The Boston Breakers have announced that midfielder Amanda DaCosta will retire following their game against the Orlando Pride this Saturday.
PLAYER NEWS: Midfielder Amanda Da Costa announces retirement
— Boston Breakers (@BostonBreakers) August 18, 2017
Bringing me joy since the beginning. Thank you to everyone for the love and thank you to this beautiful game for the memories ❤️ pic.twitter.com/kJZDutWb2Z
— Amanda DaCosta (@ADacosta13) August 18, 2017
Prior to being traded to the Breakers in 2016, DaCosta played for the Chicago Red Stars in 2016 – having 14 appearances, the Washington Spirit in 2015 – scoring three goals in 17 appearances, Liverpool Ladies FC in the FA WSL – scoring three goals in 40 appearances with the team from 2012 to 2014, and the Boston Breakers of the WPSL Elite. In the 2017 season, DaCosta has played 10 games for the Breakers.
Internationally, DaCosta played for the Portuguese national team in the UEFA Women’s European Championship, where Portugal failed to make it past the group stage on tiebreakers.
DaCosta had this to say about her retirement in the Breakers press release:
“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. 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.”