Kailen Sheridan's time has finally come.
Sheridan, a 26-year-old from Pickering, Ont., recently began an important new chapter in her international career — that of the undisputed starting goalkeeper for the Canadian women's team.
The retirement of Stephanie Labbé earlier this year means Sheridan graduated to become Canada's No. 1 after serving as the team's understudy since making her international debut in 2016. Thus far she's taken to the new role like a duck to water, posting a pair of cleans sheets for Canada at the Concacaf W Championship currently taking place in Mexico.
Last week, TFC Republic published part 1 of its chat with Sheridan in which she discussed her off-season NWSL move that saw her leave NJ/NY Gotham FC, how she's adapted to life with the San Diego Wave and playing for an expansion club, and much more. To read part one, CLICK HERE.
In part 2 of TFC Republic's one-on-one interview with Sheridan, the Canadian goalkeeper talks about her working relationship Labbé over the years, having to bide her time as Canada's backup under Labbé for so long, coming back from a devastating injury that knocked her out of last year's SheBelieves Cup, the pay equity fight with Canada Soccer, and much more.
This interview has lightly been edited and trimmed for brevity and clarity.