Bio: A longtime, and highly capped, member of the Canada Women’s National Team, goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc brings a wealth of international experience to Thorns FC. A bronze medalist at the London 2012 Olympics, LeBlanc earned her 100th cap on March 24, 2012.
Acquired: Allocated to Portland Thorns FC via the NWSL National Team allocation process on Jan. 11, 2013.
Canada National Team
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.
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.
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).
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 … Has done work as a motivational speaker.