- Dale Mitchell (soccer)
Dale Mitchell Personal information Full name Dale William Mitchell Date of birth April 21, 1958 Place of birth Vancouver, Canada Playing position Striker (retired) Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1977–1978 Vancouver Whitecaps 5 (0) 1979–1982 Portland Timbers 101 (35) 1983 Montreal Manic 24 (8) 1984–1985 Tacoma Stars (indoor) 96 (96) 1986–1987 Kansas City Comets (indoor) 99 (99) 1988–1990 Vancouver 86ers (indoor) 213 (211) 1991 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 51 (42) 1992–1994 Tacoma Stars (indoor) 40 (45) National team‡ 1976 Canada U-20 3 (1) 1983–1987 Canada U-23 9 (4) 1980–1993 Canada 55 (19) Teams managed 1995–1999 Vancouver 86ers reserves 2000–2001 Vancouver Whitecaps 2002–2007 Canada U-20 2007–2009 Canada * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 September 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 September 2009
He made 55 appearances for the Canadian national team and scored a national record 19 goals. He is also former head coach of the Canadian national team, having held the post from May 2007 until March 27, 2009.
Mitchell played in the former North American Soccer League, beginning his pro career with the Vancouver Whitecaps (1977, 1978), playing with Portland Timbers (1979 to 1982), and for the Montreal Manic (1983). He was then an inaugural signee with the Vancouver 86ers of the Canadian Soccer League and American Professional Soccer League for whom he scored 37 goals during seasons from 1988 to 1990 and 1992 to 1994. He was with the Toronto Blizzard for the 1991 season.
Mitchell also played nine indoor soccer seasons in the old Major Indoor Soccer League with the Tacoma Stars, Kansas City Comets, and the Baltimore Blast. Mitchell finished as the league's third all-time goal scorer and fourth all-time points getting with 406 goals and 280 assists for 686 points.
Mitchell played every minute of Canada's matches at the 1984 Summer Olympics, scoring three goals including the equalizer that took Brazil to extra-time and eventually penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.
He made his senior debut for Canada in a September 1980 friendly match against New Zealand and played his final international in August 1993 against Australia. He represented Canada in 22 World Cup qualifiers and also played in the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals in Canada's third group stage match against Hungary.
- Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
Following his retirement as a player, Mitchell coached the 86ers reserves squad and was first-team assistant coach from 1995 to 1999, when he succeeded Carl Valentine as the club's head coach (as the club changed their name to the Vancouver Whitecaps). From 2001 to 2007, Mitchell served as Canada's Under-20 national team head coach. In 2004, he served as an assistant coach to Frank Yallop with the senior national team during FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. In May 2007, he was appointed head coach of the Canadian men's senior team. In 2008, he failed to guide Canada beyond CONCACAF Stage III of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, falling in the so-called CONCACAF Group of Death while higher-ranked nations Mexico and Honduras advanced to the final stage. He was relieved of his duties on 27 March 2009.
- ^ Goalscoring for Canada National Team - RSSSF
- ^ http://www.fifa.com/tournaments/archive/tournament=512/edition=3330/results/index.html
- ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA
- ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/archive/edition=68/results/matches/match=476/report.html
- ^ "Mitchell given the boot," The Canadian Press, Friday, March 27, 2009.
- Profile - Canada Soccer
- Career stats - National Football Teams
- Dale Mitchell becomes Canadian Senior Men's head coach
- CSA press release for hiring Mitchell to their coaching staff
Canada squads Canada squad – 1984 Summer Olympics Canada squad – 1986 FIFA World Cup Canada squad – 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup Canada national soccer team – Petrie (1957) · Dinsdale (1968–70) · Pike (1970–73) · McAllister (1973) · Krautzun (1973–75) · McAllister (1975) · Krautzun (1975–77) · Clarke (1979–81) · Waiters (1981–85) · Wilson (interim) (1985) · Waiters (1985–86) · Bearpark (1986–87) · Taylor (1988–89) · Lenarduzzi (1989–90) · Waiters (1990–91) · Lenarduzzi (1992–97) · Twamley (interim) (1998) · Osieck (1999–2003) · Miller (interim) (2003) · Yallop (2004–06) · Hart (interim) (2006–07) · Mitchell (2008–09) · Hart (2009–)
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