Kaylyn Kyle

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Kaylyn Kyle
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Kyle at 2012 Olympic qualifying
Personal information
Full name Kaylyn McKenzie Kyle
Date of birth (1988-10-06) 6 October 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Thorns FC
Number 11
Youth career
2002–2003 National Training Centre
2006–2010 University of Saskatchewan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Vancouver Whitecaps Women 15 (1)
2009 Piteå IF 13 (1)
2010–2012 Vancouver Whitecaps Women 5 (0)
2013 Seattle Reign FC 21 (3)
2014 Boston Breakers 2 (0)
2014 Houston Dash 19 (0)
2015 Portland Thorns FC 1 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Canada U-17 7 (0)
2005–2008 Canada U-20 31 (0)
2008– Canada 95 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 15, 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:57, 31 May 2015 (UTC)

Kaylyn McKenzie Kyle (born 6 October 1988) is a Canadian soccer player who plays as a midfielder for the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League. She is also a member of Canada women's national soccer team and is a Right To Play ambassador.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kyle attended Bishop Mahoney High School, where she helped the soccer team win both the city and provincial titles.[2][3] Her father, Doug, was a professional hockey player and her mother, Pat, a competitive volleyball player.[4][5] She has an older sister named Courtnee who also played soccer at the national level.[3]

Kyle was named Saskatchewan Soccer Association Youth Female Player of The Year in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and Senior Female Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011.[6]

University of Saskatchewan[edit]

Kyle attended the University of Saskatchewan from 2006 to 2010. In 2006, she played Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) soccer at the university, making 14 appearances and scoring three goals with three assists.[6] After only a year with the team, she was invited to play for the Canada women's national soccer team and was offered a contract to play professionally in Sweden.[3]

Playing career[edit]


Vancouver Whitecaps[edit]

Kyle played a total of six seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2006 to 2012, not including 2009. During her inaugural W-League season in 2006, Kyle made one appearance for the Whitecaps for a total of 78 minutes. In 2007, she made eight appearances in her second season for the Whitecaps scoring one goal. During the 2008 season, Kyle made six appearances for the blue and white with two assists. In 2010, her fourth season with the Whitecaps, Kyle made five appearances tallying two assists. She had two playoff appearances for the team contributing one goal and one assist as the Whitecaps fell in the Championship final. In 2011, Kyle made three playoff appearances for the Whitecaps. She scored two goals during those appearances including the game-winning goal against arch-rival Seattle to help the team clinch third place.[6]

Piteå IF[edit]

In 2009, Kyle played with the Piteå IF in Sweden's top-flight women's league, Damallsvenskan.[6] She made 13 appearances for the team, scoring one goal.[7]

Seattle Reign FC[edit]

Kyle scores a penalty kick against the Chicago Red Stars on 25 July 2013 at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington.

On 11 January 2013, as part of the NWSL Player Allocation, Kyle joined the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).[8][9] After playing a few games as a midfielder, Kyle shifted to a centre back position and helped strengthen a young defensive line. As a defender, Kyle was a leading scorer for the Reign scoring three goals on the season, all of them penalty kicks.[10][11][12][13] Kyle made 21 appearances for the squad, starting in nineteen matches and tallying 1,752 minutes played.[14]

Boston Breakers[edit]

On 10 September 2013, Seattle traded her to the Boston Breakers for fellow Canadian Carmelina Moscato.[15]

Houston Dash[edit]

On 29 April 2014, Kyle was traded to the Houston Dash for Nikki Washington.[16]


Kyle has represented Canada on the U-17 and U-20 youth teams. She participated at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup twice in 2006 and 2008.

In 2008, she won her first cap for the senior team in a 4–0 loss to the United States. At the 2011 Pan American Games, she was a member of the gold-winning team that defeated Brazil.

Kyle won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games, playing a prominent role throughout the tournament in Canada's midfield. Canada defeated France 1–0 in the bronze medal game on 9 August 2012.


  1. ^ 2015 World Cup
  2. ^ "Saskatoon Olympians welcomed home". CKOM News Talk 650. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Olympic fame and life goals". The StarPhoenix. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mom sees Olympic dream come true for Kaylyn Kyle". Metro News Canada. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Kaylyn Kyle player profile". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Kaylyn Kyle player profile". Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kaylyn Kyle player profile". Soccer Way. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Player distribution sees NWSL take shape". FIFA. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "New Women's League Allocates Players". New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Seattle Reign 2013". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Murray, Caitlin. "Red Stars solve Seattle, stay in playoff hunt". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Reign FC gets fifth win in seven games with 4-1 victory over Chicago". Seattle Times. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Reign out of playoff race; season ends Aug. 17". The News Tribune. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Kaylyn Kyle". SoccerWay. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Sources: Seattle Reign sends Kaylyn Kyle to Boston Breakers for Carmelina Moscato". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Houston Dash acquire midfielder Kaylyn Kyle from Boston Breakers". Retrieved 29 April 2014. 

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