Coaching gig a Capital idea for soccer vet

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:44 PM ET

Kristina Kiss is returning to her roots.

The former national teamer from Kanata has joined the coaching staff at FC Capital United, the soccer club announced this week.

Kiss earned 50 international caps for Canada, and was a member of the 2003 World Cup squad. She played professionally for the past two years with Floya of the Norwegian First Division.

The latter experience should come in handy this summer. Kiss will be the ambassador for a Capital United Under-15 women's side headed to Norway on a soccer exchange program. The team, which plays in the Ontario Youth Soccer League, gets to take part in a two-week training camp as well as several friendly matches.

Another Capital United side -- the Under-13 boys -- left Friday for the 20th anniversary Mondial Pupilles de Plomelin in France. It's one of the world's most prestigious youth soccer tournaments, with entries by invitation only. Capital United is the only Canadian entry.

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