Domenic Mobilio’s name was on the lips of many in Canada in 1993, including TSN’s Vic Rauter. All three of Mobilio’s goals for the men’s team came in the 1994 World Cup qualifying cycle, including one against Australia in the inter-confederation playoff. The former Vancouver 86ers legend made almost 300 appearances for the club, scoring 167 goals.
CanMNT’s short-lived all-black uniform, 1997
Canada in an all-black kit? Alex Bunbury sports the unique second-choice uniform that Canada wore in 1997.
Charmaine Hooper: Canada’s greatest no. 10, 1998
Speaking of unique kits, here’s just one Charmaine Hooper wore for Canada while making 129 appearances and scoring 71 goals – both of which were Canadian records when she retired.
Canada’s first and only appearance in ‘the Hex’ opened at Estadio Azteca, where Mexico earned a 4-0 victory to open the final stage of Concacaf’s 1998 World Cup qualification process.
Canada vs. the World (kinda), 1994
Narrowly missing out on qualifying for the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Canada was a prime opponent for qualified teams looking for a pre-tournament tune-up. Here we see Colin Miller and Lyndon Hooper chase down Germany’s Matthias Sammer in Toronto. Canada lost the friendly 2-0.
Craig Forrest: Messy eater or style icon?, 1993
Canada’s all-time greatest goalkeeper was synonymous with Les Rouges in the 1990s. Forrest won Canada’s Player of the Year in 1994, a year after wearing, uhh, this unique outfit.
‘Video games are becoming so realistic’, 1995
Frank Yallop, Kevin Holness, and Colin Miller watch what appears to be FIFA 94 played on a tube TV. What a time to be alive.
Dominance from Canada’s women’s side, 1998
Canada qualified for the 1999 Women’s World Cup in stunning fashion at the 1998 Concacaf Championships. Hosting the tournament in Toronto, the Canadians kept five-straight clean sheets – and scored over 40 goals – en route to earning a World Cup spot, which they clinched with a 1-0 win over Mexico in the final. Canada’s greatest-ever tournament performance?
‘Eyewitness News’ covers red-hot CanMNT, Nick Dasovic, 1996
Defender Nick Dasovic, who went on to make 62 appearances for Canada, speaks to the local media after a 1998 World Cup qualifier.
From hay fields to soccer fields, 1996
The site of the Ontario Soccer Centre, home to the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum, on its groundbreaking day in 1996. Yeah, we get it, it was built on a farmer’s field – did you need to park the machinery there?
A young Julian de Guzman, 1996
Julian de Guzman, Canada’s all-time leader in appearances, accepts a trophy at a 1966 Ontario under-16s championship. The midfield maestro would make his first appearance for the Canadian men’s side six years later en route to an astonishing 89 caps.