Kara Lang has been named Canada's first Official Ambassador for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.
"I am thrilled to be taking part in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014 and FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 as an Official Ambassador,” said Lang, 27, in a release. “As a player, I know the importance of international competition towards the growth of the game. As a fan, I am tremendously excited Canada has this opportunity to welcome the world. I am proud to have this unique opportunity to demonstrate our distinctive Canadian hospitality as we host national teams and fans from coast to coast across our great country."
The Oakville, Ontario native was capped 92 times by Canada and participated in two World Cups. Her 34 goals are good for fourth-most all-time for Canada.
"Kara Lang was a natural choice as the first Official Ambassador for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015,” said Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani in a release. “A game changer for the sport in Canada, the FIFA Women's World Cup provides an opportunity to engage Canadians from all corners of our vast nation, creating opportunities for lifelong sport and establishing a new era in the women's game. Kara is an excellent example of someone who has worked tremendously hard to achieve soccer success. She embodies the spirit of what we are trying to achieve here in Canada as we host a celebration uniting the nations from around the world."
The CSA says other Official Ambassadors will be named in the coming months.