Adriana Leon

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Adriana Leon
Adriana Leon.jpg
Leon playing for the Western New York Flash in 2016
Personal information
Full name Adriana Kristina Leon[1]
Date of birth (1992-10-02) October 2, 1992 (age 29)
Place of birth Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
West Ham United
Number 19
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 43 (10)
2012 Florida Gators 22 (5)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Toronto Lady Lynx 9 (3)
2013 Boston Breakers 6 (1)
2013–2015 Chicago Red Stars 35 (3)
2015–2016 Western New York Flash 10 (0)
2016 FC Zürich Frauen 0 (0)
2017 Boston Breakers 24 (6)
2018 Sky Blue FC 2 (0)
2018 Seattle Reign 6 (0)
2019– West Ham United 43 (9)
National team
2010–2012 Canada U-20 8 (2)
2012– Canada 78 (23)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of May 8, 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of April 12, 2022

Adriana Kristina Leon (born October 2, 1992) is a Canadian professional football player who plays as a winger for FA Women's Super League club West Ham United and the Canadian national team. She previously played for the Seattle Reign, Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, and Western New York Flash in the NWSL, Swiss club FC Zürich Frauen in the Nationalliga A.

Early life[edit]

Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Leon was raised in Maple and moved with her family to King City in 2010 at the age of 16. Her extended family holds a controlling share of Leon's Furniture Limited.[2] She grew up playing soccer, hockey and rugby.[3]

College career[edit]

Leon accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame and played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's soccer team in 2010 and 2011. As a freshman in 2010, she came off the bench to score the Irish's lone goal in their 1–0 victory over the Stanford Cardinal in the title game of the NCAA national championship tournament. As a sophomore, she was the second leading scorer for the Irish.

After her sophomore season, Leon transferred to the University of Florida, where she played for coach Becky Burleigh's Florida Gators women's soccer team in 2012. She was the Gators' sixth leading scorer despite missing her first three matches while she was touring Japan with the Canadian national U-20 team. Leon scored four game-winning goals for the Gators and helped lead the team to Southeastern Conference regular season and tournament championships.

Club career[edit]

Adriana Leon playing for the Boston Breakers in the 2017 NWSL season

In 2013, as part of the NWSL Player Allocation, Leon joined the Boston Breakers in the new National Women's Soccer League.[4][5] Leon scored her first goal in a 5–1 loss against Sky Blue FC on June 1, 2013.[6]

On June 29, 2013, the Boston Breakers traded her to the Chicago Red Stars for her Canadian national teammate, Carmelina Moscato.[7]

In November 2015, the Chicago Red Stars traded her to the Western New York Flash.[8] She transferred to FC Zürich Frauen of the Swiss Nationalliga A on August 30, 2016.[9]

FC Zürich Frauen reported on December 1, 2016, that Leon and team management had mutually decided not to renew her contract for the upcoming Nationalliga A season.[10]

On January 30, 2017, it was announced that Leon had signed back on with the Boston Breakers for their 2017 campaign.[11]

On May 2, 2017, Leon was named NWSL player of the week for week 3 for her performance against Seattle Reign.[12] Leon was credited with 2 assists and 1 goal in Boston's 3–0 victory.

The Breakers ceased operations prior to the 2018 season. Leon was picked up by Sky Blue in the dispersal draft on January 30, 2018.[13] On June 12, 2018, Leon was traded to the Seattle Reign in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.[14] Leon made six appearances for Seattle in 2018.

On January 3, 2019, the Seattle Reign announced that they had not retained Leon's NWSL rights for the 2019 season. This allowed the other eight NWSL teams an opportunity to claim her rights during the distribution process, but none did so.[15] Shortly afterwards it was reported that Leon had accepted an offer from Europe, believed to be from English FA WSL club West Ham.[16]

International career[edit]

Leon was called to the Canada U-20 camp in December 2009 and played the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup for Canada. In December 2012, she was called up to the senior Canadian team for the 2013 Four Nations Tournament, making her first international appearance against China on January 12, 2013, scoring the game-winning goal in a 1–0 victory.[17]

At the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship Leon scored 6 goals and finished second in tournament's golden boot race behind Alex Morgan of the United States who scored 7 goals.[18]

On May 25, 2019, she was named to the roster for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[19]

On August 6, 2021, she won her first Olympic Gold Medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics with Canada.[20]

International goals[edit]

Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)
Location Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
Lineup Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time

off minute (on player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
Sorted by minutes played

# NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)
Min The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.
Assist/pass The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.
penalty or pk Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)
Score The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
Result The final score.

Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation

aet The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation
pso Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time
Light-purple background colorexhibition or closed door international friendly match
Light-yellow background color – match at an invitational tournament
Light-orange background color – Olympic women's football qualification match
Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match
Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament
Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament

NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player

Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1. January 12, 2013 Yongchuan Sports Center, Yongchuan  China PR

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 1–0

2. October 13, 2013 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton  South Korea

5350.03005 3–0

5650.06005 3–0

3. December 13, 2013 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha  Scotland

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 2–0

4. March 7, 2014 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca  Italy

5350.03005 2–0

5650.06005 3–1

5. January 13, 2015 Shenzhen Stadium  Mexico

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 2–1

6. June 8, 2017 Investors Group Field, Winnipeg  Costa Rica

5350.03005 3–1

5650.06005 3–1

7. November 9, 2017 BC Place, Vancouver  United States

5350.03005 1–1

5650.06005 1–1

8. November 28, 2017 Estadio Municipal de Marbella, Marbella  Norway

5350.03005 3–2

5650.06005 3–2

9. October 8, 2018 H-E-B Park, Edinburg  Cuba

5950.09005 1–0

6050.10005 12–0


5950.09005 3–0


5950.09005 7–0


5950.09005 9–0

13. October 14, 2018 Toyota Stadium, Frisco  Panama

5950.09005 6–0

6050.10005 7–0


5950.09005 7–0

15. May 18, 2019 BMO Field, Toronto  Mexico

5350.03005 3–0

5650.06005 3–0

16. January 29, 2020 H-E-B Park, Edinburg  Saint Kitts and Nevis

5950.09005 2–0

6050.10005 11–0


5950.09005 5–0


5950.09005 7–0


5950.09005 11–0

20. July 27, 2021 Kashima Stadium, Kashima  Great Britain

5350.03005 1–0

5650.06005 1–1


University of Notre Dame



  1. ^ "Women's Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 – List of Players: Canada" (PDF). FIFA. August 5, 2021. p. 3. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 15, 2021. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  2. ^ Duffy, Rob (June 3, 2015). "#WWCWednesday: Meet the #CanWNT Forwards". TSN. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "Adriana Leon". Canada Soccer. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  4. ^ "Player distribution sees NWSL take shape". FIFA. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "NWSL allocation easier said than done". ESPN. Archived from the original on April 2, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Breakers fall to Sky Blue FC on the road". Boston Breakers. Archived from the original on November 18, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "Sources: Red Stars deal Moscato to Breakers for Leon". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  8. ^ "Red Stars Acquire Engen & 4th Round Pick in 2017 College Draft". Chicago Red Stars. November 10, 2015. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2015. the team has acquired U.S. Women's National Team defender Whitney Engen and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 National Women's Soccer League College Draft from Western New York Flash. In exchange, Western New York received Abby Erceg, Adriana Leon and a first-round (No. 9 overall) selection in the 2016 NWSL College Draft
  9. ^ "Western New York Flash Transfers Adriana Leon". NWSL. August 30, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "Adriana Leon verlässt die FC Zürich Frauen". (in German). Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  11. ^ "Breakers sign Adriana Leon – Boston Breakers". Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  12. ^ Ltd, Simplestream. "National Women's Soccer League". Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  13. ^ Ltd, Simplestream. "National Women's Soccer League". Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  14. ^ Rantz, Susie (June 12, 2018). "Seattle Reign acquire Adriana Leon from Sky Blue". Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  15. ^ "Seattle Reign FC Elects Not to Retain Rights to Forward Adriana Leon". January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  16. ^ "Source: Canadian Adriana Leon to join West Ham women's team". Sportsnet. The Canadian Press. January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  17. ^ "Adriana Leon scores as Canada's women's soccer team beats China 1–0". Yahoo! News. Yahoo!. January 12, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  18. ^ "Lavelle and Morgan lift the United States over Canada for the 2018 CWC title". Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  19. ^ "Together We Rise: Canada Soccer announces squad for the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019". Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  20. ^ "Canadian women's soccer team delivers thrilling Olympic gold-medal victory over Sweden". CBC. August 6, 2021.

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