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Boston Breakers Call Up Goalkeeper Paige Burnett

Amateur player Paige Burnett will take the second GK spot on the Breakers' roster while Alyssa Naeher is on national team duty.

Stephanie Yang

The Boston Breakers have called up goalkeeper Paige Burnett as an amateur player to act as Jami Kranich's backup while Alyssa Naeher is on national duty for the World Cup.

"I'm really excited to get to be called up to the full team," Burnett said.

Burnett was a four-year starter at Northeastern University in Boston and had an excellent senior year, registering 16 shutouts and a 0.38 GAA over 2,147 minutes.

Burnett appeared for the Breakers in preseason during their two-game series against the Jamaican WNT, helping the team earn a 5-0 shutout. She is also a product of the Breakers academy system, playing with the Breakers College Academy in 2014 in WPSL.

"The pro game's a lot quicker and the players are a lot stronger, on and off the ball," Burnett said. "Shots come in obviously with more pace, and just coming out for crosses, players are bigger so you gotta be more confident when you come out."

NWSL allows its clubs to call up amateur players to replace those on national team duty. Amateurs are not allowed to be compensated, except that the team can cover "expenses directly related to a game or games which have actually been incurred by the player."

Stats:
Age: 22
Height: 5'10"
College career: 84 GP/84 GS, 37-33-12, 1.18 GAA, 30 shutouts