Delaney McIntyre hopes to take the next step in her professional soccer career.
McIntyre was selected to attend a recent showcase event, held by the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).
The WPSL International Combine was held in Norman, Okla. from July 20-22. Players practiced at facilities operated by the University of Oklahoma Sooners, an NCAA Division I program. Coaches from the Italian Football Federation help run and organize the camp.
The Flin Flon local and Hapnot Collegiate graduate joined the Dakota Fusion FC of the WPSL this season. McIntyre had previously played four seasons of NCAA Division II soccer with the University of Minnesota-Crookston.
McIntyre was pleased with her performance at the combine.
“It went super well,” said McIntyre, who plays as a left wing back.
“I scored on the first day and I made a good impression while playing in 109 degrees Fahrenheit. It was really hot, a record-breaking heat day. The entire weekend was hot.”
Only two players from each WPSL club were selected for the combine. McIntyre was one of the selectees for her team and drove to Oklahoma, along with her father Murray.
As far as the result of the camp goes, McIntyre said she was still waiting to hear from league and combine officials.
“I’m waiting to hear back from them,” she said. “They’re supposed to email us.”
To help pay for accommodations and the trip from North Dakota to Oklahoma, McIntyre set up a Gofundme page. The page didn’t hit its goal, but McIntyre is thankful for the support.
“That was the only reason my dad and I could have went,” she said.
McIntyre’s ultimate goal is to play for the Canadian national women’s soccer team. In order to do that, she will likely need to move from the WPSL – the second-highest league in the US – to the top-tier National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), one of the world’s top women’s professional leagues