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NWSL, CSA announce list of subsidized players; 2017 is the smallest class to date

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The number of players in NWSL who have their contracts subsidized by the Canadian Soccer Association continues to shrink.

The allocations for the 2017 season were announced Wednesday. This year, the Canadian Soccer Association will subsidize the salary of 10 players. They are.

  • Janine Beckie, age 22, from Highlands Ranch, CO/Houston Dash
  • Allysha Chapman, age 27, from Courtice, ON/ Boston Breakers
  • Sabrina D’Angelo, age 23, from Welland, ON/ North Carolina Courage
  • Stephanie Labbé, age 30, from Edmonton, AB/ Washington Spirit 
  • Diana Matheson, age 32, from Oakville, ON/ Washington Spirit (traded to Seattle Reign)
  • Desiree Scott, age 29, from Winnipeg, MB/ FC Kansas City
  • Christine Sinclair, age 33, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns FC
  • Shelina Zadorsky, age 23, from London, ON/ Washington Spirit
  • Kailen Sheridan, age 21, from Whitby, ON/ Sky Blue FC (2017 draft)
  • Nichelle Prince, age 21, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (2017 draft)

Obviously, this number has been affected by the long-term injury to keeper Erin McLeod, and the fact that defender Kadeisha Buchanan and fullback Ashley Lawrence both decided to make their professional debuts in France rather than NWSL.

Canada has the right to subsidize up to 16 players in the NWSL. But, in recent years, the number hasn’t been reached.

In 2016, just 11 spots were used. In 2015, 13. In 2014, 14 spots were used — though the CSA had planned to use all 16; Scott chose at a late hour to play in England rather than the NWSL, and midfielder Selenia Iacchelli failed a medical. In 2013, Canada used all of its spots.

So, over the course of five seasons, Canada has gone from using 16 spots to 10. But, yes, some of that has to do with the fact that Canadians are going to Europe, and that many of the key players in the Canadian program are so young, they are still in school — think of teenagers like Deanne Rose and Jessie Fleming. The youngest subsidized players are 21 years of age each — and some of this country’s brightest young stars from the 2016 Olympics are still in their teens.

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