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Diana Matheson

Name: Diana Matheson (CAN) @dmatheson8
Height: 154 cm
Birthdate: 1984-04-06
Birthplace: Mississauga, ON, CAN
International "A" totals
Appearances: 201
Starts: 182
Goals: 18

Notes

Diana Beverly Matheson... her father was born in Montréal, QC while her mother was born in Uxbridge, ON... while Diana was born in Mississauga, her family was in fact living in neighbouring Oakville, ON... grew up participating in soccer, hockey and cross-country running... she was five years old when she started playing soccer for Oakville SC... favourites have included Andrés Iniesta, Steven Gerrard, Liverpool... as part of the Canadian Soccer Association’s Centennial Celebration in 2012, was honoured on the All-Time Canada XI women’s team... in May 2017, a street in Oakville was named in her honour (former Rambler Court renamed Diana Matheson Way)... 
 
said Matheson in 2011, “I started out as a very feisty player; I got on the field because I could run around and win a lot of balls”... of her medal-winning goal at the London 2012 Olympics, John Doyle wrote, “the best Olympic moment, by far, was Diana Matheson’s smile after she scored THAT goal in the bronze-medal match”... said Matheson in 2012, “this has been one of the most incredible years of my life; I still look back on what we were able to accomplish as a team in London and what it has meant to all of Canada and for the growth of soccer in the country”... 
 
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Economics, with honours from Princeton University (2008)... one of four members of iS4, a group that is dedicated to empowering others through workshops, speaking engagements, team building, and soccer camps...  
 
from Germany 2011, was noted by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Technical Study Group (”mobile midfielder who finds space well and supports attack”)... from London 2012, was noted by the Olympic Football Tournament Technical Study Group (”dynamic, hard-working and competitive right-sided midfielder, adept at launching attacks”)... 

For Country

she was 18 years old when she made her debut in the Canadian youth program in 2002 with coach Ian Bridge... she was 18 years old when she made her debut for Canada (18 March 2003)... represented Canada at the 2003 Algarve Women's Cup... she scored her first international “A” goal for Canada on 15 June 2003 in Mazatlán, SI, MEX… finished fourth with Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003... finished third with Canada at the 2004 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament in Costa Rica... 
 
she was the 14th women's footballer to reach her 50th appearance for Canada (28 October 2006)... played in a career-high 45 consecutive Canada matches from 2003 to 2006, at the time a national record (surpassed by Randee Hermus in 2008)... won a silver medal with Canada at the 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for China 2007... won a bronze medal with Canada at the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007... represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007... played in 24 consecutive Canada matches from 2006 to 2007... actually played in 69 of 70 Canada matches from 2003 to 2007 (only missing a single match on 30 July 2006)... finished first with Canada at the 2008 Cyprus Women's Cup... she was the ninth women's footballer to reach her 75th appearance for Canada (9 April 2008)... finished second with Canada at the 2008 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament (Canada qualified for the Beijing 2008 Olympics)... reached the quarter-final phase with Canada at the Beijing 2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament... 
 
finished second with Canada at the 2009 Cyprus Women's Cup... finished first with Canada at the 2010 Cyprus Women's Cup... she was the sixth women's footballer to make her 100th appearance for Canada (15 September 2010)... won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 CONCACAF championship / FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers for Germany 2011... finished first with Canada at the 2011 Cyprus Women's Cup... represented Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011... played in 25 consecutive Canada matches from 2010 to 2011... won a gold medal with Canada at the XVI Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011... missed the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying because of an injury... won an Olympic bronze medal with Canada at the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament... 
 
she was the second women's footballer to make her 150th appearance for Canada (7 April 2013)... she played in 36 consecutive Canada matches from 2012-14... finished sixth with Canada at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015... won a silver medal with Canada at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in USA (Canada qualified for Rio 2016)... finished first with Canada at the 2016 Algarve Women’s Cup... won an Olympic bronze medal with Canada at the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament... 

she was the second women's footballer to make her 200th appearance for Canada (14 October 2018)... she won a silver medal with Canada at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in USA (Canada qualified for France 2019)... 

For Sport

served as technical support in Canada Soccer’s women’s national youth program starting in 2013... 

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