Soccer Digest November 1985


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This issue is classic San Diego Sockers dominated MISL heyday material. The cover is quintessential Steve Zungul and there’s no doubt who was in charge of the best offense the sport had ever seen.

Leading off is a somber article on the sad state of Hooliganism. American fans were trying to get the NASL and MISL into the mainstream but when we turned on our TV’s we were drowned out by hideous images of drunk, brawling English (usually) miscreants.

Steve Zungul Player of the Year says it all. He led the MISL in regular season and playoff scoring and played a little defense too. Apparently San Diego’s lack of a New York-style night life helped his game.

The 1985 MISL Playoff Report is all Sockers too. They had just won their fourth consecutive title and Bill Center chronicles how the owner once paid $25,000 “not“ to play a season indoors. The San Diego Tribune’s Rick Davis describes how the Sockers are much more than Great Individuals.

Michael Lewis pens “The MISL In Review—From Top to Bottom“ leading off with the Sockers fourth straight title. The Cleveland Force drew a league record 19,360 as the hometown Force shellacked the New York Cosmos 6-1. Peter Wall of the Los Angeles Lazers was named “Coach of the Year“. Baltimore Blast All-Star Stan Stamenkovic. He also covers the 1985 MISL All-Star Team and players Steve Zungul, Karl-Heinz Granitza and Mike Stankovic.

Capping it off Pat McBride, Mr. St. Louis, comes back to trying to return the St Louis Steamers to greatness.

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