Canadian soccer timeline from 1971 to 1974
Posted on 27 May 2012 in Canadian Soccer Timeline
Canada participated in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for a third time in 1972. From 12 teams in CONCACAF, only one team qualified for the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany: Haiti. In FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Canada posted one win, one draw and two losses. Canada finished second in the North American Group and did not advance.
Also in this era, Canada's amateur team participated in Olympic Qualifying and the Pan American Games Colombia 1971.
Canadian Soccer Heroes
Goalkeeper | New Westminster, BC
Tony Chursky represented Canada in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers from 1972 to 1980. He also represented Canada at the Pan American Games Mexico 1975. A Canada Games champion in 1973, he was a Soccer Bowl finalist with the Seattle Sounders in 1977. He became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.
Midfielder | St. Catharines, ON
Jimmy Douglas was Canada’s captain at the Montréal 1976 Olympics, scoring goals in the two matches played at Varsity Stadium (Toronto) and Stade Olympique. He also represented Canada at one Pan American Games and two FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. In 2001, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.
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.
After playing in England, Dick Howard played professional football in the NASL with clubs in Detroit, Rochester and Toronto. He was in fact the first player signed by the NASL’s Toronto Metros in 1971. An NASL Second Team All-Star in 1972, he represented Canada in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers that same year. In 2002, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.
Forward | Vancouver, BC
Glen Johnson represented Canada in two cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in the 1970s. In his international debut at King George V Park in St. John’s, he recorded a goal and an assist in a 3:2 win over USA. At the club level, he played professional football for the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps. In 2007, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.
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.
Midfielder | Vancouver, BC
Buzz Parsons was both a Challenge Trophy and Soccer Bowl champion, first winning a national title with Vancouver Eintracht in 1971 and then winning a professional title with Vancouver Whitecaps in 1979. He participated in two cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. In 2003, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.
Midfielder | Victoria, BC
Brian Robinson was a Challenge Trophy winner with London Boxing Club in 1975. Also briefly a professional player with Vancouver Whitecaps, Robinson represented Canada in two cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He represented Canada in Olympic Qualifying matches in 1971. In 2006, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.
Defence | Victoria, BC
Bruce Twamley represented Canada in two cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. In his debut match at King George V Park in St. John’s, he scored Canada’s second goal in a 3:2 victory over USA. After a stint with Ipswich Town in England, he returned to Canada to join the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps. He also played in New York, Minnesota, Oakland and Edmonton.
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