One of the all-time fan favourites in Vancouver professional sports and a member of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, Carl Valentine is the club’s all-time leader in appearances with 409 and fourth all-time in goals scored with 65. The English-born talent arrived in Vancouver for the start of the historic 1979 season and became a key contributor to the club’s run to the NASL Soccer Bowl. Valentine would stay in Vancouver until the NASL folded following the 1984 season and would go on to join West Bromwich Albion back in England. The winger represented Canada in the 1986 FIFA World Cup and in 1987 he returned to Vancouver to become a key member of the 86ers team that went on to win a remarkable four straight CSL championships from 1988 to 1991. Valentine played 19 memorable seasons in Vancouver and remains with Whitecaps FC today as U-16 residency assistant coach and club ambassador.
As U-16 residency assistant coach, Valentine aids head coach Adam Day to prepare and implement training plans, prepare individual technical and tactical training plans, prepare & deliver match analyses video of the U-16 residency upcoming opponent, and prepare the group mentally for competition.
A speedy and skillful player, Valentine became a fan favourite during the club's days in the old North American Soccer League (NASL), Canadian Soccer League (CSL), and United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1). The native of Manchester, England, was an integral part of the Whitecaps FC side that won the 1979 NASL championship title, while he was also a key member of the Vancouver 86ers squad that claimed four-straight CSL championship titles between 1988 and 1991. Valentine sits third on the club's career points list with 65 goals and 69 assists for 199 points. Between 1994 and 1999, Valentine served as Whitecaps FC head coach.
Though born in the United Kingdom, Valentine made 31 international appearances for Canada between 1985 and 1993, and was part of the squad that appeared at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Making his international debut in St. John's, Newfoundland, on September 14, 1985, Valentine is renowned for assisting on both goals in the decisive 2-1 victory over Honduras that took Canada to Mexico '86.