Former Canada captains Paul Stalteri and Amy Walsh are the latest additions to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.
The 39-year-old Stalteri, the first Canadian to score in the Bundesliga, blazed a soccer trail that took him to England as well as Germany. A native of Brampton, Ont., the forward-turned-fullback retired in 2013 as Canada’s most capped player (84), a record subsequently eclipsed by Julian de Guzman (89).
Walsh, a Montreal-born midfielder, won 102 caps for Canada between 1998 and 2009.
“Definitely an honour,” Stalteri said of his call to the Hall.
So too for the 39-year-old Walsh, who said she was “blown away and profoundly honoured.”
“These standout footballers played an important role in Canadian sport and they continue to serve as role models for future generations,” Steve Reed, president of the Canadian Soccer Association, said in a statement. “They are both heroes, champions, and now honoured members of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.”
Both were members of teams that have already been honoured by the Hall — the 2000 Gold Cup winner and the 1998 CONCACAF women’s champions.
And both consistently answered their country’s call.
Stalteri was Canadian Player of the Year in 2001 and 2004, finishing runner-up in voting in 2005. He captained Canada 30 times from 2007 to 2010.
Now coach of the Canadian under-17 team, he played for Canada at both the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Japan in 1993 and U-20 World Cup in Malaysia in 1997. At the club level, he played for the Toronto Lynx, Werder Bremen, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Stalteri and Kevin McKenna, who also captained Canada, became the first Canadians to play in the Bundesliga when Bremen faced off against Energie Cottbus in August 2000. Stalteri scored in Bremen’s 3-1 win.
Stalteri, who won the German league and Cup double with Bremen in 2003-04, went on to make 170 Bundesliga and 55 Premiership appearances.
“It was great to experience both…