Canada Soccer announced on Monday that Jordyn Huitema has been named 2018 Canadian Youth International Player of the Year, alongside counterpart Derek Cornelius. Huitema is a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Super REX program, in partnership with BC Soccer.
Huitema won Canada’s hearts with a fourth-place finish at the recent FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018, Canada’s second-highest finish at a FIFA youth competition. Huitema scored 10 goals in 16 youth international matches in 2018, including winning Golden Boot honours at the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship in January. In November, she scored in three of five matches at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
“Jordyn Huitema has continued performing and adding to her repertoire as a striker throughout 2018,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s women’s national team head coach. “She scored at three different levels at international tournament this year, winning the Golden Boot at the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, scoring three goals at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup where as captain she led Canada to a fourth-place finish, and she scored four goals for the Women’s National Team at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. Scoring goals have always been a part of Jordyn’s game, but she has shown continued improvements in numerous aspects of the game throughout 2018. It is going to be very interesting to follow her pathway, and the next steps in her development.”
Canada Soccer’s Men’s and Women’s EXCEL programs channel exceptional players into the best soccer environments. Cornelius and Huitema were no exceptions in 2018, both equally starring at the international “A” level with Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team and Women’s National Team, respectively. While Cornelius helped Canada to a perfect 4-0-0 record with four clean sheets, Huitema helped Canada qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 while finishing second at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship.
2018 Canada Soccer Player Awards
This marks the 26th edition of the Canada Soccer Player Awards, with the 2018 Canadian Players of the Year to be announced on 11 and 12 December. While Cornelius and Huitema have been named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year, Jacob Orellana has been named Canadian Futsal Player of the Year and Damien Wojtiw has been named Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year. James Pantemis, meanwhile, has been named the 2018 winner of the Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands Award.
Following the Canada Soccer Player of the Year Awards, the 2018 Canada Soccer Moment of the Year fan voting will run from 17 to 30 December across Canada Soccer's digital channels. Fans will have the opportunity to choose from a top-10 list of moments over the past 12 months. Throughout the holiday period, fans can follow as the top moments are featured on Canada Soccer’s digital channels: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. From there, they can vote for their favourite moment on CanadaSoccer.com.
Fans who register with their vote will be eligible for #CanadaRED prize packs, to be distributed ahead of the announcement of the 2018 Canada Soccer Moment of the Year on 7 January 2019.