Taryn Swiatek announces her retirement
Posted on 30 January 2008 in Around the Soccer World
Taryn Swiatek, a two-time member of Canada’s national team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, has announced her retirement. Swiatek was one of three goalkeepers on Canada’s roster at both USA 2003 when the team finished fourth and China 2007 when the team finished ninth in the world.
"A huge thank you to my teammates, coaches and all the people who support Canadian soccer," says Taryn Swiatek. "I’ve met so many talented and hard-working people through soccer. I am thankful for all experiences that I had playing for the national team. It was an honour to be able to play for Canada."
Swiatek’s most memorable highlights include the run to fourth place at the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 and the silver-medal finish at the XIV Pan American Games Santo Domingo 2003. At USA 2003, she posted three-straight wins including a 1:0 shutout over China in the quarterfinal.
"Taryn will always be remembered for her outstanding goalkeeping performances at the FIFA World Cup 2003 where she played an instrumental role in our fourth-place finish," says head coach Even Pellerud. "Taryn is still a young woman with a lot of drive in her life. She had decided to move in another direction, but we certainly harbour some hopes that she will return to the game of soccer after some time pursuing other interests. She has always been a good, loyal and fun team member and will always be welcomed back to the team!"
In all, Taryn won 27 full caps with Canada’s senior team. She was just 20 years old when she won her first cap with Canada’s senior team on 10 January 2001 in Linkoping, Sweden. She posted her first clean sheet in her fifth game on 19 May 2003 - a 4:0 win over England.
Before joining the senior team, Taryn played her club soccer in her hometown Calgary, AB. She went to the BMO National Championships five times at the club level - four times with Calgary Celtic and once with Calgary United. She helped Calgary Celtic win silver in 1995 (U-15 clubs), finish fourth in 1996 (U-17), win bronze in 1997 (U-17) and gold in 1998 (U-17). She then helped Calgary United win bronze in 1999 (U-19).
At the senior level, Taryn spent five seasons with the Ottawa Fury of the W-League. She helped the Fury reach the W-League championship final in back-to-back seasons: in 2005 against the New Jersey Wildcats and in 2006 against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
In 2007, Taryn spent her last season with Canada’s senior team in the team’s first full-time residency program in Vancouver, BC. Taryn helped Canada finish first at the International Soccer Festival in Alabama, win bronze at the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007, and finish ninth at the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007. Canada’s women’s national team, whose title sponsor is Winners, also climbed to ninth in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings.