November 29, 2016
Breakers acquire Canadian defender
The Boston Breakers have acquired Canadian defender Allysha Chapman from the Houston Dash for international roster spots and a draft pick, the team announced Tuesday.
Chapman, 27, a native of Oshawa, Ontario, played nine games (eight starts) for the Dash last season. She made five appearances (four starts) in 2015.
Chapman has earned 39 caps (27 starts), totaling one goal and two assists, for Canada’s national team, earning a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and playing for the second-place team in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying and 2016 Algarve Women’s Cup champion.
“Allysha was one of my top targets in this off-season, and I'm delighted that we have managed to bring her to Boston,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said. “She will add great defensive stability to our side, and she is a threat going forward. She also brings a wealth of NWSL and international experience.”
Chapman played for Eskilstuna DFF in Sweden’s Damallsvenskan, scoring three goals in 19 appearances (17 starts), in 2014 and IK Sirius FC in Sweden’s Elitetan second division in 2012 and ‘13.
Chapman made 67 appearances for Louisiana State University, was named earning first team all-SEC as a senior, and SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.
The Breakers traded international roster spots in 2017 and 2018 and the No. 15 overall pick in the 2017 NWSL college draft to Houston. The draft pick was originally transferred from the Chicago Red Stars in a July trade. Should Chicago acquire the 13th or 14th overall pick, that selection would go to Houston as the Dash will receive the lower of the two Red Stars’ 2017 second-round draft picks available to Boston at the draft.