By Ali Lee, with files from Victoria Highlanders FC
VICTORIA, B.C. – In honour of Victoria’s 150 year anniversary and the Canadian Soccer Association’s 100 year anniversary, the Victoria Highlandes Football Club are pleased to announce the Legends of Soccer Charity Match. The team of soccer legends, mostly past national team players, will comepte against the Greater Victoria firefighters team on Jul. 29 at 3p.m. at Royal Athletic Park.
Among the roster of legends set to play is University of Victoria Vikes women’s soccer head coach Tracy David. David will enter her 11th season with the Vikes but prior to her established coaching career, David made quite an impact as a player. She began her career with the Edmonton Angels where she captained the team to six national titles in ten years. She was instrumental in the creation of varsity women’s soccer at the University of Alberta and helped organize the women’s university soccer league, which Canada West first played in 1983. In 1986, David was selected to be apart of the inaugural Canadian Women’s National team. David played a total of 15 times for Canada, and was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003.
Also on the roster set to play is Vikes goalkeeper coach Carlos Almeida and CIS All-Canadians Kendra Flock and Jaclyn Sawicki. Other all-stars expected to line the pitch include 1984 Olympian striker Ken Garraway, Canadian midfielder Martin Nash, NHL Stanley Cup champion Geoff Courtnall and NHL Dallas Stars player Jamie Benn.
The event is in celebration of Victoria’s local players’ contributions, Victoria’s 150th anniversary and the Canadian Soccer Association’s 100 year anniveresary. All proceeds will be going to the Archie Courtnall Center.
In addition to the the players that have represented Canada, the Highlanders have also invited several professional athletes with ties to Victoria and the local area. Confirmation of attendance is still being confirmed but a full list of the roster will be available.
Tickets are available at Soccerworld starting the week of Jul. 10 at a cost of $2 for students and seniors, 5 for adults and kids under 12 are free. Tickets will also be available at the gate.
The Victoria Highlanders are also conducting an auction on their web page for the chance to play with the team of Soccer Legends. Two roster spots are available to the highest bidder.