Canada Soccer announces 2018 NWSL allocations
Posted on 15 February 2018 in Around the Soccer World
Canada Soccer has announced the eleven Canadian Women’s National Team players allocated to the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), including nine returning players and two additions. The 2018 allocation list includes Rebecca Quinn, previously of Duke University, who was selected the highest of any Canadian in the NWSL College Draft at No. 3 overall.
“Canada Soccer is pleased to continue to support members of our Women’s National Team in their careers with the National Women's Soccer League for the sixth consecutive year,” said Peter Montopoli, General Secretary, Canada Soccer. “The NWSL continues to provide a competitive environment for our players, ensuring they have access to high level competition to keep them at the top of their game.”
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring national team players from around the world, with Canadian and U.S. National Team players allocated by Canada Soccer and US Soccer.
“The partnership between Canada Soccer, US Soccer and the NWSL is an unique and valuable relationship that is contributing to the growth of the women’s game in North America, both in the professional realm, but also off the pitch for the many young fans who look up to their NWSL heroes,” added Montopoli.
The following Canadian Women’s National Team players have been allocated by Canada Soccer to the NWSL for the 2018 season:
FB Allysha Chapman, age 29, from Courtice, ON/ North Carolina Courage
CB Shelina Zadorsky, age 25, from London, ON/ Orlando Pride
M Rebecca Quinn*, age 22, from Toronto, ON/ Washington Spirit
M Desiree Scott, age 30, from Winnipeg, MB/ Utah Royals FC
M Diana Matheson, age 33, from Oakville, ON/Utah Royals FC
F Christine Sinclair, age 34, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns
F Janine Beckie, age 23, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Sky Blue FC
F Adriana Leon*, age 25, from King City, ON/ Sky Blue FC
F Nichelle Prince, age 22, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash
GK Sabrina D’Angelo, age 24, from Welland, ON/ North Carolina Courage
GK Kailen Sheridan, age 22, from Whitby, ON/Sky Blue FC
* New Federation Player in 2018
The nine teams competing in the 2018 NWSL season are the Chicago Red Stars. Houston Dash, North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Utah Royals FC and Washington Spirit.
For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league's official website at www.NWSLsoccer.com.
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team, ranked No. 5 in the FIFA Women’s world rankings, recently made history with back-to-back podium finishes at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. At the last three major women's tournaments, Canada finished third at the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament, sixth at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™, and third at the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament.
Canada Soccer's Women's National Team are the first Canadian team to win back-to-back Summer Olympic medals since 1908, and the first-ever women’s Canadian team.
Fans can relive Canada Soccer Women’s National Team journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through highlights and team commentary videos. For our most recent photographs, please visit Flickr.com/canadasoccer.