Canada Soccer Thursday announced that former national team standouts Candace Chapman and Tomasz Radzinski were named to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.
The two Class of 2018 stars were announced prior to Canada Soccer’s annual meeting in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Their selections will be celebrated at national team matches this summer.
“Canada Soccer is honored to congratulate standouts Candace Chapman and Tomasz Radzinski as part of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018,” Canada Soccer president Steven Reed said. “Candace and Tomasz were standouts at both the professional and international levels while making a positive impact for Canadian soccer at home and abroad. As a testament to their achievements and passion for the game, they are now both honoured members of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.”
Chapman was a CONCACAF champion and Olympic Games bronze medalist with the Canada women’s national team. She played in two Women’s World Cups, two Olympic football tournaments and five CONCACAF tournaments. She won five CONCACAF medals, including gold in 2010. She also won Olympic bronze at London 2012, Canada’s first medal in an Olympic Summer Games team sport in 76 years.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be inducted into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame along with Tomasz Radzinski as part of the Class of 2018,” Chapman said. “It is quite remarkable for me to think of the incredible women with whom I now share this honor: they were pioneers of the game and some fantastic teammates and friends of mine who have laid the foundation for the women’s national team program.”
Chapman won back-to-back Women’s Professional Soccer championships in 2010 with FC Gold Pride and in 2011 with Western New York Flash. She also enjoyed club success with Burlington Sting at Canada Soccer’s Under-19 Cup, with the University of Notre Dame in the 2004 College Cup, and with Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2006 USL W-League championship. At the international youth level, she was a tournament all-star when Canada won silver at the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship Canada 2002.
Radzinski was a star forward with Canada men’s national side who made more than 500 appearances at the professional level, including UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League. He represented Canada at one CONCACAF Gold Cup and in three cycles of World Cup qualifiers. He was Canada Soccer’s 1998 Canadian player of the year and the first Canadian to reach the Round of 16 in UEFA Champions League in 2000-01.
“I am deeply humbled to be inducted into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018 alongside Candace Chapman,” Radzinski said. “I would like to thank my teammates and coaches as well as everyone who along the way contributed to making me the best player that I could be.”
At the professional level, he won back-to-back Belgium championships with RSC Anderlecht in 2000 and 2001, also featuring in both UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League during that run. He was also the Top Scorer in Belgium in 2000-01. He then moved to England on a Canadian record transfer fee where he made close to 200 appearances in the Premier League with Everton and Fulham.