NWSL's Hidden Canadian: FC Kansas City's Katie Kelly

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This one's a surprise: less than a week before the start of the first National Women's Soccer League season, a 19th Canadian has been revealed...sort of.

With less than a week to go and roster wrangling now a distant memory for all eight NWSL teams, there's been a new revelation revealed that there's a hidden Canadian that's hiding amongst the 152 players that will participate in the initial season of the league.

Enter Katie Kelly of FC Kansas City, and born in Kansas City itself. A 26-year old defender, she previously played for FC Indiana in the W-League, after having played for Kristianstad DFF in the Swedish Damallsvenskan in 2011 after failing to catch on with a WPS side after graduating from Marquette University, where she was one of the Big East All-Tournament team nominees in her senior year, 2008.

But dig a little deeper, and you find that she, like her fellow FCKC defender Lauren Sesselmann, has a Canadian parent -- for Kelly, her father Neil is originally from Toronto. This connection was enough for her to be invited by John Herdman in 2011 to a Canadian training camp in Phoenix, Arizona, a camp that included a friendly with Sweden, but she saw no time on the field but was in the team photo (above), however since then, she hasn't been called into any camps, or have played any matches for the Canadian team.

All of this doesn't indicate her Canadian-ness, nor would it be a barometer as to her decision to be capped for Canada if if the call came through. But with an aging back line that includes Sesselmann, would Kelly be an addition to the Canadian side for 2015 if John Herdman was to go back to her?

Here's a video of her time with Marquette, most of which are from her set piece work, as well as some defensive mdifield plays:

So what do you think? Is Kelly someone Canada should look for in 2015? Let us know in the comments below!

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