The five players I wish still played for my Vancouver Whitecaps

White Is The Colour

While new head coach Martin Rennie is working hard to bring better talent to the current Vancouver Whitecaps squad, his job would be so much easier if he were able to access the DeLorean and head back in time at a rate of 1.21 Gigawatts to pick up a useful player or five.

Were it possible, here are five names to consider.

Bobby Lenarduzzi

Bobby was a hometown favourite, born in Vancouver, who proved to be an excellent defender.

Although he was capable of playing anywhere along the back line, he mainly featured as an outside player at fullback. Lenarduzzi had a good eye for goal as well, scoring at a rate of roughly once every ten games during his career.

He played 47 times for Canada, and became involved at the highest levels of professional soccer with the Whitecaps .

He currently is a part of Vancouver senior management.

Carl Valentine

Carl is an Englishman who became a naturalized Canadian.

He had productive stints with Oldham Athletic and West Bromwich Albion in the English league, but is best remembered for his five years playing in Vancouver with the ‘Caps.

Carl was a fast striker who frequently liked to come in off the wing. He managed 44 goals in 165 appearances with the Whitecaps, and also was involved in setting up many other goals.

At present, Carl works for the Vancouver organization as a staff coach and club ambassador.

Carl Valentine

Carl Valentine best remembered for his five years playing in Vancouver with the ‘Caps.

Bruce Grobbelaar

The world of sports needs good athletes, but it also relies on pure characters to keep the interest of those observers beyond the fan(atic).

In Zimbabwean Grobbelaar, Vancouver had an exceptional netminder and an exceptional personality.

He was the original eccentric ‘keeper, springing about all over the place for even the most routine of saves, and he always had an outrageous quote or two up his sleeves.

Just don’t ask him about gambling on sports (while still playing as a pro) in Europe.

Bruce Wilson

Here is another local player, born in Vancouver, who excelled for the ‘Caps and in other locations.

Wilson was a calm, assured defender who was also an excellent tackler. He played from 1974-77 for Vancouver, as well as two years in Chicago, and another as a steady presence among the storied and star-studded New York Cosmos squad, where he also won the NASL championship.

Wilson managed to garner 51 caps for Canada and captained his country at the 1986 World Cup, Canada’s only appearance.

He would be a welcome presence today on a less than stable back line.

Peter Lorimer

Lorimer was a past Scottish international, who may be somewhat forgotten these days, but he is certainly the most talented player to ever pull on a Vancouver jersey as a Whitecap in any era.

He started out with the fearsome Leeds United team of the early 1970s that won two English Division One titles (now called the Premier League).

He managed an astounding 151 goals in 450 appearances as a slick midfielder with Leeds.

His professional debut took place at the unbelievable age of 15. Lorimer played with the Whitecaps from 1981-83 in the big money days of the NASL, and he posted 23 goals in 87 outings with Vancouver.

He was a true talent who would resuscitate the lethargic midfield that burdens the current edition of the Whitecaps.

Embrace the past Vancouver.

Whats  your take? Any past performers you’d like to see suit up in 2012?


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