Short bio of Diana Matheson, including hometown, education, her pro career in Norway and the United States as well as her Canada Soccer career.
Youth and School
Diana Matheson was born in Oakville, Ontario and grew up playing both hockey and soccer for her hometown. Her family is a huge part of her life and continue to be her number one supporters.
After finishing high school at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville, Diana was accepted into Princeton University. After deferring admission for one year due to soccer commitments, she attended Princeton from 2004-2008, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the Department of Economics. During her freshmen year the Princeton Women's Soccer team reached the final four of the NCAA tournament, setting a record for an Ivy League team in any sport. Diana was named to the All-American First Team for the season. During her time at Princeton, Diana earned All-Ivy League Team honors all four years, and was named Ivy League Player of the Year her senior year. As a senior she also received Princeton's C. Otto von Kienbusch Award for Excellence in Academics and Athletics.
After graduation from Princeton in 2008, followed by the Beijing Olympics Games that summer, Diana started her professional soccer career. Diana went overseas to join LSK Kvinner Football Club (then Team StrØmmen) in the Toppserien, Norway's professional women's league. Diana played for the second half of the 2008 season, and when national team commitments allowed it, played for the club on and off through the 2009, 2010 and 2012 seasons. Her career in Norway was capped off by finishing the 2012 season as League Champions.
Following the 2012 Olympic Games and the creation of the National Women's Soccer League in the US, Diana joined the Washington Spirit in 2013 as an allocated Canadian International. In the league's first season Diana was named to the the NWSL All-Star Team and earned the club's Most Valuable Player award. Diana has remained with the club, which reached the league semi-final in both the 2014 and 2015 season. She currently holds the club record for goals scored.
After not earning a spot on any youth national teams growing up, Diana began her national team career in 2003 with Canada's women's team. Her first camp was under Even Pellerud at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, earning her first international cap in a loss to Norway. Since that time Diana has represented Canada over 190 times, earning her the distinction of being Canada's second most capped player in history. Her career has included 4 FIFA Women's World Cups (USA 2003, China 2007, Germany 2011 and Canada 2015), 3 Pan American Games (Bronze at Rio De Janeiro 2007, Gold at Guadalajara 2011), and 3 Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio De Janeiro 2016). Diana is a two-time Olympic Bronze Medalist after reaching the podium in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Diana may be best known for scoring the winning goal in the Bronze medal match at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Diana's proudest moments for Canada include: being a part of the team that qualified for the Olympics for the first time in Canadian soccer history; earning a Bronze medal at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games; and, despite two major injuries in the preceding year, representing Canada at a World Cup on home soil in 2015.