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Soccer America magazine announces its all-decade team for collegiate women, and three Washingtonians are in the XI. Michelle Akers (Central Florida), Lori Henry (North Carolina) and Shannon Higgins (North Carolina). Akers and Higgins were the first two winners of the MAC Hermann Award. During the Eighties Akers was a four-time All-American, Henry and Higgins two each while winning three and four NCAA championships, respectively.
Mercer Island's Don Bennett organizes an amputee soccer program, to be coached by Bill Barry and sponsored by the Athlete's Foot shoe stores. Bennett said the sport's devotees were originally drawn from skiers looking for a way to stay in shape during the offseason. Barry later establishes Amputee Soccer International. Exhibitions are played August 24 before a Mariners-Yankees game in the Kingdome.
Sounders GM Jack Daley confirms that if the NASL plays an indoor season in 1980-81, Seattle will be part of it. Eight Seattle players are involved with MISL teams while Paul Crossley is playing for Minnesota in the NASL. Pittsburgh secured the winter services of Steve Buttle, Micky Cave and Tommy Jenkins. Frank Barton and Mike Ivanow go to Wichita. Buffalo signed Tommy Ord and Jimmy McAlister, Ala Hudson opted for Cleveland and Al Trost is at New York. Eddie Krueger, Mark Peterson and Jeff Stock are training with West Ham United in London.
Cindy Breed scores four goals as Des Moines-Midway Dirty Dozen win their fifth state championship, 7-2, over New East Arsenal in the girls U19 final at Renton Stadium. The Dirty Dozen repeat in the age division. Breed is named the tournamentís outstanding player. The Tacoma Sounderettes claim their fourth straight state cup, this time at U17, beating Highline Pontius Truckers, 4-1.
St. George wins the CYO Midget Division, 3-2, over St. Francis.
Returning to Cheney Stadium for the first time in seven weeks, Tacoma Defiance clinches a season series win over Portland, 2-1. Ethan Dobbelaere starts matters in motion, scoring his first goal of the season in the 28th minute. Azriel Gonzalez increases the lead in the 85th minute, 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute. The fixture marks Tacoma's first match at home since July 18. Defiance win three of four meetings with T2.