Brackett, Druehl, Harding & Mutiny legend Schnur join team for opener
Wrapping up final preparations for the 2018 season, the New England Mutiny have announced four more signings to their roster. The Mutiny open their 2018 season on the road on Friday, May 11th (7:00 PM) when they commence the local derby against the Connecticut Fusion. New England's home opener occurs on Saturday, May 19th (7:00 PM) when they host the Rochester Lancers at East Longmeadow High School.
F/MF Sydney Brackett (Hollis, NH - Syracuse)
D/MF Heidi Druehl (Stamford, CT - UConn)
D Cailynn Harding (Cheshire, CT - CCSU)
MF Meghan Schnur (Butler, PA - UConn)
Two newcomers (Brackett & Druehl) and a veteran defender (Harding) are added to the 2018 roster alongside a Mutiny legend and former United States Women's National Team standout - Meghan Schnur. This will be Schnur's first appearance in a New England uniform since the 2008 season and fourteen years after she first suited for the Mutiny in 2004.
"I am excited for the 2018 season," said New England Mutiny owner Joe Ferrara, Jr., whose organization will release their new logo and primary colors prior to their opener. "We have amassed a roster that I feel will put us in the conversation for the National Championship. The first game against an extremely talented Connecticut squad will be a major test for us. Regardless, I will get my popcorn ready to watch one of our all-time greats - Meghan Schnur - put on a Mutiny jersey again."
Brackett is coming off her sophomore season at Syracuse University where she started in 17 of 18 matches and led the ACC team in scoring (5g, 1a, 11pts). This happened after her freshman campaign where she started in all 19 games and led the team in assists (3). Sydney was an All-State and All-New England selection from her sophomore to senior year in high school as she was named to the 2015 East All-American Team and appeared in midfield for the U-19 USWNT.
Druehl has been a mainstay in the lineup for the University of Connecticut over the past two seasons, starting all 39 games she has appeared in. In 2016, Heidi aided the defense to 11 shutouts and a 0.86 goals against average while also contributing three assists. She earned 15 starts in 20 appearances in her freshman season in 2015.
Harding will be entering her third season in a Mutiny uniform. Cailynn was the Mutiny's "Iron Woman" (most minutes played) during the 2016 season and earned a UWS East Conference Defensive Player of the Week selection. She appeared in all 21 games for the Blue Devils in 2014, making 20 starts (2 goals, 3 assists) for the NEC champions and scored in the NEC Final that secured CCSU's eighth NEC Championship.
Simply put, Schnur is one of the all-time greats to suit up for the New England Mutiny. The former UConn All-American and two-time BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year began her Mutiny tenure in 2004 and helped lead the team to three WPSL Final Four appearances. Meghan is in third in all-time scoring in team history (24g, 21a, 69pts). She was capped six times by the USWNT and last appeared as a professional player for magicJack & Sky Blue FC during the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) era.