July 19, 1989
The Sockers Tuesday announced the signing of Kevin Crow, a three-time Major Indoor Soccer League defender of the year, to a one-year contract. The Sockers' second-round draft choice in 1983 from San Diego State, Crow was named the MISL's best defender in 1985, 1988 and 1989 and is a four-time league all-star. During the 1988-89 MISL season, Crow had 21 goals and 15 assists for 36 points (all career highs).
June 4, 1989 |
Ice packs wrapped around battered legs outnumbered the whoops and hollers in the Sockers' locker room Friday night. The mood was somewhere between cautious and business-like. You would think a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Blast in Game 3 of the Major Indoor Soccer League championships would call for some levity, some celebration. The Sockers had taken a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series with a performance that seemed, for the first time in the playoffs, neat and efficient.
May 31, 1989 |
Boy, that $25,000 is going a long way. Only a handful of months ago, the Tacoma Stars said they wanted nothing to do with Steve Zungul. Here was a guy on the final lap of his career, who had nagging hip injuries and a propensity to argue with coaches. But one coach took a chance on the 34-year-old veteran--Ron Newman. He offered Zungul the minimum Major Indoor Soccer League salary ($25,000) in November to rejoin the Sockers, the team whose reputation he helped build several years back.
May 18, 1989 |
The Sockers left overcast skies in Dallas and were greeted by the same in San Diego Wednesday morning. Perfect. It fit the mood, which wasn't necessarily down in the dumps or even solemn. Just businesslike. Sure, there were a few smiles. While waiting to get off the plane, some players enjoyed looking at an incriminating newspaper picture of defender George Fernandez grabbing Sidekick forward Tatu during the Sockers' 4-1 loss Tuesday night. Front-page stuff, full color. But in general, this was a serious group.
May 4, 1989 |
Steve Zungul was getting all the attention Wednesday night. Reporters were bunched around the 34-year-old forward following the Sockers' 7-4 victory over Dallas in the opener of the Major Indoor Soccer League Playoffs at the San Diego Sports Arena. Socker defender Kevin Crow, for one, was trying to figure the size of the crowd hanging onto Zungul's every word. "It's the accent," said Crow to teammate Ralph Black, laughing. "If we had the accent. . . . " It's the thick Yugoslavian accent, and a lot more.
March 17, 1989 |
To put a trickle of smile on the face of Kevin Crow and maybe sponge up some of his seriousness, Brian Quinn, Crow's Socker teammate and friend, has found a simple solution. Crack open a Guinness Stout for him. Maybe two. "It loosens him up," said Quinn, a midfielder from Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was Quinn who introduced Crow, a native of Pleasanton, to the finer points of Irish beer drinking while on a team trip to Toronto.
August 20, 1988 |
The Sockers, needing to produce some good news during this troubled summer, announced Friday they had re-signed Kevin Crow, the Major Indoor Soccer League's defender of the year this past season. In an effort to shore up its defense, the team also confirmed it had signed defender Gary Etherington, who played last season for Minnesota. The loss of Fernando Clavijo to Los Angeles and Brian Schmetzer to Tacoma in the past two weeks had left the Sockers short-handed in that area.
May 19, 1988 |
Socker defender Kevin Crow was named the Major Indoor Soccer League defender of the year Wednesday. Crow edged teammate Fernando Clavijo, 48-47, in voting by media representatives from the 11 MISL cities. Crow also won the award in 1984-85. The Kansas City Comets' Kim Roentved is the only other two-time winner. "I'm very flattered and appreciate it," Crow said.
December 3, 1987 |
After two seasons of debating with Socker Coach Ron Newman and criticizing his handling of players and game tactics, defender Kevin Crow asked to be traded Wednesday. "The bottom line is I don't want to play for Ron Newman anymore," Crow said. "We don't see eye to eye. I don't see eye to eye with the way he handles players in general. I don't think the changes made in the last two years is what I want to be a part of. "I'm not happy playing soccer here in San Diego. It's best that I go.
March 30, 1987 |
Jean Willrich of the Sockers pounded a 30-foot shot into the goal early in the fourth period Sunday. It was a special goal. It was the only one the Sockers scored as the Wichita Wings took a rousing 5-1 victory to narrow San Diego's lead in the season series to 3-2. The loss left the Sockers a half-game behind second-place Kansas City in the Major Indoor Soccer League's Western Division. Wichita's Seamus McDonagh became only the second keeper in the MISL to win 20 games this season.