Anniversary Match 1979 2019

– Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that the club will hold official celebrations commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl championship team at the Friday, May 31 home match against Toronto FC. Please note that the anniversary match has moved from the originally announced date of August 31.
16 members of the ’79 team will be in attendance and recognized prior to kickoff. Attendees include:

1, Phil Parkes, goalkeeper 

2, Ray Lewington, midfielder 

3, Bob McNab, left back/assistant coach 

5, Bob Lenarduzzi, left back 

6, Roger Kenyon, centre back 

7, Buzz Parsons, right back 

10, Bob Bolitho, right back/midfielder 

11, Kevin Hector, striker 

18, Dan Lenarduzzi, centre back 

20, Willie Johnston, winger 

21, Carl Valentine, winger 

24, Derek Possee, striker 

28, Steve Nesin, striker 

29, Carl Shearer, centre back 

Tony Waiters, head coach
Les Wilson, manager 
Also representing the late Whitecaps NASL general manager John Best will be his wife Claudia Best.
Leading up to the match, BC Place will be offering a limited number of tickets every Thursday at 11 a.m. PT for $19.79. Tickets will be released online at
Following the match, fans are invited to join members of the 1979 team for a social event at the BC Sports Hall of Fame from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. PT. Tickets are $25, including one drink. Season ticket members will be e-mailed with first priority on Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. PT, before public on sale at starting at 4 p.m. PT. Net proceeds will be donated to Jumpstart. Space is limited.
Whitecaps FC return home this Friday, May 10 against Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers. For information on ticket options, visit