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Canadian soccer timeline from 1991 to 1994

Posted on 27 May 2012 in Canadian Soccer Timeline

Canada participated in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for an eighth time in 1992 and 1993. From 22 teams in CONCACAF, only two teams qualified for the 1994 FIFA World Cup in USA: Mexico and host USA. This was the last FIFA World Cup with only 24 teams (the tournament expanded to 32 teams for France 1998). In FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1992, Canada posted two wins, three draws and one loss to finish second in semi-final group 2 and advance to the next round. In FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1993, Canada posted three wins, one draw and two losses to finish second in the CONCACAF final group (behind Mexico). Canada advanced to a two-match playoff with Oceania champion Australia: both teams were even on aggregate before Australia won 4-1 on kicks to eliminate Canada.

Also in this era, Canada played a five-match series against USA 1994 teams in June 1994. The highlight of the five-match series was a 1:1 draw with Brazil in front of 51,936 fans at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Brazil, eventual FIFA World Cup champions in 1994, were up 1-0 before Eddy Berdusco scored a famous equaliser for host Canada.

In 1991, Canada lost both matches at the North American Nations Cup and then posted one win and two losses at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In 1993, Canada posted two draws and a loss at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Canada Soccer Top-10 Moment #8: Canada draws Brazil in front of 50,000 in Edmonton

 

Canadian Soccer Heroes

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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.


Carlo Corazzin

Forward | Coquitlam, BC

Carlo Corazzin became a CONCACAF champion in 2000, the same year he led all tournament scorers with four goals. In all, he participated in three editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and four cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He also played in the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. In 2012, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


Nick Dasovic

Midfielder | Vancouver, BC

Nick Dasovic represented Canada in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in the 1990s. A two-time runner-up in voting for Canada’s Player of the Year (1994 and 1998), he played his professional soccer in Canada, Croatia, France, USA, Sweden and Scotland. He became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2011.


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.


Craig Forrest

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.

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.


Paul Peschisolido

Midfielder | Pickering, ON

CONCACAF champion Paul Peschisolido helped Canada qualify for the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. He participated in four editions of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He co-led Canada in goals scored in both 1995 and 1996; after finishing a runner up in 1995, he won Canadian Player of the Year honours in 1996.


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.


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.


Mark Watson

Defender | Vancouver, BC

CONCACAF champion Mark Watson represented Canada in four cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. After helping Canada win the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup, he participated in the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. Four times in the 1990s he led Canada in minutes played. In 2012, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


Frank Yallop

Right Back | New Westminster, BC

Frank Yallop made 52 appearances for Canada from 1990 to 1997, including 28 matches in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1992-93 and 1996-97. In 1994, he led Canada in minutes played and finished third in voting for Player of the Year honours. A professional footballer in England and USA, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005.

 




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