Canada Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) have announced the official list of allocated players for the 2016 NWSL regular season. Eleven Canadian internationals have been allocated to six different teams.
“Canada Soccer is pleased to continue its support of the participation of members of our National Women’s Team program in the NWSL,” stated Peter Montopoli, General Secretary, Canada Soccer. “As a leading country committed to the development of the women’s game, we feel that their participation provides the best possible competitive environment for these players to ensure they stay at the top of their game.”
In addition to the returning allocated National Team players, there are five newly allocated Canadian Women’s National Team players that are returning to or joining the league for the first time: Janine Beckie, Desiree Scott, Josée Bélanger, Stephanie Labbé, Shelina Zadorsky, and Sabrina D’Angelo.
Following are the club-by-club Canadian allocations:
FC Kansas City
Portland Thorns FC
Western New York Flash
* = Newly Allocated Player in 2016
# = The Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars completed the final piece of their Jan. 25 trade, in which the Spirit traded midfielder Amanda Da Costa and the Spirit’s natural fourth-round pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft to the Red Stars. In exchange, the Spirit have received goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé from the Red Stars.
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is a ten-team Division-I women’s professional soccer league featuring national team players from around the world. The ten clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, FC Kansas City, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit and Western New York Flash.