Canadian international defender Candace Chapman has signed with the Washington Spirit, sources revealed.
Chapman, 29, was part of the bronze medal winning Canadian team at the 2012 London Olympics, but was curiously left off of the list of allocated Canadian national team players. Defender Robyn Gayle and midfielder Diana Matheson were the two Canadian players allocated to the Washington Spirit.
Chapman won two WPS championships, in 2010 with FC Gold Pride and in 2011 with the Western New York Flash. She signed with Sky Blue FC prior to what would have been the 2012 WPS season, making her the only player to be on the rosters of all three WPS teams with championships. The 2012 season, however, never took place.
The NWSL free agent signing period ended on Thursday. No signing is official until contracts are approved by U.S. Soccer, which has slowed the process of teams announcing signings. Boston’s signing of Cat Whitehill is the first official, team-announced signing, although many others have been leaked and players have revealed their teams via Twitter.