Canadian soccer star Lang to retire

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Captain Martin Nash and Kara lang from the womens team unveil the new jersey...

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Captain Martin Nash and Kara lang from the womens team unveil the new jersey for the team's jump to MLS in 2011 in Vancouver, B.C., June 10, 2010. (Carmine Marinelli/QMI AGENCY)

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 PM ET

The Canadian Soccer Association has called a Wednesday news conference in Oakville, Ont. where it's expected Kara Lang will announce her retirement.

The 24-year-old Calgary native, who grew up in Toronto Ont., scored 34 times in 92 matches for Canada.

Lang set a record as the youngest player to score internationally on March 3, 2002 against Wales. She starred in that year's under-19 world championship, which Canada lost to the United States in Edmonton before more than 47,000 fans.

In 2003 she scored twice in six Women's World Cup games in the United States as Canada finished a best-ever fourth.

She helped the Vancouver Whitecaps win the W-League title in 2004 and joined the University of California Los Angeles Bruins a year later.

Lang suffered a right knee ligament tear in both 2006 and 2009 which have apparently cut her career short.

Canada won the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup last fall to become the region's top qualifier for the 2011 Women's World Cup, which begins June 26 in Berlin.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca


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