Two Canadians selected in 2015 NWSL College Draft

Sabrina D’Angelo and Nicole Setterland have officially begun the next steps in their soccer careers. Given the importance and rarity of international spots, it’s fair to say their NWSL selections are a testament to their skill and potential.

Sabrina D'Angelo / Photo by Canada Soccer

Sabrina D’Angelo / Photo by Canada Soccer

D’Angelo was honoured to be picked by the WNY Flash in the 21st spot. “I didn’t think I was going to have the opportunity to get to play in the league,” she said. “[My roommates and I] were just jumping up and down. It’s just really a huge honour and I’m excited for this opportunity.”

The Ontario-born goalkeeper wrapped up a stellar NCAA career last fall. She finished a two-time NSCAA First Team All-American and in 2014, led the SEC with just 13 goals conceded. She also earned All-SEC honours every season with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

On the national team front, D’Angelo most recently represented Canada at the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Nicole Setterlund / Photo by Canada Soccer

Nicole Setterlund / Photo by Canada Soccer

Midfielder/defender Setterland will join the Chicago Red Stars after her selection in the 27th spot. “I’m so excited and happy today,” she told “I can’t wait to join the pros.”

She earned many accolades at Washington State, including making the NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team twice and twice being picked for the All-Pac-12 Conference Second Team. Setterland, who is a BC Soccer product, started every match in which she appeared during her four years with the Cougars.

Red Stars head coach Rory Dames was surprised Setterland was still available when they were on the clock late in the third round. “I think she fell under the radar a bit, but she has a chance to be a very, very good player in the midfield for us,” he said. “The fact she can also play in the back is obviously to her advantage.”

She was a member of the U-20 Women’s World Cup team that traveled to Japan in 2012.

Last year, forward Nkem Ezurike was picked by the Boston Breakers in the college draft. She is now an allocated player on their team. She also earned her first senior cap for Canada in 2014 and was a member of the roster that traveled to China and won the 2015 Four Nations Cup less than a week ago.

About the author:
Sandra Prusina is a journalist and broadcaster based out of Calgary, Canada. She has covered women’s soccer since 2010. She is also a segment reporter for Olympic Broadcast Services, traveling to Vancouver, London and Sochi to work for the host broadcaster.



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