Midfielder Amanda DaCosta will play her final game in Breakers blue on Saturday, as Boston hosts the Orlando Pride at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday. DaCosta announced her retirement on Friday, after featuring in 10 games for the Breakers this season. She played in the NWSL for three seasons, with the Breakers, Chicago Red Stars and the Washington Spirit. She also previously played under Breakers head coach Matt Beard in England, playing more than 40 games with the Liverpool Ladies.
“Making this decision to retire from soccer was never going to be an easy one, and I want to thank the Boston Breakers for supporting me in this choice. I have opportunities happening around me that I can’t pass up at this point in my life, and I am looking forward to seeing where life after soccer takes me,” DaCosta said in the team’s official release. “I have so much love for my fans, friends, family, coaches, and teammates that I can’t begin to put into words. I am simply so grateful for each and every one of you for inspiring me, believing in me, and challenging me to be a better person and athlete. I can’t wait to continue to be a fan and spectator of the NWSL as I close this chapter. I have seen so much growth in women’s soccer over the past seven years of my career, and I know big things are in the future for us all.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Amanda for three years,” Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “She is a great player, a great person and we shared many happy memories on the soccer field. I wish her all the best and success for the future.”
Last month, DaCosta played for Portugal during the UEFA Women’s European Championship, registering an assist against Scotland.