Six NWSL players nominated for Canada’s Player of the Year Award
The winner will be announced in the second week of December
Janine Beckie and Christine Sinclair in action for Canada in 2017. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer)
Janine Beckie and Christine Sinclair in action for Canada in 2017. (Photo credit: Canada Soccer)

Janine Beckie, Stephanie Labbé, Adriana Leon, Desiree Scott, Christine Sinclair and Shelina Zadorsky are among the 11 women’s nominees for Canada’s Player of the Year Award, Canada Soccer announced.

The award is voted on by media and coaches, and Canada’s Players of the Year (women’s and men’s) will be announced on December 14 and 15.

Sinclair has won the award 13 times in her career. In the NWSL this season, she started every game and scored eight regular season goals as the Thorns went on to win their second NWSL Championship. In Canada’s final international game of the year, Sinclair scored her 169th international goal, good for second all-time as she continues to chase Abby Wambach’s record of 184.

Beckie scored twice and added an assist for the Dash this season. She scored a hat trick for Canada on June 11 in Toronto. The feat came in the first 21 minutes of Canada’s 6-0 win over Costa Rica. Leon tallied six goals and six assists in 24 games for the Breakers in 2017. Her six assists were tied for second in the NWSL. Most recently, Leon scored the equalizing goal for Canada in a 1-1 draw with the United States in Vancouver on November 9.

Labbé made 66 saves and earned two clean sheets in 17 starts for the Spirit this season. Scott anchored FC Kansas City’s midfield in 2017, playing in 21 games and was one of the league’s best passers with an 82.7% passing accuracy. Zadorsky made 101 clearances while appearing in 21 games on the backline for the Spirit.

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