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Domenic Mobilio dies

Former Canadian soccer player Domenic Mobilio dies
Sun, 14 Nov 2004 19:47:22 EST

CBC SPORTS ONLINE - Domenic Mobilio, a former member of the Canadian men's soccer team, died suddenly this weekend in Vancouver. He was 35.

Mobilio died of an apparent heart attack while driving from a friend's house Saturday, the Vancouver Province reported Sunday.

"I am shocked and saddened at the news of Domenic's death and wanted to express my condolences to his family on behalf of the Canadian Soccer Association," Frank Yallop, a former member of the Canadian team who is now its head coach, said in a statement.

"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."

Mobilio, a Vancouver native, had 25 caps, or appearances, with the Canadian national team.

A prolific scorer, Mobilio won three Canadian Soccer League scoring titles during his 14 seasons with the Vancouver 86ers (now the Whitecaps).

Since retiring as a player, he had worked as a technical director with the Coquitlam City Soccer Association and was recently named the head coach of B.C.'s under-16 girls provincial soccer team for 2004-05.
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I've played against Dom a few times in the VMSL before he turned pro and after he retired from the pro game. He had a gift for scoring goals. I never knew him personally but I have close friends who knew him very well and they say he was very nice guy and very humble.

He was very well liked and respected by the local soccer community here in Vancouver. He recently played for Cliff Avenue United in Div 1 of the VMSL and ICSF Inter before joining the 86ers.

My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.
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I wish I knew who he was. Sorry for him and his family.
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Late, great: Mobilio made his mark
by Carl Valentine

Sadly, soccer recently lost one of its own in Dominic Mobilio.

I first met Dominic on my arrival in Vancouver to play for the 86ers in 1987 - their first season. There were a lot of unfamiliar faces, Dominic's among them. But we were all there to play and everyone was keen to get the season started.

Our first game was against Edmonton at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby with almost a full house on hand. The game was evenly balanced when we were awarded a penalty. Before the game, Dominic was told he had to take the penalty. Now, Dom was a young 19-year-old playing his first professional game. He was not having the best of times.

So he asked if I would take the spot kick, which I did, and scored. We won the game 4-2. During our next game, again at home, there was again a penalty which I went to take. To my surprise, Dominic politely told me he would take it, which he did, and scored. Since that time, he went on to score many more from the spot - rarely missing.

To me, this was Dominic, quietly confident, but very unassuming. I was greatly impressed by his talent and desire. In fact, after playing a couple of seasons together, I recommended him to Kenny Cooper, my coach with the Baltimore Blast in the Indoor League. Kenny signed Dominic to an initial two-year contract, never having seen him play. He didn't regret his decision, as Dom went on to become their leading scorer for many seasons.

Many have often wondered why Dom didn't play for Canada more. My feeling is that he was one of the best strikers Canada has ever produced. Unfortunately, the style of play and the available players at that time were not in Dom's favour. Canada's play then was built on good organization, good defense, and delivering long balls behind the opposition's defence to speedy forwards. Dom's game would have been better suited to today's style where coaches choose from more possession-type players. This kind of game would be more to Dom's strength - playing the ball to his feet and creating chances for him in the box.

Another question often asked about Dom was whether he would have made it in Europe. There's no doubt in my mind that he could have played anywhere in Europe on his ability alone. But knowing him, that was not his greatest goal in life. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and Dom was as close to Vancouver as his family. If you know his family, you'll understand why.

I had the pleasure of living with Angela and Louie Petramala (Dom's aunt and uncle) for one 86er season. In that summer I got to know them along with Dom's parents - Joe and Marie Mobilio - and his brothers, Johnny and Tony. They were such a close family and Dom always looked forward to returning to the Vancouver 86ers in the summer to play. He also felt, like me, that it was important to keep a name and a face here to build coaching opportunities at the end of playing. This strategy served him well, judging by his productive, but too-short time with Coquitlam City. He was well into a great coaching career and giving back to many who supported him throughout his playing days. No, if Dom were to have left everything here to reach the goal of playing in Europe, it would had to have been an absolutely perfect situation.

Dom touched so many people both on and off the field in a positive way. He had a special way of making everyone feel comfortable around him. It's tragic that he has been taken away from us at such a young age, but I feel blessed that Dominic considered me his friend and I think we should do many things to keep his memory alive.

To Joe and Marie, you raised a quality human being in Dom, and we feel for you in your time of grief. He touched many lives including my own, and for that we thank you.
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