Christine Sinclair and 15 fellow Canadians discovered which teams they’ll play for yesterday when the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced the allocation of players from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to the league’s eight clubs for the inaugural 2013 season.
“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. “This is always a difficult process, but we believe there was a fair distribution of talent across all eight teams and with the NWSL College Draft coming up in Indianapolis on Jan. 18, the rosters of the clubs will really start to take shape.”
The three country’s soccer associations are subsidizing the salaries of their players. All 18 U.S. players on the gold medal-winning 2012 Olympic team are included in the allocation, while 13 of the Canadian players were part of the bronze medal-winning team.
Following are the Canadians and the teams they’re on:
Chicago Red Stars
FC Kansas City
Portland Thorns FC
Seattle Reign FC
Sky Blue FC
Western New York Flash