Rookies Sheridan, Prince among 10 allocated by Canada

The Equalizer Staff January 24, 2017 58
John Herdman has allocated 10 Canadian players to NWSL for this season including two rookies. (Photo Courtesy Canada Soccer)

John Herdman has allocated 10 Canadian players to NWSL for this season including two rookies. (Photo Courtesy Canada Soccer)

Recently drafted rookies Kailen Sheridan and Nichelle Prince are the new faces among 10 allocated to NWSL by the Canadian Soccer Association on Wednesday. Sheridan was drafted No. 23 by Sky Blue FC and Prince went No. 28 to the Dash. The 10 total allocations represents the five-year low for the CSA which paid the freight on 11 in 2016. Dropping off the list are Kaylyn Kyle and Josee Belanger from the Pride and Adriana Leon who departed the Flash last summer on a transfer to FC Zurich.

“We are very appreciative of and excited by Canada Soccer’s continued support of the league as well as the meaningful impact their players are having on and off the field,” NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush said. “It is also important for the sustained growth of our league to have the top players from around the world.”

The list includes Christine Sinclair (Thorns) and Diana Matheson (Reign) who are the last two players left from the original Canadian allocation in 2013. Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City) was also part of the 2013 class but spent two seasons in England before returning in 2015. Sinclair is the only Canadian to be allocated to the same team every season.

All 10 players are currently in assessment camp in Los Angeles with Canada coach John Herdman. Leon is also in that camp as is Lindsay Agnew (Spirit), who at No. 19 was the first Canadian off the board on draft day. Agnew though was not included in this round of allocation.

The status of U.S. Soccer allocations appears to be held up by ongoing collective bargaining negotiations with the USWNT Players Association.

Here is the full list of players being subsidized by CSA 2017:

Boston Breakers: Allysha Chapman
Chicago Red Stars: none
FC Kansas City: Desiree Scott
Houston Dash: Janine Beckie, Nichelle Prince
North Carolina Courage: Sabrina D’Angelo
Orlando Pride: none
Portland Thorns FC: Christine Sinclair
Seattle Reign FC: Diana Matheson
Sky Blue FC: Kailen Sheridan
Washington Spirit: Stephanie Labbe, Shelina Zadorsky

  • Som Termanni

    > “((insert quote if there is anything))”

    Well done. Also, you forgot to mention that Belanger is sitting out the 2017 season and rights to her and Kyle are both up for the distribution draft since the Pride also released both of them.

    • Som Termanni
    • mockmook

      Doesn’t that mean the Spirit get first crack at her?

      • Som Termanni

        That should be the case, yes. Washington #1, Boston #2 after the Krieger and Kallman trades if my memory serves.

        Also newsworthy: Kyle, who announced that she had a green card last year, apparently had an issue with it that led to her costing the team an international spot. https://twitter.com/OSAliciaD/status/824310571906441217

        • Gary Diver

          A very odd twitter.

        • mockmook

          She seems like a very good soccer reporter — kudos to the OS for having her.

        • Guest123

          Per Alicia’s article below, Kyle did not understand the green card process. Yes, she did get an approval notice in Oct. but this was just a temp status which is not considered official. It is not official until she gets a physical copy of her green card. It could take years to get one and it also depends if the US govt puts a quota on these depending on which country you come from. The fastest and easiest way to get a green card would have been to marry a US citizen. Unfortunately her boyfriend is British.

          http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-city-lions/on-the-pitch/os-sp-soccer-insider-alicia-delgallo-0126-story.html

          • Steglitz49

            Maybe the telling phrase is in the 10th para — “She was selected as an alternate for Canada’s 2016 Rio Olympic squad, but chose to remain in Orlando with the Pride unless called upon by Canada.”

            This OG the alternates got a medal too, unlike in OG-12. Both Sweden’s and Germany’s 4 alternates went to Rio and one each was brought into the main squads because of injuries. Another did some TV commenting!

            As for the Green card, who proposed her if her boyfriend is British? None of those I know have had to wait very long and some have gotten their Green cards within week of approval notice. Eh bien, you live and learn.

  • mockmook

    Are we supposed to call this an “implosion” by Orlando, or do we only get to throw around that word when referring to the Spirit?

    • Som Termanni

      They have plenty of “mid-capable” players, right? Shouldn’t they be just fine losing two allocated starters, getting nothing in return, and having one draft pick in next year’s expansion-season draft?

      They were already in trouble from the Morgan trade resulting in half a season of Morgan. Now the Kyle half of that trade is also gone for nothing, and Orlando’s out of stuff to trade and out of international slots.

      Remind me again why MLS sponsorship leads to better-managed teams?

      • Gary Diver

        About a year ago there was a ton of posts arguing that Orlando was the poster child of how to do things right.

  • Matthew Henry

    “((insert quote if there is anything))” Guess there wasn’t anything.

  • Gary Diver

    “The 10 total allocations represents the five-year low for the CSA which paid the freight on 11 in 2016.” Is this a bad omen for NWSL?

    The de-allocations of Kaylyn Kyle and Josee Belanger is further evidence that Herdman anticipates Christine Sinclair as the only field player over 30 years old on his WC19 roster to play a major role. If Diana Matheson, Desiree Scott, and/or Sophie Schmidt make the roster, they most likely won’t see much time. Herdman is going to his youth full-speed ahead.

    • Som Termanni

      Adriana Leon, who was allocated last year, makes no sense to allocate this year because she’s opted out of the NWSL for the Frauen Bundesliga. Aside from maybe Belanger, whose spot on the NT might not be as secure as once thought, I’m not sure who else they’d allocate to arbitrarily match the number.

      It’s not CanWNT’s decision if multiple NT players don’t want to play in the NWSL. If Buchanan and Lawrence hadn’t opted out of the NWSL, do you think they would have arbitrarily deallocated someone else?

      • Som Termanni

        Leon’s not Bundesliga, she’s Swiss league. I’m as addled and stupid as Steg these days.

        • Steglitz49

          She plays for Zurich who won the league the last 5 seasons. The Swiss ladies league was started about 45-50 years ago!

          • Lodovico Settembrini

            Not anymore. She already left Zurich beginning of December

          • Steglitz49

            Where to? ST says she is in the Swiss league, having started with the German league. Is she in the Austrian league? Istrian league?

      • Gary Diver

        Don’t you think Buchanan and Lawrence discussed their options and received a green light from Herdman? In the Canadian press there were suggestions that Herdman might want them closer to home before OG20. (But it is odd that there was no mention of WC19.)

        • Som Termanni

          NWSL 17 isn’t close to WC19. Players spending a year, even two, in Europe doesn’t hurt Canada.

          Hell, in Europe they’ll be closer to the WNT for the Algarve Cup and Germany friendly than they’d be in North America sitting in club preseason, and at least one of them arguably better cared for at top D1F facilities than at Jordan Field. Might as well bring the whole team NT there for those camps.

          That point still doesn’t address whether Canada had a hard limit of subsidies at 10, or if it’s “a bad omen for the NWSL”. Had either Buchanan or Lawrence entered the NWSL draft, would another Canadian have be stripped of subsidies? If Leon came back, would Canada strip another player of subsidies? I doubt it.

          • Gary Diver

            I agree with most of your points. Though I feel that both USSF and CSA need to commit to supporting NWSL as a viable professional soccer league for women and not just a holding bin for their national players.

            Women’s professional hockey in North America is struggling to stay afloat. There are two leagues: a Canadian league where the women are not paid at all and an American league where last month the women were told that they had to accept a 50% paid cut. I hope NWSL goes forward and not backwards, but how can that happen without strong support from both USSF and CSA? Head coaches giving star players their blessings to play abroad when the NWSL is struggling doesn’t help NWSL nor the two hundred plus NWSL players.

          • Som Termanni

            I’m inclined to agree, but if this offseason’s front-office news is any real indication, I expect it to go forward regardless of the national federations. The goal should be to raise club salary standards to a point where subsidies are no longer needed to entice NTers to play in the league, and the improvements on the pay scale’s low end help the 200+ far more than the attention delivered by one or two more CanWNTers.

          • Steglitz49

            Canada is doing OK at NT level. If so many Japanese players can play abroad, why not Canadians? They don’t cost anything or at least less than allocating them.

          • mockmook

            Perhaps if Vancouver gets a club, CAN will be more supportive of the NWSL in general.

          • Steglitz49

            Is any team or owner in Vancouver really interested in having a WoSo team?

          • Forgedias

            I didn’t know about the pay cut for the NWHL in the United States. One advantage that the CWHL has over the American counterparts is that most of the teams are in partnership with their male NHL counterparts. Calgary, Toronto and Montreal all have partnerships with the women’s teams. Providing them with resources like promotions and ice rinks. For instance the Women’s Montreal Canadiens are partly owned or fully owned. Not sure which by the men’s team and have their team name on their jerseys.

            But your point about the NWSL is a good one. More support by the US and Canadian federations would help.

        • Steglitz49

          WC-19 is played in France, duuh! OG-20 is in Japan.

    • CED

      They weren’t de-allocated. From the press release, “The following Distribution-Eligible Individuals, whose rights were
      relinquished by their team, will be made available in an upcoming NWSL
      Distribution Draft: Josée Belanger and Kaylyn Kyle. “

      • Guest

        They were de-allocated. When a player is de-allocated their current club can retain their rights or they go on the Distribution list if their club declines.

        • Som Termanni

          ^ This, exactly. Kyle, Belanger, and Adriana Leon were on the 2016 allocation list and left off the 2017 list. Leon was already out of the league and therefore her rights are not on the distribution draft. Orlando had no international spots left, and both Belanger and Kyle count as internationals because they are deallocated and aren’t US citizens or permanent residents, so Orlando could not keep either player without cutting another international.

        • CED

          Reading comp. You’re wrong.

  • sandrae gunter

    Sermanni is losing it? maybe getting old? can’t manage the club game any more may be, maybe not. The biggest pickle was that morgan trade that left them in a hole, it is not repaying them at all. Their attendance was not what was expected (don;t know how much difference Morgan made) she could not score a goal to save her life, and now she is in france and missing some of the NWSL season and Orlando has nothing, nothing, nada, no assets to even make a good trade

    • Alex25

      I wouldn’t have thought Sermanni had a great deal of say in the Morgan trade. She was wanted for marketing reasons, they gave up so much to get her that the deal never made sense from an on the pitch perspective.

      • sandrae gunter

        Those higher than sermanni placed too much emphasis on getting Morgan…. May be Sermanni doesn’t even want her there now but his hands are tied so thight

        • Steglitz49

          Your speculation makes little sense. Alex Morgan is the mega-star of WoSo — at least in the US, which is that which matters.

          The risk is, that after some gruelling months with Lyon, Alex will coast at Orlando through the summer and then return to Lyon in the fall, raring to go at it again.

    • Happens elsewhere

      Could Tom be fighting this year to save his job for next?

      • Steglitz49

        Probably.

  • southbayfan

    Do you get an allocation if you’re not playing in the NWSL?

    • Som Termanni

      No, the allocation/subsidy process is only for the NWSL. Some players continue to receive federation salaries when playing for other leagues, others have their federation contracts prorated while they play elsewhere.

      • southbayfan

        Thanks

        • mockmook

          Not necessarily. Agnew may be on the CAN team, but she is not being allocated (for now).

          • Steglitz49

            The limit is 10, I believe. Thus, Herdman no doubt was pleased that Buchanan and Lawrence too the French Euro.

          • Rdalford

            Canada federation has not made any announcement of a limit on number of allocated/federation players.
            Canada has allocated as many as 16 players (2013 & 2014) and as few as 10 (2017).
            Many of the players in current mix for Canada WNT are younger and still in college or hs so do not need allocation

            If Buchanan and/or Lawrence had chosen to stay in NWSL then Canada would have allocated them both (since they are already regulars on USWNT). Both Buchanan and Lawrence wanted the experience of playing in Europe (per their own statements) and it is reasonable to assume that Herdman has no problems with their choosing to play in Europe. It is also likely that Buchanan and Lawrence are being paid more by clubs in France than they would have received from the Canadian federation as allocated players in NWSL.

            There is little recent public salary info for Canadian WNT players (old info from 2014 with D Scott leaving FCKC to goto Notts County in FAWSL was that Canadian federation pay for allocated players was in $22K range and Scott was able to get more $$ by playing in FAWSL) but with some Canadian WNT players (Lawrence etc) who would have been allocated choosing to play in Europe it is reasonable to assume pay in Europe – for some players – is better than salary that Canada federation is paying their allocated players.

          • Steglitz49

            Thanks. If Lyon can spring 25,000€/month for Alex Morgan, it is probably safe to assume that Buchanan and Lawrence get at least 10,000€/month and more likely close to 15,000€/month plus housing plus the use of a small car.

            The original agreement when the NWSL was set up was that the USA would allocate 3 per team, Canada 2 per team and Mexico first agreed to 1per team, then 1.5 and eventually raised to 2.

            The Mexican’s early on reailized that few of their players got any significant pitch time. Now they have started a league of their own, like Colombia has. Canada fared better but not 100% and insignificant Canadian NT players have played abroad, not costing the CSA anything. Thus, the reduced CSA allocations make sense.

  • Gary Diver

    Can we assume that Orlando would have liked to have kept Belanger and Kyle, but due to the rules of the league they would have to drop another international player to keep either? If so, then these player are being cut for reasons out of their control and not due to inadequate performances.

    • mockmook

      Kyle, yes.

      Belanger appears to have wanted to go anyway.

    • Steglitz49

      It would seem that the NWSL ought to let not allocated Canadian and Mexican players fill a special international quota.

    • Rdalford

      with Orlando now having Krieger it is possible that Belanger would not have played as much as before (although she can play both OB and FW)

      but Canada federation (not Orlando) made decision not to allocate Belanger (or Kyle). Whether that indicates that Belanger is unlikely to receive future Canada WNT call-ups – or – that Belanger told Canada federation that she did not want to play in NWSL this year – or – ??? is not clear.

      Net result for Orlando, to keep either Kyle or Belanger would require an international slot and salary (and salary cap room and players wanting to stay)
      and Orlando chose to release them
      Most people making comments have assumed that having to trade for an international slot or releasing some other international player to free up a slot is at least part of the reason that Orlando decided to release them

      • Forgedias

        Belanger wants to start a family from what I am hearing and Herdman managed to keep her on for the Olympics. So this was really inevitable that she would be leaving.

      • Gary Diver

        “Whether that indicates that Belanger is unlikely to receive future Canada WNT call-ups – or – that Belanger told Canada federation that she did not want to play in NWSL this year – or – ??? is not clear.”

        Good point. There is probably something going on in the background that we do not know about. I do hope both players are picked up by another team and can play this year.

        The situation is somewhat odd. NWSL was to some degree suppose to be a North American women’s soccer league with direct support from USSF, CSA, and the Mexican federation. Mexico has pulled out and it is not clear whether the Canadians see NWSL as their future. It seems shortsighted for the league to have only Canadians who are allocated by CSA. I agree with Steg that “NWSL ought to let not allocated Canadian and Mexican players fill a special international quota.”

        • Steglitz49

          Thank you.

          It was also shortsighted of the NWSL not to make sure that the Mexicans got a fair deal. That way Mexican WoSo would have grown stronger and there would have been 3 countries in CONCACAF — but maybe the US did not want a repeat of 2010?

          I persist in my paranoia, that some of the countries in UEFA are hell set on undermining pro-WoSo in the US in order to establish a hegemony like they have in BroSo.

          • Gary Diver

            “It was also shortsighted of the NWSL not to make sure that the Mexicans got a fair deal. That way Mexican WoSo would have grown stronger and there would have been 3 [competitive] countries in CONCACAF.”

            Very good point. It is interesting that the IOC put the Americans and Canadians on notice that if they did not help improve the competitiveness of women’s (ice) hockey, there was a real risk of IOG pulling women’s hockey out of the winter Olympics. International women’s hockey still has only two top teams but the competitiveness has improved somewhat with some help from the Americans and Canadians. One major problem with American WoSo is the total lack of competition in CONCACAF compared with UEFA. This hurts both USWNT and American WoSo in general.

          • Steglitz49

            In OG-06 Sweden played Canada in the Olympic final. Since then the US and Canada have left all the other NTs behind. The new kid on the block is Japan’s Ladies but I don’t know their nickname.

          • Gary Diver

            I do believe the Canadians have helped the “Japan Ladies”. The Canadians are afraid that IOC could strip hockey out of the Olympics as they have previously done with women’s softball.

            One major problem with WoSo is the lack of competitive. We see this with CONCACAF and many, if not most, of the European WoSo leagues. Lyon is suppose to be the jewel in the crown, but what is the crown? Division 1 Féminine has two great teams, two so-so teams, and eight losers. After the first 6 matches of the 2016/2017 season, Lyon has 42 goals and gave up 2 goals for a GD of +40. Why in the world would a team with a GD of 40 in 6 matches need a defender like Buchanan? Don’t the Europeans believe parity in play in a good thing or do they enjoy their top teams crushing lesser teams? The situation with CONCACAF is just bad to the point that the WC and OG qualifying tournaments are a joke and a waste of time.

          • Steglitz49

            There is no principle of balance in European team sports. The dream of players in smaller countries have been to play for the big clubs and some such players down the years have become famous already before WW2 and certainly after.

            Some European leagues are more balanced than others but once the rich men’s teams started putting serious money into WoSo, the playing-field rapidly became skewed. That this happened as the 2nd US league crashed and burnt was a stroke of luck for the European clubs.

            You could argue that there are two big club prizes to fight for this May-June: the FA women’s Cup because the final is at Wembley on May 13th and the ladies Championship League final in Cardiff on June 1st.

            Lyon and PSG are still in the run for the Champions League. I France Montpellier is in the hunt for the 2nd spot in their League which will give Champions League for them in the Fall. Hence their signing of Blackstenius is a boon.

            As for the FA Cup, well Chelsea Ladies took Crystal and Arsenal Ladies got HAO to jump into bed with them. Man City has a strong squad too and Birmingham’s is not half bad either.

          • Forgedias

            They have scored 40 goals in 6 games?? Crap, then again I don’t pay much attention to the leagues in Europe, but I should. Still if its that bad, I dunno why I would want to watch.

          • Steglitz49

            You could restrict yourself to the FA women’s Cup final on May 13 and the ladies Champions League final on June 1st. That way you won’t overdose.

  • Forgedias

    It was pretty obvious to me that the players on the radar for the Canadian national team like Kailen Sheridan and maybe Nichelle Prince. although I wasn’t sure on Prince myself. But like last year when Sabrina D’Angelo and Janine Beckie. Teams could be confident about picking those players in the draft and not worrying about spending an international slot to invest in them.

    Skyblue picking up Sheridan is a big win win for them and Sheridan because she gets to be the starter for the team and the team gets to save on salary. Really good move for them. Houston picks up even more national team players but at least this year they won’t be as effected like they were in 2016.