The Dark Age Begins

1992 – Around the World and Close to Home

Czechoslovakia separates into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina gets its independence, then devolves into war amid ethnic tensions. President George W. Bush and Russian leader Boris Yeltsin proclaim the Cold War ended. Violence erupts in Los Angeles following the acquittal of four police officers in the beating of Rodney King, Bill Clinton defeats incumbent George Bush for the presidency, compact discs surpass cassette tapes as the preferred medium for recorded music, and Johnny Carson signs off as host of The Tonight Show. The Japanese owner of Nintendo joins local investors in buying the Seattle Mariners and keeping them from moving to Florida, Seattle native Fred Couples wins the Masters, Seattle-based department store Frederick & Nelson goes out of business, and the Longacres racetrack in Renton closes after 59 years, the land sold to Boeing.

The Dark Age Begins

Its arrival had been foretold for a dozen years. Nevertheless, when the curtain finally dropped on American professional soccer, the gloom was both profound and palpable. Just when the nation was producing more and more talented players than ever, suddenly there was nowhere for them to domestically make a decent wage.

In 1992, Puget Sound lost its third professional franchise in nine years. On the heels of the Seattle Sounders and FC Seattle, the Tacoma Stars were shuttered, for the second time, in fact. Going into the summer months, there was no local professional men’s team for the first time in 18 years.

Nine years earlier, there had been three viable national leagues, albeit one exclusively indoor 6v6. A generation of kids around western Washington grew up attending games among the crowds at Memorial Stadium, the Kingdome, Tacoma Dome and, in the case of the short-lived Tacoma Tides, Cheney Stadium. They watched and learned and got excited about a future, either watching or perhaps even signing for the hometown team.

In 1992, Kasey Keller was off to London and his first contract at Millwall, and Brent Goulet was establishing himself in Germany. Domestically, top local players would scramble to make ends meet. Chance Fry spent summers with the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks, one of the remaining APSL franchises. Peter Hattrup and Eddie Henderson focused on indoor, playing in the NPSL (National Professional Soccer League) for Kansas City and Milwaukee, respectively, and working youth camps in the summers.

There had never been exorbitant salaries for U.S. players. This was more about playing out the string having fun and staying sharp for that time when the pro leagues would rise once more. That desire would result in the rise of senior amateur teams stocked with pro-caliber talent. Locally, many congregated with FTI (sponsored by Tukwila’s Fatigue Technology Inc.), which dominated the Greater Seattle Soccer League in the early Nineties. Soon, though, FTI had competition, such as Soccer West, Lake City Hawks and then Seattle Hibernian Saints.

It can also be argued that during this Dark Age, college programs became much more robust. There were now full-time coaches at several universities, full complements of scholarships at Washington (men and women) and Washington State, and increasing out-of-region travel. As it so happened, some of the most special collegiate players and teams were spawned during that era.

TACOMA STARS
Season Record
18-22, 6th
Coach
Keith Weller (3rd year)
Top Scorer
Dale Mitchell (45 goals)
COLLEGIATE
Men's Collegiate Postseason
Washington, D1 1st rnd, Seattle Pacific, D2 semi, Pacific Lutheran, NAIA Quarterfinal pool
Women's Collegiate Postseason
Pacific Lutheran, NAIA 2nd place
Men's Conference Champions
Washington (MPSF), Seattle Pacific (NCSC), Pacific Lutheran (NWC)
Women's Conference Champions
Pacific Lutheran (NCIC)
NWAC Men's Champion
Pierce
YOUTH
Boys Regional Champion
Highline Heat (U19)
WIAA Boys Champion
Mountain View (4A), Tahoma (3A), Bellevue Christian (2A-1A)
WIAA Girls Champion
Federal Way (4A), Shorecrest (3A)
WASHINGTON YOUTH SOCCER
President
Pam Copple
Member Associations
34
Players
92,704 (b: 67,674, g: 25,030)
Largest Attendance
6,271, Tacoma Stars vs. St. Louis, Tacoma Dome

1992: The Dark Age Begins

Pro soccer's flame flickers out, but the top players find a way through, and amateurs become reinvigorated.

Dunn Wins 100th Game With Lutes
October 25, 1992

Jimmy Dunn becomes the first Pacific Lutheran men's coach to reach 100 victories as the Lutes hammer Evergreen, 6-0. Andy McDirmid scores a brace and adds an assist. Dunn, a former PLU player, is in his ninth year, with a record of 100-63-12.

Lutes' McDirmid Hits for Six
October 4, 1992

Andy McDirmid scores a record six goals as Pacific Lutheran overruns Linfield, 10-0, at McMinnville, Ore. McDirmid is now up to eights goals for the Lutes (4-3-0). Adam White gets the shutout.

Seattle U Holds No. 1 PLU Women
September 23, 1992

Michelle Rhodes scores as Seattle University holds Pacific Lutheran, the No. 1-ranked and defending champion NAIA team, to a 1-1 tie. Debi Johnson-White gets the Lutes' goal. Afterward, the Chieftains break into the top 10 national rankings (No. 7) for the first time in the program's 11 years.

Akers-Stahl Returns to Sweden
March 13, 1992

Michelle Akers-Stahl returns to Sweden, signing with Tyreso FF. Akers-Stahl had first played for Stockholm area club in 1990. She spearheads Tyreso's run to the Swedish championship in the summer as the scoring leader. Akers-Stahl earlier signed an endorsement deal with Umbro, the English athletic equipment company.

Seattle Fails to Get World Cup Matches
March 22, 1992

As expected, Seattle is not among the nine venues selected for 1994 World Cup matches. Seattle's bid organizers needed $2.5 million toward reaching an agreement with the University of Washington for rental of Husky Stadium, which would require a temporary grass surface installed. Soccer America cites an abundance of West Coast venues and the business community's lack of will to support the bid. Governor Booth Gardner rejected a request that he spearhead a fundraising drive. World Cup USA selects Chicago, Dallas East Rutherford, N.J. Foxboro, Mass., Orlando, Pasadena, Calif. Pontiac, Mich., Stanford, Calif. and Washington, D.C.

Wurzberger Becomes First UW Full-Time Coach
January 23, 1992

After 24 seasons of part-time coaches, inferior scheduling, underfunding and under-appreciation, the Washington men's program turns the corner. Dean Wurzberger, an assistant coach at 1991 NCAA runner-up Santa Clara, is named the Huskies' first full-time coach. He replaces Ron Carter, who resigned to devote more time to his job as a Boeing engineer. Wurzberger played at San Diego State and was head coach of the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the American Professional Soccer League from 1989-90. The Blackhawks won the Northern Division both seasons. From 1986 to 1988, Wurzberger was an assistant coach to Sigi Schmid at UCLA.

PLU Opens Nationals with Victory
November 23, 1992

Brenda Lichtenwalter gets the shutout and Pacific Lutheran gets goals from Debi Johnson-White and Jina Handrock to beat North Carolina's Elon, 2-0, in the opening pool play match of NAIA nationals at Sprinker Recreation Center. Johnson-White spins on a defender and scores from 18 yards in the 37th minute. Cheryl Kragness crosses to Handrock for a header at 61:18. Despite a 20-5 advantage in shots, the No. 2-ranked Lutes lose to Georgian Court, 1-0, two days later yet advance to the championship game on goal differential.

Whitworth Streak Reaches 11
October 4, 1992

Jim Martinson and Zane Higgins each contribute hat tricks as Whitworth wins its 11th game in a row with a 13-1 rout of British Columbia's Selkirk College. The Pirates, who move up to No. 3 in NAIA afterwards, outscored opponents 43-6 during the unbeaten start.

Henderson Picked for Olympic Team
July 8, 1992

Chris Henderson is the only regular member of the U.S. National Team chosen by Lothar Osiander for the 20-man Olympic team. Henderson, 21, has played 29 times for the USMNT and was the youngest player on any 1990 World Cup roster. Only players 23 and under are eligible for the Olympics. Kasey Keller, 22, is not selected as Osiander goes with Brad Friedel and Ian Feuer as goalkeepers.

Chieftains Shock 7th-Ranked USF
September 5, 1992

Seattle University, ranked No. 13 among NAIA teams and newly promoted to the NCSC Olympic Division, stuns San Francisco in its first road game. Brett Bowers gets the equalizer and Jonathan Stember scores in overtime for a 2-1 upset of the Dons, ranked seventh in Div. I. Two days later, the Chieftains earn a 1-1 draw at San Jose State.

Stars Fold, This Time for Good
June 5, 1992

Financially beleaguered and with the MISL on generally shaky ground, the Tacoma Stars fold after nine seasons. Although losses had been trimmed, current ownership claims $4 million has been spent to keep the team afloat. The Stars' original ownership group ceased operations in 1988, only to have the franchise resurrected weeks later. The MISL, down to six teams, folds July 10. It leaves Puget Sound without professional soccer for the first time since 1973.

Henderson Injured on Eve of Olympics
July 16, 1992

Everett's Chris Henderson is injured in one of the final United States training sessions prior to the Olympic Games opener. Eight days before the first match versus Italy, Henderson collides with Claudio Reyna and suffers hyperextended knee ligaments. He is unable to recover in time to see action in his team's three group stage matches. The U.S. (1-1-1) fails to reach the quarterfinals.

Tahoma Tops Terrace for AA Boys' Title
May 30, 1992

George Czarnowski scores twice to fuel Tahoma's run to the AA state boys' championship. The Bears, winning their 16th in a row, come from behind to beat Mountlake Terrace, 4-2, at Pullman for their first crown. Czarnowski's long-range blast with 16:35 to go puts Tahoma ahead for good. Jason Willson and Eric Gaither also score while Darren Watters connects on two free kicks for the Hawks.

Lynass Roars But Zags Note Improvement
September 13, 1992

Washington State's Kim Lynass registers her fourth career four-goal game in a 7-0 beating of Gonzaga. Lynass scores a pair in each half. The non-scholarship Bulldogs are relatively pleased with their improvement, having lost 15-0 to the Cougars a year earlier.

Swanson is SPU Two-Sport Standout
October 14, 1992

It's been an impressive week for Seattle Pacific two-sport standout Jon Swanson. In the Falcons' 6-0 win over Simon Fraser, Swanson scores his second goal and adds an assist. When soccer games don't conflict, he's also the top SPU cross country runner, and won a race versus Seattle University and Hawaii Hilo a few days earlier. Three hours later Swanson was at evening soccer training.

PLU Downs Seattle U, Returns to Nationals
November 14, 1992

Pacific Lutheran earns the distinction of becoming the first program to qualify for five straight NAIA national tournaments by defeating Seattle University, 3-2, at Olympia for the regional championship. The Lutes score the game's first three goals, then hold on. Rowena Fish and Cathy Martilla give PLU a 2-0 halftime lead, and Keri Allen tallies in the second half.

Dunn Goals Sends SPU to NCAA Semifinals
November 21, 1992

Jason Dunn scores with 10 minutes to go, sending Seattle Pacific to its ninth straight win and on to the NCAA Division II semifinals with a 1-0 win at Cal State Los Angeles. Dunn's header from a Jason Farrell cross is his 23rd goal and Farrell's record 17th assist. The No. 8-ranked Falcons and Marcus Hahnemann weather a furious assault by the No. 4 Golden Eagles in the dying seconds.

Huskies Win MPSF Title
November 8, 1992

Bryan McNiel ends a scoreless stalemate 53 seconds into overtime and gives Washington a 1-0 victory over Stanford for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship at Husky Stadium. Dusty Hudock makes seven saves for the Huskies. It's his 11th shutout. McNiel heads in a free kick from Paul Hurme. With the MPSF title comes an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. UW beat Cal State Fullerton, 3-1, in overtime, in the semifinals. Stanford eliminated UCLA on penalties.

Huskies Topple Portland in NCAA Opener
November 15, 1992

Erik Penner's goal on the hour mark is the difference as No. 4 Washington takes out No. 18 Portland, 2-1, in an NCAA first round game at Merlo Field. Penner's header is his 14th goal and completes a comeback for the Huskies' seventh straight win. Darren Sawatzky gives the Pilots the initial lead after only 3:04, but Gerd Strom equalizes.

McCrath Selected for Hall Induction
August 3, 1992

Seattle Pacific coach Cliff McCrath is selected for induction into the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association's Hall of Fame. McCrath will be inducted along with inductees to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y. in 1993. McCrath has served as secretary-editor of the NCAA Rules Committee for 18 years.

Shorecrest Blanks Gig Harbor in Girls' AA
November 21, 1992

Shorecrest gets six saves from goalkeeper Amy Bemis, plus another stop in the shootout, and the Scots earn their first girls' AA-A state championship in seven years, 0-0 (4-3), over Gig Harbor at Shoreline Stadium. Shorecrest, who ended Kennedy's two-year reign in the semifinals, goes unbeaten (19-0-2) while the Tides finish 19-1-0. Bemis ends the season with 16 shutouts and allowed only three goals. Erin Mayovsky, who scored 25 goals for the Scots, converts one of the penalty kicks.

Millwall Signs Keller
February 15, 1992

Millwall FC manager Bruce Rioch signs Olympia's Kasey Keller to a multi-year contract just two months after the goalkeeper completed his collegiate career at Portland. Keller's deal runs through 1995. Rioch is a former Sounders player and FC Seattle head coach. The deal is made public several weeks later, once the British government and Professional Footballers Association issues Keller's work permit.

Baumgardt, Federal Way Go Undefeated in AAA
November 21, 1992

Justi Baumgardt and Federal Way close out the year in sensational style with a 3-0 triumph over defending champion Sammamish in the girls' AAA state final at Shoreline Stadium. Baumgardt, playing with a hairline fracture in her right forearm, sets up Jill Bruyere's opener and later scores her 98th career goal as the Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the nation, complete the year 19-0-0. Julia Popich adds a first-half goal. Federal Way gets its second title in six years, and made at least the semifinal round each year in between.

Offensive Records Set, Tied by Stars'
March 15, 1992

Tacoma stops a three-game slide in impressive fashion, returning home to smash Wichita, 11-6. Dale Mitchell sets a record with five assists, and Jim Gabarra scores three as the Stars tie their record for most goals in a game. With 48 seconds left, Ralph Black is in the middle of a bench-clearing brawl. It's the sixth of seven meetings with the Wings over the season.

FC Seattle Will Not Be Back
February 21, 1992

FC Seattle Storm, after suspending play for 1991, announces it will cease operations. A year earlier, the APSL club went on hiatus after seven seasons. At its height, FC Seattle operated both high-level men's and women's senior teams, an amateur city league, plus camps and clinics. Owner Bud Greer estimates he invested $500,000-700,000 annually. The APSL has shrunk from 22 teams in 1990 to five for upcoming 1992 season.

Stars Win Final Home Game
March 27, 1992

Carl Valentine delivers the overtime winner as the Tacoma Stars beat Cleveland, 5-4, in the final home game to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. A crowd of 6,089 turns out, taking the season average to 4,853. The Crunch builds a 4-2 lead with four consecutive second-half goals. Fourth-quarter power-play goals from Bill Crook and Gary Heale tie the score. Valentine finds the low left corner at 5:24 of overtime.

PLU, Western Men Go the Distance
November 7, 1992

Pacific Lutheran and Western Washington battle for nearly four hours and then six rounds of penalties to decide the NAIA District 1 title at Parkland before the Lutes claim their first championship, 2-2 (5-4). Bjarte Skuseth converts the deciding penalty. The game is tied 1-1 after regulation, 2-2 at the end of 30 minutes of overtime and it remains knotted following another half-hour of sudden-death.

Intracity Play Diminishes
September 30, 1992

A longtime staple of men's collegiate play, the Seattle intracity series is pared to a single match. Seattle Pacific defeats Seattle University, 1-0, on a Marcus Hahnemann shutout and John Heimbigner goal at Memorial Stadium. It's the fifth shutout win in a row for SPU. Washington has opted not to play either the Falcons or Chieftains for the first time since 1967.

Keller Earns Millwall No. 1 Job
August 22, 1992

Three matches into the season, Kasey Keller is installed as Millwall's regular starter in goal. His first start is a 3-1 First Division (second tier) defeat of Oxford at The Den. Five of Keller's next seven starts in all competitions result in shutouts.

Bucs Sweep Zags with Shutouts
October 21, 1992

Jim Martinson scores two of his three goals in the second half as Whitworth pulls away from Gonzaga, 4-0, in their intracity rivalry. Behind Kim Stabno's two goals and assist in the first half, the Pirates women also beat the Bulldogs, 7-0. Stabno adds a second-half goal for the hat trick.

Lutes Blanked in Bid to Win at Home
November 27, 1992

A brief defensive lapse proves ruinous for Pacific Lutheran as the bid to win an NAIA women's championship at home is denied by Lynn, 1-0, at Tacoma's Sprinker Recreation Center. The defending champion Lutes allow a free header to Dorte Nielsen from a corner kick in the 49th minute. PLU (19-3-3) out-shoots the Floridians, 14-9. It's the fifth straight year Pacific Lutheran plays in the national final but the first time it hosts.

Central Florida Retires Akers Jersey
February 1, 1992

Central Florida honors Michelle Akers-Stahl by retiring her No. 10 jersey. Akers-Stahl completed her career (1984-88) as the Knights' career scoring (52) and assists (30) leader. Ten months later, she is named interim coach while UCF seeks to replace Bill Barker.

Goulet Hat Trick Spurs Tennis
September 5, 1992

Brent Goulet continues his torrid scoring streak to start the German third division season, notching a hat trick in Tennis Borussia's 7-2 win at Viktoria 91. Goulet now has nine goals in Tennis's 6-0-0 start. He scored 31 goals for Bonner SC in 1991-92 before signing for Berlin's Tennis. Goulet goes on to score 19 times and lead TB to the league title and promotion.

Mountain View Repeats in AAA Boys
May 30, 1992

Doug Wolvert's state-leading 20th goal of the year is enough for Mountain View to repeat as AAA boys' champion with a 1-0 victory over Richland at Sparks Stadium. Brian Wohlsein's corner kick produces a Wolvert header that goes under Bombers keeper J.P. Reck with 90 seconds left in the first half. Mountain View (18-1) becomes the first AAA team to successfully defend a title since Jefferson won its fourth consecutive title in 1986.

Keller Debuts for Millwall
May 2, 1992

Kasey Keller, 22, makes his debut for Millwall in the final match of the league season. Keller gets the shutout, 2-0, over Southend at The Den. Thirteen days later, he starts his first USMNT game in two years, a 1-0 loss to Scotland in Denver.

Washington Reign Wrap Up Perfect PCSL Season
August 8, 1992

Washington Reign beats the British Columbia Alumni, 4-1, at Redmond High School to complete their second Pacific Coast League season with a perfect 16-0-0 record. Vasco Rubio, Brent Bowers, Drew Thompson and Mike Minor score.

Smisek Named Evergreen Coach
January 16, 1992

Jan Smisek, the West Region high school coach of the year, is named women's head coach at The Evergreen State College, replacing Ruth Frobe. Two months earlier, Smisek guided Bellevue's Forest Ridge to the first 1A/2A girls state championship, finishing 10-0-0. The Geoducks have averaged just 3.5 wins the previous 10 years.

McMullin Leads Duke to NCAA Final
November 22, 1992

Seattle's Meegan McMullin leads Duke to its first appearance in an NCAA championship game at Chapel Hill, N.C. McMullin, an all-Southeast Region forward, leads the Blue Devils with seven goals. When North Carolina fouls her on the edge of the box, Duke scores on the resulting free kick for a 1-nil lead in the 29th minute. It's all Tar Heels after that as they go on to win, 9-1. Mia Hamm scores three goals as UNC wins its 57th straight.

Seattle U Advances to Regional Final
November 13, 1992

Seattle University strikes for five unanswered first-half goals en route to a 6-3 win over No. 12 Azusa Pacific in an NAIA regional semifinal at Olympia. The 8th-ranked Chieftains quickly race to a 3-nil lead on goals from Jamie French, Michelle Rhodes and Paige Gordon.

Andy Schmetzer Helps U.S. Reach Futsal Semifinals
November 25, 1992

Andy Schmetzer scores the United States opening goal and adds another in a 6-3 quarterfinal win over Argentina at the FIFA Five-a-Side Championships in Hong Kong. Dale Ervine also scores a brace for the Americans, who eventually finish runner-up to Brazil. Schmetzer is among three former Tacoma Stars players on the U.S. squad, captained by Jim Gabarra and also featuring goalkeeper P.J. Johns.

Casella Scores in USWNT Debut Weekend
August 16, 1992

Gina Casella of Everett scores in her debut weekend for the U.S. Women's National Team. Making her first start, Casella brings the Americans level with Norway in the 69th minute, although the U.S. would eventually lose, 4-2, in Medford, Mass. She made her first USWNT appearance as a substitute in a 3-1 loss to Norway two days earlier. Michelle Akers-Stahl misses both games to be with her ailing grandmother.

Henderson Scores in Olympic Clincher
April 26, 1992

Chris Henderson scores the second U.S. goal in a 3-0 defeat of Mexico in Bethlehem, Pa., to clinch qualification for the Barcelona Summer Olympics. Steve Snow accounts for the Americans' other goals. Henderson finds the net in the 36th minute on an assist from Cobi Jones.

Seattle U Rises to No. 2 Nationally
October 6, 1992

Seattle University ascends to a tie for No. 2 in the NAIA women's coaches' poll following a pair of lopsided wins. It's an all-time best for the Chieftains, who are 8-2-1 following wins over Evergreen and Linfield by a combined score of 16-0.

SPU Goes Out on Penalties
December 4, 1992

Seattle Pacific finds a late equalizer but is eliminated from the NCAA Division II tournament at the semifinal stage on penalties to top-ranked Southern Connecticut, 1-1 (5-4), in Tampa. James Dunn takes a pass from Nate Daligcon and whistles a firm shot into the upper right corner with 4:53 left in regulation, tying the game. The Owls convert all five of their penalties while SPU, which had beaten SCSU earlier in the year, misses once.

McCrath Reaches 400th Victory
October 7, 1992

Cliff McCrath becomes only the second coach in collegiate history to win 400 games as Seattle Pacific downs previously unbeaten Whitworth, 3-0, at Newport High School. McCrath, coach at SPU since 1970, joins San Francisco's Steve Negoesco in the 400 club. Jason Dunn, Jason Farrell and an own goal account for the scoring. The Pirates are ranked No. 3 in NAIA.

Pacific Lutheran Men Reach Nationals
November 15, 1992

Pacific Lutheran reaches the NAIA national men's tournament for the first time by virtue of a 1-0 victory over Concordia in the Area 1 championship game. Adam White makes 12 saves for the Lutes, whose winning goal comes from an Andy McDirmid penalty in the 10th minute. PLU (12-7-0) is one of three unranked teams to make the national tournament in San Antonio.

Last-Minute Heale Goal Extends Stars Streak
January 24, 1992

Gary Heale scores with 22 seconds left in regulation for Tacoma's fourth straight win, 5-4, over Wichita. Earlier, Heale's first goal gives the Stars a 3-0 lead before the Wings rally to pull even at 4-4.

FTI Punches Ticket to Nationals
May 9, 1992

John Carroll's two goals give FTI a 2-1 win over the defending national champion Dirty Dozen of Los Angeles in the Over-30 men's West regional championship game in San Francisco. Carroll is one of four ex-Washington Huskies on the Seattle team.

If the UW would have been receptive and signed the agreement, everything would have worked very nicely. Until you get the games, how can you go ask (local businesses) for money?
Gerry Larson, WSYSA past president, who was in charge when the non-profit group approved funding the Seattle bid for 1994 World Cup games
I told them, if we made it to nationals, I'd shave my beard off. But the kids left the mustache. They called it 'unfinished business.' That makes a statement of how they view this tournament. They're not satisfied just being asked to the dance.
Pacific Lutheran men's coach Jimmy Dunn after making good on his promise to shave his beard if the Lutes reached nationals
It was the highlight and the biggest disappointment. We fully believed we were going to win that year. We were by far the best team. It just happened that in one game we let down...It was kind of an anticlimax after that. I don't think anybody ever recovered from the disappointment of it, really. The ownership included. From there, it never seemed to be the same afterward.
Joe Waters claims the Tacoma Stars' arc had been descending since losing the 1987 MISL Finals
I don't think too much about the World Cup. This (England) is where it's at. This is where I'm earning my money. This is where I'm making my name. the World Cup and Olympics are just bonuses, and if they work into the scheme – which I really hope they do – then that's great. But I think I could do some good for the U.S. team.
Kasey Keller on his 1994 World Cup prospects after becoming Millwall's starter
It is not hard to imagine how much PR mileage companies with a huge international customer base, such as Boeing, Microsoft and even Nintendo, could have gotten out of a $5 million loan (to secure the use of a stadium), at least outside the U.S., where soccer is the No. 1 sport.
Youth coach Karl-Heinz Schrieber of Bellevue lamenting Seattle's failed 1994 World Cup bid
We may have just seen the best team in NCAA Division II this year go out of the tournament on penalties.
Southern Connecticut coach Ray Reid, whose team ousts SPU from the NCAA semifinals after losing to the Falcons earlier
I think when we play Western, we should just start with overtime and penalty kicks. This first 90 minutes is a waste.
Colleen Hacker, PLU coach, after the Lutes and Western Washington women go to overtime for the fourth straight meeting
We have got to find a better way to settle ties. To subject kids to such a roulette experience as this is wrong. It always comes down to one guy, one way or another. This is supposed to be a team game. The hurt our guys feel is tremendous, but I reminded them afterward that it's not like they lost a brother or sister, a mother or father. Time will eventually ease their pain.
Cliff McCrath in the wake of Seattle Pacific being eliminated by Southern Connecticut via penalty kicks
I didn't see a great future in continuing. It (the shrinking APSL) didn't look very professional to us.
FC Seattle owner Bud Greer on his decision to cease operations
The fans had a reputation of being hooligans but they're not, really. They're certainly colorful people. I can hear them chanting things about me, but I can't understand what they're saying. So I give them a little wave, and they're happy.
Kasey Keller on playing before the notorious Millwall supporters
The whole thing lasted three seconds. It was a dead-ball situation from start to finish. It stinks. They hit it, but I don't find it in earned goals. I'd like to see it happen from the field. All I can say is, three seconds. Three seconds out of 90 minutes.
PLU coach Colleen Hacker reflecting on a 1-0 loss to Lynn in the NAIA title game
The MISL killed itself in the same way that the NASL did: by imagining itself to be a major sport when it wasn't...One of the most compelling definitions of insanity is to do the same things over and over and expect a different result. The history of pro soccer in this country, under that definition, is a journal of insanity.
John Lawrence, Tacoma News Tribune reporter
After the demise of the original ownership group (in 1988), there was too much mismanagement. People came with agendas and hit lists and couldn't pull it off. They made mistakes and paid. All those tremendous (projected) numbers were unachievable.
Tacoma Stars GM Stan Naccarato on reasons for the club's downfall
This group is tapped out. They have put $4 million into this operation in the past four years.
GM Stan Naccarato on the Tacoma Stars ownership's decision to cease operations
I don't know what more we could have done. We talked with a lot of people on an informal basis, and there really wasn't the support out there to raise (money) for this event.
John Thompson, executive director of the King County Sports Council, on the bid to become a World Cup USA venue
It's tough to see the players from Canada get paid $150 or $200 a game, and we don't get anything. They get paid to play - not a lot, but a little - and we go out and beat them, week in and week out.
Washington Reign forward Vasco Rubio on pay disparities in Pacific Coast League
We're the only youth organization in the United States that was asked for money - the only one asked to salvage a bid. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth. We put the money up, but we didn't expect to have to do the work. We thought the community would do the rest. That's what the (King County) Sports Council is for. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's what they're supposed to do. Yet they didn't back (the bid) from Day One.
Pam Copple, Washington State Youth Soccer president, on Seattle's failure to secure 1994 World Cup games
(The Seattle soccer community) went out of its way to make an effort, and now we look like bozos. I think that the UW has never intended to host this event and they made that decision, and when that decision was made Seattle never stood a chance.
Dick Angell, former executive director of Seattle Host Committee for 1994 World Cup
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