Andrews signs on with Breakers

Milford native ‘ecstatic’ to ink deal

A local soccer success story is officially returning close to home to continue her career.

Milford’s Morgan Andrews, who capped off a successful collegiate career this past fall with a national championship at the University of Southern California, signed with the Boston Breakers professional women’s soccer team after being drafted by the club earlier this year.

“I am absolutely ecstatic about signing for the Boston Breakers,”Andrews said in a release issued by the team. “Boston is the ultimate sports town, and I can’t wait to be a part of the community that makes it great.

“Thank you to my friends and family who helped me get to this level. This is only the beginning, and I can’t wait to bring my home – New England – with me on this journey.”

Andrews, a midfielder, was the the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft. She was named to the 2016 NCAA Women’s College Cup All-Tournament Team. She ranked tied for first in 2016 with 10 goals.

In two seasons at USC after transferring from Notre Dame, Andrews scored 22 goals and tallied eight assists, while earning back-to-back All-Pac-12 First Team honors.

In two prior seasons at Notre Dame, Andrews had combined 13 goals and 10 assists and was the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year.

Andrews most recently played with the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team at a tournament in La Manga, Spain. She scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Norway on March 6.

“Morgan has had a great past year and continued that with the U.S. U-23 National Team,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “She’s a technically gifted midfielder with a great passing range. I’m looking forward to seeing her take them qualities at the pro level.”

Her youth career was successful as well. Andrews was a member of the U-15 (captain in 2010), U-17 (captain in 2011-12), U-20 and U-23 U.S. national teams.

In four years at Milford High School, Andrews scored 114 goals and 53 assists, and helped guide the Spartans to the 2012 Division I title. During her high school career she was a two-time high school National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American, and also the 2013 Gatorade National High School Athlete of the Year.

Per club policy, details of Andrews’ contract were not disclosed. The Breakers open up their season on Sunday, April 16 at FC Kansas City. They will play their home games

(12 in all) at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass., and their home opener is Sunday, April 23 versus Sky Blue at 4 p.m.

The team opened training camp last week at Forekicks in Taunton, Mass. The Breakers have their first preseason game on Saturday, March 25, a closed door scrimmage against Boston College. They play the NEFC U-15 boys on March 28, the University of Connecticut on April 1 and have a closed-door scrimmage versus Sky Blue on April 4.