NWSL's Boston Breakers cease operations

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The 2018 NWSL season will now go forward with nine teams after one of American soccer's oldest women's franchises was forced to go under

The National Women's Soccer League has announced that the Boston Breakers will cease operations, effective immediately.

The 2018 NWSL season will now go forward with nine teams in a single-table format, with each team playing every other opponent three times in a 24-game season.

"In the best interest for the long-term viability of the NWSL, we will operate with nine clubs in 2018 to ensure a stronger league where all parties involved are aligned and committed to the core mission of continued growth and development as we move into our sixth season," NWSL managing director Amanda Duffy said in a league release.

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"We do not doubt the fan support or interest in women's soccer in Boston or New England, and the measure taken by the Breakers organization does not reflect the passion we have seen from our fans," Duffy added. "We sincerely thank you for your years of commitment, and we look forward to one day returning to the city of Boston."

All Breakers fans who put down deposits for 2018 season tickets will receive a full refund.

NWSL will conduct a dispersal draft of the Boston roster on Tuesday. All Breakers players will be given the option to opt out of the draft to pursue other professional opportunities. 

The Breakers were one of the oldest women's soccer franchises in the United States, originally forming in 2001 in the now-defunct Women's United Soccer Association.