On a night the Boston Breakers and the NWSL dedicated to recently passed Breakers and USWNT Coach Tony DiCicco, it was hard to feel like everyone wasn't a winner. Though the teams battled to a 0-0 draw, the fact that they exist at all owes much to the coach who led the 1999 USWNT to World Cup glory.
One piece of DiCicco's legacy came from Breakers Captain Julie King, who celebrated her 100th cap on a cool Friday night in Boston. After the match, King said (video below) she'd never met Tony, but felt that his impact on the game was crucial to her reaching the career milestone.
At halftime, some of DiCicco's former players spoke with Jordan Angeli, herself a former Breaker who played for DiCicco in Boston, about Tony's impact on their careers and their lives.
After the match, several of the 1999 USWNT FIFA Women's World Cup champions, all of whom were at the game to honor their former coach, spoke about what Tony had meant both to them and to the broader women's game. Almost all of the Chicago Red Stars and Boston Breakers listened to their childhood heroes, a theme Julie King reflected upon when we talked in the mixed zone.