The Boston Breakers, Boston’s Women’s Soccer Team, Is Closing

The team had been one of the founding members of the National Women's Soccer League.

After rumors swirled about the demise of the Boston Breakers, one of the founding teams in the National Women’s Soccer League, it turns out the end is here.

The team will fold ahead of the upcoming season and its stars will be traded, according to multiple reports.

Financial issues reportedly contributed to the decision, as did difficulty securing a new home for the Breakers after an ownership deal crumbled and the team could not locate a new one on short notice. Among those approached to buy the team, according to sports reporter Caitlin Murray, was Patriots and Revolution owner Robert Kraft. The Krafts were  “not interested,” she says.

After lots of fretting earlier this week, fans and players were mourning the loss on Friday. “I’m kind of numb,” writes Stephanie Yang, a longtime chronicler of the sport, who has reported on the various factors that led to the team’s current position. “[B]ecoming a part of the women’s soccer community literally saved my life.”

An online campaign to #SavetheBreakers has been underway, with fans of the team hoping for a solution—including the idea of a wealthy benefactor stepping in to rescue it. Some are still holding on to that hope.