- Chris Bennett (soccer)
Chris Bennett Personal information Date of birth 15 January 1952 Place of birth London, England Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Playing position Striker Youth career 1970-1971 Chelsea Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1974 Vancouver Whitecaps 8 (2) 1976-1977 Seattle Sounders 17 (0) 1978 Memphis Rogues 5 (0) 1979-1980 Cleveland Force (indoor) 25 (6) National team‡ 1973-1975 Canada 6 (1) 1975 Canadian Olympic (amateur) 4 (1) Teams managed 1993-1997 Canada U-20 (assistant) 1998-2000 Canada U-15 2000-2004 Canadian Soccer Association 2004, 2005 Whitecaps FC Women 2005, (?)2006 Whitecaps FC men's reserves * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2008.
† Appearances (Goals).‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 May 2008
Chris Bennett (born 1951) is a former Canadian international and North American Soccer League soccer player. He was also one of the original Vancouver Whitecaps players from their first season in 1974. Since retiring from playing, he has been a soccer coach and instructor in the Vancouver area.
An English immigrant to Canada, Bennett was a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps of the NASL in their inaugural season of 1974, playing 8 games and netting two goals and an assist. Just before the 1976 season, the Whitecaps traded Bennett to the Seattle Sounders in exchange for Tommy Baldwin. In 1978, he moved to the Memphis Rogues. Prior to going to North America, Bennett was a member of Chelsea F.C. in 1970 and '71, although he never played a first-team game . He played indoor soccer at some point, likely the 1978-9 season, for the Cleveland Force.
Bennett earned six 'A' caps between 1973 and 1975 for Canada, scoring once. He also earned four Olympic team caps in 1975, scoring once.
Bennett was a coach for 12 years with the Canadian Soccer Association, including 1998 to 2000 as the U-15 boys team head coach as well as assistant coach to the U-20 side and as an interim to the national side. The U-20 mens team won the 1995-6 CONCACAF gold medal whereas the 1993-4 team finished third in the same tournament. From 2001 he has provided soccer coaching to his local community in Coquitlam and at Penticton, BC, Canada.
Bennett was in 2005 and possibly 2006 coach of the Whitecaps F.C. men's reserves. In 2004 he led the Whitecaps women's team to the W-League championship which subsequently led to his inauguration in the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Level I, II, III NCCP Theory, Technical and Practical Certified
National 'B' License Course
National 'A' License Course
2004 - 2005 BC Directors Coaching Award, for dedication to the development of soccer through coaching
2001 - 2002 Coach of the Year, North Coquitlam
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