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Carl Howard Valentine (born July 4, 1958 in Manchestermarker, Englandmarker) is a former professional soccer player and coach who has had a long association with soccer in the Vancouvermarker area (British Columbiamarker, Canadamarker).

He is now coach of the U-13 Boys from Coastal WFC[127104].

Club career

Valentine had a long, successful playing career from the late 1970s to the late 1990s with several clubs, notably the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League, Oldham Athletic, West Bromwich Albion of the Football League, and the Vancouver 86ers of the Canadian Soccer League and later American Professional Soccer League.

A striker, Valentine began his pro career in 1976 as a 17 year-old with Football League Second Division side Oldham Athletic. Valentine signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps and as a rookie helped them win their only North American Soccer League championship in 1979. Liking life in Vancouver, Valentine became a Canadian citizen in 1983. The lure of top division English football saw Valentine sign with West Midlands side West Brom in 1984. Valentine is the last player to score a winning goal for the Albion against their local rivals Aston Villa in a 1-0 win back in 1985. After two seasons with the Baggies, in which he played 44 first-team games and scored 6 times, Valentine returned to Vancouver to play for the new franchise Vancouver 86ers, where he remained for the next 13 years. Retiring as a full-time player in 1992, Valentine was player/manager of the club until retiring in 1999. Valentine also played indoor soccer seven winters (during the outdoor off season) in the original Major Indoor Soccer League with teams the Cleveland Force (at least 1985-1987), Baltimore Blast (1988-1990), Kansas City Comets (1991-1992), and Tacoma Stars (1990-1991).

International career

Initially hoping to be selected to play for England at some point, Valentine passed on an offer to play for Canada at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He decided in 1985 however to declare his allegiance to his new home country and made his debut for Canada in a September 1985 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Honduras. Despite a bad case of influenza, Valentine famously assisted on both goals (with corner kicks) Canada scored to defeat Honduras 2-1 to advance to the World Cup Finals for the first (and until now, only) time.

He earned a total of 31 caps, scoring 1 goal. He represented Canada in 9 World Cup qualifiers and played in the country's all three first round ties at the 1986 World Cup Finals. His final international was an August 1993 World Cup qualification match against Australia, a game which also marked the end of the international careers of Dale Mitchell and Mike Sweeney.

International goals

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 June, 1992 Torontomarker, Canadamarker 3-0 3-1 Columbus 500 Cup

Personal life

Valentine and wife Gillian have two daughters, Keely and Shannon, and a son, Gavin. He currently coaches youth soccer at the TSS (Total Soccer Systems) Academy in Richmond, British Columbia.

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