Robert Iarusci

Nov 08, 1954
Toronto, CAN
183 cm
York University
Where they grew up
Toronto, CAN
International "A" Level - CAN MNT
27 Appearances
27 Starts
2 Goals
2 Assists


Robert Iarusci

Robert Vincent Iarusci... soccer family (father)... married to wife Anna in December 1979... favourites have included Johan Cruyff, Lazio... his father was a shareholder in Toronto Roma FC... studied physical education at York University... in 2000, was part of the inaugural class honoured by The Soccer Hall of Fame (one of 11 former players)... in 2012 as part of the Canadian Soccer Association’s Centennial Celebration, was honoured on the All-Time Canada XI men’s team...

as noted in a 1976 program, Iarusci was “a rugged defenceman; the opposing attackers have a tough tie in trying to get around him”... said John McMahon in 1978, Iarusci “reads the game well, gives one hundred percent all the time, and is a credit to Canada and to the Italian community in Toronto”... wrote the New York Cosmos in 1981, he was a “solid, dependable defender”... wrote the New York Cosmos in 1983, “smart and steady defender, plays great positional defence with well-timed offensive runs”...

wrote Robert Iarusci in 1980, “that had to be the greatest thing in my life (winning with Toronto in 1976). The league didn’t like us, people didn’t like us, most couldn’t even pronounce the name of the team. But the team acquired Eusebio and we went out and won”...

For Country

he was 21 years old when he made his debut for Canada at the national A level (24 September 1976)... represented Canada in 1976-77 CONCACAF / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Argentina 1978 (helped Canada finish fourth in the 1977 CONCACAF Championship)... represented Canada in 1980-81 CONCACAF / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Spain 1982 (helped Canada finish third in the 1981 CONCACAF Championship)... played in a career-high 20 consecutive Canada matches from 1977 to 1983 (Canada “A” matches), at the time a national record (later surpassed by Bruce Wilson)... made 26 career appearances for Canada at the international level (he played in 26 of 27 Canada “A” matches from 1976 to 1983)...

For Sport

served as an interim head coach with the North York Rockets in 1987...

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