June 26th, Waltham, MA, 2019; GPS would like to congratulate Becky Sauerbrunn and Jodie Taylor, two former Boston Renegades players who will be competing in the Women's World Cup Quarter finals this week.
The Boston Renegades were previously the highest point of the GPS pyramid and competed in the USL W-League until 2009. Alongside their male counterparts, the Boston Bulldogs and Cape Cod Crusaders, it was under the Renegades banner that GPS (then Mass Premier Soccer) began youth camps, clinics and teams. The Renegades played their games at Bowditch field in Framingham and were National Champions in 2000 and 2001.
Sauerbrunn, who played her college soccer at the University of Virginia, played for the Renegades during the 2005 season and has gone on to be a mainstay in the USWNT’s defense. She has compiled 161 caps for the US on her way to winning gold at the 2012 Olympics and lifting the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015.
Taylor was part of the Renegades’ first team during the 2006 campaign. Taylor played for the Oregon State Beavers during college and has played professionally in multiple nations including England, the United States, Sweden and Australia.
Jodie has been a pivotal player in the England Women’s set-up since her senior debut in 2014. She has made 44 appearances for the Three Lions scoring 18 times. She has helped England reach the semifinals of both the FIFA World Cup in 2015 where they finished 3rd and the UEFA European Championships 2017 where Taylor won the Golden Boot as top scorer with 5 goals in 4 apps.
Taylor and England will play in the first Quarterfinal matchup of the 2019 Women’s World Cup against Norway tomorrow at 3pm EST. England qualified from their group as the top team winning all 3 matchups. To this point in the competition, England have scored 8 goals and conceded only 1.
Sauerbrunn and the USA will take on the competition’s host and co-favorites in the form of France on Friday at 3pm EST. The USWNT won all three of their group stage games without conceding a single goal while scoring 18. They faced a tough opponent in the form of Spain in the Round of 16 but managed to come out 2-1 winners thanks to Megan Rapinoe’s 76th minute penalty.
If both England and the USWNT get positive results it would set up a huge semi-final matchup between the two.
Previous Renegades alumni Shannon Boxx and Angela Hucles also competed in the Women's World Cup with Boxx winning the tournament in 2015.