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Hall Of Fame - Helping To Build The Game

By OSA News, 11/25/14, 9:00PM EST


Today's videos from the Hall of Fame night focus on those who have helped to build the game in Canada across different platforms.

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett was a member of the Canadian Olympic and World Cup teams between 1973 and 1977. He had six international caps and four Olympic appearances during that time. He made 31 appearances in the original NASL, playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders and the Memphis rogues. His playing days over he turned to coaching and was the assistant coach of the Canadian National U-17 team in 1989, Canadian National U-20 team from 1993 to 1997, the interim assistant coach of the Men's World Cup team in 1988, the assistant coach of the Pan American Games team in 1999, the assistant coach of the Men's Olympic team from 1998 - 2000 and Head Coach of the National U-15 team in 1999. In 1996, as the assistant coach with the National U-20 team, he won the Gold Medal at the CONCACAF finals in Mexico. In 2007 he was head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps Women's team that was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame as champions of the North American Women's League.

Hector Vergara

Hector Vergara played soccer competitively for 10 years and recreationally for 30 years before returning his focus on the game to officiating. Vergara began as an official in 1983 and was rewarded for his efforts by being an assistant referee at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. In addition he was an assist referee at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Hector spent 19 years on the FIFA referee's list and was involved in 11 FIFA competitions. He claimed the record for the most World Cup games as a referee/assistant referee with 14 when he took the field July 10, 2010. Vergara is currently the Executive Director of the Manitoba Soccer Association.