U.S. Soccer
Marley Canales
U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team

Marley Canales

Midfielder Caps/Goals -
  • Date of Birth

  • Height

    5-4

  • Hometown

    San Diego, Calif.

  • Club

    San Diego Surf

A member of the U.S. team that won the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Honduras at the end that year … Played in four games, starting one, and scored against Honduras in the semifinal victory that sent the USA to the World Cup …Enters the World Cup with 18 U-20 caps and four goals … Also scored twice against Papua New Guinea during a pre-World Cup test run in May of this year and had a goal against Honduras in a friendly in 2015 … A long-time participant in the USA’s Youth National Team programs, she played for the U-14 GNT in 2009-2010, the U-15 GNT in 2011-12 and the U-17 WNT in 2013-14 … Was a member of the U.S. team during the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup, playing every minute of all four games she played while scoring against Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica and was named to the All-Tournament Team … Finished her U-17 career with 14 caps and two goals.

College / High School: Delayed enrollment to UCLA to play in the World Cup and will start in Westwood in January … Attended Westview High School where she was a three-time NSCAA Youth All-American … She was the 2015 CIF All-San Diego Player of the Year … Member of the 2014 USYS ODP National Championship squad … Named to 2015 HS Girls’ Winter All-America Regional First-Team … Scored 27 goals, (including 16 her junior year and she didn’t play her senior year) with 13 assists during her high school career … Was voted Most Inspirational and Varsity MVP for 2014-15 … Was also the Palomar League Player of the Year and First-Team All-CIF.

Club: Played from U-8 through U-14 for PQ Premier and San Diego Soccer Club … Played U-15 through U-18 with the San Diego Surf.

Personal: Full name is Marley Angelina Canales … Nickname is Mar … Interested in majoring in sports medicine or communications … She is named after legendary reggae artist Bob Marley … Being from San Diego, she enjoys going to the beach and beach runs … Her grandfather Richard Canales was a professional goalkeeper in Mexico … Sister Miranda played college soccer at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.  … Three words the best describe her off the field are “friendly, caring and helpful” … Three words that best describe her on the field are “passionate, competitive and hardworking” … Few people know that she has a birthmark on her left thumb nail, she holds her pencil between her middle finger and pointer finger and she was home-schooled for a year … Her motto is: “the harder I work, the luckier I get” … Favorite class is math … Her craziest ambition is to sky dive … Dream job would be a professional soccer player … Favorite food is pasta and her favorite snack is fruit … Doesn’t like dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, meat that’s not well done, or any eggs other than scrambled … Favorite women’s soccer player is Mia Hamm and favorite men’s player is Andres Iniesta … List her biggest athletic inspiration as her older sister Miranda … Her greatest soccer moment to date was scoring her first international goal in U-17 CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers … Has a golden retriever named Mia … Some of her favorite TV shows are The Office, One Tree Hill and Parks and Rec … Some of her favorite musical artists are Sam Hunt, Drake, Justin Bieber, Geazy and Bryson Tiller … Favorite dessert is s’mores and ice cream (can be cake batter, cookies and cream or mint chip).

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