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Breakers re-sign forward Stephanie McCaffrey

Stephanie McCaffrey will be back in Boston in 2016. (Photo Copyright Clark Linehan for The Equalizer)

Stephanie McCaffrey will be back in Boston in 2016. (Photo Copyright Clark Linehan for The Equalizer)

The Boston Breakers have re-signed forward Stephanie McCaffrey for the 2016 NWSL season. McCaffrey scored three goals and added three assists as a rookie in 2015.

McCaffrey was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars before being traded to the Boston Breakers within minutes in exchange for the No. 9 and No. 11 overall draft picks. Chicago turned those picks into starting fullback Arin Gilliland and 2015 NWSL Rookie of the Year Danielle Colaprico, respectively.

McCaffrey scored in her senior U.S. national team debut on Oct. 25 against Brazil, coming on to start the second half and scoring in second-half stoppage time. She is back in camp with the U.S. ahead of the team’s final four matches of the year in December.

“I am delighted to be re-signing Stephanie,” Boston Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “We fought hard to get her in the draft because we knew what her capabilities and upside were, and she showed that in her rookie year in the NWSL, and now is showing at the national level. In my opinion, she is going to be one of the top attacking threats in this league, and I’m glad she will be doing it in a Breakers jersey.”

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Breakers and new coach Matt Beard, who last week traded starting goalkeeper and U.S. international Alyssa Naeher to Chicago in exchange for U.S. international defender Whitney Engen. The Breakers also signed American goalkeeper Libby Stout to replace Naeher.

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