In another reminder of the financial realities of professional women’s soccer, Jazmine Reeves has retired after only one season as a professional with the Boston Breakers. Reeves, 22, took a job to work for Amazon, the largest Internet-based company in the United States.
“Leaving Boston was definitely one of the harder decisions I have had to make,” Reeves said. “I really enjoyed my time with the Breakers, and I am very thankful for the experience. When I was presented with the opportunity to work for such an amazing company in Amazon, I felt it was something that I simply could not pass up.”
As a rookie, Reeves scored seven goals for the Breakers, second only to Heather O’Reilly, whom the Breakers traded to FC Kansas City in late October. With the Breakers struggling early in the season, coach Tom Durkin turned to his younger players to shake things up on May 28 at home against Portland. That is when Reeves stepped up and scored a hat trick against the Thorns in a 4-1 win.
Reeves was a third-round draft pick (No. 21 overall) out of Virginia Tech, where she was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist in her senior season.
“Obviously, we are very disappointed to be losing Jazmine, but we understand what a great opportunity she has been presented with at Amazon,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “Following an impressive college career and rookie season in the NWSL, we had hoped to bring her back this season but should she ever wish to return, there will always be a place for her with the Breakers. We wish her all the best.”
In 2014, Boston finished with 20 pts. for a record of 6-16-2, second-worst in the league in front of expansion side Houston Dash.
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