Kaylyn Kyle is a Canadian Soccer Player who plays midfield for the Canadian Women’s National Team, and is a Professional in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the USA.
Born on October 6th 1988, she was raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where she attended Bishop James Mahoney High School.
Growing up Kaylyn was a multisport athlete competing in gymnastics, diving, baseball, basketball and volleyball before she made the decision to follow her dream and focus her energy completely on her soccer career.
At 9 years old, Kyle recalls being in her Mom’s office at work on a rare afternoon she had off from school. She remembers her mother handing her a post it note and a pen and asking her, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Kyle didn’t have to think twice. She took the note and on it scribbled her name, placed the number 6 beside it, and wrote Team Canada.
Kyle put that note in her Mom’s desk, and went to work on her dream.
She began playing in Saskatoon’s youth soccer organization in the Hollandia zone, before going on to represent her province playing for Team Saskatchewan in National Competitions, the Western Canada Games, and the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina, Saskatchewan.
In 2006, Kaylyn attended the University of Saskatchewan where she played in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) league, making 14 appearances for the Huskies. After a year with the team, she left the program to focus on her professional career playing with the Vancouver Whitecaps, and joined the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team on a fulltime basis, committing herself to the U20 program.
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.
She received the Saskatoon Kinsmen Athlete of the Year Award in 2011.
Kyle joined the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2006 and played a total of six seasons with their women’s program from 2006 to 2012.
On 11 January 2013, as part of the NWSL Player Allocation, Kyle joined the Seattle Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). After playing a few games as a midfielder, Kyle shifted to a center back position and helped strengthen a young defensive line. As a defender, Kyle was a leading scorer for the Reign scoring three goals during the 2013 season. Kyle made 21 appearances for the squad, starting in nineteen matches and tallying 1,752 minutes played.
In 2015 Kyle signed with Portland Thorns FC in the National Women’s Soccer League, joining fellow Canadians Christine Sinclair and Rhian Wilkinson.
On October 26, 2015, Kyle was acquired by the Orlando Pride along with Alex Morgan from Portland Thorns FC.
The Orlando Pride joined the NWSL for the 2016 season, and are the tenth team to be added to the league through expansion.
Canadian Women’s National Team
Kyle became a part of Canada’s U17 Soccer Program in early 2004.
She went on to represent Canada on an international stage while playing with the women’s U20 program from 2005-2008.
The dream Kaylyn wrote down on that post it note all those years ago came true in 2008 when she earned her first cap for the Senior Women’s Team in a 4–0 loss to the United States. She spent most of that year travelling with Team Canada’s U20 and Senior Teams. She played games in China, Chile, France and Mexico. In the 2008 FIFA U-20 World Cup Kyle set up the winning goal against Congo, DR. In total, she played 20 games for her country that year.
Kyle was a member of the Canadian Women’s National Team that competed at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
Kyle’s Olympic dreams came true when she 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 9 August 2012, and was presented their medal in the iconic Wembley Arena in London that same evening.
Kaylyn was named to the Canadian Women’s World Cup Team in May of 2015. The FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup was hosted by Canada and she had the opportunity to play on Canadian soil to a sold out Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, in the World Cup opening game against China on June 6th 2015.
During this World Cup, she earned her 100th cap for Canada on Saturday June 20th in a round of 16 match against Switzerland, joining a small group of Canadian women who have accomplished this feat. The other members of the select 100-plus cap club on the Canadian roster are Captain Christine Sinclair, Karina LeBlanc, Diana Matheson, Erin McLeod, Sophie Schmidt, Melissa Tancredi and Rhian Wilkinson.
Kyle was an alternate for Team Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Life is a journey not a destination.
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.”