Friendly fire

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:21 AM ET

Vancouver Whitecap Kara Lang is glad to be back on the same side of the ball as Christine Sinclair.

Lang led the University of California Los Angeles Bruins into the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship against Sinclair's Portland Pilots Dec. 3, 2005.

Sinclair made the most of her final game in college soccer by scoring twice in Portland's 4-0 triumph.

"'Sinky' just took our team apart," Lang recalled. "Even though it was disappointing for me to be on the losing team, I was proud to be able to say I play with her at home."

Lang and Sinclair were reunited with the Whitecaps for Saturday's 3-2 road win over the Seattle Sounders Saints.

Whitecaps fans may have to wait until late June to see them play together at Swangard because of national team commitments.

"I've been looking forward to this for a really long time," Lang said. "It's super exciting for me to be able to play with Christine and Tiffeny Milbrett. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season."

Lang, 19, is in her fourth season with the Whitecaps. She roared onto the Canadian soccer scene as a 15-year-old in 2002, becoming the youngest scorer in senior-level international soccer history when she found the back of the Welsh net.

She played in Canada's silver-medal performance at the inaugural 2002 Under-19 Women's World Championship and was on the fourth-place Canadian team in 2003's Women's World Cup.

The Calgary-born product of Oakville, Ontario's St. Thomas Aquinas High School had 17 goals and six assists for the Bruins in her freshman year. She's equally at home on defense as she is in midfield or up front. She majored in history, though she might try for a political science or communication degree.

Away from the field, she's one of the biggest music fans on the Whitecaps. During a break from UCLA studies, she went to the Troubadour in West Hollywood to enjoy Juliette and the Licks' concert.

"Probably the best show I've seen all year," she said.


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