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November 8, 1988
Steve Zungul, who has scored more goals than any other player has scored points in the history of the Major Indoor Soccer League, will begin a tryout with the Sockers Wednesday. He has a 50-50 chance of joining the team this season, Coach Ron Newman said. Zungul, who played for the Sockers in 1984-85 and for half of the 1985-86 season, was not re-signed by the Tacoma Stars this summer. He contacted the Sockers last month about the possibility of playing in San Diego this season.
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February 14, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Go figure--those that shone brightest Thursday in the MSL's 13th All-Star Game at Baltimore were players from the most lackluster team, last-place St. Louis. Storm forward Preki scored two goals and set up five others, and teammate Branko Segota scored three goals and added three assists as the West beat the East, 14-9. The 23-goal performance easily surpassed the All-Star record of 18 in 1985.
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February 6, 1985 | STEVE DOLAN, Times Staff Writer
New Year's Eve is a night to celebrate, except when The Boss is a soccer coach named Don Popovic. His New York Arrows were in Phoenix on just such an occasion a few years ago, and Popovic was not impressed by the frivolity of the holiday. Since the Arrows had a game the next night, the coach established a midnight curfew. Popovic's star player, Steve Zungul, was not impressed either--by the curfew.
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October 19, 1990 | JOHN GEIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Sockers open the 1990-91 Major Soccer League season tonight in Kansas City, they will be seeking their fourth consecutive championship and ninth in 10 years. Reminders of why the Sockers have dominated this little subculture arrived Wednesday with two prodigal sons. Midfielder Paul Dougherty and forward Keder played previously in San Diego, having been recruited by Coach Ron Newman from their native countries, Dougherty from England, Keder from Yugoslavia.
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February 9, 1987 | PETE THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
It was on Dec. 22, 1978, just three days before Christmas, that Slavisa Zungul made his American soccer debut. They called it soccer, but it was not the soccer that Zungul had mastered in his native Yugoslavia. Instead, it was an Americanized version, one played indoors on a much smaller field, with plastic grass and hockey boards. Zungul, whose Christian name already had been Americanized to Steve, had no intention of making a career of this new game.
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February 13, 1987 | MARC APPLEMAN
Bill Kentling, Major Indoor Soccer League Commissioner, said Thursday that Tacoma Star forward Steve Zungul was not guilty of tampering in Socker midfielder Branko Segota's decision not to sign a six-year, $1.2-million contract earlier this season. Segota is in the option year of a three-year contract and will become a free agent at end of this season if he doesn't re-sign with the Sockers. Kentling also ruled that the Stars have not violated the salary cap of $1.275 million per team.
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June 3, 1989 | Dave Distel
Steve Zungul, to the Sockers, started the season sort of like a barnacle on a yacht. Not only did he seem superfluous, but there was some thought he might be detrimental. Zungul might well have been in 1989 what Mike Schmidt knew he was in 1989, which is to say over the hill. A load rather than a leader. "Lots of people said the ability wasn't really there anymore," he said. "They'd written me off. I was an old guy bothered by injuries who couldn't produce anymore. They didn't believe in me."
SPORTS
October 3, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
The Sockers are expected to announce today the signing of veteran forward Steve Zungul, who said last week he has agreed to a one-year contract worth approximately $25,000, the Major Indoor Soccer League's minimum salary. Zungul, 35, joined the Sockers last November and played a big role in their drive to the championship, finishing third on the team in total points (42) and second in assists (23). "I don't think my playing time is going to be that big," Zungul said.
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February 5, 1986 | Dave Distel
Back in ancient times, when baseball was struggling to someday be known as the national pastime, there was this owner who had a genuine superstar--but wanted something different. Cash. He wanted to produce a play. This fellow, who owned the Boston Red Sox, sold his superstar to finance that play. The superstar's name was Babe Ruth, and he played Broadway long after the play had fizzled. This was brought to mind by an interesting little transaction consummated Tuesday by the Sockers.
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March 20, 1985 | STEVE DOLAN, Times Staff Writer
When Branko Segota began played indoor soccer with the New York Arrows in 1978, he was a shy 17-year-old. Though teammates kidded him about his age, others were more serious. The opposition often tried to intimidate the league's youngest player. One night in Philadelphia, for example, the home team protested a game by claiming Segota was too young to play. Major Indoor Soccer League rules then dictated a player had to be 18 years old, but Segota had received league permission to play.
SPORTS
February 28, 1990 | DON PATTERSON
Is Steve Zungul thinking of calling it a career before the end of this rocky season? "Might happen, it might not happen," Zungul said Tuesday. "I don't know yet." Zungul, the 35-year old Socker forward known as "The Lord of All Indoors," said he is frustrated with his present situation. He said he made the decision not to travel for tonight's game against the Dallas Sidekicks for reasons other than his arthritic hips.
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October 3, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
The Sockers are expected to announce today the signing of veteran forward Steve Zungul, who said last week he has agreed to a one-year contract worth approximately $25,000, the Major Indoor Soccer League's minimum salary. Zungul, 35, joined the Sockers last November and played a big role in their drive to the championship, finishing third on the team in total points (42) and second in assists (23). "I don't think my playing time is going to be that big," Zungul said.
SPORTS
June 9, 1989 | Dave Distel
Comatose. No, the Sockers are not dead. Yet. But it is getting to be a little hard to find a pulse. Maybe they should be checked into the Johns Hopkins Medical Center for a day of observation before Saturday's Game 7 of the Major Indoor Soccer League's championship series. It has come to that. Game 7. It has come to that because it came to this Thursday night: Baltimore 7, San Diego 0. No, that is not a misprint. That is exactly the second time they have been shut out in their history, the first in the playoffs.
SPORTS
June 3, 1989 | Dave Distel
Steve Zungul, to the Sockers, started the season sort of like a barnacle on a yacht. Not only did he seem superfluous, but there was some thought he might be detrimental. Zungul might well have been in 1989 what Mike Schmidt knew he was in 1989, which is to say over the hill. A load rather than a leader. "Lots of people said the ability wasn't really there anymore," he said. "They'd written me off. I was an old guy bothered by injuries who couldn't produce anymore. They didn't believe in me."
SPORTS
May 31, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
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.
SPORTS
May 28, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
There is a tad of little boy left in Ron Newman. You see it when he jumps up from his chair to demonstrate a play. Or when he flashes a devilish smile while discussing a tactic that might bend Major Indoor Soccer League rules to the limit. It's a bit surprising that Newman hasn't lost his appetite for this game. He has been through more than his share of rough spots as coach of the often wild, sometimes complaining and usually zany Sockers. Newman has been called everything from a borderline idiot to a borderline genius, sometimes in the same sentence.
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May 22, 1986 | Associated Press
Tacoma forward Steve Zungul, the leading scorer in the Major Indoor Soccer League, and San Diego midfielder Branko Segota were the only repeaters on this season's All-MISL first team, which the league announced Wednesday. Socker defender Fernando Clavijo also was named to the first team, and Socker goalkeeper Jim Gorsek was named to the second team.
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January 31, 1986 | MARC APPLEMAN
Spin the big wheel and see what team Socker forward Steve Zungul might end up playing for. For a brief spell Thursday, the Chicago Sting appeared to have thrown its name in the hat. "We'd love to have Steve here," owner Lee Stern said. "The problem is we can't afford Steve. We can't compete in that derby." According to Zungul, who is talking with the Pittsburgh Spirit and Tacoma Stars, there is a 50-50 chance he will leave the Sockers this season.
SPORTS
May 20, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
There were whispers that the time had finally come for the Sockers. Questions swirled as fans filtered into the Sports Arena Thursday night for Game 6 of the semifinals of the Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs. Branko Segota hadn't looked his old self, and team captain Brian Quinn seemed to have lost confidence. The Sockers didn't have much fight, much desire. Surely, it was thought, this group didn't have the tricks left to do what two previous Socker teams had done, come back from a 3-2 deficit to win a playoff series.
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May 19, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
Recall, if you will, two seasons in Socker history: 1984-85 and 1985-86. Those were the days when Branko Segota scored a total of 212 points, 106 in each. The years of Juli Veee and, for a season and a half, Steve Zungul, at the peak of his career. That's about how things looked in the first half of the Sockers' 7-2 victory in Game Six of the Major Indoor Soccer League semifinals at the San Diego Sports Arena Thursday night. It's also how things looked in the fourth quarter.
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