Great players: Terry Bidiak

Taras “Terry” Bidiak was born on June 20, 1945 in Rakovec, Ukraina. Terry’s family emigrated to Canada, and in 1951 he started playing for the Toronto Ukraina bantam team.

In the 1960 season Terry made his debut for the Toronto Ukrania team as a 16 year old in the semi-professional National Soccer League. In 1963 he helped Toronto Ukraina win the NSL playoff championship.

From 1964 until 1966 he attended Michigan State University. Playing at right half-back he was a member of the Michigan State soccer squad which posted a 27-1-2 record from 1964 to 1966. MSU were runners-up in the 1964 and 1965 NCAA tournaments.

Terry played his amateur soccer for the Wings in the National Soccer League in Chicago.

In November 1967 Terry signed a professional contract with the Detroit Cougars. The Cougars were at the time members of the United Soccer Association (USA). In December 1967 the United Soccer Association and the National Professional Soccer League merged to form the North American Soccer League.

February 1968 was spent at Detroit Cougars’ training camp in Kingston, Jamaica. Terry failed to get any appearances with the Cougars in the 1968 North American Soccer League season.

Terry was selected to Canadian National Team squad in October 1968 that would play in World Cup qualifying games against the United States and Bermuda. However, he did not play in any of the matches.

In 1971 he had a short spell with Toronto Metros in the North American Soccer League. Terry joined the team in April 1971 and played in the Metros’ first four league games. He was described by the media as a defensive midfielder.

Terry later became a youth soccer coach and a teacher at Crescent School in Toronto.

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