Female Canadian soccer sensation Kara Lang is retiring from the game of soccer at the age of twenty-four due to a right knee injury. Persistent knee injuries have hampered Lang’s return to full form and she spent much of the past season as a substitute for the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Canadian national team. Unfortunately, Lang retires at an age where many players just begin to enter the prime of their soccer careers. Nevertheless, we must bring attention to the many incredible feats this young soccer talent has achieved throughout her career.
Lang tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee when playing for the Whitecaps in 2006 and again in 2009 while playing for UCLA. Once the discussions of knee replacement surgery and arthritis for the rest of her life were brought up, that made her decision clear regarding her playing career.
Originally from Oakville, Ontario, Lang burst onto the international scene at the age of fifteen. She scored two goals against Wales in her second game for Canada. She is the youngest player to debut for the senior team and scored an incredible 34 goals in 92 matches for Canada over nine years. She was also a member of the 2002 Canadian team that won a silver medal at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Edmonton.
Lang recently shared a positive message to her followers on twitter stating “Be grateful for your past, accepting of your present and open to your future,” it states. “Do not fear the unknown. Adventure awaits you in the New Year!”
Now that Lang’s playing career is over, I am confident she will contribute to the Canadian soccer program and the game itself. Her contributions will help many young players, specifically females, reach a higher level of play in North America and help grow the game.