AUBURN, Ala. — Former Auburn all-SEC defender Julie King will be returning to the Boston Breakers this summer, as the club shifts from now-defunct Women’s Professional Soccer league to the new National Women’s Soccer League.
She has agreed to a 1-year contract. The NWSL makes its debut in April, containing four holdover squads from the WPS, including Boston.
The 5-foot-9 King played for the Breakers last summer, after completing her four-year eligibility with the Tigers, alongside U.S. Olympic midfielder Heather O’Reilly. The current Boston squad includes O’Reilly, defender Heather Mitts and forward Sydney Leroux – all owners of a gold medal from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
King started 87 of her 89 matches in an Auburn uniform from 2008-11, leading the Tigers to four NCAA tournaments, and winning an SEC tournament championship along with co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors her senior season.
A three-time SEC all-academic honoree, she’s currently a member of the Auburn women’s basketball team, in a reserve guard role.
The Tigers (16-13) take on LSU Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. ET in the SEC tournament second round in Duluth, Ga.