Sources: Candace Chapman to Washington

Jeff Kassouf February 1, 2013 4

Candace Chapman will play for the Washington Spirit in 2013. (Photo Credit: Patricia Giobetti/http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

Canadian international defender Candace Chapman has signed with the Washington Spirit, sources revealed.

Chapman, 29, was part of the bronze medal winning Canadian team at the 2012 London Olympics, but was curiously left off of the list of allocated Canadian national team players. Defender Robyn Gayle and midfielder Diana Matheson were the two Canadian players allocated to the Washington Spirit.

Chapman won two WPS championships, in 2010 with FC Gold Pride and in 2011 with the Western New York Flash. She signed with Sky Blue FC prior to what would have been the 2012 WPS season, making her the only player to be on the rosters of all three WPS teams with championships. The 2012 season, however, never took place.

The NWSL free agent signing period ended on Thursday. No signing is official until contracts are approved by U.S. Soccer, which has slowed the process of teams announcing signings. Boston’s signing of Cat Whitehill is the first official, team-announced signing, although many others have been leaked and players have revealed their teams via Twitter.

  • mal11

    I believe Chapman had some sort of knee injury and underwent surgery pretty recently, so that’s why she might have been left off the allocation list (and was not on the Canada NT squad when they went to China).

    • Steglitz49

      Why acquire the walking wounded? Why not go for fresh talent?

      Saki Kumagai was 20 when she slammed in that penalty and became the iconic figure of ladies’ football.

      Yesterday’s player for yesterday’s team? It is a blessing that two teams are not relegated at the end of the season.

    • Har Journalist

      That’s correct. I talked to John Herdman about a few CanWNT player injuries at the camp in Vancouver just before Christmas. He let me know that Candace had her knee scoped and that’s why she was away from the team. I guess her knee is doing a lot better if she’s going to play in Washington this spring.

  • hc1

    It was a puzzle to me why she was left off the group Herdman selected. Certainly one of our best (if not THE best) defender we have. Glad to see she found a home and adds one more reason for me to cheer for Washington!