Chris Pozniak

Chris Pozniak (born 10 January 1981) is a Canadian retired soccer player.

Chris Pozniak
Pozniak in 2008
Personal information
Full name Krzysztof Poźniak
Date of birth (1981-01-10) 10 January 1981
Place of birth Kraków, Poland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1994–1995 Scarborough Azzurri Blues
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Toronto Lynx 42 (0)
2001–2004 Örebro 45 (1)
2004–2006 Haugesund 47 (9)
2007 Toronto FC 22 (0)
2008 Chivas USA 4 (0)
2008 Vancouver Whitecaps 7 (1)
2008–2009 Dundee 24 (1)
2009–2010 Vancouver Whitecaps 9 (0)
2010–2012 Haugesund 54 (2)
2012Bryne (loan) 8 (0)
Total 262 (14)
National team
1998–2001 Canada U20 17 (0)
2002–2004 Canada U-23 18 (4)
2002–2009 Canada 24 (0)
Teams managed
2015 K-W United FC
2016– Toronto FC II (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:15, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:15, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

Club career

Pozniak emigrated from Poland with his parents Tadeusz and Elżbieta, and sister Kinga, to Canada in 1990.[1]

He began his professional career with the Toronto Lynx at age 18. Poźniak has since played for FK Haugesund of the Norwegian Second division and Örebro SK of the Allsvenskan in Sweden.

On 22 November 2006, Toronto FC manager Mo Johnston announced the signings of Pozniak along with fellow Canadians Adam Braz and Marco Reda for TFC's inaugural season.[2] In his first year at TFC, Pozniak featured in the defense and midfield acting as a backup and occasional starter.

On 21 November 2007, Pozniak was selected tenth by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft.[3] On 28 March 2008 he was traded to CD Chivas USA for John Cunliffe.[4] In May 2008 he moved to Vancouver Whitecaps.[5] He was released in July with a link to Europe.

Pozniak signed a one-year deal with Dundee on 7 August 2008[6] and left the club on 29 June 2009.[7]

On 30 July 2009, the Whitecaps announced that they had signed him for a second spell at the club. The deal lasted until the end of the season, and had an option for 2010, which was not picked up.[8]

On 12 December 2012, it was revealed that FK Haugesund had released him from his contract with the club and the player was moving into retirement.[9]

International career

Pozniak has been capped by Canada at the U20, U23, and senior levels. He competed in the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina. His first senior cap for Canada came in the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Haiti as a late game substitute. He has since earned a total of 24 caps, scoring no goals, and become an important contributing member for Canada's squad.[10] He has represented Canada in 3 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[11]

Coaching career

On April 29, 2015, K-W United FC [12] announced that Chris Pozniak would be the teams new head coach. He would lead United to an 11-2-1 season and the PDL playoffs. In the playoffs, United would beat the Des Moines Menace, Michigan Bucks, Seattle Sounders U23 and New York Red Bulls U23's to claim the PDL North American Championship. Pozniak is currently an assistant coach of Toronto FC II.

Career stats

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Canada League Voyageurs Cup League Cup Total
1999Toronto LynxA-League
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Total
Norway League Norwegian Cup League Cup Total
2004FK HaugesundAdeccoligaen22500225
Canada League Voyageurs Cup League Cup Total
2007Toronto FCMajor League Soccer220220
USA League Open Cup League Cup Total
2008Chivas USAMajor League Soccer400040
Canada League Voyageurs Cup League Cup Total
2008Vancouver WhitecapsFirst Division712091
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Total
2008–09Dundee F.C.First Division2611000271
Canada League Voyageurs Cup League Cup Total
2009Vancouver WhitecapsFirst Division
2010USSF Division 2
Norway League Norwegian Cup League Cup Total
CountryCanada 71120731
Sweden 451451
Norway 109119111812
United States 400040
Scotland 2611000271
Career total 255141210026715


  1. "Chris Pozniak's biography". 26 November 2006. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2006.
  2. "Toronto FC sign three Canadian players". Toronto FC. 26 November 2006. Retrieved 26 November 2006.
  3. "Earthquakes select first 10 players in Expansion Draft". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
  4. "Quakes make deal for offense". San Jose Mercury News. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2008.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Pozniak signs up". 7 August 2008. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  7. "Kerr is latest to join". 29 June 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  8. "Pozniak returns to the Whitecaps". 30 July 2009. Archived from the original on 12 September 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  9. "Chris Pozniak legger opp" (in Norwegian). Haugesunds Avis. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012.|
  10. "Chris Pozniak player profile". Canada Soccer Association. 26 November 2006. Archived from the original on 12 April 2005. Retrieved 26 November 2006.
  11. Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  12. "Chris Pozniak appointed United head coach". Archived from the original on 20 May 2015.
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