Breakers add Rosie White

The Equalizer Staff November 9, 2016 63
Rosie White will play for the Boston Breakers in 2017 (photo credit: Oceania Football Confederation)

Rosie White will play for the Boston Breakers in 2017 (photo credit: Oceania Football Confederation)

The Breakers announced their second significant international signing of the off season on Wednesday, New Zealand striker Rosie White. The arrival of White in Boston will reunite her with head coach Matt Beard for whom she played for at the start of her two-season run at Liverpool.

“I am really excited to be signing with the Boston Breakers,” White said. “It is an amazing opportunity and a new adventure and challenge for me. I can’t wait for it to begin.”

White, 23, is already a veteran of two World Cups and has been capped 79 times by New Zealand. She has 14 goals for the full international team. White was a fixture in the Football Ferns’ youth system, featuring in a U-17 World Cup and a pair of U-20 World Cups. In 33 appearances at Liverpool, White collected four goals.

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“Rosie of course is a player who I worked with for a few months in my last season at Liverpool. She is technically a gifted soccer player who can play in numerous positions in the front three or in midfield,” Beard said. “On top of that, she is a great person and brings international experience with the New Zealand national team.”

White joins Emile Haavi who signed with the Breakers last month. The club also acquired Amanda Da Costa in a trade with the Red Stars.

  • Steglitz49

    New Zealand qualifies for the WC and OG simply by turning up. Sometimes their opponents don’t get visas in time so they do not even have to play.

    Australia is still ranked in the top 10 at #7 with 1984 pts but were #5 on 2011 pts while NZ is at #18 with 1846 pts having dropped 1 spot.

    To be fair, NZ is higher ranked than some teams that will play in Euro-17, most notably Denmark #20, who put Sweden to the sword 2-0 in the last qualifying game, and Scotland at #21 (who, admittedly, were slaughtered by NL recently), Russia #22, Austria #25 and Belgium #26.

    Colombia is ranked #24 (1756 pts), 6 places below NZ.

    I guess WoSo is more even than we think.

    • john

      Exactly, how many of her 14 international goals were against Oceania sides?

      • Steglitz49

        Good point; cleanly made.

  • john

    Is Boston out of international slots yet so they’ll have to read Breakers fan’ s email re the draft? 4 goals in 33 games in the FAWSL doesn’t bode well, unless you believe the Breakers will provide better service. Also, weren’t we told Beard built from the back? White, Haavi, and Da Costa- the new back line?

    • Breakers fan

      If Jordan is willing to play in the NWSL, and re-join her old Gator teammate Christen Westphal in Boston, then I hope they have the good sense and courage to draft her even if it means these new acquisitions – any or all of them – become role/bench players. You can’t be painted into a corner by feeling bound, beholden to moves you’ve already made just because they preceded a future move. You have to pursue creating the best team you can. You can’t worry about hurting someone’s feelings by sitting them on the bench, if other players beat them out. This isn’t a charity or an organization where you have an in based on a past relationship to the coach – favoritism or sentimentality doesn’t happen on the best teams. You can *not* create 2 camps within a team: those who have played for Beard in England and so have a better chance of getting playing time, and those who didn’t. Imagine what kind of potential discord that would create within a team. Could become a nightmare if any sort of favoritism based on that were to become operative.

      • Steglitz49

        If you enter the draft then I presume you must go where you are drafted, else, why call it a draft?

        I guess if Ms Jordan is drafted by a club that she does not want to play for, then she can decline and go and play overseas, like Dagny did, and then work the discovery process. The Chief Ideologist of the USSF may take a dim view of such low cunning and blackball her from the NT.

        Also, it is not fair and decent to sign up players if your plan is to collect players you will be expected to start over and above your signings — unless you explained that upfront and the victims bought into it.

        • Breakers fan

          I don’t know if there is any substance to them but I hear that there are rumors she, Savannah J. may go overseas, i.e. not enter the draft.

          • Steglitz49

            Fascinating. If you are allocated, you are more than OK in the NWSL but if you are not, you might as well fly the coop and try abroad. The food in many European countries is excallent — maybe not in England and Germany but you can’t have everything. No latte in Avaldsnes, though.

        • Som Termanni

          A player who is drafted is not compelled to sign with the team. A draft is for the exclusive rights to offer the player a contract, not an automatic assignment.
          Nor does being drafted mean making the first team as a paid player, as for instance Adrienne Jordan found out when CRS drafted her in the 4th round this year, then wound up selected as an unpaid amateur who couldn’t get minutes, before she ditched the NWSL altogether and signed a professional contract with Elitettan’s Ostersund DFF, where she’s a starter.

          • Steglitz49

            Östersund is in the geographical middle of Sweden but everybody considers it to be in the north. The Biathlon World Cup series traditionally kicks off in Östersund in the beginning of December.

      • Forgedias

        I’m still not sure who the Breakers should be drafting. Savannah Jordan? Averaging 20 goals a season in College. Has speed to burn, can hold up and play back to goal. Good technical skills so she should make an immediate impact. Or draft Kadeisha Buchanan, one of the premier center backs in the World already. Dominant and holding her line and very physical. Some would say too physical but with such a porous defense such as the Boston Breakers. Having a physical center back would help bring some spine to the back line and reduce how many goals allowed.

        Even if they don’t draft Buchanan, they could get back line help anyways and draft the best forward in the class and also reduce the goals allowed for next year. So I can see them going with Jordan but these 2 forward signings does say they might be thinking somewhere else.

    • another guest

      I think for 2017 season that Boston has its normal international slots (4 assuming that NWSL stays with 4 international slots) plus a 1 year (2017 only) slot that Boston got from Chicago in McCaffrey trade. Nets to 5 international slots for 2017 NWSL season. Schillgard decided not to return (personal family reasons) to Boston for 2017. Boston currently has Dowie, Simon, Haavi and White filling 4 international slots with 1 2017 International slot available.

      • Steglitz49

        We wait with bated breath to lean who that las foreign player might be. Any rumors?

      • john

        Am I remembering correctly that the rumor mill has Simon wanting out of Boston?

  • FawcettFan14

    Again, a move by the Breakers that can be described as “meh.” Similar to da Costa, Rosie White will not be a game changer. She is typically not even a starter for NZ, more often coming in off the bench. I’m not disparaging her. I just realize that for Boston to emerge from the NWSL cellar, they need to attract top tier talent. And the recent signings do not fit that bill. Haavi is a better signing, but they need more.

    • Steglitz49

      Do you think these young ladies come cheaply just for the fun of experiencing the US for a year or two?

      • Som Termanni

        White is at the end of her NZ career, and the writing might have been on the wall for her after another disappointing year at Liverpool, and without Beard there to re-sign her anyway as he did in 2015. She simply might have run out of options.

        • john

          The article says White is 23. The NZ is that good her NT career is winding down?

          • Som Termanni

            She played 47 minutes in Rio, didn’t start for the senior NT in the ’15 WWC or ’16 OG, has mostly lost her role spelling starters to Hannah Wilkinson, and has lost much of her future development to the arrival of Jasmine Pereira, who is as to the Ferns what Mal Pugh is to the Americans—better than some of the senior players, including White, but still has room for U20/23 development.
            She’s never threatened to pull minutes from Hearn or Gregorious, and unless you count a PK make at the ’16 Algarve Cup finals, she didn’t score a single goal in 2016—not even in friendlies against the likes of Papua New Guinea. White’s best run was in 2014 at the OFC cup for the ’15 qualifiers, against a bunch of tomato cans (3 goals in 6 matches; 2 in a 16-0 disaster vs. Tonga, 1 in an 11-0 disaster vs. Cook Islands). She won the golden ball there and hasn’t shown up significantly for NZ since.
            So yeah, her national team career is spinning in the mud. She’s losing minutes to older players and being lapped by younger players. It’s not that the Ferns are spectacular, it’s that the competition at striker is enough and her development has plateaued enough that she’ll likely keep shuffling downward until she’s no longer called up.

          • Steglitz49

            Let’s hope she makes a go of it in Boston. Boston or bust, I guess.

            Why is Beard signing these players? Are they cheap? Happy to play a year or two in Boston to experience life and liberty in New England and pursue happiness, maybe even find a life mate.

          • Som Termanni

            An interesting interview with Dowie, where she talks about Matt Beard with the utmost respect, refuses to talk about Doncaster, and is sour about Mark Sampson: http://thesetpieces.com/interviews/far-flung-adventures-natasha-dowie-globetrotting-career/ It seems Matt Beard is a pleasant bloke to play for compared to others. Loyalty and word-of-mouth can go a long way. The Plexodus is a sadder inversion of the same point.

          • Steglitz49

            She has had a checkered career with few NT call ups and her period in Liverpool Ladies seems to have been the highlight of her career. Hope she does well in Boston and she and her partner finds Beantown to their liking.

          • Som Termanni

            Dowie seemed to suffer from the Hope Powell regime about as much as Lianne Sanderson did, seeing how quickly Dowie got capped after Powell was fired. A bit sad, if not unsurprising, that the Lionesses have seemingly moved on from Dowie; I doubt Sanderson would return if asked, as Powell thoroughly burned that bridge.

          • guest

            Sanderson also starting getting English WNT call-ups again after Hope Powell was fired. Sanderson was called-up and played in multiple England senior WNT matches in 2014 and 2015 and she was on the England WNT in WC 2015. She has not been called up recently and is currently out with ACL injury.

          • Som Termanni

            Ah, true. I wonder who I’ve mixed Sanderson up with, then.

          • john

            Thanks for the fuller explanation.

    • Breakers fan

      I remember Rosie on that UCLA team that won it all in 2013, the one led by Sam Mewis et al – the Bruin team that now has *many* players in the NWSL. I haven’t seen her play since then. Good solid player back then. I liked her. She had a good positive energy. As a Breakers fan I have hopes for her. I’m not going to jump to conclusions. That said you can’t assume you’re “all set” at forward just because you’re using your int’l slots on forwards. That would be insanity. You have a lot of high draft picks. You should look at who is available at any point in the draft and pick the player that will help you the most. It very well may be a forward. As I said below you can’t worry about trying to please players you already have, or feel like you owe them playing time. The goal as a professional team and coach is not to make certain people happy; it’s to assemble and create the best team you can. It’s just the nature of sports at the highest level. How that’s done in training, what kind of atmosphere you create can then be discussed but at root that’s the idea and everyone knows it and accepts it.

    • Breakers fan

      Breaking Breakers news: Louise Schillgard not returning to the team next year. Tough loss. Top-notch player. Wish her all the best – tremendous, classy player and person. She has a husband and small child and felt it was best for her family to stay at home in Sweden. I wish her and her family nothing but good things in life.

  • guest123

    It looks like like Washington Spirit & Boston Breakers are trying to outdo each other.

    Just announced: Christine Nairn to Seattle for Havana Solaun, GK Madalyn Schiffel; 3rd and 36th picks in 2017, 2nd round pick in 2018.

    Dunn Next???

    • another guest

      good to see “Has Laura Harvey made a trade today” back in action

      “Seattle Reign FC has acquired the rights to midfielder Christine Nairn and goalkeeper Madalyn Schiffel from the Washington Spirit. In return, the Spirit received the 3rd and 36th overall picks in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, the rights to midfielder Havana Solaun, and Reign FC’s second-round pick in the 2018 draft.”

      • guest

        Schiffel, who has represented the United States at the U-20 and U-23 levels, was selected by Washington in the 2016 NWSL College Draft with the 34th overall pick. Schiffel elected to play the 2016 season with Avaldsnes IL in the Norwegian Toppserien.

        • Steglitz49

          Good old Avaldsnes in Rogaland county in the Westland. By all accounts the burghers of Avaldsnes wwere pleased with Madalyn Schiffel.

          Avaldsnes finished 2nd in the league on 56 pts, 4 behind LSK (Haavi’s last club) and 14 ahead of Stabaek.

          Avaldsnes let in only 17 goals, the same as Stabaek and Kolbotn while they scored 50, compared to 39 and 32. LSK only 10.

          • Som Termanni

            Yes, she’s a great keeper. Shame that she’s only 5’9″. Perhaps she should switch to being a horse jockey?

          • Steglitz49

            She is only gunning for Seattle, not the USWNT at this stage and she did let in 17 goals, not 10.

    • Steglitz49

      Maybe trying to get something for them before they join some foreign team?

      • another guest

        GK Schiffel has already played one season for Avaldsnes in Norway

        • Steglitz49

          We covered that elsewhwre already but nexer mind. Avaldsnes has been a great incubator for US players like Short and Franch, and now Schiffel.

    • Nicole C.

      Is this another sign that Solo won’t play for Seattle next year?

      • Som Termanni

        No trade Laura Harvey makes indicates who’ll be on the team tomorrow, much less next season. Best case for her, Solo returns AND is 100% after replacing her shoulder AND she has another trade token in Schiffel. Worst case, Solo is gone or unfit and she has at least two experienced GKs, and maybe also Tostanoski.

  • Forgedias

    Its really interesting how these transactions are panning out. Breakers needed more offense so they are going out and picking up forwards with Haavi and now White. Its becoming pretty clear where they will be drafting in the upcoming draft. Defense where they desperately need to reduce the goals allowed since they allowed over 40 last year. I wasn’t sure which position they feel they needed the most with the first pick, but now…. Quite interesting to see these moves.

    Seattle on the other hand getting Nairn makes some good sense since they lost Kim Little in the off season. And those draft picks for 2017, so how do Seattle fix their left back issues? I guess we will see.

    • guest

      Breakers have 7 picks (1, 11, 12, 15, 16, 21 and 31) in 2017 draft so they still have enough picks to draft players for help on defense, midfield & forward.

      Seattle only has 2 draft picks (6 and 26) in 2017 – but should still be able to draft quality with those picks. Seattle also holds rights (up to start of 2017 pre-season) to some other players (S Green, Perez, Ari Romero etc). So Harvey has trades, potential signings, discovery and draft to fix/adjust Seattle roster.

      • john

        The right picks probably outweighs the number of picks. Some clubs certainly have better draft records than others.

        • guest

          agree ability to pick well outweighs total number of picks also agree some clubs pick better than others.

          Boston will most likely find a way to screw up their draft picks

    • mockmook

      I’d go after Emma Fletcher (CAM) from Cal with #3 if I was Seattle.

      They should be able to get a decent LB prospect at #26 — but don’t give up on Pickett just yet.

      • guest

        Seattle gave up the #3 draft spot to Washington in Nairn deal.
        Seattle does still have #6 pick and Fletcher most likely still there at #6

        • mockmook

          Ah, thanks, yes, #6 is what I meant.

  • john

    So who is Washington eyeing with that #3? One assumes it is an attacking player given the loss of Dunn and Nairn (so far).

    • mockmook

      Ashley Lawrence?

    • Guest

      Our an outside back considering the loss of Krieger and Dydasco – they only have Kleiner now. They still have like 7 good forwards

      • mockmook

        Church, Huster, and Johnson can all play OB.

        Lawrence or Gibbons as #3 can both play OB

  • Som Termanni

    Rather baffled by the lack of a Nairn story on EQZ. Excelle has a good first take, complete with quotes from WaPo’s beat reporter saying Nairn, “like several players”, was unhappy and wanted out, and repeating the rumor that Dunn is among them. http://www.excellesports.com/news/seattle-reign-acquire-christine-nairn-washington-spirit/

    • mockmook

      Love this trade for the Spirit.

      Can likely take Ashley Lawrence at #3

      And, if healthy, Solaun seems like she could be a really special player.

      The second round pick in 2018 should also yield a decent prospect.

    • guest

      Foudy said on TV broadcast of USWNT friendly with ROM that Crystal Dunn had confirmed she was looking to play in Europe for 2017. Foudy also said during the broadcast that she had talked with Alex Morgan and Morgan said she was not going to Europe.

      • Steglitz49

        Time will tell but Alex’s statement makes sense.

  • Ethan

    Somewhat off-topic: Seattle has bolstered their midfield by acquiring Nairn after the exits of Winters and Little.

  • Som Termanni
    • another guest

      Huster re-signing with Washington article is up on Spirit and NWSL sites

      “BOYDS, MD (Nov. 10, 2016) – The Washington Spirit has signed midfielder Tori Huster to a new contract for the 2017 NWSL season. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

      Huster, an original Spirit member, started 19 regular season matches in 2016 and played in both postseason matches. She played the most minutes in 2016 of any player on the team, helping to lead the squad to its first ever appearance in the NWSL Championship. The fan favorite also contributed a goal and an assist, both against Sky Blue FC.

      “Tori was an integral part of our midfield during our historically successful season in 2016,” said general manager and head coach Jim Gabarra. “It was rewarding for us all to see her consistently high level of play up through the NWSL Championship match. We’re very happy she signed a new contract and look forward to continuing to work together.” “

  • another guest

    related topic – Boston Breakers announce front office changes

    from article on Boston site
    “(Nov. 10, 2016) – The Boston Breakers announced today that Mark Thomas has been named President of Business Operations and that Lee Billiard transitions to President of Soccer Operations and Development.

    Thomas will oversee the day-to-day business operations of the Boston Breakers organization. Responsibilities include sales, marketing, sponsorship, and day-to-day management of the business operations. Thomas will work on building off the current platform with a view to continue its growth financially and expanding the Boston Breakers brand. Under his new role, Thomas will be working on both short- and long-term strategies that will continue moving the organization forward off the field.

    The former Head of Business Development for Norwich City Football Club (2013-2014), Thomas’ previous work includes nine years at Octagon Sports Marketing, where he began as a Senior Sales Manager and worked his way up to Vice President of Business Development. Thomas has worked in and around professional sport for over 25 years, beginning as a professional player with Wimbledon FC in the English Premier League. Throughout his career, he has provided several leading companies and sports organizations with consultancy in regards to creating and selling sports sponsorship packages, along with training and developing existing sales teams.

    “I am privileged and excited to become a member of the Boston Breakers, and I look forward to driving success off of the field,” Thomas said. “Having attended a few games last season and listening to Matt Beard and Lee Billiard’s plans for the 2017 season, there are certainly reasons for optimism moving forwards.”

    Billiard will focus solely on the soccer side in his new role as president of soccer operations and development. Billiard will have more involvement in managing the pro team roster than in previous years. He will work directly with the head coach on the roster development, scouting and trade deals, along with maintaining previous soccer roles of overseeing the salary cap, facilities, and day-to-day operations associated with the pro team. Over the years, Billiard has been one of the major factors in building one of the country’s top soccer development pyramids. In his new role, Billiard will oversee all aspects of soccer operations from the pro team all the way down through the Boston Breakers Academy and Development Training Centers. ”

    NWSL site and Breakers site have full text of announcement

    • guest

      Boston continues its expat Brit employment program.

      • Steglitz49

        Someone has to take care of the fallout from Brexit.