NWSL Names USWNT and Canadian National Team Stars for 2018 Season
NWSL Names USWNT and Canadian National Team Stars for 2018 Season avatar

Canada will have 11 of their players funded to play in NWSL by the Canadian Fed(ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

With the start of season number six little over a month away NWSL followers and participants alike are looking to turn the page on a difficult winter, lowlighted by the loss of the Boston Breakers franchise, and to that end the league has announced its list of allocated players from the national team’s of the United States and Canada, with the Mexican federation no longer participating.

23 of Jill Ellis’ troops will have their salaries paid by U.S. soccer while 11 of Canada’s best will be funded by the Canadian fed.

Via the league’s website six players are newly assigned for this season, Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage) and Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit) from the United States, ; and from Canada, Sky Blue FC forward Adriana Leon and Washington Spirit defender Rebecca Quinn.

Leroux’s rights will remain with Orlando Pride. (ISI Photos/Amy Kontras)

Three formerly allocated players rights will remain with their current clubs: Sydney Leroux (Orlando Pride), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride) and Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC). Morgan Brian joined Olympique Lyon this offseason, but her rights will remain with the Chicago Red Stars.

Also not on this list is Stephanie Labbé, who played for the Spirit in 2016/2017. On Wednesday night the team announced that they had elected not retain her rights, and she is now available to all teams via the NWSL Distribution Process. Teams have until 5 p.m. ET on Thursday to submit their interest with the league office.

Longtime stalwart Meghan Klingenberg did not make the U.S. list, joining Portland Thorns teammate, and 2017 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, Adrianna Franch, on the outside looking in.

Here is the entire list, again per nwslsoccer.com.

Allocated players, by team:
*New Federation Player in 2018

Chicago Red Stars
Julie Ertz (USA)

Alyssa Naeher (USA)

Casey Short (USA)

Houston Dash
Jane Campbell (USA)*

Christen Press (USA)

Nichelle Prince (CAN)

North Carolina Courage
Allysha Chapman (CAN)

Sabrina D’Angelo (CAN)

Abby Dahlkemper (USA)*

Crystal Dunn (USA)*

Samantha Mewis (USA)

Lynn Williams (USA)

Orlando Pride
Ashlyn Harris (USA)

Alex Morgan (USA)

Shelina Zadorsky (CAN)

Portland Thorns FC
Tobin Heath (USA)

Lindsey Horan (USA)

Christine Sinclair (CAN)

Emily Sonnett (USA)

Seattle Reign FC
Allie Long (USA)

Megan Rapinoe (USA)

Sky Blue FC
Janine Beckie (CAN)

Adriana Leon (CAN)*

Carli Lloyd (USA)

Kailen Sheridan (CAN)

Utah Royals FC
Diana Matheson (CAN)

Kelley O’Hara (USA)

Amy Rodriguez (USA)

Becky Sauerbrunn (USA)

Desiree Scott (CAN)

Washington Spirit
Rose Lavelle (USA)

Mallory Pugh (USA)

Rebecca Quinn (CAN)*

Taylor Smith (USA)*

About Peter Nolan

Peter Nolan is a staff writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, covering MLS and other US leagues, He's GotSoccer's chief National Team Correspondent.
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