Canada does not have a rich men’s soccer history. Yes, they won the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico City and won the 2000 Gold Cup in Los Angeles. But after that, Canada’s success in men’s soccer has been rather bleak.
In professional league play however, one of Canada’s greatest moments was when the Vancouver Whitecaps won the 1979 Soccer Bowl by defeating the Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-1 at New York’s Giants Stadium to win the North American Soccer League Championship. In a humurous moment, according to the Vancouver Sun, ABC commentator Jim McKay addressed the Whitecaps victory with the comment, “the people in the village of Vancouver will be excited.”
The NASL folded in 1984, and Vancouver had great success as the 86ers in the old Canadian Soccer League from 1987-1992, being the champion four times. Vancouver also played in the A-League and United Soccer League over the last two decades.