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USWNT Defender Engen Allocated to Breakers

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Defender Whitney Engen, who has been capped 29 times for the U.S. Women’s National Team, was allocated to the Boston Breakers for the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League regular season today after the NWSL announced the official list of USWNT players who had been allocated.

The 28-year-old Rolling Hills Estates, Cali. native was a member of the national team that won the FIFA Women’s World Cup this past summer in Canada, and played every minute of all 12 matches she appeared in for the Western New York Flash in 2015. She also played for the Houston Dash in 2014, and for Liverpool LFC under current Breakers head coach Matt Beard in 2013, leading it to its first-ever FA Women’s Super League trophy.

The Breakers originally acquired Engen’s rights from Chicago in a trade that sent goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher to the Red Stars back in November.

“Whitney is a great addition to our roster,” Beard said in a team release in November. “She is a world-class center back with great leadership qualities. I am excited to be working with her again.”

In her third year with the national squad, Engen played 13 games (11 starts) and 1,051 minutes, scoring two goals against Mexico and Guatemala during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

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