Monday, December 19, 2011

Catching up with ... Eclipse Select alumna, Breakers MF Leslie Osborne

By Charlie Corr
Eclipse Select staff

CHICAGO -- Former Eclipse Select Soccer Club player and coach Leslie Osborne was one of many Women's Professional Soccer players waiting to hear about the league's future this week. And for the past several months, Osborne's WPS franchise, the Boston Breakers, has been trying to secure additional ownership after majority owner Gary Loveman put his share of the organization on the market.

Things are looking a bit better on both fronts now.

The 28-year-old Brookfield, Wis., native and Breakers midfielder said on Wednesday that additional ownership is on board with Boston. And from a league standpoint, after WPS met with the U.S. Soccer Federation here in Chicago, the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors formally approved WPS's division one sanction request provided the league expands to minimally six teams in 2013 and eight teams in 2014.

"It has been a long couple of months," Osborne said. "Boston had to find more investors for the team, magicJack was kicked out -- it's been a roller coaster for me. Personally, I was going to retire if the league was going to fold. If the league was around, I wanted to play in Boston. For me, [Tuesday's U.S. Soccer announcement] was just a blessing to continue to play and be the Breakers' captain. I'm excited. But I was ready in case it didn't work out."


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