June 19, 2012
REVERSAL OF FORTUNES
WPSL docks Breakers win for ineligible player
When is a win not a win? When the league decides you used an ineligible player in the game and takes the points away. That's what has happened to the Boston Breakers. The WPSL has decided that the Boston Breakers have forfeited a game due to a player not being approved to play by the U.S. Soccer.
The player participated in the match against the Western New York Flash played on May 26, 2012. The WNY Flash will be credited with the win. Neither the league nor the team would release the name of the player, though it is believed to be former Notre Dame star Melissa Henderson who played in her first game for the Breakers against Western New York.
The deducting of the three points and awarding them to the Flash, drops the Breakers from first place to fourth place, while moving Western New York into second place.
The Breakers won the May 26 game against Western New York 3-2, with Katie Schoepfer scoring a hat trick.
The Breakers issues a statement on the league's decision, basically blaming a paper work snafu for causing the problem.
“It is unfortunate that in the process of the WPS suspending their season, ITCs for a number of U.S. players were issued to clubs that had no interaction and no contract with these players, which has held up the clearance of U.S. players’ status in the U.S. Unfortunately, we understood that this player of ours was cleared before the game and found out only after the game that was not the case," Boston Breakers Managing Partner Michael Stoller said in the statement release by the club.
"More frustratingly, we now understand that the ITC has still not been issued despite the player’s rights having been inappropriately sent to a club in Russia without any authorization, documentation or other required forms. This is a travesty of justice for the player, who is our only concern. It is a shame such a situation has been allowed to happen and we at the Boston Breakers are disappointed it has affected the standings, the player, and that the process has not been corrected even to this date. As an organization, we work towards the absolute highest standards of professionalism and followed the specific directives given to us in this matter, but the fundamental issue of the improper ITC caused confusion and we understood that the player had been cleared to play. In a perfect world, these communication issues would not have occurred and the player would have been held out of the game.”