Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe to Miss Rest of NWSL Season on Medical Leave

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe to Miss Rest of NWSL Season on Medical Leave

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Canadian 'keeper to sit out rest of season

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BOYDS, Md. - Canadian international goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe is taking a medical leave of absence from the Washington Spirit for the remainder of the NWSL season.

Neither Labbe nor the soccer team gave a reason for the leave but Labbe has been candid in recent weeks about her struggle with depression.

"The decision was not an easy one, but after much deliberation we have concluded that this is what's best for me at this time," Labbe said in a short social media post.

Labbe, who helped Canada to a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has started 17 games this season for the Spirit.

"Steph has been an important part of our team the past two seasons and has grown and developed as a player and person," Jim Gabarra, Washington's head coach and GM, said in a statement Wednesday. …

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