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Player - Bob Lenarduzzi

Born: Vancouver, B.C., May 1, 1955.Bob Lenarduzzi

Clubs: Reading, Vancouver Whitecaps 1974-84, Vancouver 86ers 1987-88. Defender. Played 47 times for Canada's full national team as well as the for the Olympic team in 1984. North American Player of the Year in the NASL in 1978, Lenarduzzi was honoured for his outstanding displays in midfield for the Vancouver Whitecaps. He finished in ninth place in the league scoring race, scoring 10 goals and being credited with 17 assists. This was all the more remarkable since before that season he had been considered a defensive player, spending most of his career at full back or in the centre of the defence. The following season he returned to full back and was selected to the NASL Second All Star Team as a defender. At age 15, Lenarduzzi was signed by the English club Reading (67 games, 2 goals), playing in England for a number of years before returning to Canada in 1974 and joining the Whitecaps. He made his international debut for Canada against Poland in 1973 and was a regular choice for the national team from then until after the 1986 World Cup. He helped the Whitecaps win the Soccer Bowl '79 and was a member of the 1986 World Cup team playing in all three games. Named to the NASL's first North American All Star team in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1984. When the NASL folded and the Vancouver 86er's were formed he became the team's playercoach and then coach. On February 13, 1982 he became the coach of Canada's national teams a job he held until 1997. Inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, he later became General Manager of the Vancouver 86ers and an analyst on CTV Sportsnet's coverage of national team games.