TORONTO — Jim Brennan, Kara Lang and Pat Onstad highlight the Class of 2015 for Canada's Soccer Hall of Fame.
Already in the Hall as part of the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup-winning team, Brennan will be inducted this fall in the player category. A left-sided midfielder and fullback who won 49 caps for Canada, Brennan was a feisty player with a good motor who left for England as a 17-year-old.
He played for Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, Norwich City and Southampton with Forest paying 1.25 million pounds (C$2.5 million) for him in October 1999, a record for a Canadian at the time. He helped Norwich win promotion to the Premier League.
He came home to become Toronto FC's first player and captain before working with the MLS team as an assistant coach and in its academy and front office. Today he is executive director of the Aurora Youth Soccer Club.
Lang scored nine goals in 92 appearances for Canada. She was the youngest player to represent Canada in an international 'A' tournament at just 15, and appeared in two World Cups.
Lang had a howitzer-like leg and knew how to use it. In 2006, she scored just four seconds into Canada's 3-2 win over host Mexico in a CONCACAF world under-20 qualifying tournament.
Serious knee injuries forced her to retire at 24 and prematurely ended a comeback attempt last year.
Lang was named an official ambassador for the recent Women's World Cup and worked the tournament as an analyst for TSN.
Onstad played 58 times for Canada with 21 shutouts and had a 25-year pro career that took him to Canada, Scotland and the United States. A three-time MLS Cup champion, he also won the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award twice.
Onstad currently is an assistant coach with the Columbus Crew.
The Canadian women's CONCACAF champion team of 1998 enters the Hall as the 2015 team of distinction.
Administrators Jim Hubay and the late John Kerr, who also played for Canada, enter the Hall in the builder category. Kerr, who played 10 times for Canada, helped organize and lead the North American Soccer League Player Union.
George Anderson, who played for Canada in the 1920s, has been selected in the pioneer category.
Montreal Carsteel, a dominant team before and after the Second World War, has been chosen as an "Organization of Distinction."
The induction ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 8 in Vaughan, Ont.
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Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press