Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan has officially been allocated to the club as a Canadian subsidized player for the 2017 season. The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) announced on Wednesday the official list of Canadian Women's National Team subsidized players from the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA). Sheridan is one two rookies among 10 Canadian subsidized players who will be participating in the upcoming NWSL season.
“We are very excited about the news of Kailen’s allocation,” SBFC Head Coach Christy Holly said in a statement released by the club. “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.”
The newest SBFC goalkeeper was selected No. 23 overall by the club during the 2017 NWSL College Draft. Sheridan earned her first cap with the Canadian Women’s National Team on March 7, 2016 during the Algarve Cup, which Canada went on to win for the first time in team history. Sheridan was also named as an alternate for the senior national team during its bronze-medal run at the 2016 Olympic Games.
The Ontario native has been involved with the Canadian youth program since she was 15 years old. Prior to being called up to the senior squad, she was a member of the U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams.
At Clemson, Sheridan recorded 229 saves and 28 shutouts in 76 appearances. She accumulated numerous awards during her collegiate career, including NSCAA All-American Third Team honors in 2015, being named to the All-ACC team all four years, and being the first Clemson player to be named First Team All-Conference since 2007.
Below 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
* = New Player in 2017