Twelve Canadians remain at the NWSL Challenge Cup, in a June 30, 2020 story. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Canadians Desiree Scott, Nichelle Prince out of Challenge Cup for personal reasons

Desiree Scott has joined fellow Canadian international Nichelle Prince in dropping out of the NWSL Challenge Cup for personal reasons.

Their two teams faced off Tuesday in the tournament in Utah.

Prince, a 25-year-old forward from Ajax., Ont., who plays for the Houston Dash, is mourning the death of her father.

“My dad is the biggest reasons I am the athlete I am today … I can only hope to be just a fraction of the person he is,” she said in a Father’s Day post on Instagram she hoped he would see.

Scott, a 32-year-old midfielder, pulled out on the eve of Utah Royals’ game against Houston in Herriman.

“This game is all I know and is beyond important to my heart. But one thing that is closer and dearer and has always come first is my family,” Scott said on Twitter. “I unfortunately will not be playing in the Challenge Cup. Beyond disappointed to not step on that field today but will see you soon.”

A Canada Soccer spokeswoman said Scott had to return to Winnipeg for personal reasons.

Veteran Canadian forward Diana Matheson opened the scoring for Utah on Tuesday. Allysha Chapman started for Houston with fellow Canadians Maegan Kelly and Sophie Schmidt on the bench.

There are now 12 Canadians at the tournament, 13 if you include Washington Spirit goalkeeper Devin Kerr. Born in Toronto, Kerr was raised in Barrie, Ont., and represented Canada at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica before representing the U.S. at the under-19, -20 and -23 levels.

The NWSL season was originally slated to start April 18 but was put on hold due to the global pandemic. With the Challenge Cup, it is the first North American pro league out of the blocks, despite the loss of one team on the eve of the tournament.

The Orlando Pride, whose roster includes Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod and defender Shelina Zadorsky, withdrew last week after six players and four staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 30, 2020.

soccer

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Maskwacis teen charged in 10-year-old boy’s death

The RCMP Major Crimes Unit have laid a manslaughter charge against a 13-year-old boy from Maskwacis.

Still no mandatory masks in Red Deer

While a growing number of Alberta communities have made masks mandatory, the… Continue reading

134 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday

First day over 100 cases since July 31

Red Deer asking for feedback on new transit routes

The new routes will begin Aug. 23

Rainbow flag raised at Red Deer College to kick off Pride Week

Central Alberta Pride Week runs next week

Cast your votes for Best of Red Deer

The Advocate’s Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are back. Community… Continue reading

Quebec festivals organizers look to innovate as restrictions loosened

Montreal has been having its quietest summer in recent memory, as COVID-19… Continue reading

COVID-19 outbreaks over in federal prisons, staff preparing for ‘new normal’

COVID-19 outbreaks in Canada’s federal prisons have been declared over, and staff… Continue reading

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $10 million jackpot… Continue reading

Canada to match donations to Lebanon relief

OTTAWA — The federal government will match all individual donations from Canadians… Continue reading

Protests in Beirut amid public fury over massive blast

BEIRUT — Police fired tear gas and clashed with demonstrators in Lebanon’s… Continue reading

Biden risks alienating young Black voters after race remarks

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s controversial remarks about race this week risk alienating… Continue reading

Red Sox Hold off Blue Jays with Moreland’s Bat and Bullpen

Red Sox Hold off Blue Jays with Moreland’s Bat and Bullpen

Most Read