UPDATED with quote from Matt Beard.
The Boston Breakers welcomed a familiar face back to its ranks as the club announced the signing of 33-year-old forward Tiffany Weimer.
Weimer played for the Breakers during WPS, making eight appearances for them in 2010. Since then Weimer has appeared for several NWSL clubs: the Portland Thorns, the Washington Spirit, and most recently FC Kansas City before a stint in Sweden for Kvarnsvedens IK, where she logged five goals in 10 games over 900 minutes.
Weimer joins an attack that already features Emilie Haavi, Natasha Dowie, Brittany Ratcliffe, and Adriana Leon, plus draft picks Ifeoma Onumonu and Hayley Dowd. As per the Breakers announcement Weimer is labelled a midfielder (though she’s listed as a forward on the team website and can move back and forth as required), but the roster is packed there as well, with Amanda DaCosta, Angela Salem, Rose Lavelle, Morgan Andrews, and Midge Purce. That crop of rookie midfielders might be part of the reason for bringing on Weimer, who is at the older end of the age spectrum for an attacker but has a wealth of experience to pass on. An older player who, along with veterans Salem and DaCosta, can help keep the midfield coherent could be worth it for Beard.
“She's gone away, had a great season,” said head coach Matt Beard via e-mail. “She's hungry to come back and she brings us a wealth of experience! She's a different type of forward to what we have.”
It’s also worth remembering that the Breakers currently have 23 players on the books, but NWSL limits rosters to 20 spots. Some players will have to get cut or sent down to the Breakers reserves by the time the season begins in April, making room for Weimer on the field.