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A new wave

In another sure sign that spring is just around the corner, the Boston Breakers announced on Friday that the club will open its preseason camp on March 2nd at Harvard Stadium.

The Breakers, who reached the WPS playoffs last season before falling to the upstart Philadelphia Independence in double-overtime of the 2010 WPS Super Semifinals, will return to the practice pitch with 26 players on the preseason roster, including perennial WPS All-Stars Kelly Smith, Alex Smith, Leslie Osborne, and Amy LePeilbet.

In addition to the seasoned veterans, 2011 WPS draftees Keelin Winter, Whitney Palmer, and Tanya Taylor will begin their professional careers in Cambridge.

The club will train at Harvard Stadium until March 11th, before they fly south for Florida for additional preseason training and scrimmages. The team’s 2011 regular season opener is April 9th against the Atlanta Beat in Kennesaw, Ga.

The 2011 Boston Breakers preseason roster (including hometown/previous team) is as follows:

Goalkeepers (2):
Kelsey Davis (Thousand Oaks, California/Chicago Red Stars)
Alyssa Naeher (Seymour, Connecticut/Boston Breakers)

Defenders (8):
*Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, California/FC Gold Pride)
*Stephanie Cox (Elk Grove, California/Boston Breakers
Niki Cross (Pembroke, Massachusetts/Newcastle Jets)
Ifeoma Dieke (Glasgow, Scotland/Boston Breakers)
*Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Illinois/Boston Breakers)
Kasey Moore (Mission Viejo, California/Boston Breakers)
Alex Scott (London, England/Boston Breakers)
Keelin Winters (Englewood, Colorado/University of Portland)

Midfielders (8):
Jordan Angeli (Lakewood, Colorado/Boston Breakers)
Leah Blayney (NSW Australia/Canberra United)
Liz Bogus (Sandy, Utah/Boston Breakers)
Gina DeMaio (Parsippany, New Jersey/Rutgers University)
Taryn Hemmings (Greeley, Colorado/Boston Breakers)
Ally McCann (Carlsbad, California/Stanford University)
Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wisconsin/Boston Breakers)
Kelly Smith (Watford, England/Boston Breakers)

Forwards (8):
*Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Indiana/Boston Breakers)
*Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Georgia/FC Gold Pride)
Ahkeela Mollon (Trinidad & Tobago/ Kvarsvedens IK)
Whitney Palmer (Plano, Texas/University of Oklahoma)
Pavlina Scasna (Roudnice, Czech Republic/LdB Malmö)
Katie Schoepfer (New London, Connecticut/Sky Blue FC)
Tanya Taylor (Buena Park, California/UC Irvine)
Nikki Washington (Mesquite, Texas/Chicago Red Stars)

*Currently on international duty. Will join team on April 7th.

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