The ever-popular NWSL allocation process took place this morning, scattering 50 international players across the U.S.-based league. Six of those 50 landed in Boston, including midfielders Heather O'Reilly, Kristie Mewis and Kaylyn Kyle, all of whom entered the allocation on the Breakers roster. The remaining three - including U.S. midfielder/defender Meghan Klingenberg, Canadian defender Chelsea Stewart and Mexican midfielder Dinora Garza - will join the Breakers from various international clubs.
The Allocation Process
Of the 50 players eligible for allocation, 26 represented the United States, 16 represented Canada and eight represented Mexico. Each country will subsidize the salaries of its supported players, enabling NWSL sides to acquire cost-efficient talent from the international stage.
Through Monday, each team will have the opportunity to engage in a league wide "trade period," during which NWSL clubs will look to finalize their rosters. Following the Jan. 17 College Draft, teams will be eligible to waive players, making the next several days a trade-only period.
The Newest Breakers
Previous club: Tyreso
Klingenberg, who last appeared for Swedish champions Tyreso, will return to Boston after a 10-match campaign with the 2011 WPS Breakers. Although the versatile midfielder/defender has made six appearances for the U.S. Women's National Team, working her way from the U-16 squad to the senior level, her professional experience appears limited. Since leaving the Breakers in 2011, Klingenberg has appeared in 11 club matches, scoring three goals across two leagues of women's soccer.
Previous club: UCLA Bruins
In 2013, Stewart made 26 appearances for the Division I UCLA Bruins, winning a National Championship during her senior season. As a college student, Stewart also featured for the Canadian Women's National team, appearing in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The 23-year-old Colorado native will join a Breakers back line that surrendered 34 goals in 30 matches last season.
Previous club: Chicago Red Stars
In 35 international matches, Garza has collected nine goals, appearing in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and three international cups in Cyprus. A stint with the 2013 Chicago Red Stars ended without promise, however, as Garza appeared in just two matches.
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