Boston Breakers sign Swedish midfielder Louise Schillgard (Fors).
The Boston Breakers has announced the signing of Swedish attacking midfielder Louise Schillgard (née Fors). Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 26-year-old from Stockholm most recently went on loan with Älta in Sweden’s Elitettan, scoring one goal in four matches in 2014. One year prior, Schillgard played under current Breakers head coach Matt Beard at Liverpool, where she tallied nine goals in 14 matches for the Reds. The 5-foot, 7-inch creative midfielder scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win over Bristol Academy in 2013 to clinch Liverpool’s first FA Women’s Super League title.
“Louise is one of the best players I have ever worked with. She has a great soccer brain, she’s a dead ball specialist, and she can score and create goals,” Beard said. “I’m delighted we have managed to bring someone of Louise’s quality to Boston. The way she is as a player I’m confident she will be a hit in The NWSL.”
Schillgard, has also played for the Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia’s W-League, where she scored five goals in nine matches in 2013, RCD Espanyol in Spain’s Primera Division, and Hammarby, Linköping and AIK in Sweden’s top-flight league Damallsvenskan. In three years with Linköping, Schillgard started 48 of the 50 matches she appeared in, scoring 10 goals. She competed with Linköping in the 2010/11 UEFA Women’s Champions League and tallied three goals in six matches, helping the Swedish club reach the quarterfinals.
Schillgard made her first appearance in the Damallsvenskan at age 14, suiting up for Hammarby, where she played from 2004 through 2007.
Capped 24 times for Sweden, she competed on the national team in the 2011 UEFA World Cup qualifying tournament and in the 2009 European Championship. She made her debut with Sweden in 2008, a European qualification match against Romania.
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