Maverick soccer standout crisscrosses the globe

Hannah Taylor earns tryout for Canadian national team
By David Pan | Jul 28, 2016
Courtesy of: Eastside FC Hannah Taylor

Hannah Taylor is racking up the frequent flier mileage this month.

Taylor, who will be a senior at Meadowdale High School this fall, recently returned from a trip to China where, she joined the Canadian Women’s National U-17 team and played in three games against international opponents.

Then days after returning home, Taylor headed to Frisco, Texas, where she and her teammates on the Eastside FC soccer team are playing in the U.S Youth National Championships.

Taylor has dual citizenship with the United States and Canada because her father, Greg Taylor, is from Canada.

The Meadowdale standout was invited to join the Canadian team in June. The purpose of trip to China was to allow soccer officials an opportunity to evaluate players in anticipation of the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

The roster included a mix of new players and current team members. The final decision on who will be added to the Canadian roster is expected at the end of August.

“I think I played well,” said Taylor, a Meadowdale captain. “I played to the best of my ability. … Hopefully, it earns me a spot. I gave it my all and worked hard.”

If selected to the Canadian team, Taylor would not be able to play her senior season at Meadowdale.

“It was the last big event before the selection for the roster,” Taylor said. “It was an opportunity for them to see the new players. … They definitely got to evaluate all of us.”

Taylor saw action in all three games in China against China, New Zealand and Japan. The team left July 7 and returned on July 17.

“It was a super cool experience, just getting to play at that level,” she said. “It was really exciting. I was honored. … It’s always been a childhood dream of mine to play for Canada.”

Between the practices and games, Taylor had limited free time in China.

“It was definitely soccer based, which was great,” Taylor said of the trip.

The hot and humid weather in China mirrored what Taylor is experiencing at the U.S. Youth Championships.

“It prepared me a little bit for Texas,” she said.

Canada Soccer National EXCEL 14-17 director and Women’s National U-17 team coach Bev Priestman said she was pleased with team’s performance in China.

In a story posted on the official Canada Soccer website, Priestman said, “The tournament went well and we had some good outcomes, but more importantly we had the opportunity to assess some new faces – who did really, really well. We got to see them for a lot of minutes in the tournament and they impacted the games massively, scored some goals, and definitely added to the team.”

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