Boston Breakers, Boston Aztec Announce Reserve Team Affiliation

Westwood, Mass. (Feb. 26) – The Boston Breakers of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) have reached an agreement with Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) team Boston Aztec, in which Aztec will become the reserve team of the Breakers.

In this role, Aztec will provide an opportunity for Breakers head coach Tony DiCicco and general manager Joe Cummings to make additional roster moves when necessary and to allow players in their system to earn game experience.

“The Boston Breakers are very excited about our relationship with Boston Aztec. It will not be uncommon for some of the Breakers to get games with the Aztec in the WPSL, and for some of the Aztec players to be called up to the Breakers to fill in for injuries or players with their respective national teams,” stated DiCicco.

The Breakers coaching staff will work closely with the Aztec staff, led by former WUSA players Meotis Erikson and Rebekah Splaine, who will serve as player/coach. Both Breakers and Aztec coaches were on hand to evaluate players at the WPS team’s recent open tryout at Harvard Stadium on Feb. 9-10. The Breakers and Aztec will also play against each other in an exhibition match (date, time and venue TBD).

"This is an exciting time for the Aztec family. We are thrilled to be affiliated with a great organization like the Breakers and to be able to link this with our New England Aztec boys’ and girls’ youth program," said Boston Aztec general manager Brandon Nelson.

Boston Aztec has featured amateur adult men's teams since 2002 and amateur women's teams since 2005. The previous highlight for the program came in 2005 when the men won the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) National Championship. Both Aztec men’s and women's teams will play their home games in 2009 at Amesbury Sports Park in Amesbury, Mass.

The Boston Breakers, one of seven WPS teams, will open its inaugural season in April and continue through August. The team will play its home matches at Harvard Stadium; single-game, group and season tickets are now on sale for the 2009 season. For package details and a seating chart, visit www.bostonbreakers.com.

About Boston Aztec
The Boston Aztec women's team (WPSL) is the reserve team for the Boston Breakers (WPS), while the Boston Aztec men's team is an amateur team of elite college players and former professionals in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

They are the women's and men's adult teams for Massachusetts' complete soccer association, New England Aztec. In addition to the Breakers, New England Aztec is an affiliate of England's Everton FC and is a premier soccer development organization with boys’ and girls’ youth teams from U11-U19. The organization also runs the U8/U10 Everton Academy Premier League and various other programs for players of all ages based out of Soccer ETC in Beverly, Mass. and Amesbury Sports Park in Amesbury, Mass.

About Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS)
The mission of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) is to be the premier women’s soccer league in the world and the global standard by which women’s professional sports are measured.

Play kicks off in the spring of 2009, with WPS teams based in the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey/New York, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.†The league expects to expand in 2010 with the addition of Atlanta and Philadelphia, while working to secure a facility for a Dallas team for the second WPS season.

For more information, visit www.womensprosoccer.com.