Calgary Foothills WFC sign world class Goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé in Advance of Home Opener vs So-Cal Crush
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Foothills WFC Women’s Team is hosting their first home game of the season on Friday, June 1st at the Calgary Soccer Centre. This is the second season in the United Women’s Soccer (UWS) league for this team and they are the first Canadian representation in the league making this Calgary team the highest level of women’s soccer in the country.
The team is hoping to follow-up their 3-0 win against the Real Women of Salt Lake last week with another exciting game against the So-Cal Crush. New Head Coach Kurtis Millan has joined the Crush coaching staff for 2018 and is looking to take the Los Angeles team to the next level of success, bringing a presence to the training pitch. He will have newcomer Northern Ireland international Lauren Wade to lean on while defender Tatiana Zuvic (led the team in minutes played in 2017) and Maldonado (2017 All-UWS selection) return to enforce the backline. Both starred for Cal State Los Angeles last fall and earned All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors.
Calgary Foothills WFC is also proud to announce that they have signed Olympian and Canadian National goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé.
Labbé is bringing world-class skill and experience to the team, adding to its talented roster of national players. Most notably, the thirty-one-year-old player has won a Bronze Medal for Canada at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and has had a strong career representing at the national and international level since making her debut in the Canadian youth program at the age of fifteen.
Labbé stated, “I am extremely grateful for the Foothills staff for giving me the opportunity to stay sharp as I prepare for the next phase in my professional career. I have been welcomed by the team and staff of the Calgary Foothills WFC and am excited to bring my experience to this group and continue to grow the game in Canada.”
Professionally, Labbé has played for the Swedish Professional League, followed by the Washington Spirit, a team belonging to the National Women’s Soccer League. Most recently she trained with The Calgary Foothills FC PDL Men’s team where she was accepted as one of the team’s three goalkeepers before she was denied by the league and their gender policies.
Head Coach and General Manager Troye Flannery stated: “We are very much looking forward to the opportunity of working with Steph, whom in the short time I’ve known her has exhibited absolute class with respect to professionalism on and off the field. I can’t stress enough how important her involvement is to the young players on our current roster and all young players whom aspire to pursue the game at the next level. We have a legitimate world class star in the prime of her career and are grateful for both the opportunity to learn from her as well as provide a short-term platform to facilitate the next step in her journey in what is an exceptional league littered with International talent. We are passionate about providing female Canadian talent an elite platform to showcase their ability and will continue to advocate for their recognition.”
The Calgary Foothills WFC invites the public, press, media and influential members of the Calgary soccer community to their home opener on Friday, June 1st. Gates will be opening at 5:30 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. kick-off. The event will include live music, beer gardens, food trucks and a kid’s zone. The Calgary Soccer Centre is located at 7000 48 St SE, Calgary, AB.
About Foothills WFC: Calgary Foothills WFC is a member of the United Women’s Soccer League – UWS is a national women’s soccer league sanctioned by U.S. Soccer through the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). UWS is a professionally operated league created for teams that meet high minimum standards. Calgary Foothills is the first Canadian team to be represented in this league which makes them the highest level of Women’s Soccer in Canada. After a successful first season in the league in 2017, the team hopes to make a mark on their community in their second season. This team is blazing a trail for Canadian women in soccer by creating opportunity for players and making strides toward more equity in the sport.
Contact: For more information or to schedule a private interview with head coach Troye Flannery or one of the players please contact Cat Gusztak (Operations Manager) 403-880-2834 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Credit: Canada Soccer by Bob Frid