Dale Mitchell (soccer)
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|Full name||Dale William Mitchell|
|Date of birth||April 21, 1958|
|Place of birth||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1984–1985||Tacoma Stars (indoor)||96||(96)|
|1986–1987||Kansas City Comets (indoor)||99||(99)|
|1990–1991||Baltimore Blast (indoor)||51||(42)|
|1992–1994||Tacoma Stars (indoor)||40||(45)|
|1995–1999||Vancouver 86ers reserves|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 19, 2009|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 19, 2009
He made 55 appearances for the Canadian national team and scored a then national record 19 goals. He coached the Canadian national team from May 2007 until March 27, 2009. In 2012 as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's centennial celebration, he was named to the all-time Canada XI men's team. He was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2002. In March 2014 it was announced that he would also be a 2014 inductee into the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame.
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Mitchell played in the former North American Soccer League. He began his professional career with the Vancouver Whitecaps (1977, 1978), then played for the Portland Timbers (1979 to 1982) and for the Montreal Manic (1983). He was an original player with the Vancouver 86ers of the Canadian Soccer League and American Professional Soccer League for whom he scored 37 goals during seasons from 1988 to 1990 and 1992 to 1994. He was with the Toronto Blizzard for the 1991 season.
Mitchell also played nine indoor soccer seasons in the old Major Indoor Soccer League with the Tacoma Stars, Kansas City Comets, and the Baltimore Blast. Mitchell finished as the league's third all-time goal scorer and fourth in total points with 406 goals and 280 assists for 686 points.
Mitchell played every minute of Canada's matches at the 1984 Summer Olympics, scoring three goals including the equalizer when Canada took Brazil into extra time and eventually penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.
He made his senior debut for Canada in a September 1980 friendly match against New Zealand and played his final international in August 1993 against Australia. He represented Canada in 22 World Cup qualifiers and also played in the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals in Canada's third group stage match against the Soviet Union.
- Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
|1||September 15, 1980||Empire Stadium, Vancouver, Canada||New Zealand||2–0||4–0||Friendly|
|2||September 15, 1980||Empire Stadium, Vancouver, Canada||New Zealand||3–0||4–0||Friendly|
|3||November 11, 1980||Guatemala City, Guatemala||Guatemala||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|4||October 12, 1981||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Trinidad and Tobago||4–2||Friendly|
|5||October 12, 1981||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Trinidad and Tobago||4–2||Friendly|
|6||April 20, 1985||Victoria, Canada||Guatemala||1–0||2–1||1986 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7||April 20, 1985||Victoria, Canada||Guatemala||2–0||2–1||1986 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8||May 5, 1985||Guatemala City, Guatemala||Guatemala||1–0||1–1||1986 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9||May 8, 1985||Port-au-Prince, Haiti||Haiti||1–0||2–0||1986 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10||June 2, 1985||Seoul, South Korea||Ghana||2–1||Presidents Cup|
|11||October 2, 1988||Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Trinidad and Tobago||2–1||Friendly|
|12||October 15, 1988||Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, Canada||Guatemala||1–2||3–2||1990 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13||October 15, 1988||Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, Canada||Guatemala||2–2||3–2||1990 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14||June 28, 1991||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, U.S.||Honduras||1–4||2–4||1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|15||June 28, 1991||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, U.S.||Honduras||2–4||2–4||1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|16||July 3, 1991||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, U.S.||Jamaica||1–0||3–2||1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|17||October 18, 1992||National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica||Jamaica||1–1||1–1||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|18||November 1, 1992||Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada||Jamaica||1–0||1–0||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|19||November 8, 1992||Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, Canada||El Salvador||2–2||2–3||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Following his retirement as a player, Mitchell coached the 86ers reserves squad and was first-team assistant coach from 1995 to 1999. He succeeded Carl Valentine as the club's head coach in 1999 when the club was renamed the Vancouver Whitecaps. From 2001 to 2007, Mitchell was Canada's Under-20 national team head coach. In 2004, he served as an assistant coach to Frank Yallop with the senior national team during FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. In May 2007, he was appointed head coach of the Canadian men's senior team. In 2008, Canada did not progress beyond CONCACAF Stage III of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, finishing in the so-called CONCACAF Group of Death behind the higher-ranked Mexican and Honduran teams. Mitchell was relieved of his duties on March 27, 2009.
- Goalscoring for Canada National Team - RSSSF
- "Association announces All-Time Canada XI - men's team - Canada Soccer".
- "Previous Tournaments". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on
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- Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA
- "1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico ™". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
- "Mitchell given the boot", The Canadian Press, Friday, March 27, 2009.
- Dale Mitchell at CanadaSoccer.com
- Dale Mitchell at CanadaSoccer.com at the Wayback Machine (archived June 5, 2011)
- Dale Mitchell at National-Football-Teams.com
- Dale Mitchell becomes Canadian Senior Men's head coach (CanadaSoccer.com)
- CSA press release for hiring Mitchell to their coaching staff (CanadaSoccer.com)
- Mitchell Named To CSA Coaching Post (CanadaSoccer.com)