Player - Tino Lettieri

Born: Bari, Italy, Sept. 27, 1957.Tino Lettieri

Clubs: Minnesota Kicks 1977-81, Vancouver Whitecaps 1982-83, Minnesota Strikers 1984, Hamilton Steelers 1987. Played 24 times for Canada's full national team as well as for the Olympic team in 1984. Backup goalkeeper to Jack Brand on the 1976 Olympic team and to Tony Chursky and Zeljko Bilecki in 1977 World Cup competition, Lettieri was Canada's first choice in 1980 and was a vital element in the team reaching the second round of the World Cup in 1981. Gained notice as goalkeeper for the Minnesota Kicks despite being on the small side for this position. Thrived on pressure and blanked some of the best known players in the game in a shootout against the Cosmos in New York in 1978 before a wildly partisan crowd of more than 60,000. Known during his years in the NASL for keeping a stuffed parrot named "Ozzie" in the back of his net, he was a member of the 1986 World Cup team and played in two games. Named the NASL's North American Player of the Year in 1983 and to the NASL's North American All Star team in 1982 and 1983. Later played one season in the Canadian Soccer League for Hamilton Steelers.