Boston and Washington have woken the WoSo world up on this Thursday. Defender Kassey Kallman and midfielder Kristie Mewis head to Washington in exchange for defender Megan Oyster as well as the Nos. 3 and 9 overall picks in the 2017 NWSL College Draft.
Below is the Boston Breaker’s press release.
WATERTOWN, Mass. (Nov. 17, 2016) – The Boston Breakers announced today that the team has acquired defender Megan Oyster as well as the Nos. 3 and 9 overall picks in the 2017 NWSL College Draft from the Washington Spirit. In exchange, the Breakers send defender Kassey Kallman and midfielder Kristie Mewis to the Spirit. In addition, Boston also receives the No. 2 allocation spot in return for the No. 1 spot in the Distribution Ranking Order.
The 13th overall pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft out of UCLA, Oyster played two seasons for the Spirit. She started all 25 games she appeared in, logging 3,140 minutes.
The Naperville, Ill native is currently on loan in Australia, playing in the Westfield W-League for the Newcastle Jets. This is her second straight offseason in Australia, having played for Newcastle during the 2015/2016 W-League season.
“Megan is a player that we really wanted to bring to the club,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “She is a very good defender and comfortable on the ball. Megan will bring great experience to the back line and a winning mentality.”
A four-year star at UCLA, Oyster was instrumental in the Bruins winning the 2013 NCAA National Championship. She assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime of the championship game against Florida State.
“Megan is a top quality defender, a very important piece of the puzzle for us, and a player Matt wanted, so to bring her into the club is a big positive for us. We have a plan in place for how we use the draft picks to help strengthen the squad which is the important next step,” said Boston Breakers President of Soccer Operations and Development Lee Billiard. “It is always tough moving players like Kassey and Kristie, but we felt the need to freshen it up and free up cap space, allowing us to keep making the progress we have done so thus far”.
Kallman spent two seasons in Boston, playing every minute of all 40 matches. Mewis joined the Breakers in 2014, and in three seasons with the club scored 10 goals to go along with five assists in 51 games.