Charmaine Hooper

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Charmaine Hooper
Personal information
Full name Charmaine Elizabeth Hooper
Date of birth (1968-01-15) January 15, 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Georgetown, Guyana
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1987–1990 NC State Wolfpack
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 FK Donn 13 (17)
1993–1994 Lazio
1994–1998 Prima Ham[2]
1995–1996 Rockford Dactyls
1998–2000 Chicago Cobras[3]
2001–2003 Atlanta Beat 59 (34)
2004 Chicago Cobras
2006–2007 New Jersey Wildcats[4]
2008 Fort Worth FC
National team
1986–2006 Canada 128 (71)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Charmaine Elizabeth Hooper (born January 15, 1968) is a former soccer striker who played for the Canadian women's national team. She scored 71 international goals in 128 caps. At club level Hooper played professionally in the United States, Norway, Italy and Japan.

Club career[edit]

In 1993 Hooper played for FK Donn of the Norwegian Toppserien. She scored 17 goals in 13 league appearances.[5] After a short period with Lazio of Serie A, Hooper signed a professional contract with Japanese L. League club Prima Ham FC. She was a highly valued player in Japan and returned to North America after four seasons: "There was nothing more to gain in Japan. I had won just about every award there. Plus there was the distance."[6]

When the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) professional league was being put together in America, Hooper signed a letter of intent but had concerns over the salary structure.[7] Hooper and Homare Sawa were selected by Atlanta Beat in the 2000 WUSA Foreign Player Allocation. She became the only Canadian player in WUSA history to score in the Founders Cup III. Was named the Atlanta Beat MVP and was inducted into the United Soccer League's Hall of Fame in 2002.

A former star at North Carolina State University, she played for the Fort Worth FC of the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) in 2008. In 2006 she played for the New Jersey Wildcats in the American W-League. Her previous clubs include the WUSA's Atlanta Beat, the Chicago Cobras, and the Rockford Dactyls.

International career[edit]

Hooper made 128 appearances and scored 71 goals for Canada, at one time both national records. Her international debut came on July 7, 1986 against the United States. She represented Canada at three FIFA Women's World Cups (Sweden 1995, USA 1999 and USA 2003).

Hooper last played for the Canadian National Team in 2006. She will always be remembered as one of Canada's best female or male soccer players ever. [8]

Hooper was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in June 2012.[9] The same year in October she was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary.

Personal[edit]

She is the sister of Lyndon Hooper, also a former Canadian footballer. She is from Nepean, Ontario. She is married to Chuck Codd, a University soccer coach. They have a daughter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charmaine Hooper". canadasoccer.com. Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Hersh, Philip (June 13, 1999). "Canada's Real Goal-getter". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Charmaine Hooper returns". United Soccer Leagues. May 3, 2006. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "NC State Women's Soccer's History of Success". NC State Wolfpack. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Hooper skremte USA" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. June 6, 1999. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Watch out for Charmaine Hooper". FIFA. June 17, 1999. Retrieved January 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Frech, Scott (May 8, 2000). "Four players, four views" (PDF). Soccer America. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ TSN : SOCCER - Canada's Sports Leader
  9. ^ [1]

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