Wes McLeod

Wes McLeod (born October 24, 1957) is a retired Canadian soccer player who earned eighteen caps with the Canadian national soccer team.

Wes McLeod
Personal information
Full name Wesley McLeod
Date of birth (1957-10-24) October 24, 1957 (age 63)
Place of birth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Position(s) Forward / Midfielder
Youth career
1975–1976 Coquitlam Blue Mountain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 Vancouver Columbus FC (Italia)
1977–1984 Tampa Bay Rowdies 188 (34)
1979–1984 Tampa Bay Rowdies (indoor)
1984–1985 New York Cosmos (indoor) 27 (11)
1985–1992 Dallas Sidekicks (indoor) 321 (74)
National team
1976–1985 Canada 18 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, McLeod spent his youth career with Coquitlam Blue Mountain. In 1976, he moved to Vancouver Columbus FC (Italia). In 1977 McLeod signed with Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League. Over eight seasons with the Rowdies, he was selected to the NASL's North American All-Star team in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982, a record six times. In August 1984, he signed with the New York Cosmos of the Major Indoor Soccer League. In February 1985, the Cosmos withdrew from the league and, McLeod signed with the Dallas Sidekicks on February 25, 1985. In seven seasons, he was a three-time All-Star and the 1989-90 Defender of the Year. He retired in May 1992. In September 2003 his number eight shirt was retired by the Sidekicks.

National teamEdit

McLeod made his Olympic team debut at 17 in 1975 against Poland in Toronto. A year later he was a member of the Olympic team at the Olympic Games in Montreal and had a memorable game against the Soviet Union in the Olympic Stadium. He was a member of Canada's national team in World Cup qualifying in 1976 and in 1980 and 1981. McLeod won 18 full international caps, scoring one goal.[1]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 November 1981 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras   Cuba 1–1 2–2 1982 FIFA World Cup qualification

Post-retirementEdit

In the fall of 1992, McLeod was hired to coach the Clearwater High School boys' soccer team.[2]

In April 2005 McLeod was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame at the same time as his uncle Norm McLeod.[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wes McLeod". www.canadasoccer.com. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  2. ^ Cougars among the best anywhere, period St. Petersburg Times - Thursday, December 10, 1992
  3. ^ "Yallop To Be Inducted Into The Soccer Hall of Fame | Canadian Soccer". www.canadasoccer.com.
  4. ^ "2013 Inductees « Hall of Fame « City of Coquitlam - Sports Hall of Fame". www.coquitlamshof.com.

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