Freshman Joins Canadian National Team

July 17, 2009

TUCSON - University of Arizona freshman Karli Hedlund has been called up to play for the Canadian women’s national soccer team. The first Arizona player to start for a national team, Hedlund will play in the match versus the United States this Sunday, July 19.


Hedlund is replacing Melissa Tancredi as defender on the Canadian squad after Tancredi withdrew due to injury.


'Karli has a great presence, she is very strong in the air and you will know when she tackles you and wins the ball,” Tobias said. 'Her determined attitude is so important and that will challenge her to strive for daily improvement.'


A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Hedlund won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2008 CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship. She also represented her home country last year at the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand. Her other achievements include a silver medal with Alberta at the 2007 BMO National Championships Under-16 Girls All-Star Selects and a bronze medal the year before.


At the end of June, Hedlund was chosen along with Arizona teammate Alex Smith to attend the Under-20 Canadian National Team Camp. Hedlund and Smith were the second and third Wildcat players this summer to participate in a national team camp.


The July 19 match is the second in a three-game series between the USA and Canada. It will take place in Rochester, N.Y, and kick off at 3 p.m ET. The third match will be held in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday, July 22, at 8 p.m. ET. Both matches will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español.


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