Boston Breakers: One of eight teams in the National Women’s Soccer League @NWSL, the Boston Breakers showed this past season amazing stamina not only on – but also off the field – by participating in a range of different charity activities. It was a remarkable feat that also marked the first season in their entire history during which the team embraced the power of live PPV and reached out to their fans worldwide by streaming their games online.
Ryan Wood – Boston Breakers Communication Manager – recapped on their recent achievements, and revealed his hopes and plans for the future in the interview below.
Monika Zameta: For the first time in the entire Boston Breakers history, you streamed all the games of the season LIVE. Why did you choose Cleeng?
Ryan Wood: We’ve been thinking for the past couple of years about running a live stream, but we couldn’t find the right company or the right service. This year, the League made it mandatory for every team to do a live broadcast of their games. So we looked for a company who could help us power our streams as a PPV – not only in the US but also in Europe, where we have many loyal fans. Every solution we had looked up claimed to deliver a professional service, but when we looked at a particular product it wasn’t ready to give us what we expected. Then we found out about Cleeng who guaranteed our fans what they deserved: the best experience, seamless pre-booking and secure payments.
M.Z.: How do you find our support so far?
R.W.: I really appreciate your dedicated support during the season. You took good care of us, my big compliments go to Rudy Milkovic in particular (Cleeng partner, CEO of Velikom International ). He was excellent! Anytime I had a question or found an issue, I would hear from him within an hour. Even if he was in the middle of doing hundred other things, whether it was on the weekend or at night, most of the time he got back right away whether it was through email or text or a call, and he also checked in with me on a regular basis. Usually, he was giving me a call each week to see how things were going or see if I had any questions. He was a huge help.
M.Z.: Please tell me about the team, its history and successes.
R.W.: The organization started out in 2000 and we played 3 years professionally in the WUSA league that league folded in 2004. When Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) was formed in the fall of 2007, the Breakers joined the league and began play when WPS officially launched its first season in 2009. The Breakers played three seasons in WPS (2009-2011) before the league suspended operations in 2011. In their three WPS seasons, the Breakers reached the playoffs twice. In 2012, we played in the eight-team WPSL Elite League, which featured eight teams from the Midwest and up and down the East Coast. The team won the regular season championship with an 11-3 record. So as you see, we’ve been pretty much consistently playing from the year 2000 and we’re actually the longest actively playing professional women soccer team in the US.