Kara Lang

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Kara Lang
Karalang ucla vs scu 2005.jpg
Personal information
Full name Kara Elise Lang
Date of birth (1986-10-22) October 22, 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2005-2008 UCLA
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 22 (13)
2009 Pali Blues 3 (1)
2010 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 8 (1)
National team
2002–2011 Canada 92 (34)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 April 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 April 2013 (UTC)

Kara Elise Lang (born October 22, 1986) is a Canadian soccer player and sports analyst, who represented her country in two FIFA World Cups and the Olympic Games, and played club soccer for Vancouver Whitecaps Women. She is the youngest woman to be named to Canada National Women's Team, making her National Team debut on March 1, 2002 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal at age 15.[1] Lang retired on January 5, 2011 at the age of 24 due to recurring knee and ACL injuries.[1] Lang is attempting a comeback, with her ambition being to help Canada in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, hosted in Canada.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Early life[edit]

Lang was born in Calgary, Alberta and raised in Oakville, Ontario.[3] Her mother is originally from Manchester, England.[4]

Ethics[edit]

Lang transitioned to vegetarianism as a teenager and, inspired and mentored by national team mate Amy Walsh, became vegan[5] by the time Amy returned to the Canada squad.[6]

Career[edit]

College career[edit]

Lang was ranked as the #1 recruit in the 2005 recruiting class, and chose to attend the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Lang was named as a preseason All-American, which is a notable achievement for a freshman. The UCLA Bruins, under head coach Jillian Ellis, compiled an overall record of 22–2–2 in the 2005–2006 season, was ranked 4th nationally, and won the Pac-10 title on the strength of excellent team defence.

Lang started her college career with a splash, scoring a hat-trick in her second game. In the 2005 NCAA tournament, she scored eight goals in six games.[7] Lang's UCLA Bruins met the University of Portland in the NCAA final, where she came up against one of her international teammates, Christine Sinclair; Portland won the title with a 4–0 win. She finished her Freshman year at UCLA with 17 goals and six assists in 24 games, finishing second in team scoring behind Danesha Adams.

Lang took a medical redshirt in the 2006 season after tearing an ACL during the offseason, and will have three more years of athletic eligibility at UCLA.

2007; played in 17 matches starting 16. Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection. Scored both goals in a 2–1 overtime victory over Portland on Sept. 28, her first college match since the 2005 NCAA Final (missed the entire 2006 season with an ACL injury). Ended the season with 17 points on seven goals and three assists. Tallied the game-winning goal in a 2–0 victory over Washington State on Nov. 9. Scored the Bruins' second goal in a 3–2 double-overtime victory over Portland in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Academic selection.

2008; played in 24 matches, starting in 23, scoring five goals and assisting on nine. Helped UCLA to an unbeaten season of 18–0–2 (9–0 in conference play). Earned second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII honors. Scored a goal and 2 assists in the 1st round of the College Cup. Lost 1–0 in the semi finals to UNC.

International career[edit]

Kara Lang in the Canada-USA match at the 2003 World Cup

Lang is one of the youngest players to score a full international goal. She scored against Wales at the Algarve Cup on 3 March 2002 at age 15 years, 132 days. Her senior debut, two days earlier, was a Canadian record for youngest senior women's cap.

At the 2002 FIFA U-19 World Championships, held in Edmonton, Alberta, as a 15-year-old, Lang scored three goals in six games and added a crucial penalty-kick goal under intense pressure in the semi-finals against Brazil. Canada lost in the final against their rivals in the United States.

At the age of 16, Lang played in all six of Canada's games at the FIFA Women's World Cup 2003. Lang scored two goals in the World Cup (a tally each against Japan in the group stage, and against Sweden in the semi-finals). Lang's memorable free-kick goal in the semi-finals came in the 64th minute to give Canada a 1–0 lead against Sweden, but they would lose the game 2–1 and eventually finish in 4th place at the event.

Lang was an integral part of the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying tournament in Ottawa, Ontario, where she played as a central defender at the request of head coach Ian Bridge. Lang proved to be a dominant force in defence paired with Emily Zurrer, and Canada captured the tournament title with a 2–1 extra-time victory over the United States. Despite high hopes, Canada lost in the quarterfinals against China in the 2004 U-19 World Championships in Thailand after being down a player for almost the entire game.

In the 2006 CONCACAF U-20 Qualifying tournament, Lang set a record for fastest goal (four seconds) when she scored from the opening kickoff against Mexico on 22 January 2006.[8] Lang participated in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2007 in China.

On August 6, 2008, Lang scored the winning goal for Canada in a 2–1 victory over Argentina at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Canada lost in the quarter-finals to United States.

Lang scored one goal in Canada's thrashing of Guyana for 8-0 during the 2010 CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying tournament. She went on, along with her teammates, to win the tournament v Mexico in the final (1-0) on Nov 08, 2010. Unfortunately, this was her last appearance playing soccer, as recurring ACL and knee injuries, forced her to retire. She made the official announcement at an Oakville Soccer Club Press Conference on January 5, 2011, in front of young fans, coaches, soccer club affiliaties, and press. "I have gotten everything out of this sport, and I have given this sport all that I have," she said about her retirement. Teammates Diana Matheson, Robyn Gayle, Carmelina Moscatto and Melanie Booth also noted that Lang was one of the most 'enthusiastic, hilarious, courteous and spontaneous people' that they ever knew, and were proud not only to have called her a teammate, but one of their best and lifelong friends.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Lang (background) prepares for her sidelines report while John Shurna does pregame drills before the February 21, 2012 MichiganNorthwestern game at Welsh-Ryan Arena

In 2011, Lang transitioned to the broadcast booth as a television sports analyst for Rogers Sportsnet covering the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[9] Lang continued working for Sportsnet after the World Cup.[10][11]

Staying with Rogers, beginning in August 2012, Lang joined the team of the new nightly show Soccer Central on Sportsnet World in Canada. The show is broadcast as Fox Soccer News in the USA. She left the show in early 2013.

Statistics[edit]

National team statistics

Team Caps Goals
Women's Senior Team 92 34
Women's U-20 Team 33 12

Major tournament statistics

Year Tournament Games Goals Place
2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup 5 4 Runners-up
2002 FIFA Women's U-19 World Championships 6 3 Runners-up
2003 FIFA Women's World Cup 6 2 4th place
2004 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying 5 0 3rd place (DNQ)
2004 CONCACAF Women's U-19 Qualifying 5 2 Winners
2004 FIFA Women's U-19 World Championships 4 1 Quarter-finalists
2006 CONCACAF Women's U-19 Qualifying 3 1 Runners-up
2007 FIFA Women's World Cup 3 0 3rd in group
2008 Olympic Games 4 1 Quarter-finalists
2010 Cyprus Women’s Cup 0 0 Winners
2010 CONCACAF Women’s Cup 1 1 Winners

Club and college statistics

    Season Totals
Season Team League GP G A Pts Min Shots SOG
2003 Vancouver Whitecaps W-League 4 2 2 6 265
2004 Vancouver Whitecaps W-League 5 3 2 8 285
2005 Vancouver Whitecaps W-League 10 4 3 11 783 39
2005 UCLA Bruins NCAA 24 17 6 40 101 41
2007 UCLA Bruins NCAA 17 7 3 17 50 19
2008 UCLA Bruins NCAA 24 5 9 19 1711 90 35
2009 Pali Blues W-League 3 1
2010 Vancouver Whitecaps W-League 8 1 1 3 332 9

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.sirc.ca/news_view.cfm?id=38537
  2. ^ Ewing, Lori, Kara Lang poised to rejoin Canadian women’s soccer team, retrieved 2013-10-30 
  3. ^ "Women's Team Goalscoring Leaders (CSA)" (PDF). 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-02-07. Retrieved 2006-04-16. 
  4. ^ "Kara Lang's profile in the official website of the Canadian Soccer Association". Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Lang, Kara. "Nutrition". KaraLang.ca. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Ian McDonald (2012-08-09). "Kara Lang, Vegan Olympian" (Podcast). The Vegan Option. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  7. ^ "2005 NCAA Women's College Cup". 2005. Retrieved 2006-04-16. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Canada Too Much For Mexico (CSA)". 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-02-06. Retrieved 2006-04-16. 
  9. ^ "Kara Lang moves to broadcast booth for World Cup". The Canadian Press. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  10. ^ Nanavaty, Joshua (2012-02-02). "'Caps Chronicle: Kara Lang's new career: Listen to Whitecaps FC Daily at 3pm on TEAM 1410 for latest". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  11. ^ Molinaro, John (2012-02-02). "Kara Lang adjusting to life after soccer". Sportsnet. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 

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