July 16, 2014
• Canada announces Women's U-20 roster
MADISON, Wis. -- Not only will Wisconsin women’s soccer junior Kinley McNicoll represent her country on home soil this summer, it was announced Wednesday she will lead the Canada Women’s U-20 team onto the international stage at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014.
At the team’s unveiling event held in Toronto on Wednesday morning, Canada Soccer announced its official roster for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014, which features McNicoll as team captain on the 21-member roster.
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 runs nearly three weeks this summer, Aug. 5-24. McNicoll and Canada begin tournament play against Ghana in Toronto on Aug. 5. The team then goes on to face fellow Group A members Finland in Toronto on Aug. 8 and North Korea in Montreal on Aug. 12. The competition concludes with the World Cup Final at the Olympic Stadium in Toronto on Aug. 24.
McNicoll is no stranger to competing on the world stage. The Oakville, Ontario, native was also a member of Canada’s national team for the 2010 U-17 World Cup and the Ontario Provincial U-16, U-15 and U-14 teams.
Just four years ago, McNicoll stepped up and scored the lone goal to lift Canada over Mexico, 1-0, in the 2010 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship final. It marked the nation’s first CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship title.
McNicoll started all 19 matches for the Badgers last season, tallying six goals and leading the team in points (25) and assists (13). She was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2012 after starting all 21 matches for the Badgers and tied for first on the team in assists (6) and third in shots (35). McNicoll entered the UW program ranked as one of the top 100 freshmen in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com.