Five England players, including Arsenal striker Kelly Smith
, have signed for Women's Professional Soccer. One of the five described the decision as a
"no-brainer," with the English FA's decision to reward England's national team players with an annual salary of $24,000 later this year seen as too little, too late.
Breakers will officially announce Monday that it has signed Smith, 30. "It's an exciting new challenge and at my age a four-year contract also adds longevity to my career," said Smith. "I couldn't
earn anywhere near to what I'll be getting in WPS if I stayed in England. But it's not just about money, it's about playing with and against the best players in the world, training every day and
everything else about being a professional footballer."
Smith signs for WPS along with her Arsenal teammates Alex Scott
(also Boston) and
(Chicago Red Stars), plus Chelsea's Anita Asante
(Sky Blue FC of NY/NJ) and Eniola Aluko
(St. Louis Athletica). They have contract clauses that will see them released for England's Euro 2009 build-up matches, as well as for the tournament, which begins in
August after the end of the WPS season.
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