Mollie Pathman, Kim DeCesare, Laura Weinberg and Rebecca Moros will battle for roster spots starting this week.DURHAM, N.C. – Four Blue Devils will open National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) training camps on Monday, March 10 as the league prepares for the 2014 campaign.
Pathman, DeCesare and Weinberg are all with the Boston Breakers, while Moros is with the Portland Thorns FC.
The Boston Breakers open preseason training at the University Sports Complex in Hanover, Mass., on Monday. This will be the first preseason under the direction of head coach Tom Durkin. Durkin, hired in September 2013, is joined on the coaching staff by Breakers defender/assistant coach Cat Whitehill and goalkeeper coach Ashley Phillips.
After moving to the forward position as a junior, DeCesare flourished as a scorer for the Blue Devils posting 22 goals over the last two seasons. For her career, she finished with 29 goals, 15 assists and 73 points. DeCesare’s 29 goals ranked sixth all-time at Duke and her 73 points were ninth. As a senior, she earned All-ACC Third Team accolades, while being selected to the All-ACC Second Team her junior campaign. DeCesare, who is out of Massapequa Park, N.Y., concluded her career with nine game-winning goals and six contests with two more tallies.
One of the best distributors to ever put on a Blue Devil uniform, Pathman played 87 career contests, while totaling 83 starts in the defense, midfield and forward slots. Pathman, who is a native of Durham, N.C., collected 29 assists, 17 goals and 63 points over her four years. Her 29 assists ranked third on the Duke career record books and Pathman’s eight assists in NCAA Tournament play was a Blue Devil record. Pathman was a two-time All-ACC selection and member of the 2011 NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team. She helped lead the U.S. U-20 squad to the gold medal at the 2012 U-20 World Cup.
One of Duke’s all-time greatest scorers, Weinberg closed her Duke career ranking second in points (100), third in goals (39) and tied for fourth in assists (22). Weinberg, who is out of Boca Raton, Fla., played in a school-record 97 games over her four years and notched eight multi-goal contests. As a senior, she notched 14 points on five goals and four assists. Weinberg is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District III selection and Capital One Academic All-America as a junior. She is obtaining Sociology and History degrees along with a Markets and Management certificate.
The Breakers will play three preseason games, beginning March 24, at 7 p.m. against Northeastern University on Parsons Field in Brookline, Mass., followed by matches against Boston College on March 29 at 3 p.m. in Newton, and April 5 against the University of Connecticut. That match will be played at ForeKicks in Taunton, Mass.
Moros is coming off playing the past two years abroad in Japan. She helped lead INAC Kobe Leonessa to its third consecutive Nadeshiko League Championship in 2012 and 2013, while along logging time in Japan’s domestic cup competition. From 2009-11, she played for the Washington Freedom, magicJack and the Western New York Flash.
Portland Thorns FC will feature a two-week training camp in Portland before departing for Tucson, Ariz., on March 25. Thorns FC will participate in their first preseason training under new head coach Paul Riley on March 10 at Providence Park.
A four-year letterwinner from 2003-06 at Duke, Moros earned third-team All-America accolades in 2006, while also being named All-ACC on three different occasions. She finished her career at Duke with 15 goals, 20 assists and 50 points.
Hosted by club FC Tucson, Thorns FC will train in Tucson, Ariz., from March 25-April 1. During the team’s stay in southern Arizona, Thorns FC are scheduled to square off against the University of Arizona on Friday, March 28, at 6 p.m. (Pacific) and Arizona State University on Sunday, March 30 at 1 p.m. (Pacific); both matches will be played at the North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex.