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In the second of my six-part series profiling the recent inductees of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, here is my interview with Andrea Neil, a long-time member of the Canadian women’s soccer program.
Neil, from Vancouver, British Columbia, was a member of the Canadian women’s soccer team from 1991-2007, and is one of only two players to score 100 goals for the national team. Since her retirement, Neil was an assistant coach for two years with the Canadian Women’s National Team, and was also an assistant coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League.
What are you currently doing?
I am currently in transition. I was part of the coaching staff of the Women’s World Cup Team. That was a two-and-a-half year stint upon retiring as a player. I’m just seeing what other options are out there right now.
With the disappointing results that Canada faced at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, they turned it around with an outstanding victory over Brazil at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. What did you see from that particular team that impressed you significantly?
Well, I think that’s the great thing about our sport right now. On any given day, one can pick off another team. It’s unfortunate what happened to Canada. It did come down to a game. But that’s how the game works now. You have Australia that did remarkably well at the World Cup and exceeded expectations there, but then got knocked out of the Olympic qualifying and aren’t going to the Olympic Games. For Canada to bounce back at the Pan American Games is a great thing. To use that background experience should only springboard the team as they move forward.