August 1, 2014 11:06 am

Winnipeg’s Hector Vergara earns spot in Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame

Assistant referee Hector Vergara receives his medal after the FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup 2005 Final between Liverpool and Sao Paulo at The Yokohama International Stadium on December 18, 2005 in Yokohama, Japan. Winnipegger Vergara will be inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in November.

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WINNIPEG – Manitoba Soccer Association executive director Hector Vergara will be inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame on Nov. 9.

The stalwart of the Manitoba soccer scene, who spent 19 years on the FIFA referee list and played competitively for a decade, was named to the hall as a builder.

Vergara was an assistant referee at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups and at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. At the 2006 World Cup he was an official for the Germany-Italy semifinal.

As assistant referee in a July 2010 match he claimed the record for most World Cup games as a referee/assistant referee.

He has officiated at nearly 150 international matches and remains a development member of the FIFA referees committee.

Vergara was born in San Javier, Chile, but grew up in Winnipeg.

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