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Kaylyn Kyle retires from Canada Soccer

Midfielder Kaylyn Kyle announced her retirement from Canada’s women’s national soccer team on Friday.

Kyle, who also played in the NWSL for several years, competed for Team Canada in the 2012 Summer Olympics, helping the team to the bronze medal in London. She also played for Canada in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where her squad advanced to the quarterfinals. The 28-year-old was released from the Orlando Pride in January.

“I was a little 12 year old girl from Saskatchewan with big dreams and aspirations and one goal in mind. That was to play and represent Canada,” Kyle posted on Twitter. “I think most people do not know how much this journey has meant to me, to be able to pull on your jersey with a Canadian crest is one of the most amazing feelings in the world.”

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“Canada Soccer has allowed me to grow on both a personal and professional level, they have allowed me to travel the world and meet some incredible people, but most importantly, it introduced me to some of my closest friends in the world,” Kyle added.

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