Yesterday as information starting coming out in regards to the folding of the Boston Breakers, it was mentioned by two different people that the league or Breakers had reached out to the New England Revolution and the Krafts as a possible solution for ownership and operation in 2018.
I'm told that the Krafts, owners of the New England Revolution, were approached but not interested in taking over the Breakers.— Caitlin Murray (@caitlinmurr) January 25, 2018
I'm also told the #NWSL has continuing interest from two MLS clubs and Barcelona, but moving the Breakers for 2018 was deemed too last-minute.
In addition to this, Portland Thorns and Timbers owner Merritt Paulson also said in a now deleted tweet that the Revs were the only option to keep the Breakers afloat for the 2018 season. Paulson also mentioned the lack of facilities and other problems the Breakers faced for the upcoming season.
The Bent Musket reached out to the Revolution about the above quotes and the Breakers situation, and the team declined to comment at this time.
Currently it seems like the NWSL is expecting to operate a nine-team league for the 2018 season. Our Stephanie Yang has an update on the Breakers facilities situation and there are reports of a last ditch effort from an ownership group to operate the Breakers this season.
So about that “Breakers didn’t have a staff or stadium for 2018” morsel from last night: I’m told the Breakers DID have both, and the new stadium was an improvement. Idk if that makes a difference to potential last minute investors or sad fans. #nwsl— thrace (@thrace) January 26, 2018
So here's the deal on #SavetheBreakers ...— Beau Dure ️⚽ (@duresport) January 26, 2018
1. People involved don't want to go public just yet, but they insist they have the money.
2. Multiple names we know are involved.
3. Ball is in NWSL's court (and to a lesser extent USSF's)
4. No, I don't know what they're waiting on
Stay tuned to The Bent Musket and and to Stephanie Yang in particular as we’ll be updating the Breakers situation as it continues to unfold.