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Kaylyn Kyle

Kaylyn Kyle
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Kyle at 2012 Olympic qualifying
Personal information
Full name Kaylyn McKenzie Kyle
Date of birth (1988-10-06) October 6, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2002-2003 National Training Centre
2006-2006 University of Saskatchewan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006-2008 Vancouver Whitecaps 15 (1)
2009 Piteå IF 13 (1)
2010-2012 Vancouver Whitecaps 5 (0)
2013 Seattle Reign FC 21 (3)
2014 Boston Breakers 2 (0)
2014 Houston Dash 19 (0)
2015 Portland Thorns FC 12 (0)
2016 Orlando Pride 17 (0)
National team?
2004-2005 Canada U-17 7 (0)
2005-2008 Canada U-20 31 (0)
2008-2017 Canada 101 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 29, 2016
? National team caps and goals correct as of October 12, 2015

Kaylyn McKenzie Kyle (born October 6, 1988) is a Canadian soccer player who last played as a midfielder for the Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League. She is also a member of Canada women's national soccer team, winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and is a Right To Play ambassador.

Early life

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] Her older sister Courtnee 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

Kyle attended the University of Saskatchewan in 2006. 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


Vancouver Whitecaps

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

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

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

On January 11, 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

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

Houston Dash

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

Portland Thorns

Kyle played 12 games for Portland in 2015.

Orlando Pride

On October 26, 2015, Kyle was acquired by the Orlando Pride along with Alex Morgan from Portland Thorns FC. In return, Portland received Orlando's rights to their first expansion draft selection.[17] She made 17 appearances for the Pride before being released prior to the start of the 2017 season.[18]


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 August 9, 2012.[19]

She won her 100th cap with the senior national team at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, during the round of 16 match against Switzerland.[20]

Kyle announced her retirement from international competition via social media on April 21, 2017.[21]

Broadcasting career

Kyle became a broadcaster for TSN in 2017.[22] She hit the headlines in June 2019 when she stated that Canada's rivals the US should not have celebrated whilst scoring the last few of their goals during the 13-0 defeat of Thailand during the Women's World Cup of that year.[23]

Personal life

She is married to footballer Harrison Heath. They welcomed their first child in June 2018, Hayden Jack Heath.[24]


  1. ^ 2015 World Cup
  2. ^ "Saskatoon Olympians welcomed home". CKOM News Talk 650. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Olympic fame and life goals". The StarPhoenix. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Mom sees Olympic dream come true for Kaylyn Kyle". Metro News Canada. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Kaylyn Kyle player profile". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d "Kaylyn Kyle player profile". Whitecaps FC. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Kaylyn Kyle player profile". Soccer Way. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "Player distribution sees NWSL take shape". FIFA. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "New Women's League Allocates Players". New York Times. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ "Seattle Reign 2013". National Women's Soccer League. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ Murray, Caitlin. "Red Stars solve Seattle, stay in playoff hunt". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ "Reign FC gets fifth win in seven games with 4-1 victory over Chicago". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ "Reign out of playoff race; season ends Aug. 17". The News Tribune. Retrieved 2013.
  14. ^ "Kaylyn Kyle". SoccerWay. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ "Sources: Seattle Reign sends Kaylyn Kyle to Boston Breakers for Carmelina Moscato". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 2013.
  16. ^ "Houston Dash acquire midfielder Kaylyn Kyle from Boston Breakers". Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ "Orlando Pride Acquires Alex Morgan, Kaylyn Kyle and Sarah Hagen". Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ "Kaylyn Kyle heartbroken over leaving Orlando Pride". Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "Kaylyn Kyle Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "Kaylyn Kyle reaches 100th cap; CBC". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 21, 2015.
  21. ^ "Canadian midfielder Kaylyn Kyle retires from international soccer". The Globe and Mail.
  22. ^ "2017 Canada Summer Games Broadcast and Webcast Schedules Announced - Canada Games". canadagames.ca.
  23. ^ "USWNT ripped for over-the-top soccer celebrations". nypost.com. June 12, 2019.
  24. ^ "Kaylyn Kyle Heath on Instagram: "? Baby Heath coming June 2018 ? . . . . #expecting #pregnant #pregnantandperfect #pregnancyannouncement #pregnancy #fitpregnancy..."". Instagram.

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