Breakers add defensive depth with Kia McNeill

Meg Linehan February 6, 2013 3

Kia McNeill will play for the Boston Breakers in 2013. (Copyright Patricia Giobetti | http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

The Breakers announced their third free agent addition to the team’s roster today with the signing of Kia McNeill. She joins Cat Whitehill and Lianne Sanderson.

McNeill will bolster the Boston defense while still adding offensive capabilities. A Connecticut native, she made the swap from forward to defender while playing at Boston College. McNeill also played for the U.S. U-23 national team, as well in WPS for Saint Louis Athletica, the Atlanta Beat, and the Philadelphia Independence. In 2012, she played for the NY Fury in the WPSL Elite after a brief and unpleasant experience in Russia.

McNeill is a strong choice to add to the roster, balancing out the youth of college draft picks with the experience of Cat Whitehill and Heather Mitts.

McNeill is happy to stay in the Boston area, having kept up ties with Boston College since her undergraduate career.

“Although I’ve played professionally in several locations, I’ve called Boston my second home since 2004 when I came here as a college player, then returned as an assistant coach and as a grad student,” McNeil said in a statement. “I love Boston, and it’s going to be nice playing here. I’m looking forward to working with Lisa Cole and being a part of a team with all the support in place to win a championship.”

The Breakers only have one remaining free agent left to announce, though it is unclear if it will happen before tomorrow’s supplemental draft.

  • Steglitz49

    Rossiyanka have reached the QF of the ladies’ CL for the third time, and yet again face a German team!

    Several foreign players have had difficulty to find themselves at home at Rossiyanka. Most recently Chelsea bought Sofia Jakobsson off the Russian team, and another of their Swedish players have elected not to return.

    I presume that moving to a country with not only a different language but also a different alphabet, let alone any cultural differences, makes it harder than a young lady might expect. The rubel does not seem to be worth it …

  • sol1711

    wer ist kia mcneil, alles unbekannte spielerinnen die in der neuen NWSL spielen, ausnahme natürlich die 23 nationalspielerinnen, und die niemand kennt.
    einzige ausnahme ist , das in der nwsl die beste spielerin der welt spielt, ali krieger.
    ali, come back to germany.

    • Steglitz49

      Ms McNeill played a season for Kristianstad in Sweden, the town where Kosse Asllani was born and for whom Kosse was playing immediately before she was bought by PSG. I cannot discover why Ms McNeill was just one season with Kristianstad.