Canadian defender, Candace Chapman, has joined the Washington Spirit that is currently preparing for the new eight-team United States Women’s Soccer League.
A member of Canada’s Olympic bronze medal team at last year’s London Olympics, Chapman joins national teammate, Robin Gayle, who was one of 16 Canadians offered contracts to participate in the league.
“I am so excited to be part of the Washington Spirit organization,” said Chapman, who holds an American green card. “I am looking forward to a successful year and being part of a great team.”
Chapman, a University of Notre Dame graduate, brings a wealth of experience to the Spirit. She has represented Canada on 108 occasions and was on the 2010 and 2011 FC Gold and Western New York Flash championships teams, respectively, in the defunct Women’s Professional Soccer League.
Spirit general manager, Chris Hummer, said the club is very fortunate to have Chapman in its fold.
“She’s an experienced professional player who will anchor our defence,” said Hummer. “Candace is also an excellent role model for the team on what it takes to play against the best in the world and win championships.”
The club’s pre-season camp starts on March 11 at the team’s Maryland SoccerPlex training facility. The season opener is in mid-April.
Meanwhile, Belgian Adel Amrouche has been appointed the new coach of the Kenyan national team. The former Burundi boss beat out 20 other applicants for the job.
“I am happy to be the coach of Kenya and I am happy because the federation and I have the same goals,” said Amrouche. “I hope Kenya can be one of the best on the continent and that I can help them qualify for major tournaments.
He led Burundi between 2007 and 2012 before resigning in a protest over his working conditions.