The NWSL has announced the list of players to be subsidized by the Canadian Soccer Association to NWSL teams this season.
For the Houston Dash, the subsidy for young forward Janine Beckie was extended, while newly drafted Nichelle Prince was subsidized as well, as previously reported by Keeper Notes.
Canada has opted to make only a couple of changes from their 2016 subsidized players. Both Kaylyn Kyle and Josée Bélanger of the Orlando Pride are no longer subsidized.
In their place, Prince was is a new subsidized player as well as Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kaileen Sheridan.
Canada made a number of changes to its subsidized player list in 2016. Kyle was the only player who held her spot despite not being featured by the national team. Therefore, the removal of her subsidy in 2017 always looked likely.
Bélanger was a newly subsidized player last season, joining the league for the first time. She played an important role in Canada’s qualification for the Olympics and their bronze medal performance in Rio.
Orlando relinquished their rights to both players, making them available in the NWSL Distribution Draft this year. However, Bélanger has opted to sit out the 2017 season. Nevertheless, a team could still choose to select her to get her NWSL rights.
The newly subsidized Prince was drafted in the third round by the Dash this year with a pick acquired in trade with the Chicago Red Stars in return for their 2018 NWSL College Draft second round pick.
Sheridan was drafted by Sky Blue, also in the third round and spot twenty-three. She becomes the third subsidized Canadian goalkeeper along with Sabrina D’Angelo (North Carolina Courage) and Stephanie Labbé (Washington Spirit).
The full list of Canadian allocations is below:
Boston Breakers: Allysha Chapman
Chicago Red Stars: None
Houston Dash: Janine Beckie, Nichelle Prince*
FC Kansas City: Desiree Scott
North Carolina Courage: Sabrina D’Angelo
Orlando Pride: None
Portland Thorns FC: Christine Sinclair
Seattle Reign FC: Diana Matheson
Sky Blue FC: Kailen Sheridan*
Washington Spirit: Stephanie Labbé, Shelina Zadorsky
* = New Player in 2017