Women's Soccer: Waves Standout Anisa Guajardo Joins Boston Breakers for 2013
Guajardo Set to Compete in National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)
Jan. 11, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Anisa Guajardo capped one of the most prolific careers in Pepperdine history with selection to the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League, set to re-launch in the spring of 2013. The Mexican International was allocated to Boston today in the allocation of 55 National Team players among the eight teams in the NWSL.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to continue playing the game I love,” Guajardo said. “I feel very fortunate to have the chance to go to Boston. I fell in love with the city when we went there with Pepperdine last season.”
As a member of the Mexican Women’s National Team, Guajardo competed in CONCACAF and Olympic Qualifying in 2012 and capped a remarkable international season with the equalizer against Brazil December 13 in a 2-1 triumph at Estadio Paulo Machado de Carvalho in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Guajardo played in three friendlies for Mexico in December, including a pair of matches against Portugal. All told, the Clovis, Calif. native has earned seven caps for Mexico.
“First of all we are incredibly proud of her,” Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward said. “She deserves all this success and what an honor to represent Mexico on the full national team and her recent success at that tournament is amazing but not surprising. She does the toughest thing in the game incredibly well: she scores goals. She has always been a great, great goal scorer. She has an insatiable appetite for the game. She’s incredibly tough and is a hard worker.”
Guajardo completed one of the most prolific offensive careers in program history with a flourish, sharing the team lead in goals (10), the most by a Wave since 2008. A 2012 West Coast Conference First Team selection and a NSCAA All-West Region pick, Guajardo ranked second among league leaders in goals (10) and points (28), fourth in assists (8) and was eighth in shots (49). Guajardo scored a pair of goals against San Diego (8/17) and Saint Mary’s (11/1), departing Malibu ranked fourth in career goals (27) and fifth in career points (68).
With her selection by Boston, Guajardo will become the second Wave to make a domestic professional roster since Susan Palmer competed for the San Diego Spirit of the WUSA in 2003.
ABOUT THE NWSL: The NWSL is an eight-team league organized and administered by the U.S. Soccer Federation that will begin play in the spring of 2013. The eight founding clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC (New York/New Jersey), the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.