Canadian goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo signs with England's Arsenal

LONDON — Canadian goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo, who spent the last four years with Sweden's Vittsjo GIK, has signed with Arsenal.

Arsenal (9-1-0) currently stands second behind Chelsea on goal difference in England's Barclay Women's Super League standings.

Arsenal hosts Chelsea, which is home to fellow Canadian internationals Kadeisha Buchanan and Jessie Fleming, on Sunday in league play. More than 35,000 tickets have been sold for the Emirates Stadium clash.

D'Angelo has won 12 caps for Canada and was part of the Canadian squad that won gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“We’re delighted to have signed Sabrina," Arsenal coach Jonas Eidevall said in a statement. "She is a top goalkeeper with plenty of experience in both Europe and North America and we’re confident that she will be a strong addition to our squad.”

The 29-year-old from Welland, Ont., played collegiate soccer at South Carolina before joining the NWSL's Western New York Flash in 2015. She moved to the North Carolina Courage in 2017.

D'Angelo went to Europe in 2019, making 70 appearances in total for Vittsjo GIK. A torn anterior cruciate ligament sidelined her in 2020.

She was 14 when she made her debut in the Canadian youth program in 2007. She won her first senior cap at 22 at the Algarve Cup in March 2016.

The other Arsenal goalkeepers are Austrian international Manuela Zinsberger, who won the league's Golden Globe Award last season after keeping 13 clean sheets, and American Kaylan Marckese.

D'Angelo, who will wear No. 14 for Arsenal, moved on a free transfer..

Other Canadians in the English league include Adriana Leon (Manchester United), Shelina Zadorsky (Tottenham) and Deanne Rose (Reading).

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2022

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