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It may not be Harvard Stadium or Nickerson Field, the Boston Breakers’ domiciles in their previous lives, but Somerville’s Dilboy Stadium is sufficient for the scaled-down state where women’s professional soccer finds itself in its third life.
After the demise of the Women’s United Soccer Association and Women’s Professional Soccer, each of which lasted only three seasons, the National Women’s Soccer League appears to be a sensible successor with a reasonable chance of survival.
This time the support is coming from US Soccer, which has provided the structure for the eight-team league, assigned national team players to the rosters, and is paying their salaries.
“Maybe expectations are a little more realistic and we’ve learned from them in the past,” says Breakers midfielder Heather O’Reilly.