New women's league allocates 16 Canadian players

Members of the Canadian women's national team that won bronze at the London Olympics have been...

Members of the Canadian women's national team that won bronze at the London Olympics have been allocated to NWSL teams across the U.S. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 7:34 PM ET

The National Women’s Soccer League on Friday allocated 16 Canadian national teams players to eight clubs across the U.S.

Canada’s most recognizable female soccer player, Christine Sinclair, was sent to the Portland Thorns alongside Canadian goalkeeper Christina LeBlanc.

Other Canadian players in the league include Adriana Leon (Boston), Rhian Wilkinson (Boston), Erin McLeod (Chicago), Carmelina Moscato (Chicago), Desiree Scott (Kansas City), Lauren Sesselmann (Kansas City), Kaylyn Kyle (Seattle), Emily Zurrer (Seattle), Sophie Schmidt (New Jersey), Melanie Booth (New Jersey), Robin Gayle (Washington D.C.) and Diana Matheson (Washington D.C.).

“This allocation process is obviously a big step in building the foundation for this league and each of the teams will benefit from a group of very talented players,” said NWSL Executive Director Cheryl Bailey. “With the NWSL College Draft coming up in Indianapolis on Jan. 18, the rosters of the clubs will really start to take shape.”

The salaries of the 23 American, 16 Canadian and 16 Mexican players allocated Friday are being provided by their respective federations.

The NWSL begins play in April.


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