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Canadian soccer timeline from 1987 to 1990

Posted on 27 May 2012 in Canadian Soccer Timeline

Canada participated in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for a seventh time in 1988. From 15 teams in CONCACAF, only two teams qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy: USA and Costa Rica. In FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Canada lost a two-leg semi-final series against Guatemala and did not advance.

Also in this era in 1988, Canada won the Sir Matthews Cup played in Toronto (a three-team tournament featuring Canada, Greece and Chile). Then in the summer of 1990, Canada won the Corona Three Nations Cup, finishing first ahead of Mexico and USA in the three-team CONCACAF tournament.

 

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Ian Bridge

Centre Back | Victoria, BC

CONCACAF champion Ian Bridge represented Canada at both the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Tournament and the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. In all, he took part in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, even scoring a pair of goals in the CONCACAF final round in 1981. In 2003, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


Alex Bunbury

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.


John Catliff

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.


Paul Dolan

Goalkeeper | Port Moody, BC

CONCACAF champion Paul Dolan represented Canada at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, getting the nod as Canada’s goalkeeper for the opening match against European champion France. In all, he took part in four cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers from 1985 to 1997. In 2004, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


Gerry Gray

Midfielder | St. Catharines, ON

Gerry Gray represented Canada at both the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Tournament and the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He participated in two cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, although missed games in 1985 because of a leg injury. He also scored one goal at the Olympics. In 2001, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


Lyndon Hooper

Midfielder | Nepean, ON

Lyndon Hooper represented Canada in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. In 1989, he played in the first FIFA Futsal World Cup and won a gold medal at the Jeux de la Francophonie. After a professional career in Canada, England and USA, he then won a Challenge Trophy with Scarborough in 2005. In 2011, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


John Limniatis

Centre Back | Laval, QC

John Limniatis participated in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and three editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He also helped Canada finish first at the 1990 Corona Three Nations Cup. After a professional career in Canada, Greece and USA, he was a Challenge Trophy finalist in 2003 with Panellinios. In 2009, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


Colin Miller

Midfielder | Toronto, ON

Colin Miller represented Canada at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He went on to play in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers up through 1997, the final year of his international career. He won the Corona Three Nations Cup in 1990 and was Canada’s year-end leader in minutes played (888) in 1992. He became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.


Dale Mitchell

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.


Domenic Mobilio

Forward | Vancouver, BC

Domenic Mobilio represented Canada in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. In 1993, he scored three goals in seven matches. In 1986, he became Canada’s youngest player on record when he debuted at age 17. Three years later, he helped Canada win a gold medal at the 1989 Jeux de la Francophonie. In 2007, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


Pat Onstad

Goalkeeper | Vancouver, BC

CONCACAF champion Pat Onstad had an international career that spanned 23 years from 1988 to 2010. He participated in a national record six cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, as well as one edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup. At the club level, he won the Challenge Trophy with Vancouver Westside and the MLS Cup with San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo.


Randy Samuel

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.


Branko Segota

Midfielder | Toronto, ON

Branko Segota represented Canada at both the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Tournament and the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. In 1978, he was Canada’s top goal scorer at the CONCACAF Men’s Youth Tournament, helping Canada qualify for a FIFA youth tournament for the first time. In 2002, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


Mike Sweeney

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.


Carl Valentine

Winger

Carl Valentine became a CONCACAF champion in his international debut for Canada, the historic 2:1 over Honduras at King George V Park in St. John’s in 1985. Already a Soccer Bowl champion with the Vancouver Whitecaps, he went on to play in two more cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. In 2003, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.

 




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