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Tancredi, Scott hopeful NWSL will soon have Canadian team(s)

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As soccer fans in this country talk more and more about the birth of our own Division-1 men’s league — the Canadian Premier League — talk about how to expand the women’s pro game has been, well, muted of late.

But, Desiree Scott, who was one of 12 Canadians on the rosters of NWSL clubs this past season, and retired Canadian national-team forward Dr. Melissa Tancredi believe that there’s a good possibility we’ll see one and maybe two Canadian pro franchises launch soon.

Scott will return to Kansas City FC in 2018. Tancredi, who played her farewell game with the national team earlier this year, is a former member of the Chicago Red Stars. They were in Edmonton Friday night for a “Girls in Soccer” panel discussion, and will be attending Saturday’s FC Edmonton match against Miami FC.

“We’ve been talking about it for years and years, and I think we’re on the cusp of actually making something happen,” said Tancredi. “It’s been a massive process for the people involved. It’s not easy to kind of give the ball to the NWSL and get a Canadian team, obviously. It’s something we’ve needed for a very long time now, since 2012, we were always hoping to have it that next year, that next year, that next year.”

An agreement has been in place since NWSL launched which allows Canada Soccer to subsidize the salaries of up to 16 players in the league. But, the norm is for Canada not to use up its full allocation. Of course, if Canadian teams existed in NWSL, there would be more jobs for Canadian players.

Because Canada is now ranked as one of the top women’s soccer teams in the world, interest in the country has built to the point where an investor could be able to make a go of a pro team north of the border. That’s what Tancredi thinks.

“Now we’ve bought in with our consistency, with our results now, that’s what gets people attracted to it. It’s results driven. But, now it’s putting things into a process and seeing things happen, hopefully in the next two years we’ll have a Canadian team.”

Scott said that Canadian success on the pitch will lead to more opportunities.

“I’m very fortunate to be able to play in the NWSL. I’ve played over in England. She’s played in Sweden and all over the world. There’s more opportunities continuing to grow, year in and year out. With a Canadian team, maybe two Canadian teams coming into the league, the opportunities will to continue to grow.”

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  1. Chris

    October 22, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Wouldn’t it be great if the Canadian Premier League had women’s teams. I mean fully integrated into the corporate structure (although not playing the men) like baseball’s American League and National League. They should play the same length of season, they should share the same Championship trophy (each season’s mens and ladies champs engraved side-by-side.)

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