Les (Buzz) Parsons
Les (Buzz)

16 December 1950
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
175 cm
Simon Fraser University
Where they grew up
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Les (Buzz) Parsons

Leslie Parsons... parents Les and Bernice... helped introduce the Pepsi “Pele” film to schools and clubs across in Vancouver in over 90 locations... worked for Gray Beverage Company in Vancouver before moving to Toronto in 1974 to join Canada Soccer’s national team “in being”... worked for adidas Canada in Toronto...

honoured by the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as a player... honoured by the Soccer Hall of Fame of British Columbia and the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame...

represented Canada in two cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, one cycle of Olympic Qualifiers, one edition of the Pan American Games... Canada’s top goalscorer in 1971 across Olympic Qualifiers and Pan American Games (record six goals in 12 international matches)... Canada’s top goalscorer across FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1976 and 1977 (four goals in eight international matches)... career 45 international appearances across 10 years from 1971 to 1980 with Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team, including 24 international "A" appearances... when he left international football in 1980, he ranked second all-time with 45 international appearances (just three back from Canada record holder Sam Lenarduzzi)...

with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, a North American Soccer League Championship winner (Soccer Bowl 1979)... with Eintracht Vancouver SC, a Canada Soccer National Championships winner (Challenge Trophy in 1971)...

wrote Jim Matheson in 1971, Buzz “is one of the best soccer players in the nation. He controls play from midfield like few players in the country”... wrote Frank Pike in 1971, at forward Parsons “has used his power to create huge gaps for exploitation and is extremely dangerous in possession around the 18-yard area”...

said Buzz Parsons in 1979, “my biggest thrill was wearing the uniform of Canada’s national team in a World Cup qualifying match at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium. What’s more, I scored a goal in that game”...

said Gary Thompson in 2018, “Buzz Parsons was good in the air and just hustled continuously. He was a very hard worker and he impressed a number of people”...

For Country

represented Canada at VI Pan American Games Cali 1971... represented Canada in 1971 Olympic Qualifying for München 1972... he was 21 years old when he made his debut for Canada at the national A level (20 August 1972)... represented Canada in 1972 CONCACAF / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Germany 1974... represented Canada in 1976-77 CONCACAF / FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Argentina 1978 (helped Canada finish fourth in the 1977 CONCACAF Championship)... twice played in a career-high eight consecutive Canada matches (1972 to 1973 and 1977 to 1980); played in 23 of 26 Canada “A” matches from 1972 to 1980...

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