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Posted on 27 May 2012 in Canadian Soccer Timeline

Canada participated in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for the second time in 1968. From 13 teams in CONCACAF, only two qualified for the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico: El Salvador and host Mexico. In FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Canada posted two wins, one draw and one loss in four matches. Canada finished second in the First Round Group 4 (one point behind USA) and did not advance to the next round.

Also in this era, Canada's amateur team participated in 1967 Olympic Qualifying (one draw, one loss) and the Pan American Games Winnipeg 1967 (fourth place).

Canada entered, but pulled out of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Chile 1962. Canada did not enter FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for England 1966.

 

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Neil Ellett

Defence | Vancouver, BC

Dominion Cup champion Neil Ellett helped host Canada finish fourth at the Pan American Games Winnipeg 1967. After representing Canada at Cali 1971, he then wore the captain’s armband for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1972. In 2009, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


Sam Lenarduzzi

Full Back | Vancouver, BC

Two-time Dominion Cup champion Sam Lenarduzzi played in a national record 17-consecutive “A” matches for Canada from 1968 to 1975. A team captain in the 1970s, he was the first Canadian to participate in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. A professional footballer in Vancouver and Toronto, he was part of the inaugural class honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000.


Les Wilson

Midfielder | Vancouver, BC

Les Wilson played more than 100 games for Wolverhampton in the English First Division. A utility player that could play almost any position, he also won the 1967 United Soccer Association championship with the Los Angeles Wolves and the 1969 International Cup with the Kansas City Wolves. He was an original member of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

 




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