On Tuesday, the Breakers continued their off-season shuffle, sending defender Carmelina Moscato to Seattle in exchange for midfielder Kaylyn Kyle.
Kyle, who plays alongside Moscato with the Canadian National Team, started 19 of 21 matches for the Reign last season, contributing three goals (second highest on the team) while logging 1,752 minutes. The 24-year-old midfielder played professionally for the Vancouver Whitecaps Women from 2006-2008 and again from 2010-2012, logging 20 appearances in the second-tier W-League. Kyle will join a Breakers side that boasts only three true midfielders, enabling the Canadian International to immediately contend for playing time.
"We are very happy to have Kaylyn join our organization," commented Breakers General Manager Lee Billiard. "She is a great player and a proven player at the national-team level. Kaylyn will slot into our organization nicely. She is a great professional who will represent our Breakers brand very well on and off the field."
Moscato joined the Breakers in July during a mid-season trade with Chicago, displaying veteran leadership along a youthful Breakers back line. The Canadian international appeared in five matches last season.
"I would like to thank Carm for what she did during her time with the Breakers," added Billiard. "She is an ultimate professional, on and off the field, and a great role model for younger players starting their careers in this league. We wish her all the best in Seattle."
Billiard's decision to part ways with Moscato for the younger Kyle represents the second roster move of the Tom Durkin era, as the team released backup goalkeeper Ashley Phillips and defender/midfielder Jo Dragotta late last week. Durkin's side now holds the flexibility to add several key players, working to recover from a largely disappointing 2013 campaign.
Stay tuned for in-depth team and player analysis as the Breakers' off-season continues.
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