Dale Mitchell

Apr 21, 1958
Vancouver, CAN
183 cm
Where they grew up
Vancouver, CAN
International "A" Level - CAN MNT
55 Appearances
55 Starts
19 Goals
6 Assists


Dale Mitchell

Dale William Mitchell... soccer family (father Bill)... parents Bill and Diana Mitchell... he was born in Vancouver when his father played for Vancouver Pilseners FC... he married his wife Dianne... he was five years old when he started playing soccer... grew up participating in soccer and basketball... enjoys golf, reading, music... growing up, favourites included Gordie Howe...

a four-time Canadian Soccer League winner (1988, 1989, 1990, 1992), a three-time Canadian Soccer League playoff winner (1988, 1989, 1990) and a one-time North American Soccer Championship winner (1990)... Canada’s top goalscorer across FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1985 (four goals in three international matches), although he missed the final matches through injury... in 2000, one of 17 alternates shortlisted by The Soccer Hall of Fame (he became an honoured member as part of the Class of 2002)... in 2012 as part of the Canadian Soccer Association’s Centennial Celebration, was honoured on the All-Time Canada XI men’s team...

granted his Canada Soccer Coaching B Licence in 2001 and earned his Canada Soccer Coaching A Licence in 2003... attended the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Vancouver...

wrote historian Colin Jose, Mitchell “was one of the finest goal scorers Canada ever produced”... wrote the Portland Timbers in 1981, “exhibits exceptional ball skills with deft touch... has good vision and is an excellent passer; very quick, especially over the first few yards, which enables him to go past people. A good striker of the ball, especially at bending the ball around walls on free kicks”... said teammate Brian Gant in 1981 (of then 23-year old Dale Mitchell), “most players never possess the skill that Dale had at 16; of the top North American forwards I would put him up there with Steve Moyers and Branko Segota; of those three, I would rank Dale as the most skillful”...

as idolized in the 1986 lyrics for Oh Canada, We’ll Proudly Play for You, “Dale Mitchell has touches like no one else has got, in Mexico we’ll show them how to play”... said Glen Johnson in 2018, “at his peak, Dale Mitchell was Canada’s best player by a mile”...


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