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Three Dash players called up to Canada National Team for training camp ahead of 2021 SheBelieves Cup

January 25, 2021 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Houston Dash News Release

Houston Dash defender Allysha Chapman, midfielder Sophie Schmidt and forward Nichelle Prince were named to the Canadian Women's National Team by head coach Bev Priestman for a training camp ahead of the 2021 SheBelieves Cup, Canada Soccer announced today. The three Dash players will join CanWNT from February 5th to the 24th in Florida, USA.

The 2021 SheBelieves Cup will take place from February 18-24 as Brazil, Canada, Japan and USA participate in the four-team international tournament. The matches will be staged at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The full tournament schedule is available here.

Chapman has represented Canada in two FIFA Women's World Cups, playing every minute in five games during the team's quarterfinal run-on home soil in 2015 and appearing in all four games of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The defender has tallied 58 starts in 75 appearances for Canada, scoring one goal and providing three assists. A key part of Houston's backline, the Ontario native enters her fourth year with the club since re-joining in 2018. The experienced defender initially signed for the club in 2015 after two years in Europe and played for Houston from 2015-16. Across both stints with the Dash, Chapman has started in 50 of 52 appearances and has recorded one assist.

Prince has scored 11 goals and tallied 10 assists in her 59 career appearances for Canada. The forward lifted Canada over New Zealand with her first World Cup goal on June 15, 2019 helping Canada qualify for the knockout round. Prince joined Houston in 2017 as the 28th overall draft pick in the NWSL College Draft and has earned 40 starts in 57 appearances tallying six goals and three assists with the club. The forward scored the opening goal of the 2019 season for the Dash against Reign FC in April, and more recently scored the opening goal in the Dash's 3-1 victory over Orlando Pride during the 2020 Fall series in September.

One of Canada's veterans, Schmidt first joined the national team since 2005 and made her fourth World Cup appearance in France during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The 32-year-old is one appearance shy from earning her 200th cap for Canada and has tallied 19 goals and 20 assists. Schmidt was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame last fall on October 23, 2019.

Schmidt started in nine out of 11 games played last year for Houston, scoring four goals and tallying one assist. The midfielder scored in four consecutive matches, beginning when she converted a penalty kick that proved to be the match-winner over Chicago in the NWSL Challenge Cup Final on July 26. During the Fall Series, the Canadian international earned NWSL Player of the Week honors during the second week after scoring a goal, tallying an assist and playing a crucial role in the Dash's 3-1 victory against the Orlando Pride on Sept. 28.

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