By Ali Lee, with files from Canadian Soccer Association

The Canadian Soccer Association announced today, May 25, the Best XI in 50 Years teams, selected by the Soccer Hall of Fame in honor of the association’s centenary celebrations. Two lists were announced from two eras including a team of eleven from 1912-1962 and a team of eleven from 1963-2012. The University of Victoria Vikes long-standing men’s head coach Bruce Wilson was named to the latter of those lists.


The Best in 50 Years: 1912-1962 features players who have made notable contributions to the sport of soccer in Canada including players such as Geordie Campbell, Doug McMahon and Jack Cowan.

Wilson was named to the 1963-2012 roster under the position of left back alongside Mike Sweeney, Craig Forrest and Colin Miller. Wilson competed for the North American Soccer League (NASL) and for Canada and was played the second most games (299) of any player in the NASL. Wilson captained the Canadian team that wen to the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals, the only time Canada has appeared. Wilson has also had the nod from the National Soccer Hall of Fame and amassed 51 caps with team Canada.

Wilson has coached the Vikes men’s soccer team for the past 24 seasons earning nine Canada West banners and five CIS titles, including the most recent victory in 2011 on home turf. Wilson has been named Canada West coach of the year nine times and CIS coach of the year twice.

The Canadian Soccer Association celebrates its 100th anniversary throughout the 2012 calendar year. Although soccer has been played in Canada since 1876, the Canadian Soccer Association was officially inaugurated on May 24, 1912. The Canadian Soccer Association will also be unveiling a Top-10 Moments feature and an All-Time Canada XI team for men’s and women’s soccer.

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