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Dale Mitchell (born April 21, 1958 in Vancouver) is a former top-level professional soccer who played for several North American teams in the 1980s and 90s and is tied for having scored the most career goals for the Canadian national team, having scored 19 times in 55 appearances.
Mitchell played in the former North American Soccer League, beginning his pro career with the Vancouver Whitecaps (1977, 1978), playing with Portland Timbers (1979 to 1982), and for the Montreal Manic (1983). He was then an inaugural signee with the Vancouver 86ers of the Canadian Soccer League and American Professional Soccer League for whom he scored 37 goals during seasons from 1988 to 1990 and 1992 to 1994. He was with the Toronto Blizzard for the 1991 season.
Mitchell also played 9 indoor soccer seasons in the old Major Indoor Soccer League with the Tacoma Stars, Kansas City Comets, and the Baltimore Blast. Mitchell finished as the league's third all-time goal scorer and fourth all-time points getting with 406 goals and 280 assists for 686 points.
Mitchell started all of Canada's matches in their quarterfinal showing at the 1984 Summer Olympics and the 1986 World Cup finals. Following retiring, Mitchell coached the 86ers reserves sqad and was first-team assistant coach from 1995 to 1999, when he succeeded Carl Valentine as the club's head coach (as the club changed their name to the Vancouver Whitecaps). The A-League's coach of the year in 2001, Mitchell resigned to become head coach of Canada's Under-20 national team, a position he has held for four years now.
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