Domenic Mobilio

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Domenic Mobilio
Personal information
Full name Domenic Mobilio
Date of birth January 14, 1969
Place of birth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Date of death November 13, 2004(2004-11-13) (aged 35)
Place of death Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–2000 Vancouver 86ers 280 (167)
1989–1992 Baltimore Blast (indoor) 182 (171)
1993–1994 Dundee 2 (0)
1993–1996 Harrisburg Heat (indoor) 46 (72)
1996–1999 Edmonton Drillers (indoor) 79 (92)
1999–2000 Philadelphia Kixx (indoor) 59 (96)
2000–2001 Detroit Rockers (indoor) 15 (27)
Total 661 (625)
National team
1986–1997 Canada 25 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 27, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 27, 2009

Domenic Mobilio (January 14, 1969 – November 13, 2004) was a Canadian professional soccer player.

Club career[edit]

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mobilio was a long-time member of the Vancouver 86ers turned Vancouver Whitecaps. He played 14 seasons beginning with the team in the Canadian Soccer League, later joining the American Professional Soccer League, before finishing up a Whitecap. He retired from the professional outdoor game in 2001.

Although Mobilio had trials overseas, most notably in Scotland (he played two Scottish Premier League games in the 93/94 season for Dundee F.C.) and the Netherlands, he never left Vancouver. His 167 goals in 280 games is second for a player in professional soccer in Canada and the United States after the NASL's great Giorgio Chinaglia and his total of 243. He was a six time league all-star (CSL 1988, 1990, and 1991; APSL 1993 and 1996; A-League, 1997); the CSL's all-time leading scorer and 1990 top scorer and MVP. He began the 1996-1997 NPSL season with the Harrisburg Heat, but was traded to the Edmonton Drillers after seven games.

Indoor soccer[edit]

He also was a long-time pro indoor soccer player, being named MISL Newcomer of the Year for 1989 playing for the Baltimore Blast. He played with the Blast until 1992. Mobilio also played in the National Professional Soccer League with the Philadelphia Kixx and the Detroit Rockers.

International career[edit]

Mobilio was a member of the Canadian U-20 team which competed at the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship.

He made his senior debut for Canada in a January 1986 friendly match against Paraguay and went on to earn 25 caps. Mobilio scored three goals, all coming in a nearly successful qualifying campaign for the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals.[1]

His final international was a November 1997 World Cup qualification match against the USA.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 April 18, 1993 Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, Canada  Honduras 1-1 3-1 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 May 2, 1993 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  El Salvador 2-1 2-1 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 July 31, 1993 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Australia 2-1 2-1 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification

Coaching career[edit]

Upon retirement, Mobilio worked as a technical director with the Coquitlam City Soccer Association and became a coach of youth soccer in Coquitlam.[2]

Honours[edit]

Mobilio was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006.[2] He was inducted in the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame on February 16, 2008.[3]

Personal life and death[edit]

His cousin Melissa played for Vancouver Whitecaps Women and the Trinity Western Spartans.[4]

Mobilio died in 2004 at age 35 of a sudden and massive heart attack, suffered while driving from a friend's house in Burnaby after playing a game of amateur soccer.[5] Friends and relatives then established a foundation in his memory to fund various soccer associations to allow under privileged children an opportunity to enjoy the sport.[6]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA Player Profiles: Domenic Mobilio
  2. ^ a b Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame: Domenic Mobilio Retrieved on March 20, 2009
  3. ^ Baltimore Blast: Fifth Class to be Inducted into Blast Hall of Fame
  4. ^ "Trinity Western University Profile". Twu.ca. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ Former Canadian soccer player Domenic Mobilio dies - CBC Sports
  6. ^ "Domenic Mobilio Foundation". Domenicmobilio.org. Retrieved November 16, 2013.