1977 Vancouver Whitecaps season

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1974 season
ChairmanHerb Capozzi
ManagerEckhard 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
1978 →

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

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 1, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2011.