Player - Victor Kodelja

Born: Capua-Casserta, Italy, Nov 26, 1951.Victor Kodelja

Victor Kodelja played 10 times for Canada, including a 1974 match against Hungary in Budapest, in which he scored a brilliant goal. While he started his career on the wing he was later developed into a first class defender. He won a Canadian championship medal with Vancouver Columbus in 1969, and then joined the Vancouver Whitecaps when that club was formed in 1974. His years in the North American Soccer League saw him move from the Whitecaps to San Antonio Thunder, Team Hawaii, San Jose Earthquakes, Calgary Boomers, Toronto Blizzard and finally Chicago where he was a member of the team that won the NASL championship in 1984. In total, he played 185 regular season games and 12 playoff games in the NASL, scoring 17 goals. Early in his career he was named "Sun Soccer Boy", an award given annually to the best young soccer player in Vancouver. His peers consider him to have been one of the most skilful Canadian players they ever played with or against.