Kara Lang Retires; Whitecaps Should Honour Her

January 6, 2011 at 5:56 am | Posted in General Football, Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver Whitecaps In MLS | Leave a comment

Yesterday the news filtered out that Kara Lang will no longer be able to continue her brilliant soccer career as a player due to a knee injury. This is a hard and bitter pill to swallow for fans of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian soccer generally.  Kara Lang has brilliantly represented both Canada and the Vancouver Whitecaps as a player and as a person.  Lang helped bring two women’s championships to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Having Kara at our club was a privilege, and something for us Whitecaps fans to be proud of.

I first noticed Kara during the Women’s under 19 World Cup held in our own country in 2002. The Canadian team was brilliant in that tournament, and the thrill of watching her play alongside Christine Sinclair was one I won’t forget. One thing that struck me about her was that she was so young at the time but she was a clear leader with her work rate and attitude on the pitch. It is these qualities that make a great player.  I must say I was looking forward to watching her play in future Women’s World Cups and I feel sad that this won’t happen.

But lets look on the bright side.  The qualities that made Kara Lang brilliant on the football pitch will make her brilliant at anything she turns her mind to in life, including any other aspect of the game she chooses to participate in. I hope she will continue in the game in a coaching capacity, as her statement made at the press conference suggested she will. One thing that is clear is Lang has inspired thousands of young Canadian girls to play and excel in football, so coaching would suit her very well indeed.

Whatever Kara decides to do in the future, I think her benefit to the Vancouver Whitecaps and Canada as a player and ambassador should be recognized at a Vancouver Whitecaps home match in Major League Soccer this year.

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