|Date of birth||November 16, 1961|
|Place of birth||North Plainfield, New Jersey, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1982||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||29||(2)|
|1984||New York Cosmos||14||(0)|
|1984–1985||New York Cosmos (indoor)||27||(9)|
|1985||Chicago Sting (indoor)||19||(2)|
|1985–1987||Minnesota Strikers (indoor)||44||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Dan Canter is a retired U.S. soccer defender. He played three seasons in the North American Soccer League and three in Major Indoor Soccer League. He also earned twenty-nine caps with the U.S. national team, scoring two goals, between 1983 and 1985.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League drafted Canter in the 1982 NASL College Draft. He quickly won a starting job on the Strikers first team, playing twenty-nine games and scoring twice. In 1983, the U.S. Soccer Federation, in coordination with the NASL, entered the U.S. national team, known as Team America, into the NASL as a league franchise. The team drew on U.S. citizens playing in the NASL, Major Indoor Soccer League and American Soccer League. In January 1983, Canter left the Strikers and signed with Team America. When Team America finished the 1983 season with a 10-20 record, the worst in the NASL, USSF withdrew the team from the league. Canter returned to the Strikers in time for the 1983-1984 NASL indoor season. The Strikers which were in the process of relocating from Fort Lauderdale to Minnesota, did not play in that season. Therefore, the Strikers loaned Canter to the New York Cosmos. On February 28, 1984, the Strikers traded Canter to the Cosmos in exchange for Mike Jeffries, a 1985 first round draft pick and cash. That year Canter was an NASL All Star honorable mention (third team). The NASL collapsed after the 1984 outdoor season and several of the league’s teams, including the Cosmos, moved to MISL for the 1984-1985 season. Canter began the season with the Cosmos, but financial difficulties led the Cosmos to trade him to the Chicago Sting in exchange for Robert Meschbach and cash in February 1985. On November 15, 1985, the Sting traded Canter to the Minnesota Strikers in exchange for Ben Collins and two draft picks.
Canter earned his first cap in the national team’s only 1983 game, a 2-0 win over Haiti. Canter played the first national team game in 1984, a 0-0 tie with Italy and was an integral part of the team as it prepared for the upcoming 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Unfortunately for him, he injured himself just prior to the games and was replaced by Kazbek Tambi on the roster. Canter returned for the next two full initernationals in September and October, but did not play again until May 1985. At that point, he again became a regular starter as the U.S. moved through the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds. He was part of the debacle in Torrance, California where the U.S. needed only a tie with Costa Rica to advance, but lost 1-0. He earned his last cap three weeks later when England crushed the U.S. 5-0 in Los Angeles.
Upon leaving the life of soccer, Canter became a salesperson for Rick Case Automotive Group before moving into management. After 19 years with Rick Case. He is currently New Car Sales Manager at Lauderdale Infiniti.
- Yannis, Alex. "Canter's Dream Comes True", The New York Times, June 3, 1984. Accessed October 29, 2013. "The 22-year-old Canter, who was born in North Plainfield, N.J., and grew up in Chatham Township, about 30 minutes by car from Giants Stadium, is in his third year in the league and first with the Cosmos."
- 2 STRIKERS ON TEAM AMERICA Miami Herald, The (FL) - Thursday, February 24, 1983
- HOCKEY: Los Angeles Kings -- Signed Canadian Washington Post, The (DC) - Tuesday, February 28, 1984
- STING WILL DEAL FOR ALL-STAR Chicago Tribune - Friday, February 15, 1985
- FREE-AGENT NIXON SIGNS WITH SONICS Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Friday, November 15, 1985
- USA - Details of International Matches 1980-1989 Archived September 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.