After an exciting-yet-often-chaotic 2013 off-season, the Breakers will enter 2014 with several new faces - both on the field and on the sideline. So, how does the roster size up? And which players will serve as difference-makers this season? Our position-by-position break down starts with Boston's net minders.
2014 Projected Depth Chart: Goalkeepers
1. Alyssa Naeher
After battling injuries for much of the 2013 season, Naeher will look to make more consistent contributions in 2014. The Penn State alum outshined teammate Ashley Phillips when healthy, leading to Phillips' release - and eventual hiring as Boston's goalkeeper coach. Six results in eight matches, including two shutouts, provide a glimpse of Naeher's potential. We except great things from Boston's unquestioned number one - as long as she stays healthy.
2014 Projection: 16 appearances (16 starts), 1410 minutes, 1.2 goals against/match
2. Jami Kranich
Boston's rookie goalkeeper, acquired during the 2014 NWSL College Draft, showed exceptional durability during her college career. Featuring for the U-20 U.S. Women's National Team during her four seasons with Villanova, Kranich impressed scouts for both club and country. Expect the Hamden, Conn. native to serve as a rock behind Naeher, providing intermittent breaks for Boston's starter.
2014 Projection: 8 appearances (6 starts), 570 minutes, 1.4 goals against/match
3. To Be Determined
With just two goalkeepers on his roster - Cecilia Santiago was allocated to FC Kansas City in January - Tom Durkin will most likely add insurance behind Naeher and youngster Kranich. Durkin seems content with his goalkeeping pair, however, so expect nothing more than an injury fill-in ahead of the 2014 season.