LeBlanc playing for Portland in 2013
|Full name||Karina Chenelle LeBlanc|
|Date of birth||March 30, 1980|
|Place of birth||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|2005–2006||New Jersey Wildcats||18||(0)|
|2009||Los Angeles Sol||19||(0)|
|2012||Sky Blue FC||0||(0)|
|2013||Portland Thorns FC||21||(0)|
|2014–2015||Chicago Red Stars||29||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 6, 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 31, 2015
Karina Chenelle LeBlanc (born March 30, 1980) is a retired U.S.-born Canadian soccer goalkeeper who played for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League and the Canadian national team.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Playing career
- 3 Coaching career
- 4 References
- 5 External links
LeBlanc was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to an English father and a Jamaican mother, Vans LeBlanc and Winsome LeBlanc, who had temporarily relocated to Atlanta to avoid the dangers of Hurricane David. LeBlanc grew up in Dominica until age eight when her family moved to Maple Ridge, British Columbia. LeBlanc began playing soccer at age 12 and was named one of the top 20 Division I recruits by USA Today in 1997, even though Maple Ridge Secondary School did not have a girls soccer team. She was also an all-provincial basketball player and was voted British Columbia's Most Defensive Player in basketball in 1997.
University of Nebraska
LeBlanc attended the University of Nebraska and earned a degree in business administration. She played goalkeeper for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1997 to 2000 and became one of the school's most decorated goalkeepers in the history of the program. She was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 2000 and named to the 2001 Umbro Select All-Star Classic Women's Elite College Team. She was also a two-time All-Big 12 selection and was named an All-American.
Montreal Xtreme, New Jersey wildCat
Los Angeles Sol
In 2009, she was acquired in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2009 WPS General Draft by the Los Angeles Sol. She started and played in 19 regular-season matches for the team, saving 78 of 93 shots. LeBlanc was named to the 2009 WPS All-Star Team Starting XI.
In 2010, she was selected in the first round (second overall) of the 2010 Los Angeles Sol Dispersal Draft by the Philadelphia Independence.
Sky Blue FC
Portland Thorns FC
On January 11, 2013, it was announced that LeBlanc was one of two Canadian national team members selected to join the Portland Thorns FC by way of weighted allocation. On January 13, 2014, Portland Thorns FC announced that LeBlanc had been traded to the Chicago Red Stars in exchange for the 2nd round draft pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.
Chicago Red Stars
LeBlanc finished her 2014 season with 76 saves and a goal against per game average of 1.0, in 21 matches; just behind league leaders Alyssa Naeher's 106 saves, and Hope Solo's .90 goal against average.
Because of participation in 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup LeBlanc played eight matches for Red Stars in 2015. At the end of 2015 season, LeBlac called it a career and retired from professional soccer. For her performance in her last professional match LeBlanc was named NWSL Player of the week of week 21.
LeBlanc represented Canada at five FIFA Women's World Cups, at the 2008 Olympics and at two Pan American Games, winning the gold medal with the national team at the 2011 Pan Am Games by stopping two penalty shots in the final. She made her one hundredth appearance for Canada in March 2012 and later that year was part of the Canadian team that won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Prior to 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, LeBlanc announced her retirement from international soccer at the end of the world cup.
LeBlanc served as an assistant coach at Rutgers University from 2005 to 2009. She has also served as a goalkeeper coach with the Canadian under-15 national team, and developed goalkeeping clinics throughout the United States and Canada.
- 2015 World Cup
- "Canadians Karina LeBlanc, Candace Chapman join Sky Blue FC of WPS". The Globe and Mail. November 16, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
- "Karina Leblanc: World Class Goal Keeper". The Dominican. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- "Karina LeBlanc biography". Karina LeBlanc. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- "Karina LeBlanc assistant coach profile". Rutgers University. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- "LeBlanc joins magicJack, Maron and Rasmussen move onto Sweden". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- "MagicJack riding high into super semifinals". ESPN. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- "Sky Blue FC sign Karina LeBlanc for the WPS season 2012". Women's Soccer United. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- "Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair among first among seven players added to Portland Thorns FC through allocation process". Portland Timbers. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
- "Thorns FC acquire second-round pick in 2015 NWSL Draft from Chicago in exchange for goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc". Portland Timbers. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
- "LeBlanc Announces Retirement From Professional Soccer". Chicago Red Stars. September 4, 2015.
- "RED STARS' KARINA LEBLANC VOTED PLAYER OF THE WEEK; LeBlanC helped the Red Stars earn a point at home in a 1-1 draw". nwslsoccer.com.
- "Canada wins gold at Guadalajara 2011". Canadian Soccer Association. October 27, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
- Davidson, Neil (May 28, 2015). "Veteran goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc says retiring at home just feels right". The Vancouver Sun. Postmedia Network. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
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