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The Breakers season has been much like a promising boxers career; training hard to be in the best condition, receiving the spotlight as a top professional team, and delivering on those high expectations even through adversity.

In this important bout, the Breakers would deliver a PO (Pink Out) to their opponent the Philadelphia Fever.

The stage: Dilboy Stadium in Somerville set the stage for a fun and exciting game. The Breakers were wearing pink kits in support of Project Pink, a Puma charity campaign that raises awareness and funds to aid in the fight against breast cancer. The pink jerseys worn by the players were auctioned during the game and raised over $2,800 which will go to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The game marked their 2012 season home finale with yet another sold-out crowd in attendance to cheer them to victory.

The weigh-in: The Breakers were the overwhelming favorites to win the game. Coming into the match, the Breakers were tied for 1st in the league standings and the Fever were tied for last. But given their recent tough loss against the New England Mutiny, would they be able to bounce back?

The fight: Like any top fighter with a bad taste in their mouth from the last bout, the Breakers came out fast and furious. The Breakers midfielder Bianca D’Agostino opened-up the onslaught of offensive blows with a shot in the 4th minute that rattled the goal. From that point on, the Breakers were going for the PO on each and every shot. Fever goal keeper Michelle Dalton would fend off stellar shots from Cat Whitehill, Katie Schoepfer, Jessica Luscinski and Melissa Henderson before conceding to Schoepfer on a penalty kick in the 13th minute. D’Agostino, who turned in her best performance of the season, kept the pressure on Dalton with great shot selection, power, and accuracy. Dalton gave in once more to the offensive blitz when Courtney Jones netted her second goal of the season off a pass from Breakers captain Leslie Osborne.

As any top fighter will tell you, you need a great defense to go with your offense. The Breakers keeping and defense recorded their sixth shutout of the season. The Breakers back line of Whitehill, Taryn Hemmings, Elli Reed, and Julie King held their ground, limiting the work for goal keeper Alejandra Velasco.  Velasco only had to save one shot to get her first shutout of the season.  The Breakers out shot the Fever 23 – 1 on the game and put almost half of those on goal.

The Fever’s strategy was to pack-in the defense and limit the damage of the Breakers blows. They were successful in holding the Breakers high-octane offense to 2 goals and goal to shot percentage of just under 10% at 9%. The strategy, while effective on the defensive end, saw the offense struggle. They only tested the Breakers once which Velasco saved.

The Breakers play their final game of the 2012 campaign away vs. the Western New York Flash on Sunday, July 22nd at 4pm ET at Sahlen Stadium. The game will determine playoff seeding as the Breakers and Flash are tied for 1st with 30 points and the Chicago Red Stars are in 2nd with 27 points and two games to play.

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If you watched the Breakers v. WNY Flash game last night, you probably noticed the Boston players were saturated in bright pink. This is the second year of the Project Pink fundraising campaign to raise money for breast cancer research. With the WPS/Puma Project Pink initiative now in full swing, this #WPSchat will look at the cause, the fundraisers, and the sponsorship.

Q1: The Cause. Topics for discussion:

  • A good fit for the WPS?
  • Compared to last year, what do you think about the promotion?

Q2: The Fundraising. Topics for discussion:

  • How well do you think the Project Pink games bring attention to this cause?
  • What about the jersey auctions?
  • Or this years new addition, the sports bras auctions?

Q3: The Sponsorship. Topics for discussion:

  • How supportive has Puma been compared to last year?
  • Have you seen a marked difference in how they are marketing/getting behind this campaign

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

This week, the Boston Breakers wore their pink kits during the game against the Washington Freedom, officially launching Puma’s Project Pink. Taking inspiration from this partnership, this week’s chat questions will focus on what the WPS, the teams, the coaches, and the players do in and outside their communities.

Bonus: We ask that during the chat, you tag any tweet that deals specifically with Project Pink with the #projectpink hashtag. Your mention of the tag results in a $1 donation from Puma in the fight against breast cancer, and builds awareness for the cause. Check out this video for Puma’s Project Pink to learn more.

Q1: What are some of your thoughts on the collaboration of the WPS and Puma in the Project Pink initiative?

  • What are your thoughts on the pink kits?
  • How does this initiative build awareness and support for the cause?
  • What else could be done by Puma and the WPS to build awareness?

Q2: How else may the WPS, its teams, coaches, and players be involved in their community?

  • What are some of the other charitable organizations you would like to see the WPS community be involved with?
  • Should the WPS be involved in communities outside the current team locations or potential expansion locations?

Q3: What is your favorite play of the week?

Q4: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

The partnership between the WPS and Puma may be describe in one word ‘Wow’. I say this after seeing the unveiling party for the new kits this season.

There couldn’t be a better pairing of a sports league and athletic wear company anywhere in the world. The partnership started at the beginning of the inaugural season and has continued to the present. The uniqueness and greatness of the partnership was on display at the kits unveiling party last year when players modeled their teams uniforms. This is something that is almost unheard of in the sports and fashion worlds. It was a high risk taken by both the WPS and Puma that paid off with a high reward. The kits were well designed and had the players match ready and fashionable for inaugural season.

The partnership continued to grow throughout the inaugural season and got taken to a new level for this year’s kits unveiling party. What the WPS and Puma have recognized is that the players are the draw for fans and consumers. And they promoted this during this year’s kits unveiling party by having the players show their extraordinary personalities and uniqueness. You may see for yourself by watching the highlight video of the party and checking out photos from the runway. Another tweak this year from last year was having the veterans model the home kits and the rookies model the away kits. A brilliant idea, a great way for the two groups to get to know each other and for the fans to see this side of the players.

Not only was the modeling of the kits brought up a level, so was the design of the new kits. The players will be working hard on the pitch while looking great. Three kits immediately caught my eye and they are the Atlanta Beat, the Boston Breakers, and the Philadelphia Independence. See which kits are your favorites.

It is less than 12 hours away and I am unable to contain my excitement.

But for the true soccer geeks the excitement starts tonight with the unveiling of the new match ball for the WPS. And the excitement doesn’t end there because not only will the WPS hold their draft in Philadelphia tomorrow but they will also be unveiling the new team uniforms. It is Christmas in January-what will Kelly Smith, Amy LePeilbet, Kristine Lilly, Leslie Osborne, Alex Scott, and this year’s #2 pick wear next season? How will Heather Mitts and Amy Rodriguez look in their new uniforms for the Philadelphia Independence? Well with a little patience we will find out soon enough.

Now for the more pressing business of the draft. The Breakers have the #2 pick in the draft and with the unprecedented number of high-caliber players available they are sure to get someone who could have an immediate impact on the team. Being a UNC Tar Heel fan I have two fan favorites which I would love to see wearing those new Breaker uniforms next season, Tobin Heath and Casey Nogueira. But this however is unlikely (not impossible). For my predictions I went with logic instead of with the heart. Without further ado here are my first round predictions for the 2010 WPS draft:

1. Atlanta Beat–Tobin Heath
2. Boston Breakers–Lauren Cheney
3. FC Gold Pride–Kelley O’Hara
4. Chicago Red Stars–Casey Nogueira
5. Los Angeles Sol–Whitney Engen
6. Sky Blue FC–Brittany Taylor
7. Washington Freedom–Kelly Henderson
8. Los Angeles Sol–Ali Riley
9. Los Angeles Sol–Nikki Washington
10. FC Gold Pride–Kaley Fountain
11. Boston Breakers–Nikki Marshall

You may follow the draft as I will be through the WPS twitter feed starting at 10 am on January 15th.

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