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November 3, 2016
Amanda DaCosta rejoins team in deal with Red Stars

The Boston Breakers have acquired Portuguese international midfielder Amanda DaCosta from the Chicago Red Stars, the team announced Thursday.

The Breakers sent their natural third (No. 28 overall) and fourth-round (No. 38) picks in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, gained in a trade for Stephanie McCaffrey in a July deal.

DaCosta, 27, a native of Katonah, N.Y., played for the Breakers during the 2012 WPSL Elite season and for Breakers coach Matt Beard with Liverpool’s FA Women’s Super League titlists in 2013 and ’14.

“Amanda is a great person, and she will be a great addition to our roster,” Beard said. “During our time at Liverpool she was a key player for me. Technically, she is very gifted and she is a clever soccer player.”

DaCosta totaled 17 goals for Florida State University, then was chosen by the Washington Freedom in the 2011 WPSL draft. DaCosta totaled one assist in eight games for the Breakers in 2012. DaCosta played for the Washington Spirit, scoring three goals in 17 appearances in 2015. With the Red Stars, DaCosta played 13 matches (eight starts) last season. DaCosta made more than 40 appearances with Liverpool as the club competed in the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the first time.

DaCosta made her international debut with Portugal against Spain in the Women’s Euro 2017 qualifiers Dec. 1, 2015. DaCosta played in the Algarve Cup in March and helped Portugal advance to the final stages of the Euro qualifiers.

DaCosta played for U.S. junior teams, at the U-20 and U-23 levels. With the U-23s, DaCosta scored the game-winning goal against Norway in the finals of the 2012 Three Nations Tournament. In 2008, DaCosta competed with the U.S. U-20s at the Cyprus Cup.

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