Tuesday, 07 April 2020 10:44

Brian Budd

Brian BuddBorn in Toronto and raised in Vancouver, ultra-competitive Brian Budd enjoyed widespread fame after winning three successive World Superstars championships (1977-79) in a U.S.-based, made-for-TV competition.

Previously unknown, the Canadian was so dominant that an unofficial "Budd rule" was proclaimed, limiting any one athlete to winning a maximum of three times.

Taking up soccer seriously only late in his teens, Budd won a Canadian championship with the University of British Columbia and went on to win seven caps with Canada's senior national team. He played seven seasons in the North American Soccer League at a time that the sport enjoyed a huge surge of popularity.

He began his career with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 1974 in the team's inaugural season and his career also included stints with Colorado, Toronto and Houston in the North American Soccer League and Ayr United reserves in Scotland. Additionally, Budd played indoors for the Cleveland Force and Baltimore Blast.

He went on to play for Canada, scoring in a key 3-0 win over the U.S. in a World Cup playoff in Haiti in 1976 that got Canada to the final round of qualifying in CONCACAF.

Following his retirement, Budd became a colour commentator on Toronto Blizzard broadcasts in 1982 and was the club's director of public affairs until the end of 1983. He also provided reports from Spain of the 1982 FIFA World Cup for CKEY (AM) in Toronto.

Budd worked until his death, as a soccer analyst on The Score's The Footy Show.

Published in 2020 Inductees
Sunday, 24 February 2019 16:08

Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De RosarioFor this Scarborough Ontario native, don’t tell him that he can’t go home.

Dwayne De Rosario is currently an attacking midfielder for the Mississauga MetroStars of the Major Arena Soccer League. A versatile attacker, he played for the Toronto Lynx, FSV Zwickau and Richmond Kickers early in his career. He came to prominence in the 2000s playing in Major League Soccer for the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls and D.C. United.

His resume includes four MLS Cup championships. De Rosario won the 2011 MLS Most Valuable Player award. He is the seventh-leading scorer in MLS history with 104 goals.

De Rosario represented Canada internationally from 1998 to 2015. He ranks as the squad’s all-time leading scorer, with 22 goals in 81 games. De Rosario is a 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion and four-time Canadian Player of the Year.

As part of the Canadian Soccer Association's 2012 centennial celebration, De Rosario was recognized by being named to the all-time Canada XI men's team.

De Rosario had announced his retirement on May 10, 2015. He moved into an ambassador role with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

In October, 2018 De Rosario came out of retirement to sign with the MASL's newly formed Mississauga MetroStars club. He later scored his first goal for the club in the MetroStars's opening match, an 11–3 loss away to the Baltimore Blast.

Published in 2019 Inductees
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:00

Sir Stanley Matthews

Sir Stanley Matthews, (1 February 1915 – 23 February 2000) was an English football player. Often regarded as one of the greats of the English game, he is the only player to have been knighted while still playing, as well as being the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year awards. His nicknames included The Wizard of the Dribble and The Magician. A vegetarian teetotaller, he kept fit enough to play at the top level until he was 50 years old, the oldest player ever to play in England's top football division. He played his final competitive game in 1970, at the age of 55, for Hibernians in Malta, which team he also coached at the time. Matthews was also an inaugural inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 to honour his contribution to the English game.

Published in 1995 Inductees