Meghan Klingenberg Selected by Houston Dash in Expansion Draft

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Breakers were dealt a necessary blow today as they lost U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Meghan Klingenberg to newcomers the Houston Dash in the Expansion Draft.

The Houston Dash selected Breakers defender Meghan Klingenberg in today's NWSL Expansion Draft. Klingenberg, taken sixth overall in the Expansion Draft, was one of three U.S. Women's National Team players allocated to the Breakers on Jan. 3.

The 25-year-old most recently played for Swedish champions Tyreso in the Damallsvenskan.

With the selection of Klingenberg, the Dash were not allowed to take any other Breakers in Friday's draft.

"It has been a bittersweet seven days. We were excited to be allocated Meghan. She is a player we know well in Boston and a player our fanbase likes. We know she would have strengthened our roster and helped us push for NWSL title in 2014," Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. "Now, we quickly have to say goodbye and head back to the drawing board. We wish Meghan the best of luck in Houston and congratulate the Dash on selecting a talented pro player who will serve them very well."

In addition, the Breakers will not have the services of Mexican forward Dinora Garza, who was allocated to the Breakers last week, as she has decided not to play soccer in 2014 in order to accept a full-time job.

In 2013, Garza appeared in two games with the Chicago Red Star, playing a total of 93 minutes. With Mexico, Garza has nine international goals in 35 appearances.

The Breakers now prepare for the NWSL College Draft, which will be held Friday, Jan. 17, at the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia. The Breakers have picks No. 8, 13, 21, 23, and 32.

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