August 29, 2016
Strom earns first team contract
The Boston Breakers have signed defender Kylie Strom, the team announced Monday.
Strom, an Endicott, N.Y., native, called up from the Boston Breakers Reserves, made her professional as a 60th-minute substitute in a 3-2 loss to Sky Blue FC July 17 and has made two appearances for the Breakers this season. Strom also played as a 79th-minute substitute n a 1-0 win over the Orlando Pride July 31.
“Kylie has worked incredibly hard over the course of the season,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said. “She is developing into a good versatile soccer player. She is a popular member of the squad, and it just shows if you continue to work hard, anything can happen.”
Strom, 24, starred for Boston University from 2010-13, being named to the 2013 Patriot League All-Tournament Team, the 2012 America East All-Conference and the 2010 America East All-Rookie Team and AE All-Championship Team.
Strom appeared in 86 games, totaling 14 goals and 17 assists for BU. Strom scored eight goals in 2011.
Strom was called up the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team in June 2014. Strom made her debut for the Breakers Reserves in the Women’s Premier Soccer League in 2014 and played for the Breakers College Academy team in 2013.
“Kylie being signed is another great testament to our reserve team program and our ability to develop players who are on the bubble of becoming a pro player,” Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “Kylie has worked very hard in the Reserve program, and Matt has been able to bring her into the pro team environment where she has continued her progress. This makes Kylie the third Breakers Reserve team player signed to a Breakers pro contract in the last two years.”
Breakers defender Rachel Wood and former Breakers midfielder Suzane Pires also earned contracts with the Breakers pro team after beginning with the reserves. In 2015, Strom played for FFC Frankfurt in Germany’s 2. Bundelisga.
“To be involved with the club for several years and to now officially become a Breaker is a dream come true,” Strom said. “I'm so grateful to be a part of this team and can't wait to finish the season strongly with them.”