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Player - Garry Ayre

Born: Vancouver, B.C., October 12, 1953.Garry Ayre

Played 21 times for Canada. Clubs: New Westminster Blues, Vancouver Whitecaps 1977-78, New York Cosmos 1978-79, Portland Timbers 1979-80. Defender, A member of Canada's 1976 Olympic team, at the Olympic Games in Montreal he played against the Soviet Union and North Korea. He was also a member of Canada's national team at the Pan American Games in Mexico in 1975. In 1977 he turned professional with the Vancouver Whitecaps played 23 games in that first season and 15 in 1978 before being transfered to the New York Cosmos where he played in Soccer Bowl 78 as a substitute. Toured Europe with the Cosmos in the fall of 1978 and played against Red Star Belgrade, AEK Athens, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Chelsea. Later toured South America with the Cosmos playing against the Argentina U23 team which included the young Maradona. Often used in a special midfield role by the Vancouver club in shadowing the opposition's key player. In 1979 he moved on to the Portland Timbers where he played 18 games and 11 the following season. With the national team for World Cup play in 1976 and 1977, but a serious knee injury kept him off the 1980 roster. In 1973 he won a Gold Medal playing for the British Columbia Under 23 team at the Canada Summer Games, and in 1975 at the Western Canada Summer Games. In 1979 he signed with the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League and played 25 games indoors during the 1979-80 season. In 1981 he returned to the indoor game with Baltimore Blast but only played ten games before a knee injury ended his career. Holds a Canadian "C' license for coaching.