Boston Breakers hope third time is the charm for professional women’s soccer

Goalie Cecilia Santiago during Boston Breakers practice Thursday.
Goalie Cecilia Santiago during Boston Breakers practice Thursday.Bill Greene/Globe Staff

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Opening Day for any team represents a new beginning, but for the Boston Breakers women’s soccer club, Sunday’s kickoff match at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville might also be a last chance.

The Breakers are one of eight members of the new National Women’s Soccer League, the third pro circuit established since Brandi Chastain scored the game-winning goal in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final, pulled off her jersey, and made many believe that the sport could be as strong as her abdominals.

Fourteen years and two failed leagues later, the Breakers and other women’s soccer organizers are convinced they finally have a business model that will sustain the pro game.

If the latest plan doesn’t work, it’s hard to imagine anything else will.

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