Domenic Mobilio. Blast Hall of Fame 2008

February 14, 2008 |


I remember Domenic as a player from when I attended the games in the 1980’s. When I looked at his age it makes me take notice again of how the good often die much too young. We are only a year apart age wise. My friend Tommy Karle used to rave about Mobilio and his talents. He was a younger player then but full of so much promise. I have included an excerpt from Wikipedia below. It’s sad that he is no longer with us but I’m glad the Blast organization has chosen him as one of it’s honorees for this Saturday’s Hall of Fame Induction.

Domenic Mobilio (January 14, 1969November 13, 2004) was a Canadian professional soccer player.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Mobilio was a long-time member of the Vancouver 86ers turned Vancouver Whitecaps. He played 14 seasons beginning with the team in the Canadian Soccer League, later joining the American Professional Soccer League, before finishing up a Whitecap. He retired from the professional outdoor game in 2001.

Although Mobilio had trials overseas, most notably in Scotland and the Netherlands. It is rumored that he once turned down the chance to play for Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem as the wages were not high enough to make it worth leaving Canada.

His 170 goals in 285 games is second for a player in professional soccer in Canada and the United States after the NASL‘s great Giorgio Chinaglia and his total of 243. He was a six time league all-star (CSL 1988, 1990, and 1991; APSL 1993 and 1996; A-League, 1997); the CSL’s all-time leading scorer and 1990 top scorer and MVP.

Mobilio played for the Canadian national soccer team played 25 times between 1986 and 1997. He scored three goals, all coming in a nearly successful qualifying campaign for the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals. Mobilio also was a long-time pro indoor soccer player, being named MISL Newcomer of the Year for 1989 playing for the Baltimore Blast. He played with the Blast until 1992. Mobilio also played in the National Professional Soccer League with the Philadelphia Kixx and the Detroit Rockers.

Mobilio died at age 35 in Burnaby, British Columbia of a sudden and massive heart attack suffered while driving from a friend’s house after playing a game of amateur soccer.

He was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006. He was inducted in the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame on February 16, 2008.