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Samuel, Bunbury lead class of 2006 for Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame

TORONTO (CP) - Defender Randy Samuel and forward Alex Bunbury, who represented Canada 147 times between them, lead the newest induction class to the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum.

Samuel is the most capped Canadian male player, with 82 caps from 1983 to 1997. Bunbury played 65 times for Canada from 1986 to 1997, scoring 16 times. Only John Catliff and Dale Mitchell, both already in the Hall of Fame, connected more (19 goals apiece).

Other players in the class of 2006 are Brian Robinson (21 caps, 1972-76) and Dave Stothard (four caps, 1957). Coaches inducted are the late Bob Bearpark, former Canadian men's coach, former Canadian women's coach Sylvie Beliveau and John Buchanan, former Simon Fraser and Canadian youth team coach.

The late Fred Stambrook, president of the Canadian Soccer Association from 1986 to 1992, is to be inducted as a builder.

Rounding out the list is George Gross, corporate sports editor of the Toronto Sun and a longtime supporter of the sport.

The nine inductees bring the number in the Hall to 86. They will officially enter the Hall at an April 29 dinner.

The 2006 "team of distinction" is the Toronto Scottish squad of 1933, which defeated the U.S. club champion in Chicago.

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