1977 Vancouver Whitecaps season

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1974 season
ChairmanHerb Capozzi
Head coachEckhard Krautzun
NASLDivision: 2nd
Conference: 3rd
Overall: 8th
NASL PlayoffsPlay-In Round
Highest home attendance30,277
vs. NY (Jun 30)
Lowest home attendance6,922
vs. CON (Jun 5)
Average home league attendance11,897
← 1976
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The 1977 Vancouver Whitecaps season was the fourth season of the Whitecaps, and their fourth season in the North American Soccer League, which was at the time, the top flight of American Canadian soccer.

Qualifying for the playoffs for the second-straight season, the Whitecaps were eliminated by their Cascadian rivals, the Seattle Sounders, for the second straight season, in the first round of the postseason. The 'Caps finished second in their division, behind the Minnesota Kicks.


The Vancouver Whitecaps came into their fourth season riding off the most successful season in franchise history. The 1976 squad qualified for the NASL playoffs for the first time, but lost to their Cascadian rivals, Seattle Sounders in the first round of the playoffs. Entering the 1977 season, the club made several defensive upgrades.




The 1977 squad[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK England ENG Graham Moseley
2 DF Canada CAN Garry Ayre
3 DF Canada CAN Bruce Wilson
4 DF Germany GER Holgar Osieck
5 DF Canada CAN Bob Lenarduzzi
6 DF Italy ITA Sam Lenarduzzi
7 MF Canada CAN Buzz Parsons
8 FW Canada CAN Glen Johnson
9 FW Canada CAN Brian Budd
10 MF Canada CAN Bob Bolitho
No. Pos. Nation Player
11 DF Canada CAN Les Wilson
12 MF Germany GER Horst Köppel
12 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia YUG Marko Vujkovic
13 MF Canada CAN Darryl Samson
14 MF England ENG Brian Bason
14 DF England ENG Peter Simpson
15 MF Germany GER Peter Stollwerk
16 FW England ENG Tommy Ord
17 FW England ENG Tony Funnell
18 DF Canada CAN Gary Thompson

Team management and staff[edit]





Pos Club Pld W L GF GA GD Pts
1 Minnesota Kicks 26 16 10 44 36 +8 137
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 26 14 12 43 36 +7 124
3 Seattle Sounders 26 14 12 43 34 +9 123
4 Portland Timbers 26 10 16 39 42 −3 98

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Results summary[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Source: soccerstats.us
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; L = Loss; T = Tie

Match results[edit]

April 8, 1977 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 0–1 Portland Timbers Vancouver
PT Report Scullion Stadium: Empire Stadium
Attendance: 10,519
April 24, 1977 3 Vancouver Whitecaps 1–0 Minnesota Kicks Vancouver
PT Funnell Report Stadium: Empire Stadium
Attendance: 10,147
July 30, 1977 24 Washington Diplomats 0–3 Vancouver Whitecaps Washington, D.C.
PT Report Possee
Stadium: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 17,225

NASL Playoffs[edit]

Mid-season friendlies[edit]





Loan in[edit]

No. Pos. Player Loaned From Start End Source
12 MF Germany Horst Köppel Germany Mönchengladbach April 1977 October 1977

Loan out[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps rosters". North American Soccer League Jerseys. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Year in American Soccer – 1977". American Soccer History Archives. Archived from the original on July 13, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2011.