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Player - John McGrane

Born: Glasgow, Scotland, October 12, 1953.John McGrane

Clubs: Team Canada 1976 Olympics, Los Angeles Aztecs 1977-1981, National Team 1977 & 1980, Montreal Manic 1981-1983, Minnesota Strikers 1984. John McGrane began his career in Hamilton minor soccer and then graduated to Hamilton City in the National Soccer League. In 1976, while attending Simon Fraser University, he was selected as a winger for the Canadian team that participated in the final rounds of the Olympic Games. On the strength of his display, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Aztecs of the NASL and played with the legendary Johann Cruyff and under the great Dutch coach Rinus Michels. To cope with injuries, the Aztecs pressed him into service as a full back and later as centre back, and he became a regular starter. This led to his selection for the national team squad for World Cup qualifying in 1977, and again in 1980 when he played a major role in the team qualifying for the second round in 1981. When the Aztecs folded, he moved to the Montreal Manic and was a member of the team that drew huge crowds to Olympic Stadium in the early 1980s. When the Manic went out of business in 1983, he moved to the Minnesota Strikers in 1984 for what proved to be the final NASL season. In total John played 207 games in the NASL regular season, scoring 4 goals, and played another 22 games in the play offs.