A veteran midfielder that has represented Canada at both youth and senior international level, Terry Dunfield joined Whitecaps FC's inaugural Major League Soccer roster on Dec. 10, 2010, after a successful second half of the season with his hometown club in the USSF D-2 Pro League. Prior to his return to Vancouver, Dunfield spent the majority of his career in England.
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2010: Dunfield made his Whitecaps FC debut as a second-half substitute when he came on for midfielder Luca Bellisomo during a 1-0 victory at NSC Minnesota Stars on Aug. 14. He then made his first start for the 'Caps during the 1-1 away draw versus FC Tampa Bay on Aug. 19 before striking his first-ever Whitecaps FC goal in a 3-0 victory at Crystal Palace Baltimore on Sept. 11. He then scored his first 'Caps goal at home on Oct. 2, as Whitecaps FC drew 2-2 with Portland Timbers.
1996-99: After joining the youth set-up at Manchester City FC and captaining the club's U-15 squad, a 15-year-old Dunfield signed a four-year contract with the English Premier League (EPL) side in 1997. 2000-01: Having spent four seasons with Manchester City's reserves and being named the club's Youth Player of the Year, Dunfield made his lone first-team appearance on the final day of the English Premier League season. The midfielder was a late first-half substitute in a 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea FC on May 19, 2001. Manchester City were relegated from the EPL at the end of the season. 2002-03: After failing to make any first-team appearances during Manchester City's run to the 2001-02 English League Championship title, Dunfield joined English League Two club Bury FC on an initial one-month loan on Aug. 16, 2002. Playing in the fourth tier of English soccer, the midfielder impressed The Shakers and had his loan extended for a further two months before a dislocated shoulder ended his loan spell in early Nov. 2002. However, the midfielder made enough of an impression to complete a free transfer to Bury on Dec. 13, 2002, with the midfielder signing a two-and-a-half year contract with the Gigg Lane outfit. He scored two goals in 28 appearances with The Shakers that season. 2003-04: Much like his first season with the club, the midfielder scored two goals in 28 appearances during his second season with Bury. 2004-05: In his final season with Bury, Dunfield scored one goal in seven appearances before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Jan. 2005. 2007-08: After spending two seasons away from the game due to injury and rehabilitation, Dunfield resumed his career with Macclesfield Town FC when he signed with the English League Two club on July 27, 2007. He scored one goal in 40 appearances during his first season with the Cheshire-based club, and was named the Macclesfield Town supporters' Player of the Year for his efforts. 2008-09: After scoring one goal in 19 appearances with Macclesfield Town, Dunfield moved to fellow English League Two club Shrewsbury Town FC for an undisclosed fee on Jan. 26, 2009. The midfielder made 15 appearances with the Shropshire-based club that season. 2009-10: Despite suffering another dislocated shoulder injury in Aug. 2009, the midfielder claimed the Shrewsbury Town players' Player of the Year award after scoring two goals in 28 appearances before leaving the club at the end of the season.
Despite playing in friendlies with the England U-16, U-17, and U-20 squads, Dunfield opted to represent his native Canada, with the midfielder making appearances at the U-20, U-23 Olympic, and senior international levels. U-20: Dunfield made five appearances with the Canada's U-20 squad, making his debut in a 3-0 friendly defeat to Australia in Santiago, Chile, on June 6, 2001. The midfielder then appeared in all three of Canada's matches in Group B at the 2001 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina. He started and played the entire 90 minutes in defeats to Iraq, Germany, and Brazil in Cordoba in June 2001. U-23: Dunfield played the entire 90 minutes in both of his appearances for Canada's U-23 Olympic squad. As a 20-year-old, the midfielder helped Canada to a 5-4 penalty shootout win over El Salvador during the second round of CONCACAF Olympic qualifying in Kelowna, BC, on Nov. 19, 2003. Canada won the second leg 1-0 over the Central Americans for a 1-1 aggregate result before winning the two-leg tie on penalties. Senior: After playing against Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian and England's Millwall FC with Canada's senior squad at Swangard Stadium in July 2004, Dunfield had to wait until May 29, 2010, to make his full international debut with Canada in a 1-1 friendly draw in Venezuela. The midfielder then started Canada's 2-1 friendly win over Honduras in Montreal, Quebec, on Sept. 7, 2010.
Dunfield started his playing career as a five-year-old with Vancouver's Point Grey Soccer Club before moving to England to join Manchester City as a 14-year-old in 1996. As a student, Dunfield attended Queen Mary Elementary School and Lord Byng Secondary School in Vancouver, BC.
Dunfield was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. His parents, Sharon and Kim, have been Whitecaps FC season ticket holders for nearly a decade. Dunfield's long-term girlfriend, Stephanie, hails from Manchester, England. The midfielder also has a younger brother named Ryan.
When not concentrating on his youth soccer career, Dunfield enjoys coaching youth soccer, fly-fishing, tennis, and golf. He also supports former club Manchester City.