Canadians Sophie Schmidt and Allysha Chapman get new deals with NWSL’s Houston Dash
The Houston Dash have signed veteran Canadian internationals Sophie Schmidt and Allysha Chapman to contract extensions.
Both contracts include option years.
Schmidt joined the Dash from FFC Frankfurt in Germany in 2019. Since then, the Canadian midfielder has made 70 appearances in all competitions for Houston, scoring three goals in 15 games this season.
« Keeping Sophie with us in Houston was a top priority as she has always been one of the most influential players on our roster, » Dash general manager Alex Singer said in a statement. « She is a leader on and off the pitch and the definition of a professional. I am delighted that she is staying with us for the long term as we build our foundation around her core qualities. »
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Chapman joined Houston in 2015 after spending three seasons in Sweden. She has played in over 100 NWSL games in all competitions. The left-back has started 14 games this season, helping the Dash record five shutouts.
« Allysha is a grueling defender on the court and a dedicated teammate off the court, » Singer said. « She is the definition of courage and determination and embodies everything this club stands for. We are delighted that she has chosen to stay with the club for one more season. »
Both players were part of Canada’s Olympic champion team in Tokyo.
This Canadian duo is here to stay 🇨🇦@sophieschmidt13 and @allyshachapman have signed contract extensions with the Club 🤩#HoldItDown
Schmidt, a 34-year-old from Abbotsford, British Columbia, has won 216 caps for Canada with 20 goals and 21 assists while Chapman, a 33-year-old from Courtice, Ont., has 93 caps with two goals and three assists.
Canadian international Nichelle Prince also plays for Dash.