The National Women’s Soccer League says the Boston Breakers will cease operations in advance of the 2018 season.
The league announced the move Sunday.
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There had been widespread rumors that an investor or group of investors might step forward to save the team. Fans who bought tickets for the upcoming season will be given full refunds, the league said.
The league now embarks on its sixth season with nine teams. Earlier this year, FC Kansas City also folded but its players went to a new team in Salt Lake City associated with the Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake.
The league will hold a dispersal draft on Tuesday to move Breakers’ players to new teams. A weighted draw for the draft will be held on Monday. Players are allowed to opt out of the draft.
While roster size for the league’s other clubs remains at a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 20, contracted Breakers players, including national team allocated players, and 2018 draft picks who are picked up by other teams won’t be counted toward rosters or salary caps.
“In the best interest for the long-term viability of the NWSL, we will operate with nine clubs in 2018 to ensure a stronger league where all parties involved are aligned and committed to the core mission of continued growth and development as we move into our sixth season.” NWSL Managing Director Amanda Duffy said in a statement.