UAlbany Women’s Soccer Coach Mary-Frances Monroe Joins Boston Breakers
Albany, N.Y. - UAlbany head women's soccer coach Mary-Frances Monroe will join the Boston Breakers of the Women's Professional Soccer League Elite Division for the team's home opener on Friday, May 18. The Breakers, who play at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass., will host FC Indiana at 7:00 p.m. in front of a sold-out crowd.
Monroe played for the <![endif]-->United States National team from 1996-2000. She also played for the Women's United Soccer Association's Philly Charge and the Boston Breakers from 2002-2003 and Women's Professional Soccer in 2010. She was crowned the 2008 WPSL East Player of the Year. Monroe also played professionally for KIF Örebro in Sweden.
Monroe guided the UAlbany program to its most successful season at the Division I level in the fall, going 9-10-1 overall and advancing to the America East Conference Championship for the first time. The Great Danes won seven straight games going into the league championship, including a 2-1 victory over Hartford in the tournament semifinals. Monroe mentored four all-conference players, including second team honorees Chrissy Klepper and Rebecca Lee.
"I was so excited to get the phone call to be asked to play in the Boston Breaker's opening match this Friday," said Monroe, who was four-year college All-American at the University of Connecticut and UCLA. "I have a lot of amazing memories playing on the Boston Breakers in the WUSA (the first ever professional league in the United States) and the WPS. It is great for recruits, future Great Danes, and current UAlbany players to know that I am still playing in the game at the highest level. I hope I am able to help guide the younger generation to be our future leaders."