Karina LeBlanc

Number: 1
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 5-10
Born: March 30, 1980, in Atlanta, Georgia
Hometown: Maple Ridge, B.C., Canada
College: Nebraska
Last Club: magicJack

 

 

A longtime, and highly capped, member of the Canada Women’s National Team, goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc earned a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics. LeBlanc was allocated to Portland Thorns FC via the NWSL National Team allocation process on Jan. 11, 2013.

2013: Registered a shutout, making seven saves in a 2-0 win over Western New York in the NWSL Championship game on Aug. 31 ... Made eight saves in a 3-2 win at FC Kansas City in the NWSL semifinals on Aug. 24 ... Finished the season with seven shutouts in 21 appearances ... Ranked second in the league with 92 saves ... Topped all NWSL goalkeepers with 11 wins during the regular season ... Was a two-time NWSL Player of the Week winner (Weeks 11, 14) ... Stopped consecutive penalty kicks (June 16 vs. Seattle; July 14 vs. Western New York) ... Stopped 2-of-4 penalty kicks faced in 2013 ... Compiled a streak of 225 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal (May 16-25; June 6) ... Recorded back-to-back shutouts May 19-25 ... Made three saves to earn her first shutout of the year in a 2-0 win at Chicago on April 27.

Canada National Team
2013: A part of nearly all Canada Women's National Team camps during the calendar year, LeBlanc made three appearances (2 starts) in 2013 ... Entering as a halftime substitute, she compiled a clean sheet against Mexico in a scoreless draw on Nov. 24 in Vancouver ... 2012: Started and played 90 minutes of Canada’s opening match in the London 2012 Olympics, a 3-0 win against South Africa, her 44th career clean sheet … Won a bronze medal with Canada at the Olympics … Earned her 100th international cap on March 24, 2012 in a 2-1 friendly win against Brazil in Foxborough, Mass. … 2011: Started and played 90 minutes in Canada’s final group stage match against Nigeria during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup … Tied career highs in games played (12) and starts (11) during the year … Made four appearances with Canada and helped lead  the team to a championship at the 2011 Pan-American Games … 2010: Registered four straight shutouts to lead Canada to the championship of the 2010 CONCACAF Gold Cup and a berth in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup … Set career highs in games played (12), starts (11) and shutouts (8) … 2009: Earned six caps for Canada during 2009, helping lead her country to a second-place finish in the 2009 Cyprus Cup … 2008: Started Canada’s quarterfinal match against the United States during the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Shanghai, keeping the game knotted at 1-1 until the 101st minute when Natasha Kai scored the golden goal … 2007: Named to her third Women’s World Cup roster for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but did not see action … Helped guide Canada to a bronze medal in the 2007 Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil … 2006: Became the 12th Canadian women’s soccer player to record her 50th cap in a 3-1 win against Mexico in a friendly … 2005: Collected seven caps during the 2005 calendar year, recording two clean sheets … 2004: Earned three shutouts in five matches to help lead Canada to a berth in the Athens 2004 Olympic with a third-place finish in the 2004 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament … Was named the Top Goalkeeper following the competition … Missed the Athens 2004 Olympics after sustaining a torn posterior cruciate ligament in her knee … 2003: Featured in three matches at the Algarve Cup and appeared in six international friendlies in the run-up to the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup … Started Canada’s World Cup opener against Germany, a 4-1 loss at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, her second time being selected to Canada’s WWC roster … 2002: Was Canada’s No. 1 goalkeeper for the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, registering three shutouts in four games as Canada placed second in the tournament … 2001: Made five appearances (4 starts) during the year, earning her third career clean sheet in a 3-0 win against the United States at the Algarve Cup in Portugal … 2000: Represented Canada at the 2000 Algarve Women's Cup,  playing two matches ... Started and played 90 minutes in a 4-0 loss to the United States at the 2000 Nike Cup in Portland on July 5, 2000 at Civic Stadium (now JELD-WEN Field) … Made two appearances and finished fourth with Canada at the 2000 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup … 1999: Named to Canada’s roster for the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but did not see action … Played every minute for Canada during the 1999 Pan-American Games … 1998: Was on the roster, but did not feature for Canada in the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which Canada won and qualified for the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup … Made her full international debut for Canada at age 18 on July 21, 1998 against China PR in Montreal, entering the match at halftime.

Professional
2011: Joined magicJack for the 2011 WPS season … 2010: Selected as the second overall pick of the Los Angeles Sol dispersal draft by the WPS expansion club Philadelphia Independence … 2009: Named to the WPS All-Star Team Starting XI as a member of the Los Angeles Sol … 2005-06: Played for the New Jersey Wildcats of the USL W-League … 2004: Was a member of the Montreal Xtreme of the W-League … 2001-2003: Played for the Boston Breakers of the WUSA.

College
A three-year starter for the University of Nebraska and finished her career with a 60-6-3 overall record … Hermann Trophy finalist as a senior in 2000 … Ranked second nationally as a senior with a 0.40 goals-against-average … Ranked fifth nationally as a junior in 1999 with a 0.50 goals-against-average … Did not allow a goal in six straight games during 1999 … Three-time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference selection (1998, 1999, 2000).

Personal
Is a UNICEF Canada Ambassador and does work as a motivational speaker ... Father was born in Dominica and mother was born in Jamaica … LeBlanc was born in Atlanta, Georgia, while her family was temporarily displaced due to hurricane damage in Dominica in 1980 … Moved from the island of Dominica to Maple Ridge, British Columbia at the age of 8 … Enjoys reality TV … Earned a degree in Business Administration from Nebraska.