Kara Lang, at just age 24 is set to announce her retirement tomorrow in Oakville, Ontario. Her young carreer came to an end due to a nagging knee injury, tearing the same ACL twice. Kara's loyalty, exceptional long range shot and determination will alway be remembered as one of the greatest CanWNT players. Losing Kara at this critical point in the CanWNT growing success and with the Women's World Cup in Germany just a few months away serves as a blow to the team. But who can blame the girl? Her knee isn't getting strong enough, to keep playing would serve no purpose other than to make the fans happy.
Kara has no doubt had a great career right from the get-go, playing her first game and scoring her flirt goal at age 15 for the national team. Competing in the W omen's World Cup in 2003 scoring that oh so famous long rage free kick to put Canada up 1-0 vs the Swedes in the semi-finals. Helping Canada's U-20 team clinch a CONCACAF title. Participated in World Cup 2007. Played in her first Olympics in Beijing, Was part of the Canadian team that qualified for Women's World Cop 2011 in Germany. She also played for the UCLA Bruins having a breakout freshman season scoring 17 goals in 24 games. Kara will no doubt be missed on the pitch.
With that said, I'd like to give my deepest thanks to Kara, for always being a pro on and off the field. Thanks for all you've done for the CanWNT and grassroots soccer. Bitter sweet, but I know you"ll be successful in whatever you do after this. You've made me proud to be Canadian :)