Have Your Say : This Day in 1981

Another look back at the Sting’s 1981 season from FireStingDoug:

On May 10, 1981 the Sting won their third game in a row after sweeping a home and home series with Dallas. A 5-0 win at Wrigley Field saw Rudy Glenn score twice while Karl-Heinz Granitz, Pato Margetic, and Greg Ryan provided the other tallies. 

The win improved the team’s record to 5-2 as the Sting started to find their offensive flow.


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  • Here's a DLC interview at MLS' spanish language podcast from last Thursday......


    The highlights:
    - Nazarit is a tall, strong, #9 who can play close to goal
    - Reiterates that he's happy with the effort but not happy with the results
    - Vancouver is a team that will sit back and try to counter attack but they've been prone to defensive mistakes
    - He'd love to have Sinha but they haven't had any contact with him but they will look at options/additions in June

  • What a miserable day that was. It was Mother's Day, cold and rainy. The "crowd" was announced as a little less than 2000. But probably was really only about 75% of that. Fans sticking it out until half time were given a ticket for another game.

    The Sting tried to convince Dallas to postpone the game that morning, possibly to play the next day. The Sting even offered to foot the bill for Dallas' hotel. But the game was going to be on TV in Dallas so the Tornado said no to the ppd. The Sting scored about 10-11 minutes in and didn't look back. As for Dallas, they would lose about 20 straight games that season!

  • In reply to Lewis26:

    That is amazing recall. How did you learn of the request for the postponement?

  • In reply to oliotya:

    I was a member of the FanAddicts and knew many of the front office staff. One of them called me in the morning suggesting I wait to hear from him before heading to the park ... that the Sting were trying to move the game to Monday.

  • Enough with the sting

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    The Sting posts are meant to honor the history of soccer in Chicago by memorializing the 30th anniversary of their first outdoor championship. The Sting and the old NASL paved the way for MLS and the Fire today.

    You can always skip reading the Sting posts, the Fire will always be the main focus here with Fire info every day but some readers seem to enjoy the looks back at the Sting.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Speaking of NASL, the league used to have a team in Minnesota. I heard rumblings that Zigi Wilf is willing to pitch a MLS franchise in Minneaplois/St. Paul area.


    If that is the case, will it be good for MLS to have a team there since it you can get fans from Columbus, Chicago and Toronto to travel? I would prefer Minnesota before a second team in New York, IMO.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I like the idea of MLS in Minnesota but not of sharing the stadium with the Vikings. Bad surface, cavernous stadium, playoff games getting bumped for Vikings events. I think the Sounders are the exception to the rule and this would be a bad move. Could be more like a Revolution scenario.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    bingo....that is what I am afraid of. It is either boom or bust.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    Some of us have a lot of memories of the Sting and (particularly) that season. If it's too long ago for you, or whatever, that's OK. But trying to rain on our happy remembrances is inappropriate. Presumably you are smart enough to decide not to spend the time reading it if you're not interested.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    I was one years old at that time. I loved to hear some more Sting memories. It would like to see some hi-lites put together from 1981 to recapture those memories.

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