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Updates from the NC Courage and NWSL

2016 NWSL Championship Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

NWSL Minimum Salary Increase

Houston Chronicle and Dash beat reporter Corey Roepken is reporting that the NWSL will more than double its minimum player salary from $7,200 to around $15,000.

The news shows the financial stability of the league and the confidence that owners have in growing the popularity of women’s professional soccer in the US. Details are currently forthcoming however, the salary increase may also indicate a more lucrative TV deal or increased sponsorship for the league.

NC Courage Roster News

The NC Courage have announced that goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo has been named a Canadian Subsidized Player for the 2017 NWSL season. NWSL players on the allocation list have their salaries paid by their home nation’s federation with the US, Canada, and Mexico participating. D’Angelo played college soccer for South Carolina and was drafted in 2015 by the then Western NY Flash 21st overall. She made three saves in the NWSL Championship penalty shoot out against the Washington Spirit to secure the title for WNY. D’Angelo was called into the Canada Soccer Women’s National Team conditioning camp which started on January 20th in preparation for the team’s Bronze Medal celebration match against Mexico scheduled for February 4th in Vancouver.

On January 19th, the Courage acquired Samantha Witteman from the Orlando Pride sending Australian international Alanna Kennedy in exchange. Witteman has appeared in the USWNT youth set up and has played as a defender, midfielder, and forward. She made 16 appearances for the Pride last season and will provide depth and versatility to the North Carolina. The move also opens up an international roster spot for NC.