Just hours after signing defender Jazmyne Avant, the Boston Breakers have made a second move, acquiring Canadian International Carmelina Moscato from the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for forward Adriana Leon.
Moscato has appeared in five matches this season for Chicago (four starts), but was already a stalwart along the Canadian back line since joining the team as a 17-year old in 2002. After conceding two late goals in a 2-1 loss to Seattle Reign, Breakers coach Lisa Cole and captain Cat Whitehill preached the importance of consistency among the back four. The acquisition of Moscato immediately addresses that issue, providing the Breakers with a potential starter next to Whitehill.
"Carm has a ton of experience, and she's going to make us better overall," Cole said. "She has a passion for the game, and I'm excited for her to join the group."
Leon, Moscato's international teammate, appeared in six games (one start) for the Breakers, logging one goal in 163 minutes. The forward most recently appeared in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Seattle Reign, entering in the 89th minute in search of a heroic late-game goal. The return of Sydney Leroux, matched with the emergence of forwards Katie Schoepfer, Kyah Simon and Lianne Sanderson, made Leon a worthwhile expenditure for strengthening the Breakers defensive unit.
Moscato will be available for selection on Sunday when the Breakers host Sky Blue FC at 6:30 p.m. at Dilboy Stadium.