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Five England Players Sign Up For WPS

  • Guardian, Monday, February 9, 2009 3 PM
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.
The Boston 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 Karen Carney (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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