Washington Diplomats

Washington Diplomats

: "This article is about the original and second Washington Diplomats of the NASL. For the third team to use the name, see Washington Diplomats (APSL)"

The name Washington Diplomats was used by three different soccer teams in Washington, D.C..

NASL original team

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dissolved = 1981
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The original Washington Diplomats first came into being when, in 1974, the North American Soccer League (NASL) granted a franchise to a Washington, D.C. based business group. The team played their home games at RFK Stadium except for 1976 when they played at W.T. Woodson High School in Northern Virginia. After a lackluster beginning to the franchise, the Diplomats qualified for the playoffs and increased average game attendance in each of their last three years of existence. Additionally, in their final year, the Diplomats were able to sign the future European Player of the Century Johan Cruyff. After the 1980 season the Diplomats folded when then owner, the Madison Square Garden Corp., had accumulated losses of $6 million and team president Steve Danzansky could not gather enough money to keep the team alive. [Death of the Diplomats by John Feinstein, Washington Post, Sports; D1, Dec. 9th, 1980]

The cheerleaders for the original Diplomats were known as the Honeydips.


NASL new Diplomats

After the original Diplomats folded following the 1980 season, the Detroit Express moved to Washington to become the new Diplomats. This team only lasted for one season.

ASL Diplomats

The Washington Diplomats played three seasons in the American Soccer League from 1988 to 1990.


Famous players

;flagicon|USA USA

*flagicon|United States Keith Lenert
;flagicon|ENG England

*flagicon|England Mike Barry (footballer) (1975)
*flagicon|England Paul Cannell
*flagicon|ENG Peter Carr (1981)
*flagicon|England Ray Graydon 1978)
*flagicon|England Alan Green (soccer) (1977; 1979-80)
*flagicon|England Clive Haywood (1981)
*flagicon|England Trevor Hebberd (1981)
*flagicon|ENG Kenny Hill (association footballer) (1977)
*flagicon|ENG Ross Jenkins (1981)
*flagicon|England Jimmy Redfern (1977)
*flagicon|England Keith Silvester (1977)
*flagicon|ENG Bobby Stokes (1978-80)
*flagicon|ENG Trevor Thompson (footballer) (1976) [http://home.att.net/~nasl/players.htm#T]
;flagicon|Netherlands Netherlands

*flagicon|Netherlands Johan Cruyff
*flagicon|Netherlands Guus Hiddink
*flagicon|Netherlands Thomas Rongen
;flagicon|Scotland Scotland
*flagicon|Scotland Jim Brown (footballer) (1981)
*flagicon|SCO Eddie Colquhoun (1981)
*flagicon|SCO Tommy O'Hara (1978-80) [http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/player1/tommyo'hara.htm]
*flagicon|SCO Jim Steele (1977-79)
;flagicon|Northern Ireland Northern Ireland

*flagicon|Northern Ireland Bill Irwin (1978-80)
;flagicon|Wales Wales

*flagicon|Wales Donato Nardiello (1981)

Former Coaches

*flagicon|ENG Gordon Bradley

Average attendance per game

*1974: 4,975
*1975: 8,847
*1976: 5,963
*1977: 13,037
*1978: 10,783
*1979: 11,973
*1980: 19,205
*1981: 12,106


External Links [http://home.att.net/~nasl/jerseys/dips.htm Dips Jerseys]

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