Chris Bennett (soccer)
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|Date of birth||15 January 1952|
|Place of birth||London, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|1979–1980||Cleveland Force (indoor)||25||(6)|
|1975||Canadian Olympic (amateur)||4||(1)|
|1993–1997||Canada U20 (assistant)|
|2000–2004||Canadian Soccer Association|
|2004, 2005||Whitecaps FC Women|
|2005||Whitecaps FC men's reserves|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2008.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 May 2008
Chris Bennett (born 1951) is a former Canadian international and North American Soccer League soccer player. He was also one of the original Vancouver Whitecaps players from their first season in 1974. Since retiring from playing, he has been a soccer coach and instructor in the Vancouver area.
An English immigrant to Canada, Bennett was a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps of the NASL in their inaugural season of 1974, playing 8 games and netting two goals and an assist. Just before the 1976 season, the Whitecaps traded Bennett to the Seattle Sounders in exchange for Tommy Baldwin. In 1978, he moved to the Memphis Rogues. Prior to going to North America, Bennett was a member of Chelsea F.C. in 1970 and '71, although he never played a first-team game . He played indoor soccer at some point, likely the 1978-9 season, for the Cleveland Force.
Bennett earned six 'A' caps between 1973 and 1975 for Canada, scoring once. He also earned four Olympic team caps in 1975, scoring once.
Bennett was a coach for 12 years with the Canadian Soccer Association, including 1998 to 2000 as the U-15 boys' team head coach as well as assistant coach to the U-20 side and as an interim to the national side. The U-20 men's team won the 1995-6 CONCACAF gold medal whereas the 1993-4 team finished third in the same tournament. From 2001 he has provided soccer coaching to his local community in Coquitlam and at Penticton, BC, Canada.
Bennett was in 2005 and possibly 2006 coach of the Whitecaps F.C. men's reserves. In 2004, he led the Whitecaps women's team to the W-League championship which subsequently led to his inauguration in the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
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