November 17, 2016
Kallman, Mewis traded to Spirit for Megan Oyster
The Boston Breakers have acquired defender Megan Oyster and two draft picks from the Washington Spirit in exchange for defender Kassey Kallman and midfielder Kristie Mewis, the team announced Thursday.
The Breakers will receive the Nos. 3 and 9 overall picks in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, plus the No. 2 allocation spot in return for the No. 1 spot in the Distribution Ranking Order.
Oyster, a native of Naperville., Ill., helped UCLA capture the 2013 NCAA championship, assisting on the deciding goal against Florida State in the title game, and was the 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft. Oyster played two seasons for the Spirit, making 25 appearances and logging 3,140 minutes. Oyster is playing on loan for the Newcastle Jets in Australia’s Westfield W-League, her second season with the team.
“Megan is a player that we really wanted to bring to the club,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said. “She is a very good defender and comfortable on the ball. Megan will bring great experience to the back line and a winning mentality.”
Kallman played every minute in all 40 matches of the Breakers last two seasons. Mewis, who grew up in Hanson, Mass., and held the Boston College scoring record until it was broken by McKenzie Meehan this year, had 10 goals and five assists in 51 games in the last three seasons with the Breakers.
“Megan is a top quality defender, a very important piece of the puzzle for us, and a player Matt wanted, so to bring her into the club is a big positive for us,” Breakers president of soccer operations Lee Billiard said. “We have a plan in place for how we use the draft picks to help strengthen the squad, which is the important next step. It is always tough moving players like Kassey and Kristie, but we felt the need to freshen it up and free up cap space, allowing us to keep making the progress we have done so thus far.”