22-28 October: Happy Birthday to our Canadian Footballers!
Posted on 21 October 2012 in Around the Soccer World
22 October 1986 - Kara Lang (Oakville, ON)
CONCACAF champion Kara Lang represented Canada at two FIFA Women’s World Cups, including a fourth-place finish at USA 2003. She led Canada in minutes played in her first two seasons and also co-led Canada with 11 goals scored in 2003. In 92 appearances for her country, she scored 34 career goals. She also won a silver medal at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
23 October 1981 - Olivier Occean (Brossard, QC)
Olivier Occean is in his eighth season with Canada's national team, having made his debut at age 22 on 30 May 2004. Now playing in the German Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt, he was last season's Bundesliga.2 top scorer with SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Occean is now in his third cycle of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He has also participated in one CONCACAF Gold Cup.
24 October 1957 - Wes McLeod (Vancouver, BC)
Wes McLeod played in two Soccer Bowl finals with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, losing in 1978 to the Cosmos and 1979 to the Whitecaps. He also took part in two cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, pushing Canada to within a goal of qualifying for Spain 1982. He also represented Canada at the Montréal 1976 Olympics. In 2005, he became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.
26 October 1971 - Andrea Neil (Vancouver, BC)
Andrea Neil was the first Canadian to feature in four FIFA Women’s World Cups, with the highlight a fourth-place finish at USA 2003. Over an 18-year career, she set a national record by making 132 international appearances. She also won four CONCACAF silver medals. In 2012, she became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.
Milan Borjan 23-Oct-1987 (Hamilton, ON)
Norman Patterson 27-Oct-1945 (Montréal, QC)
Darren Poole 27-Oct-1962 (Edmonton, AB)
Mary Beth Bowie 28-Oct-1978 (Dartmouth, NS)