Sky Blue Draft Pick Sheridan will be subsidized by Canadian federation

sheridan signing

by TOM SLATER

Right after the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft two weeks ago, Sky Blue FC made it perfectly clear that goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan was the player they wanted all along.

Today, the NWSL and the Canadian National Team agreed with that assessment.

Sheridan, the 23rd overall pick in the draft, was of 10 players allocated to their NWSL teams as a Canadian subsidized player for the 2017 season.

“We are very excited about the news of Kailen’s allocation,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “We know that she has a very bright future in the game, and she will be a very important piece for our club in the coming seasons. This is the beginning of what we expect to be a very successful relationship for us with Kailen and the Canadian Federation.”

Sheridan, 21, made her debut with the Canadian Women’s National Team in March 2016. She has been a member of their youth program since she was 15-years-old. Before arriving at the senior team, the Ontario native played for the U-17, U-20 and U-23 sides. Collegiately, Sheridan played for Clemson University. While backstopping the Tigers, she made 76 appearances, recording 229 saves and 28 shutouts. The Canada international received an NSCAA All-America Third Team nod in 2015 while also receiving All-ACC honors after each of her four seasons at Clemson.

Sheridan was one of two new players added to Canada’s allocation list. The other was Nichelle Prince of Ohio State, who was drafted by the Houston Dash. Josee Belanger and Kayln Kyle are Canadians whose rights were relinquished by their teams and will be made Sky available in an upcoming NWSL Distribution Draft.

Here is a club-by-club list of Canadian subsidized players for the 2017 NWSL season:

Boston Breakers: Allysha Chapman

Chicago Red Stars: None

Houston Dash: Janine Beckie, Nichelle Prince*

FC Kansas City: Desiree Scott

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 Labbé, Shelina Zadorsky