Salem had 12 starts in 15 games with the Spirit this past season and is an experienced midfielder who could help bring a lot of balance to the Breakers' midfield roster.
Breakers general manager Lee Billiard seemed enthused about the move. "We are delighted to be bringing Angela to Boston. She is a player whose game I have admired for a long time now," he said.
Salem should be familiar to longtime women's soccer fans, having played all over NWSL and its predecessor, WPS. Salem also played for the Western New York Flash in both WPS and NWSL and has spent several seasons in the Australian W-League.
Salem joins fellow midfield trades Sinead Farrelly and McCall Zerboni on the roster. Assuming no further changes, the Breakers only have one roster spot to fill now.
Boston may end up not going through the draft to fill that spot; new head coach Matt Beard may still be looking to bring an international player on board based on his experience in the FA WSL. In any case, the Breakers have now traded away their first and second round picks to Portland and Washington respectively and, as it stands, would go 22nd overall in the draft in a year when the draft class is perhaps not as deep as previous years.