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Sports Canadian Desiree Scott out of NWSL Challenge Cup for personal reasons

00:01  01 july  2020
00:01  01 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

Canada captain Christine Sinclair one of 14 Canadians at NWSL Challenge Cup

  Canada captain Christine Sinclair one of 14 Canadians at NWSL Challenge Cup Christine Sinclair leads the list of 14 Canadians taking part in the eight-team NWSL Challenge Cup, which kicks off Saturday in Utah. The NWSL season was originally slated to start April 18 but has been on hold due to the global pandemic. Still, it is the first North American pro league out of the blocks, despite the loss of one team on the eve of the 23-game tournament. The Orlando Pride, whose roster includes Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod and defender Shelina Zadorsky, withdrew Monday after six players and four staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Each team named its 28-woman roster Tuesday. Canada is represented on all eight squads.

The Challenge Cup was originally planned as a 25-game tournament featuring all nine NWSL clubs each playing four games in a preliminary round. The top eight teams would advance to a knockout bracket.[1] However, on June 22 it was announced that Orlando Pride would be withdrawing following

The majority of Canadians in the NWSL are allocated players, meaning they are designated to play in the league by the Canadian Soccer Association. Most recently, Sophie Schmidt joined Desiree Scott in Europe, while others such as Emily Zurrer, Carmelina Moscato and Bry McCarthy were at

a group of young men playing a game of football © Provided by The Canadian Press

Canadian international Desiree Scott has pulled out the NWSL Challenge Cup for personal reasons.

The 32-year-old Utah Royals midfielder cited family as the reason, without specifying any further, in a tweet on the eve of Utah's tournament opener against the Houston Dash in Herriman, Utah.

"This game is all I know and is beyond important to my heart. But one thing that is closer and dearer and has always come first is my family," the Winnipeg native said on Twitter. "I unfortunately will not be playing in the Challenge Cup. Beyond disappointed to not step on that field today but will see you soon."

Canadian international Lindsay Agnew signs with North Carolina Courage

  Canadian international Lindsay Agnew signs with North Carolina Courage CARY, N.C. — Canadian international Lindsay Agnew, who played for Sydney FC in Australia's W-League Grand Final in March, has signed a one-year contract plus an option with the defending NWSL champion North Carolina Courage. Taken 19th overall by the Washington Spirit in the 2017 NWSL college draft, the former Ohio State star was traded to Houston in January 2018. She was waived in January 2020, paving the way to move Down Under. A formerTaken 19th overall by the Washington Spirit in the 2017 NWSL college draft, the former Ohio State star was traded to Houston in January 2018. She was waived in January 2020, paving the way to move Down Under.

The Canadian midfielder netted two goals in the Washington Spirit’s 3-0 victory over the Western New York Flash, keeping her Here’s a closer look at how the Canadians performed in the third week of NWSL action Portland Thorns Christine Sinclair is still nursing a left Achilles injury and remains out .

N.C. Courage and Canadian national team goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé's great play eventually led to Lynn Williams' game-winner, as the Courage beat the Portland Thorns 2-1 in the NWSL Challenge Cup Opener in Herriman, Utah.

Fellow Canadian Nichelle Prince, a 25-year-old forward from Ajax, Ont., who plays for Houston, also missed the match. Her father passed away recently.

"My dad is the biggest reasons I am the athlete I am today ... I can only hope to be just a fraction of the person he is," she said in a Father's Day post on Instagram she hoped he would see.

A spokeswoman for the Dash said Prince will be available for Saturday's match against OL Reign.

Tuesday's game ended in a 3-3 tie thanks to 82nd- and 89th-minute Utah goals. Veteran Canadian forward Diana Matheson opened the scoring for Utah in the 35th minute. Allysha Chapman started for Houston while Canadian Sophie Schmidt came off the bench in the 74th minute.

Prince's return will up Canada's representation at the tournament to 13 players — 14 if you include Washington Spirit goalkeeper Devin Kerr. Born in Toronto, Kerr was raised in Barrie, Ont., and represented Canada at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica before representing the U.S. at the under-19, -20 and -23 levels.

The NWSL season was originally slated to start April 18 but was put on hold due to the global pandemic. With the Challenge Cup, it is the first North American pro league out of the blocks, despite the loss of one team on the eve of the tournament.

The Orlando Pride, whose roster includes Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod and defender Shelina Zadorsky, withdrew last week after six players and four staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 30, 2020.

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Canadian forward Evelyne Viens savours NWSL debut at Challenge Cup .
A prolific goal-scorer in college, Canadian forward Evelyne Viens has kicked off her pro career at the NWSL's Challenge Cup in Utah. And after a stop-start pre-season due to the global pandemic, the 23-year-old from L'Ancienne-Lorette, Que., is savouring her time with New Jersey's Sky Blue FC. "It was a special feeling, for sure," Viens said of making her league debut off the bench against the OL Reign. "Being new in the league and just being able to play (soccer), I think it's an amazing feeling.

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