Sunday, November 14, 2004
Former Vancouver Whitecaps veteran and Canadian National Team player Domenic Mobilio passed away Saturday night of an apparent heart attack at the age of 35.
"We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Domenic's passing and send our condolences to his family," said USL Vice President Tim Holt. "He was a leader on and off the field while a member of the Whitecaps and USL families and will be missed."
Mobilio played nine seasons in the A-League for Vancouver, making his A-League debut with the expansion 86ers in 1993 and finishing eighth in the league in points (23) and fourth in goals (10) t0 earn a spot on the All-League Second Team. After registering 17 points in 1994 and just two in 1995, he broke out again 1996 in the first of two straight 14-goal campaigns. He was third in goals and points (32) in 1996 and seventh in goals and eighth in points (33) in 1997. Over the next three seasons he registered 19 goals and eight assists and after a year absence came back in 2002 to make one appearance for the Whitecaps.
A former member of the Canadian National Team, Mobilio had three goals in his international career.
"I am shocked and saddened at the news of Domenic's death and wanted to express my condolensces to his family on behalf of the Canadian Soccer Association," said current Canadian National Team Head Coach Frank Yallop. "I had the privilege of playing with Domenic and he was not only a terrific player but a great person. This is a terrible loss to the Vancouver, British Columbia and Canadian soccer community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Bob Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps Director of Soccer Operations, was deeply saddened at the news of Mobilio's death.
“I was fortunate to play with and coach Domenic during his career, he was one of the most prolific scorers in Canadian history, and had a passion for the game that he demonstrated throughout his career. In his post playing career he had embarked on passing on that knowledge with both Coquitlam City Soccer and most recently with BC Soccer. This is a terrible loss, his passion and character will be greatly missed. The Whitecaps extend their deepest condolences to the Mobilio family."
Domenic Mobilio 1969-2004
Domenic Mobilio's career with the club spanned 15 seasons, as he established himself as the most prolific goal scorer in the history of Canadian professional soccer. He led Vancouver in scoring six times, and was a key factor in the team's four consecutive Canadian Soccer League Championships.
His total of 170 career goals for the club is more than double that of the next nearest player, and ranks second on the North American all time scoring list, behind only New York Cosmos legend Giorgio Chinaglia.
Mobilio was just 18 when he and goalkeeper Pat Onstad became the very first two players to sign for the Vancouver 86ers, launching a new era in Vancouver professional soccer. Mobilio went on to own most of Vancouver's scoring records, including most goals in a season (26), most game winning goal (41), longest goal scoring streak (7 games), and most career hat tricks (11).
Six times in his career Mobilio was named an All-Star (three times each in the CSL and A-League), and he was the CSL's 1991 MVP and top scorer. He earned 25 caps playing for Canada's National Team from 1986 to 1997, scoring three goals. He was also an accomplished indoor player, starting in 1989 when he was named MSL Newcomer of the Year.
Mobilio retired from outdoor play prior to the 2001 season, at which time the Whitecaps retired his famous #10 jersey. However, Mobilio returned to the club as an assistant coach in 2002, and played seventeen minutes in one final game. That brought his career tally to 286 games and 21,660 minutes played, completing a legacy of excellence that may never be surpassed.