Erin McLeod

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Erin McLeod
2013-06-09 RedStars v Breakers ErinMcleod.JPG
McLeod in Chicago Red Stars vs Boston Breakers, June 2013
Personal information
Full name Erin Katrina McLeod
Date of birth (1983-02-26) February 26, 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Houston Dash
Number 1
Youth career
2001–2002 SMU Mustangs
2003–2004 Penn State Nittany Lions
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Vancouver Whitecaps 21 (0)
2009–2010 Washington Freedom 28 (0)
2011–2013 Dalsjöfors GoIF 16 (0)
2013 Chicago Red Stars 16 (0)
2014–2015 Houston Dash 31 (0)
National team
2001–2002 Canada U20 22 (0)
2002– Canada 111 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 20, 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 13, 2015

Erin Katrina McLeod (born February 26, 1983) is a Canadian soccer player. She is a member of the Canada women's national soccer team and most recently played for Houston Dash in the National Women's Soccer League.

Early life[edit]

Erin McLeod was born in St. Albert, Alberta. Both of her parents were born in Victoria, British Columbia. She moved with her family to Indonesia, but then moved back to Calgary to live with her grandmother. She was four years old when she first played soccer for St. Albert. Her favourite sportspeople and teams have included Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and the Edmonton Oilers. She has a tattoo on her forearm representing her immediate family ("V"). She shaped and coloured her hairstyle (red and white) before the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Canada 2002 final. As a youth player in 2002, McLeod was noted by the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Technical Study Group (”self-assured in all situations, good positioning, organized defence well”) and as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's Centennial Celebration in 2012, was honoured on the All-Time Canada XI women's team.[2]

Playing career[edit]

College[edit]

McLeod attended Southern Methodist University and played for the Mustangs from 2001 to 2002. McLeod was named to the NSCAA Central All-Region team in both years. She was also named first team All-Conference in both seasons. After her sophomore year she transferred to Penn State.

Club[edit]

McLeod won two W-League titles with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2004 and 2006.[3]

McLeod played for the Washington Freedom in the WPS from 2009 to 2010.[4]

In 2013 she joined Chicago Red Stars in the new National Women's Soccer League.

In 2014 she was traded to the expansion Houston Dash for fellow Canadian international Melissa Tancredi.[5] McLeod was chosen by her teammates to be the captain of the team.[6] McLeod was released by the Dash following the 2015 season. She had requested the release so she could pursue a chance to play for a club in the UEFA Women's Champions League.[7]

International[edit]

Erin McLeod, in Germany 2011 FIFA women's world cup

McLeod was the starting goalkeeper for the Canada national team at the 2007 World Cup and 2008 Beijing Olympics. McLeod was also the starting goalkeeper for the national team at the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship.

McLeod made her first appearance for the national team in 2002 and played two of the team's three matches at the 2007 World Cup, where the team went out in the group stage. She also played every match in the qualifying campaign for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[3]

McLeod became an Olympic medalist on August 9, 2012, after playing in goal for Canada against France in the bronze-medal match in the 2012 Summer Olympics, a match Canada won 1–0 in the final seconds.[8]

She reached the 100 appearance plateau on November 24, 2014, recording a shutout in a friendly match against Sweden at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.[9]

Personal life[edit]

McLeod is openly lesbian.[10] On July 8, 2015, McLeod posted a picture on Twitter announcing she had married her Houston Dash teammate Ella Masar.[11][12][13]

Outside of professional soccer[edit]

McLeod is an investor and brand ambassador of Peau de Loup, a button down shirt company. On 4 November 2015, McLeod appeared on the business reality show Dragons' Den presenting her company and getting a deal.[14]

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