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Kyle: A true competitor

Kaylyn Kyle was a 2010 CONCACAF champion and London 2012 Olympic bronze medalist. She also won a CONCACAF

youth title in 2008 and a Pan American Games gold medal in 2011.

“I think most people do not know how much this journey has meant to me,” Kyle said when announcing her retirement earlier this

year. “To be able to pull on your jersey with a Canadian crest is one of the most amazing feelings in the world. Canada Soccer

has allowed me to grow on both a personal and professional level. They have allowed to me to travel the world and meet some

incredible people, but most importantly it introduced me to some of my closest friends in the world.”

Kyle was the 2012 Sask Sport Athlete of the Year in the same year she won a CONCACAF silver medal and Olympic bronze

medal. She was also a three-time Saskatchewan Soccer Senior Player of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012) and three-time

Saskatchewan Soccer Youth Player of the Year (2004, 2005, 2006).

“The biggest thing with Kaylyn has been her presence,” said Herdman. “She’s a competitor and that competitiveness brings a

brings a presence to the training environment and off the pitch.   When she’s gone, you realise what you’ve lost.  Kaylyn would

make sure that nobody got away with an offside decision in a training session.  She would make sure a crossing and finishing

session was competitive and a small-sided game felt like a world cup final.  That’s what I love about her, she just loved winning –

you miss that.  One thing that really stands out about Kaylyn is her tactical knowledge.  While she had this presence, she was

also able to demonstrate a high level of football IQ. I think that’s going to bode well for her future.  She’s going to be either a

great analyst or a great coach someday because she reads the game better than most people I’ve seen and she can articulate

the game better than most coaches I’ve heard.  When people leave, you see what’s missing.  Some players have been able to

step into those shoes, but the presence Kaylyn brings is pretty special and I am sure she is going to take it to wherever she

goes next.”

Both Bélanger and Kyle also played professional in the National Women’s Soccer League as allocated players through Canada

Soccer. Kyle split four seasons between Seattle, Boston, Houston, Portland, and Orlando while Bélanger spent one season

alongside Kyle in Orlando. The NWSL was established in 2013 in partnership between US Soccer, Canada Soccer, and the

Mexican Football Federation.

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