In yet another offseason move, the Boston Breakers have signed 23-year-old New Zealand midfielder Rosie White.
White already has 73 caps for the Football Ferns and 14 international goals. She has World Cup and Olympic experience, as well as familiarity with head coach Matt Beard from her time under him at Liverpool in the FA WSL. White brings the current international count up to four between her, Natasha Dowie, Kyah Simon, and Emilie Haavi.
“She is technically a gifted soccer player who can play in numerous positions in the front three or in midfield,” said Beard via team press release. Between White, Haavi, and DaCosta, that is a definite strengthening of the midfield for Boston.
This signing follows the Breakers picking up Norwegian forward Haavi and Chicago Red Stars midfielder Amanda DaCosta. Depending on who re-signs with the team, there’s not too many gaps left on the roster to fill. Boston exercised contract options on 13 players and offered new contracts to two. If all 15 return, this makes eighteen players total set for 2017, leaving Beard with two spots to fill either through trades, international signings, or the college draft.
Boston currently holds the #1 pick in the 2017 college draft, as well as four picks in the second round. They traded their third- and fourth-round picks to Chicago for DaCosta. Beard could make more trades for draft picks yet to fill in at least one more gap on the roster while saving #1 for himself.
The 2017 draft will be held on January 12 in Los Angeles at the NSCAA convention. There’s still plenty of time between now and then to make at least one more signing. Should that come to pass that will probably signal an intention to keep the roster mostly stocked through trades and signings, as Beard is self-admittedly not as familiar with the NCAA system.
In the words of Samuel L. Jackson, hold on to your butts.