NWSL Notebook: Lavelle Leading Breakers’ Revival

Boston, MA - Saturday April 29, 2017: Rose Lavelle during a regular season National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) match between the Boston Breakers and Seattle Reign FC at Jordan Field.

By TOM SLATER

imgresThe youthful Boston Breakers may be turning things around.

Boston won its second straight game, beating Seattle, 3-0, in Week 3 action in the National Women’s Soccer League.

The Breakers’ centerpiece has been No. 1 over all draft pick Rose Lavelle. After playing in her first three games as a professional and scoring a goal and adding an assist, Lavelle was named the NWSL Player of the Month for April. She is the first rookie to earn player of the month honors in her first month in the league.

Lavelle joins FC Kansas City midfielder Erika Tymrak (July 2013) and Chicago Red Stars midfielder Sophia Huerta (May 2015) as the only rookies to win the award.

Boston (2-1-0, 6 points) will play league-leading North Carolina (3-0-0, 9) on Sunday evening in the premier match of Week 4. The Courage, the league’s only unbeaten team, won the league title last year as the Western New York Flash before being relocated.

Leon Is NWSL Player of the Week

Rose Lavelle isn’t the only Breakers player picking up accolades.

Andrea Leon was named the NWSL Player of the Week in Week 3.

Leon tallied a goal and two assists in Boston’s win over Seattle last Saturday. She scored the game’s opening goal, and then assisted on Lavelle’s first NWSL goal and Natasha Dowie’s second of the year.

NWSL on go90

There have been issues — slow access, non-existent commercials, incorrect links  — in the early weeks of NWSL games on go90. The app crashed several times during last weekend’s game between FC Kansas City and Sky Blue.

But access is still free and available to anyone who has an Android phone. Games are also available at the go90.com website.

One limitation: To connect an Android device to your television requires the Google Chromecast device to make the connection.

Pugh Still Undecided

According to Sports Illustrated, midfielder Mallory Pugh, 19, is no closer to picking a professional team. Pugh met with Washington Spirit officials — the team holds Pugh’s NWSL rights. Pugh has said she would prefer to play in Portland.

Paris St. Germain has offered Pugh a contract, but the former UCLA star said she would rather stay in the United States.

Stay tuned.