Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Doug Dugan Passes

Doug Dugan, who spent the 1980 season with the Diplomats, passed away on July 18, 2016.

He attended American University on a full soccer scholarship and was named the teams Most Valuable Player in 1979 and 1980, leading the Eagles to a 1979 East Coast Conference Championship.

Dugan explained how he came to spend the summer of 1980 with the Dips. “In January, 1980, Gordon Bradley invited me to preseason in Jacksonville, Florida for a six week trial. I was on the Dips 1980 pre-season roster and participated in the training camp. We started workouts at RFK a couple of weeks before we were to go down to Jacksonville. Before we came back to DC Gordon asked me to stay on as he and (assistant coach) Joe Mallet wanted to have a longer look at me. They signed me on as an "amateur," paying me for expenses."
Doug with roomie Eric Martin during spring training, 1980.
Doug had a knack for story telling and a fantastic sense of humor. He was featured in three pieces on this site that provided an insiders perspective of the Diplomats 1980 campaign:

The Dugan family will be establishing a Doug Dugan Memorial Soccer Scholarship Fund at his alma mater American University. Please stay posted for more information about donating to help worthy high school soccer players with their tuition so that they can follow in Doug’s footsteps, playing for American University’s Eagles.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Photos from July 16, 1976 program.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Joszef Horvath: Freedom Trumps Material Wealth

     As Cold War rhetoric seems to be making a return between the US & Russia, it brings back memories of a time when the most talented in the Eastern Bloc tried to escape the dismal side of the Iron Curtain for freedom in the West. Rudolf Nureyev, Martina Navratilova and Mikhail Baryshnikov stand out on a list that reached into the dozens.
     Among those who fled to the West was Joszef Horvath, a standout on the 1979 & 1980 Diplomats. While he forfeited financial success in mid-1970s Hungary, he was more than happy to exchange it for freedom and the opportunity of a new life for his family. (To view in a larger size, place mouse on image and right click. Select "Open in a New Window.")

Perhaps the most memorable evening Horvath enjoyed with the Dips was a June 17, 1980, match in Rochester, NY. He scored both goals as Washington defeated his former mates, 2-1, and then hosted the post game celebration.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Paul Cannell 1979 Match Used/Worn Jersey

Dave Boulineau shared photos of his Paul Cannell gamer from 1979. Thanks, Dave!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Don Droege vs Barry Kitchener, 1979

Tampa Bay came to RFK on August 1, 1979, and left with a 5-1 drubbing. The Rowdies Barry Kitchener did come out on the better end of this meeting with Don Droege, however.
Photos by Tony Quinn