, she played for the New England Mutiny of the Women's Professional Soccer League.
As a youth player, Sydney played seven seasons for Scorpions Soccer Club in Massachusetts, winning six state championships.
Lee Billiard joined the Boston Breakers front office staff as General Manager in 2012, coming from Mass Premier Soccer where he served as Academy Director. In 2014, he became the Boston Breakers Academy Director of Coaching. Lee joined the Breakers organization after 9 years of working with Mass Premier Soccer, when he worked with over 50 youth soccer groups across Massachustts to provide coach/player education and summer camps.
Lee holds a BA Honours Degree in Sports Management and Soccer Studies from Buckinghamshire University in England.