Carl Valentine

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Carl Valentine
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Personal information
Full name Carl Howard Valentine
Date of birth (1958-07-04) July 4, 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Ambassador/Staff Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1979 Oldham Athletic 61 (7)
1979–1984 Vancouver Whitecaps 165 (44)
1984–1986 West Bromwich Albion 44 (6)
1985–1987 Cleveland Force (indoor) 124 (83)
1987–1999 Vancouver 86ers ? (?)
1988–1990 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 100 (55)
1990–1991 Kansas City Comets (indoor) 48 (27)
1991–1992 Tacoma Stars (indoor) 40 (16)
National team
1985–1993 Canada 31 (1)
Teams managed
1994–1999 Vancouver 86ers
1999–2007 North Shore Development Centre
2008–2009 Coastal WFC
2009–2010 Ottawa Fury
* 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

Carl Howard Valentine (born July 4, 1958) is a former professional soccer player and coach who has had a long association with soccer in the Vancouver area (British Columbia, Canada).

He was the head coach of Ottawa Fury in the USL Premier Development League[1] until taking the position as Vancouver Whitecaps FC club ambassador and staff coach in 2010, in the lead-up to the Whitecaps inaugural season in Major League Soccer.[2]

Club career[edit]

Valentine had a long, successful playing career from the late 1970s to the late 1990s with several clubs, notably the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League, Oldham Athletic, West Bromwich Albion of the Football League, and the Vancouver 86ers of the Canadian Soccer League and later American Professional Soccer League.

A striker, Valentine began his pro career in 1976 as a 17 year-old with Football League Second Division side Oldham Athletic. Valentine signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps and as a rookie helped them win their only North American Soccer League championship in 1979. Liking life in Vancouver, Valentine became a Canadian citizen in 1983. The lure of top division English football saw Valentine sign with West Midlands side West Brom in 1984. Until 2011, Valentine was the last player to have scored a winning goal for Albion against their local rivals Aston Villa, having scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win in 1985. After two seasons with the Baggies, in which he played 44 first-team games and scored 6 times, Valentine returned to Vancouver to play for the new franchise Vancouver 86ers, where he remained for the next 13 years. Retiring as a full-time player in 1992, Valentine was player/manager of the club until retiring in 1999.

On November 22, 1985, Valentine signed with the Cleveland Force of the Major Indoor Soccer League.[3] Valentine played three seasons with the Force which folded during the 1988 off season. He then signed with the Baltimore Blast.[4] In June 1990, Valentine signed a one year contract with the Blast only to be traded to the Kansas City Comets in exchange for Dale Mitchell on August 21, 1990.[5] The Comets folded at the end of the season and in September 1991, Valentine signed with the Tacoma Stars.

International career[edit]

Initially hoping to be selected to play for England at some point, Valentine passed on an offer to play for Canada at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He decided in 1985 however to declare his allegiance to his new home country and made his debut for Canada in a September 1985 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Honduras. Despite a bad case of influenza, Valentine famously assisted on both goals (with corner kicks) Canada scored to defeat Honduras 2-1 to advance to the World Cup Finals for the first (and until now, only) time.

He earned a total of 31 caps, scoring 1 goal.[6] He represented Canada in 9 World Cup qualifiers and played in the country's all three first round ties at the 1986 World Cup Finals.[7] His final international was an August 1993 World Cup qualification match against Australia, a game which also marked the end of the international careers of Dale Mitchell and Mike Sweeney.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 June 1992 Toronto, Canada  Hong Kong 3-0 3-1 Columbus 500 Cup

Personal life[edit]

Valentine and wife Gillian have two daughters, Keelie and Shannon, and a son, Gavin. He currently coaches youth soccer at the TSS (Total Soccer Systems) Academy in Richmond, British Columbia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Valentine named Fury PDL coach
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ SOCCER THE ORLANDO SENTINEL - Friday, November 22, 1985
  4. ^ BALTIMORE COURTS FORCE FREE AGENTS VALENTINE IS FIRST TO SIGN Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Saturday, August 20, 1988
  5. ^ SOCCER Washington Post - Tuesday, August 21, 1990
  6. ^ Appearances for Canada National Team - RSSSF
  7. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bobby Lenarduzzi
Vancouver Whitecaps Head Coach
1994-1999
Succeeded by
Dale Mitchell