79 Dips

79 Dips

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Somber Milestone

August 27 marks the 34th anniversary of the original Diplomats final game at RFK Stadium. The 1-0 victory was the only playoff win in franchise history.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

No Joy In Mudville

The dog days of summer are here in Washington, DC. Anyone familiar with the area can tell you an afternoon thunderstorm is common from mid-June through the end of September. On Saturday, June 7, 1980, the Dips and Chicago Sting played a matinee at Wrigley Field that featured a Washington-esque downpour. In fact, the rain was so torrential that it caused a 28 minute delay. The dirt infield at Wrigley turned to thick mud (note photo below).

The Sting appeared to have no problem adjusting to the playing conditions. The Diplomats appeared to be playing in a field covered with Mrs. O’Leary’s cow droppings. The Sting scored four straight goals, two by Arno Steffenhagen just four minutes apart. “The second half was like the St. Valentine’s Day massacre,” Carmine Marcantonio observed. No bullets were needed this time.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Kurt Kuykendall: A Rich Life

Kurt Kuykendall was a late-comer to soccer, an All-American and the Diplomats first draft pick in 1974. His inspirational story was documented in the 2011 film "For The Glory."  Below is a feature from the Dips 1974 program.

Making a tough save at RFK Stadium in 1974

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Most Amazing Pass In Diplomats History

Sunday, July 27, 1980, Lancers @ Dips, RFK Stadium. With but a snap of his heel, The Flying Dutchman perfectly placed a pass in the heart of the Rochester box that Tony Crescitelli converted for one of his 2 goals in the match.



Friday, June 6, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Age Old Football Controversy

With the World Cup ready to start in just a few weeks, the word “flop” will interject itself into the sport’s fan vocabulary just as it does every four years when the beautiful game takes the world stage. Pub patrons all over creation will scrutinize and debate every time a player hits the turf. How much is true pain and how much is true drama most usually is only known by the player/actor.
There is little doubt regarding the credibility of the California Surf’s Laurie Abrahams tumble against Bob Iaruschi and the Diplomats the evening of Sunday, July 22, 1979. According to Iaruschi, Abrahams admitted to the dive, a.k.a. flop, and Surf coach Peter Wall made no attempt to hide the smile Abraham’s theatrics gave him.
Oscar winner Abrahams pursued by Dips defense. Photo courtesy NASLJerseys.com