14 🍁 Canadians featured during the 2020 season
The National Women’s Soccer League has wrapped up their 2020 season with Houston Dash crowned NWSL Challenge Cup winners in July and Portland Thorns FC crowned NWSL Fall Series Verizon Community Shield winners in October. Canadians Allysha Chapman, Maegan Kelly, Nichelle Prince and Sophie Schmidt were part of the Houston-winning side in July while Christine Sinclair was part of the Portland-winning side in October.
Sinclair also won the NWSL Fall Series Golden Boot with six goals scored in four matches. During the NWSL Fall Series, Schmidt earned an NWSL Woman of the Week honour while goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan earned a NWSL Save of the Week honour. From the month of July, Sheridan of Sky Blue FC won the NWSL Challenge Cup Golden Glove award.
This year, 14 Canadian players featured in the NWSL, including debutants Jordyn Listro of Orlando Pride, Bianca St-Georges of Chicago Red Stars, and Évelyne Viens of Sky Blue FC.
The NWSL was created through a joint effort from Canada Soccer, the Mexican Football Federation and US Soccer. The new league was an important legacy to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, created to provide more professional opportunities for Canadian players than ever before. Since the league was inaugurated in 2013, already 40 different Canadian players have featured across the league’s first eight seasons.
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