Association announces All-Time Canada XI - men's team
The Canadian Soccer Association has unveiled its
All-Time Canada XI
for both men's and women's teams. The two teams of 11 players were selected by fans as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's centennial celebrations. The All-Time Canada XI men's team The Canadian XI features goalkeeper Craig Forrest, defenders Robert Iarusci, Randy Samuel, Jason de Vos and Bruce Wilson, midfielders and forwards Mike Sweeney, Atiba Hutchinson, Dale Mitchell, Dwayne De Rosario, John Catliff and Alex Bunbury.
The Canadian Soccer Association celebrates its 100th anniversary throughout the 2012 calendar year. While soccer (football) has been played in Canada since 1876, the Canadian Soccer Association (or the Dominion of Canada Football Association as it was known in the day) was inaugurated on 24 May 1912. As part of the centennial celebrations, the Canadian Soccer Association will unveil the "Top-10 Moments" in Canadian soccer history as well as engage soccer fans to select the "All-Time Canada XI" teams for men's and women's football. The celebrations will culminate with Canada's two Centennial Matches - a Women's International Friendly on 30 May in Moncton and a Men's International Friendly match on 3 June in Toronto.
Tickets to Canada's 3 June Centennial home match - as well three FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in June, September and October - are available via Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.ca / 1.855.570.7500) with full details at CanadaSoccer.com/seetheerise. Also to celebrate Canada's 100th anniversary, Canada's men's and women's national teams will wear a special blue Centennial Kit tailored by Umbro. The kit will be worn exclusively by the men on 3 June and by the women for a second Centennial match on 30 June at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT, USA. Limited quantities of Canada's Centennial clothing line - including jersey, anthem jacket and cap - are available exclusively at CanadaSoccer.com.
All-Time Canada XI
Men's XI | Women's XI
Goalkeeper | Vancouver, BC
CONCACAF champion Craig Forrest was the Most Valuable Player and Best Goalkeeper at the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The first Canadian to play in the newly organized English Premier League in 1992, he was later Canada’s Player of the Year in 1994. He became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007.
Centre Back | Toronto, ON
A four-time Soccer Bowl champion in the old North American Soccer League, Robert Iarusci set a national record by making 20 consecutive appearances for Canada from 1977 to 1983 (a record since surpassed). In FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, he pushed Canada to within a goal of qualification for Spain 1982. He was an inaugural member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000.
Centre Back| Richmond, BC
CONCACAF champion Randy Samuel remains Canada’s all-time leader in appearances in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (36), including those made in 1985 when Canada qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He later helped Canada win both the 1988 Sir Stanley Matthews Cup and 1990 Three Nations Cup. He became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006.
Jason de Vos
Centre Back | London, ON
Captain Jason de Vos became a CONCACAF champion in 2000 after helping Canada win the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In all, he participated in three editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, three cycles of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, and one edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. He also represented Canada at the Pan American Games.
Left Back | Vancouver, BC
CONCACAF champion Bruce Wilson was Canada’s captain at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He not only set a national record by making 57 “A” appearances, but he also played in the 1984 Olympics. A Soccer Bowl champion in the NASL, he was a First or Second Team All-Star five times. In 2000, he was part of the inaugural class honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame.
Midfielder | Duncan, BC
CONCACAF champion Mike Sweeney was one of four players that helped Canada qualify for its first FIFA youth tournament in 1979 and then its first FIFA World Cup in 1986. An Olympian in 1984, he retired in 1993 as Canada’s all-time leader with 61 international “A” appearances. He became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002.
Midfielder | Brampton, ON
Atiba Hutchinson is a one-time winner and one-time runner up of the Canadian Player of the Year award. A tournament all-star at the FIFA U-20 World Cup UAE 2003, he has since participated in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and five editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has played pro soccer in Sweden, Denmark and Netherlands.
Midfielder / Forward | Vancouver, BC
CONCACAF champion Dale Mitchell retired as Canada’s all-time goals leader, a record that stood 19 years before it was tied in 2011. Of his 19 “A” goals, nine of them were scored in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He also scored goals in other competitions, including three at the 1984 Olympic Tournament. In 2002, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.
Dwayne De Rosario
Midfielder / Forward | Scarborough, ONCONCACAF champion Dwayne De Rosario is a four-time Canadian Player of the Year. He is also Canada’s co-leader in career goals at the international “A” level. He also represented Canada at one FIFA Confederations Cup. At the professional level, he is a four-time MLS Cup champion and two-time Voyageurs Cup champion. He won MLS MVP honours in 2011
Forward | Vancouver, BC
CONCACAF champion John Catliff took part in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He scored four times in six matches in 1993. He also participated in the 1984 Olympic Tournament and was the hero of the 1990 Corona Three Nations Cup. He was a five-time champion in the Canadian Soccer League. In 2004, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.
Forward | QC
Alex Bunbury is Canada’s all-time goal-scoring leader in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, having scored 11 times in 31 appearances over three cycles. A two-time Canadian Player of the Year (1993 and 1995), he played his professional soccer in Canada, England, Portugal and USA. He became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.
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