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Jim Blundell, Hall of Fame honoured member, dies at 79

Posted on 4 April 2019 in Around the Soccer World

Jim Blundell, a Canada Soccer Hall of Fame honoured member and Canadian champion, has passed away peacefully at the age of 79 in Burnaby. One of the country’s top players throughout the 1960s, he was Vancouver Firefighters FC’s top goalscorer across their storied history in the Pacific C More

Art Hughes, Hall of Fame honoured member, dies at 88

Posted on 5 March 2019 in Around the Soccer World

Art Hughes, a Canada Soccer Hall of Fame member and two-time Canadian champion, has passed away peacefully at the age of 88 in Vancouver. One of Canada’s top goalscorers through the 1950s and 1960s, he scored twice in Canada’s first-ever competitive international match in FIFA World Cup More

Three Canadians drafted in the top 10 of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft

Posted on 11 January 2019 in Around the Soccer World

Canadian content was on display at 2019 MLS SuperDraft with three Canadians being the most ever drafted in the top ten. FC Dallas drafted young Canadian Callum Montgomery with the fourth overall pick. Ajax, ON native and Canada Soccer’s Men’s U-20 National Team goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair More

Bianca St. Georges picked 20th overall at 2019 NWSL College Draft

Posted on 10 January 2019 in Around the Soccer World

Bianca St. Georges, from West Virginia University, was picked second in the third round of 2019 NWSL College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars.St Georges, from St. Felix de Valois, Quebec, made her debut in the youth program in 2012 before representing Canada at the 2013 CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Champ More

Brian Hughes, former player and national coach, passed away

Posted on 16 October 2018 in Around the Soccer World

Brian Hughes, a one-time Western Canada Soccer League winner and a coach with Canada Soccer's youth and national "A" teams, has passed away. The former Welsh youth international had made his home in Victoria, British Columbia since 1970.Hughes served as an assistant coach for Canada in FIF More

Christine Sinclair makes 100th NWSL appearance for Portland Thorns FC

Posted on 21 June 2018 in Around the Soccer World

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Captain Christine Sinclair made her 100th appearance for Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Friday, 22 June, tying the record for the most games played for the club. Sinclair is the all-time career goal leader for Portland More

William Hoyle, Canada Soccer Hall of Fame honoured member, passes away at age 92

Posted on 23 February 2018 in Around the Soccer World

Mr. William Hoyle, a Canada Soccer Life Member and an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame, has passed away at age 92. A veteran of the Second World War, Mr. Hoyle was involved in the sport of soccer in Canada for more than 50 years as a referee, administrator, and executive.Mr. Hoyle n More

Canada Soccer announces 2018 NWSL allocations

Posted on 15 February 2018 in Around the Soccer World

Canada Soccer has announced the eleven Canadian Women’s National Team players allocated to the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), including nine returning players and two additions.  The 2018 allocation list includes Rebecca Quinn, previously of Duke University, who was selected the h More

NWSL Draft Day: Quinn drafted third, Matheson traded to Utah

Posted on 19 January 2018 in Around the Soccer World

Rebecca Quinn became the highest Canadian draft pick in National Women’s Soccer League history while returning veteran Diana Matheson found a new home with the Utah Royals. Those were only two of the club moves that highlight a flurry of off-season activity in the lead up to the 2018 NWSL seas More

Canada’s Atiba Hutchinson to face Bayern Munich in UEFA Champions League Round of 16 with club team Beşiktaş

Posted on 12 December 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Canada’s Atiba Hutchinson is headed to the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League More

Toronto FC wins 2017 MLS Cup at home

Posted on 9 December 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Toronto FC have won the 2017 MLS Cup with a 2-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC. MLS Cup Most Valuable Player Jozy Altidore (67’) scored in the second half and Victor Vazquez (90 +4’) sealed it with a goal in injury time.FT: Win the cup and make our dreams come true ✅2017 #MLSCup Champi More

Montréal wins Gladys Bean Trophy as U Sports champions

Posted on 13 November 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Université Montréal 1:0 Cape Breton University More

Cape Breton wins Sam Davidson Trophy as U Sports men's champions

Posted on 13 November 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Cape Breton 2:2 a.e.t. Montréal / Cape Breton wins 5-4 on kicks More

Vancouver Island University wins CCAA men's championship

Posted on 12 November 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Vancouver Island University 1:0 Douglas College More

Élans Garneau win fourth-straight CCAA women's championship

Posted on 12 November 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Collège François Xavier Garneau 1:0 Champlain College Saint-Lambert More

Connaught Series: the captains who lifted Canada's national laurels

Posted on 2 October 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Connaught Series 1913 to 1939 More

Thorlakson retired from soccer career that included FIFA Women's World Cup

Posted on 30 September 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Thorlakson scored winning goal of 2011 Jubilee Trophy finals More

Connaught Series: 18 scoring stars that notched the Championship winner

Posted on 24 September 2017 in Around the Soccer World

18 players scored Championship winners from 1913 to 1939 More

Connaught Series: Verdun Park win 1934 Championship

Posted on 10 September 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Verdun Park win national honours More

Connaught Series: Nanaimo City win national titles in 1923 and 1927

Posted on 3 September 2017 in Around the Soccer World

Nanaimo City wins Connaught Series in 1923 and 1927 More

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Jim Blundell, a Canada Soccer Hall of Fame honoured member and Canadian champion, has passed away peacefully at the age of 79 in Burnaby. One of the country’s top players throughout the 1960s, he was Vancouver Firefighters FC’s top goalscorer across their storied history in the Pacific Coast League.

Blundell was a centre forward and inside forward that scored more than 140 goals in league, cup and all-star matches across a 12-year career from 1957 to 1969. He was a six-time all-star in an eight-year span from 1959 to 1966 and led the Pacific Coast League in scoring in both 1962-63 and 1965-66. He was the league’s second-highest goalscorer in the 1960s with 92 goals, all of which were scored for Firefighters FC.

Blundell won Canada Soccer’s Championship with Firefighters FC in 1965, the most important of more than a dozen trophies that he won with the organisation after he joined them in his early 20s. He won the Mainland League championship in 1960-61, four Pacific Coast League championships from 1961-62 to 1965-66, the Anderson Cup five-straight times from 1961-62 to 1965-66, the Top Star Trophy three times from 1963 to 1968, the BC Province Cup five times from 1961 to 1967, and the international Kennedy Cup in 1966. He also played in the 1961 Canadian final when Firefighters were runners up and missed the 1962 Kennedy Cup through injury when Firefighters were the first Canadian winners of the Canada-USA-Mexico club competition.

The Firefighters could always count on Blundell to score when it mattered most. One such match at old Callister Park was 3 May 1964 when he scored twice to help Firefighters capture their first of three-straight Pacific Coast League championships. Over the years, he also scored in decisive matches to win Canada Soccer’s Challenge Trophy, the BC Province Cup, the Pacific Coast League championship, the Anderson Cup, the Top Star Trophy, and the Kennedy Cup.

Fifty years after he stopped playing, he was still well remembered by teammates and opponents. Said teammate Gary Stevens, “he knew how to get into position, he had a really good shot and he distributed the ball well. He read the game well and he was a very smart player.” Said opponent Neil Ellett, “once Jim Blundell got inside the box, you had to pay close attention because he could put it away. He wasn’t a speedster or one to rock a shot from a long way out, but get him inside the box and he could do damage for you.”

Before joining Firefighters FC, Blundell played his youth football with Renfrew Lions, Vancouver Technical School, and Vancouver Marpole. He made his senior debut with Vancouver Hale-Co FC in 1957 and won his first Pacific Coast League championship a year later in 1958. He also won the Ed Bayley Memorial Trophy as the top player who is most outstanding in his first full year in senior soccer.

Said Blundell earlier this year, “I just really liked to play the game. Nothing big or fancy, I never thought I would be a goalscorer or win anything, I just liked to play the game.” He was inducted to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame in March as part of a special class of Past Canadian Players from the 1940s through 1960s.

Beyond the pitch, Jim Blundell worked as a firefighter for over 30 years, joining the Vancouver Fire Department in 1963 a few years after he joined their football club. Born in Vancouver on 29 July 1939, he passed away on Sunday 31 March 2019. He was predeceased by his son Robert and is survived by his wife Linda, their children Janet (Gary), Bruce (Colleen), daughter-in-law Andrea, and grandchildren Ryan, Kara, Blake, Annie & Jack.

Art Hughes, a Canada Soccer Hall of Fame member and two-time Canadian champion, has passed away peacefully at the age of 88 in Vancouver. One of Canada’s top goalscorers through the 1950s and 1960s, he scored twice in Canada’s first-ever competitive international match in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1957.

Hughes, a tall centre forward that played in Vancouver, scored more than 250 goals in league and cup competitions over a 17-year career from 1950-51 to 1966-67. He led the Pacific Coast League in scoring four times and retired as the league’s all-time scoring leader with 158 goals (only surpassed by two goals by Bobby Smith in 1972). He was the league’s top goaslcorer in the 1950s with 114 goals scored across the decade.

Hughes won Canada Soccer’s Championship in 1956 with Vancouver Hale-Co FC and 1965 with Vancouver Firefighters FC. He was MVP and top scorer in 1965, scoring seven goals across three matches. He won national runners up medals with Vancouver St. Andrews FC in 1951, Westminster Royals FC in 1959, and Firefighters FC in 1961.

While Hughes played with several teams throughout his career, he was best known for his time with Firefighters FC where he won five of his joint-record seven Pacific Coast League championships (1954-55, 1961-62, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1965-66). He won additional Pacific Coast League titles with Hale-Co FC (1958) and Royals FC (1959), but also won the Mainland League championship (1958-59 and 1960-61) and Kennedy Cup (1962) with Firefighters FC.

Hughes was an 11-time all-star selection in a 15-year span from 1951 to 1965, although he missed a call-up to Canada’s national team in 1956 through injury. In 1957, Hughes was Canada’s starting centre forward for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, scoring twice in the opening 5:1 victory over USA at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. In 1959, Hughes was the first-ever winner of the Austin Delany Trophy as the Pacific Coast League’s Most Valuable Player. In 1960, he captained Canada’s national team on an exhibition tour of the Soviet Union and United Kingdom.

Wrote Roy Jukich of the Vancouver Sun in 1961, Hughes was “noted for his ability to rise to the occasion in important matches.” Remembered Jeff Cross of the Province in 1999, Hughes “was a robust, no-nonsense type of striker who was also very good in the air.” Said former teammate Jim Blundell earlier this year, “Art Hughes was kind of a perfectionist. He knew where the net was and he could hit a good header. If you got the ball in the middle where Arty was, he would do something with it for sure.”

Art Hughes, nicknamed “Hard Rock” or “Cowboy,” was a long-time member of the Vancouver Fire Department where he served as an assistant chief. Born in Camrose, Alberta on 1 October 1930, he was a teenager when he moved with his family to Vancouver. He passed away in Vancouver on Monday 4 March 2019. He was predeceased by his wife Marlene and he is survived by their daughters Susan and Stacey Ann as well as their families.

Canadian content was on display at 2019 MLS SuperDraft with three Canadians being the most ever drafted in the top ten. FC Dallas drafted young Canadian Callum Montgomery with the fourth overall pick. Ajax, ON native and Canada Soccer’s Men’s U-20 National Team goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair was drafted seventh overall to Minnesota United. Brampton, ON native Tajon Buchanan from Mississauga SC went to New England Revolution with the ninth pick. As part of MLS and Canada Soccer’s Homegrown Player initiative, all three players will be eligible to play as domestics league-wide.
 
“Canada Soccer continues to work towards providing Canadians with a level playing field to develop as professionals with its Canadian content efforts,” said Canada Soccer General Secretary Peter Montopoli. “We congratulate these young Canadians that are part of the 2019 draft class. We will continue to work to ensure that opportunities to play as domestics in Major League Soccer are possible and to evolve our Canadian content efforts through the Canadian Championship, Canadian Premier League, and in cooperation with Major League Soccer.”
 
A British Columbia native, Montgomery was developed at the Vancouver Island Wave and joins Brampton, ON native Cyle Larin, and Oakville, ON’s Kyle Bekker as the only Canadians to be drafted in the top five into Major League Soccer.
 
St. Clair and Buchanan, who developed at Ajax FC and Mississauga SC, respectively, will enter Major League Soccer as Generation adidas Canada athletes.

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