VANCOUVER, BC – 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 ticketmaster.ca/whitecaps.
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 whitecapsfc.com 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 whitecapsfc.com/tickets.