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Desiree Scott

Desiree Scott
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Scott with the national team in 2017
Personal information
Full name Desiree Rose Marie Scott
Date of birth (1987-07-31) July 31, 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Utah Royals FC
Number 11
Youth career
Maples Cougars
North West
2005-2009 University of Manitoba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 5 (0)
2010-2012 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 8 (1)
2013 FC Kansas City 21 (0)
2014-2015 Notts County 20 (0)
2016-2017 FC Kansas City 35 (0)
2018- Utah Royals FC 21 (0)
National team?
2003 Canada U-16 4 (0)
2005-06 Canada U-19 21 (0)
2010- Canada 135 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 September 2018
? National team caps and goals correct as of 2 September 2018

Desiree Rose Marie Scott (born July 31, 1987) is a Canadian soccer midfielder for Utah Royals FC in the National Women's Soccer League. Nicknamed "the destroyer",[2] she is also a member of the Canadian national team, with whom she won Olympic bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Early life

Scott was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her father was born in Kingston, Jamaica, while her mother was also born in Winnipeg. She grew up participating in soccer, volleyball, track and field, and basketball.[3] She began playing soccer at the age of eight.

University of Manitoba

From 2005 to 2009, Scott played Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) soccer for the University of Manitoba. During her tenure with the Bisons, she was named a first team CIS All-Canadian in 2009. She earned Canada West All-Star honours twice and won the Canada West Rookie of the Year award in 2005.[4]

Playing career


Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Scott played for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC from 2006 to 2012. In 2006, Scott appeared in five matches for the Caps (450 minutes), contributing to the team winning their second W-League title that season.[4]

In 2010, she appeared in seven games and two playoff games for the team contributing one goal and one assist. Scott helped carry the Whitecaps to the W-League Championship where they eventually fell to Buffalo in the final.[4]

FC Kansas City

In 2013, as part of the NWSL Player Allocation, Scott joined FC Kansas City in the new National Women's Soccer League.[5][6]Notts County Ladies of the English FA WSL announced that they had signed Scott in January 2014,[7] but she was subsequently included on the list of Canadian players allocated to the NWSL for 2014.[8]

Notts County

Playing for Notts County in 2014

On February 27, 2014, after more than a month of speculation and legal delays, Scott was officially signed by Notts County of the FA WSL.[9] She missed the first half of the 2015 season while preparing for the World Cup with Canada,[10] but returned in time for the 2015 FA Women's Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, which County lost 1-0 to Chelsea. She left the club in February 2016 after making 20 league appearances.[11]

FC Kansas City

On February 8, 2016, it was announced that Scott would play for FC Kansas City for the 2016 season of the National Women's Soccer League via the NWSL Player Allocation.[12]

Utah Royals FC

On February 15, 2018 Canada Soccer announced that Scott would play for the Utah Royals FC during the 2018 season of the National Women's Soccer League via the NWSL Player Allocation.[13]


Scott has previously represented Canada on the U-16 and U-19 youth teams. After being called up to the senior squad by Carolina Morace, she debuted at the 2010 Cyprus Cup and participated in her first FIFA Women's World Cup at the 2011 event, making two substitute appearances. Under coach John Herdman, Scott became a regular pick and won a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Scott won praise for her performances in the defensive midfield role, drawing comparison to the male player Edgar Davids.[14] She had a major contribution for the team in the bronze medal game, clearing a ball off the line in defence of the goal to keep the score even at zero.[15] Upon return to her native Winnipeg, Scott was serenaded with chants of her name and outbursts of song consisting of the Canadian national anthem at the Winnipeg airport. Scott took note of the welcome with pride saying that "I'm a very emotional person. To come home and hear my name being screamed... I'm holding back tears right now."[15][16]

Coaching career

Scott is an assistant coach at her alma mater, University of Manitoba. She was an assistant coach for the West Kildonan Collegiate from 2003 until 2005. She also coached at the South End United Soccer Academy, and ran camps for kids while playing with the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Canadian women's national team. Scott has also run soccer clinics and camps, and was presenter and instructor for a number of different high school clubs in Winnipeg.[17]

Scott has been an ambassador for the Homeless World Cup since 2014.[18]

Scott is an athlete ambassador for KidSport Winnipeg, a charity that aims to remove the financial barriers to playing sport, and runs an annual soccer camp for girls on behalf of KidSport Winnipeg.


  1. ^ 2015 World Cup
  2. ^ Stevenson, Chris (August 8, 2012). "Desiree Scott toughens up Canada's Olympic soccer squad". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Desiree Scott player profile". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Desiree Scott player profile". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Player distribution sees NWSL take shape". FIFA. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "NWSL team rosters taking shape". ESPN. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Women's football: Notts County Ladies sign Desiree Scott". British Broadcasting Corporation. January 2, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ Mayers, Joshua (January 3, 2014). "NWSL reveals updated list of league's allocated players". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "Desiree Scott's Signing Confirmed". Notts County. February 27, 2014. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ Aloia, Andrew (July 3, 2015). "Women's World Cup: Extend WSL break, says Notts County boss". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Desiree Scott: Midfielder leaves Notts County for Kansas City". BBC Sport. February 9, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Canadian Players for 2016 Season". Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "Canada Soccer announces 2018 NWSL allocations". Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ Johnson, George (August 6, 2012). "Canada beats Great Britain with two early goals to reach Olympic soccer semis". National Post. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ a b Paul Friesen (August 13, 2012). "Desiree Scott's the talk of the town".
  16. ^ "Winnipeg welcomes medal-winner Desiree Scott". Winnipeg Free Press. August 13, 2012.
  17. ^ "Bisons Team Staff". University of Manitoba. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  18. ^ "Homeless World Cup Ambassador Profile". Retrieved 2015.

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