Have Your Say : This Day in 1981

Multiple games in less than one week's time was commonplace in the old NASL.  FireStingDoug reflects on a match with the Seattle Sounders on May 23, 1981.

"Seattle came to town and paid a visit to Comiskey Park where 10,929 fans saw the Sting emerge victorious 3-1.  The Sounders led the league in total points in 1980 and were once again a solid playoff contender in 1981 but the Sting continued their high energy style and outhustled Seattle.  Arno Steffenhagen scored a brace and Karl-Heinz Granitza scored the other for the win."

"Paul Cofee started in goal for the first time in 1981 but Pato Margetic injured a hamstring that would keep him out of action for five games.  The win was the Sting's sixth consecutive victory as they moved to the top of the league with an 8-2 record."


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  • Now can we get a win over these Sounders and draw better than 10,000? I hope so. In one sense it's great for Sounders fans that they got to keep they name they wanted. I just want the name Chicago Fire to be a winning team's name.

  • The 1981 Sounders were the typical English style team of that day,their attack was nothing more than long crossing balls from midfield, the only guys who would be willing to attack were Mark Peterson and Roger Davis. Alan Hinton's coaching was to drop 9 guys behind the ball at all times.
    It was truly contrasting styles when the Sting and Sounders played eachother.

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    This was when I first started experiencing the world of soccer. It seems like there were several Brit style teams that were contrasted to the Sting which were heavily German influenced. Trying to think of any teams with a Latin style. Ft. Lauderdale with Cubillas?

  • Alan Hinton's methods were effective more often then not, but it certainly wasn't the most exciting soccer to watch. With big Jack Brand in goal, you always feared that Seattle would score early and then drop 11 guys behind the ball.

    The Sting were playing without Ingo Peter (sitting out due to a red card) and then Pato got hurt - I was hoping Seattle would open things up more - but the didn't. I seem to recall that the Sounders didn't take a shot at all in the first half and that their only goal was on a PK after Derek Spalding pulled someone down in the box.

  • In reply to Lewis26:

    You really know your stuff , you are right on about Hinton's style of coaching , if you fell behind early against them it would be a long night because they would drop everyone behind the ball , that is why the upcoming playoff game against Seattle was such a miracle because Seattle had the 1-0 lead and Arno got red carded late in the first half so with the Sting playing a man down for thgem to have scored 3 short handed goals was amazing.

  • I remember at one point that Arno Steffenhagen and one of the Seattle players (it may have been Bruce Rioch (spelling?)) were about to go at it near one of the sidelines. But that the Seattle player turned to see a six foot bumblebee standing right behind him ... and decided he better not mess.

    I remember Kenny Stern later telling everyone that Stanley Sting was Arno's bodyguard.

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