Another look at the 1981 season from FireStingDoug:
With a record of 10-4 the Sting took on the Washington Diplomats at Comiskey Park on June 14, 1981. The Diplomats (also previously know as the "Dips") folded after the 1980 season but the NASL moved the former Detroit Express into Washington to start the 1981 season and also named them the Diplomats. The "new" Diplomats only lasted one season before folding like their predecessors.
After a 3-1 loss to Vancouver on June 10 that was ultimately Phil Parkes' last game with the team, the Sting lost it's first regular season match ever at Comiskey Park and their second in a row. The home team scored first after two great one touch passes from Pato Margetic and Karl-Heinz Granitza sent Arno Steffenhagen in on goal. Steffenhagen sent a close shot past Washington 'keeper Jim Brown, who later joined the Sting for the upcoming indoor season.
The Diplomats scored the last two goals en route to a 2-1 victory that dropped the Sting's record to 10-5. Their worst stretch of the 1981 season.