Former Nittany Lions Moscato, McLeod chosen for Canadian World Cup team

April 30, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. -- Two more Nittany Lions were chosen to represent her country at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, with Carmelina Moscato and Erin McLeod chosen to the Canadian squad, competing at the international tournament in Canada from June 6 to July 5.

Moscato and McLeod represented Canada at the 2003 and 2011 Women's World Cup, and McLeod also appeared with the Canadian team at the 2007 Women's World Cup. Both earned bronze medals at the 2012 London Olympics with the Canadians, the first two Penn State soccer players to earn a medal at the Olympics in program history. They were fixtures on the starting-11 list, with McLeod starting in goal and Moscato serving as a starting centerback.

Moscato has been a member of the Canadian national program since 2000, competing on teams that earned fourth at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, first at the 2010 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament and second at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament, in addition to the bronze medal-winning 2012 squad. She became the 18th female to make her 75th appearance for Canada on April 4, 2013. Since her first appearance for the Canadian Women's National team in 2002, the Mississauga, Ontario native has 91 caps.

An invaluable defensive resource for the Nittany Lions from 2002-05, Moscato recorded 40 points during that time and started 45 of the final 46 games of her career. Her professional career began in 2009 in Italy's Serie A. She has also competed for Swedish Damallsvenskan and the Chicago Red Stars, Boston Breakers and Seattle Reign FC of the NWSL.

McLeod has 104 caps with the Canada Women's National Team, starting in net at three World Cups, two Olympic Games and earned a bronze medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. The 12th female soccer player to make 100 appearances for Canada, she has started 100 of her 104 caps.

In each of her two seasons with the Blue and White, McLeod captured NSCAA All-America and first team All-Big Ten honors. She allowed just 29 goals in 43 career starts, logging 4,073 minutes of playing time for an average of 0.64, a program-best. McLeod kicked off her second season with the NWSL's Houston Dynamo in the NWSL by turning away three shots and allowing one goal in a 1-1 tie with Sky Blue FC. This is her eighth professional season after stints with the WPS, Dalsjofors GoIF (Sweden) and the NWSL.

Moscato and McLeod will join Ali Krieger and Alyssa Naeher at the FIFA Women's World Cup, both of whom were recently named to the U.S. Women's National Team roster. The four players are the only Nittany Lions to don her country's colors at the international tournament. 

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Last Updated April 30, 2015