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Da Costa retires from soccer

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Amanda Da Costa has announced her retirement from professional soccer. The 27-year-old made the announcement that she’ll retire after Saturday’s game with the Orlando Pride.

Da Costa has played in 10 games with the Breakers. She has played 368 minutes.

Amanda Da Costa (Getty Images)

Amanda Da Costa (Getty Images)

Her professional career spans seven-years, dating back to 2011.

“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,” she said. ” 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 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.”

She played three seasons in the National Women’s Soccer League. Besides playing for the Breakers, she also played for the Chicago Red Stars and the Washington Spirit.

Before joining the new women’s league in the USA, she played for the Liverpool Ladies under Breakers head coach Matt Beard. She helped the team to back-to-back FA Women’s Super League titles, along with a Champions League berth.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Amanda for three-years,” Beard said. “She is a great player, a great person and we shared many happy memories on the soccer field. I wish her all the best and success for the future.”

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