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Page 8 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, January 26, 1983 Sport GI AAan Hinton ponders life after the Sounders by Rhoda Donkin Being fired means trying to stop caring who will be ready to play this season Being fired is having your daughter run home after school in tears, because her Dad has been hurt. Somewhere between shock and anger, Alan Hinton, former Seattle Sounders soc- cer team coach, is trying to put the pieces together. Sit- ting in the comfortable living room at his home on the Pine Lake Plateau, Hinton admits his abrupt dismissal two weeks ago is like a bad dream. "I&apos;m a man who says my goodbyes," said Hinton. "If they had given me one reason, if my record had been bad, 1 would have ac- cepted this. But 1 feel like I'd have to be a mind reader to understand why it happen- ed." His record was anything but bad. Hinton coached a team that won two western divislo, champi, .,llip. dur- ing his three-year tenure, the only two the team won in its nine-year history. He coach- ed two of the North American Soccer League's Most Valuable Players of the Year, and a North American Player of the Year in 1982. It was in 1982 the Sounders cleaned up with international recognition, winning the Europac Trophy and the Trans Atlantic Cup. That was the year they scored the second leading number of goals in the league and ended up with a finale in the Soccer Bowl. Hinton was named Coach of the Year by tile North American Soccer League for his success with the Sounders. The reason for Hinton's dismissal by Bruce Ander- son, the team's new manag- ing partner, was Anderson's desire for a change in the style of Sounder soccer. A quicker pace, more American players, a game as "exciting and scary" as football. Hinton cringes at the analogy to football and then shrugs it off as "complete ig- norance about the nature of soccer." He snarls at criticism handed him about his British terms and his use of British players. He says Anderson's ideas about fill- ing the field with American players simply won't work. "You can't win a game with an all-American," says Hinton. "It's as simple as that." This is not the first time Hinton and his wife, Joy, have confronted unexpected crisis in their 18 years together They came to the Untied States in 1976 after the death of their nine-year- old son Matthew The boy, whom Hinton says was going to be a left-winger like his Dad, died of cancer in England. The family moved to the U.S. to "start a new life" It was move they never regretted. Hinton unabashedly calls himself American and despite a strong British accent, it's not hard to believe the transition is complete. Their house, an immaculate colonial, has all the trimmings of the American dream come true. It's the second home they've moved to in the area. Originally the Hintons lived on a little farm with enough land for their only child, Tania, to graze her horse. "We decided we didn't like feeding a horse in our backyard," laughs Joy. So the family moved to a tract of newer homes near Pine Lake Junior High, where Tania is a ninth-grader. In the soft yellow living Alan Hilton at his home on the Pine Lake Plateau. room, Hinton says he is not prepared to give up the com- fortable life they have made here. He is not tempted to return to England, even when he surveys a room full of framed photos of his days in professional soccer there. Clustered on the wall above a console color TV one shot shows a leaner, more youthful left winger, sur- rounded by teammates on the day 25,000 fans came to watch his last game in the British pros. Today Hinton has no plans to move. "I've spent the last two Christmases right here," says Hinton. "This is home." Joy eagerly concurs. "We found a place l am perfectly happy to live out the rest of my life," she says. "We have wonderful neighbors. Everyone respects our privacy and treats us like we are nothing special. 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Gilmon Blvd. Issaquah 392-383 ] Hinton has hiss own ideas about "Americanizing" soc- cer. As it has been for the last three years, his approach is grdual introduction of American players into the Sounder line-up in place of the more experienced British. He says the U.S. players need exposure to high level soccer to bring them up to par with their British counterparts. Americanizing soccer also means developing soccer skills in youth who haven't reached their 10th birthday. His friend, Jack Rebney, former General Manager of the Sounders, shares, this view. It's a philosophy Rebney has been developing through the Issaquah Soccer Club for the past eight years. One of the founders of the lssaquah club, Rebney says he left the Sounders last June partly because the North American Soccer League was not committed to youth soc- cer. The Issaquah Soccer Club began as a small group of players in the mid-1970s and "recognizing the great youth potential" in the area, Rebney, then president, started an intense expansion program. The club leased and developed 80 acres of field at Lake Sammamish State Park. Through fund drives, like a tulip bulb sale, they raised $17,000. They bought goals, uniforms, balls and field equipment and the club grew. It now has a membership of more than 2,000. "We worked hard," said Rebney. "We became a model club in the state." Rebney believes youth soc- cer clubs like the Issaquah's are what the U.S. needs to eventually become com- petitive internationally. "Kids starting in their teens have missed I0 years of practice already," says Rebney. "They've missed everything." Hinton applauds the local soccer club and says it's the best way to organize "the great talent" in this country. "You know I'm not the hero," says Hinton. "It's those people who work with kids after their jobs every- day, on the weekends, when they have the spare time. They are the real heroes. "I started playing when I was eight, every free moment I had. When it got dark we would play under the lam- post, where there was light. My parents weren't wealthy, buy I remember my morn buying me two pairs of shoes in one day." Americans lack experience on the pro level they haven't played "since they left the cradle," says Hinton. Cons- tant repetition produced results. Hinton was not ready to turn the Sounders into an all American team in one season. Instead he played strong British guest players until his "American boys" could carry the game themselves. "I was buying time," he said. He promised to play seven U.S. players in 1984, but that wasn't enough. Anderson wants a team of Americans the fans can identify with and Hinton's plan will never be tried. These days, with so much time in his hands, Hinton says he would like to take a year off, "get about 20 young players and personally develop their technique." He admits his greatest job as coach was watching young players develop into national soccer stars under his tuteige. "It's the best fun 1 can think of." Until he figures out his future, he says he may go down and watch "the boys" play once in a while. But he will probably be concen- trating on his next move. "America is the land of opportunities," he muses. "I might get into some soccer related business, who knows?" Then his smile fades and he murmurs the truth. "I'm cheerful today, but I feel very sad. l think I'm just being brave, really." Girl's basketball improves 4 The girls' basketball team beat Tyee, 34-30 on January 18 in a very close game. With thirteen seconds left in the game, Liberty was ahead by two points and Kim McManus made a free throw to help Liberty retain the win, even though the team was outscored by seven points in the fourth quarter. Liberty's scorers were: Pam Payseno with 15 points; Liz Helfenstein with six; Kim Linville with five; Jodee Johnson with four; Cindy McBride with three; and Kim McManus with one. In another close game, Liberty was defeated by Tahoma, 44-36, Jan. 21. With three minutes left in the game, Liberty was behind by four points but Tahoma stole the ball twice and scored to maintain a lead and win. Liberty's scorers were: Payseno with twelve; Johnson with ten; Helfen- stein with six; McManus with four; and Linda Bostjancic and Darla Lubbers each with two points. Pam Payseno had eleven rebounds and Kim Linville had nine to lead Liberty's rebounding. Jodee Johnson played an excellent game, according to coach Dave Johnson, as she helped Liberty's offense with her outside shooting. . Even with the loss, it was the best game Liberty has played all season, according to Coach Johnson. Boys' basketball The Liberty boys' basket- ball team was defeated by Tyee 56-45, January 18. Tyee dominated the entire game except in the fourth quarter, when they were outscored by four points. Liberty's scorers were: Jeff Brown with 15 points; Tracy Jewett with 14; Jeff Crawford and Vern Nielsen with five each; Jeff Thomas with four; and Skip May with two points. Liberty was also defeated 69-62 by Tahoma, January S Fasan0's Super Bowl Sunday Jan. 30 in the Lounge Come join the gang! Watch the game on our big screen T.V. Bar opens at / 1 p.m. Free hot buttered popcorn during the game and barbecued hot dogs during half-time. COFFEE SHOP, DINING ROOM & LOUNGE  ,. SUNDAY DINING IS FAMILY TIME In our Waterfall Dining Room or Coffee IN IsSAOUAH  Since 1910 Fl0000tIr00lt'00 - Seafood * Poultry Choice Locker Beef HALIBUT s3400 STEAKS OR ROASTS lb. BONELESS BEEF STEW MEAT VERy LEAN lb. LOCKER BEEF HINDQUARTERS .......... $1.65 b. SIDES ..................... S1.45 lb. Shoppe. Try our famous steaks and sea- Includes outtlng& wrapping foods. Open for breakfast, too. 8 a.rn. to 10 . 85 Front St.N. n4t Issaquah OOL'O n ...[ Bullshot Crummond. Jan. 5- Feb. 5 Village Theatre 120 Front Street N., Issaquah RESERVATIONS: 392.2202 Steaks' Seafood I IIIIllMl|lllll Cock=ins  conveniently located . /o,ra,rZY I block south.of 21. Liberty was down by nineteen points at half time but came back in the third quarter, outscoring Tahoma by twelve points. Unfor- tunately, during the fourth quarter, Liberty's rally was matched by Tahoma as both i Wresl ,  The teams scored an number of points. Liberty's scorers Jewett with 16 points; with 14; Thomas Crawford with nine; with eight; Nielsen and Darren Gron, The Issaquah Parks and Recreation'Dept. is takin tion for the following classes. Youth Basketball -- Girls grades 7 through 10 -- now! Women's Basketball Class -- Wednesdays, 26, lssaquah Jr. High. I CPR Class -- Wed., Feb. 2. Color Analysis -- Tues., Feb. 15, Issaquah Jr. High. ] Cross Country Skiing -- Session 4 starts Jan. 31, Sess 1 Feb. 3. Fashion & Beauty Workshop for Teens -- Advance starts Thurs. Feb. 10. Photography -- The Easy Way -- Sat. Jan. 29 witl Scaylea. Basic Small Engine Repair -- Thurs., lssaquah Supply. I Snow Shoeing -- Session 3 starts Feb. 1, Session 4 Feb. 15. Winter Camping -- Session I starts Feb. 22. Volleyball Open Gym -- Mondays, Clark per person per night. Adult Basketball Open Gym -- Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 Pine Lake Jr. High, $1 per person per night. Quality Tax Service: lr Serving Issaquah residents and businesses for 15 years Open year around 165 Front St. N., Issaquah 392-3650 Open Mon.-Thurs. 9 to 6, Fri. 9 to 5, Saturday 10 to 5. Call feral appointment. Janl Jim S Alps. Onac Jam Steve' of the mine Our gal'$ are off the wall. Serving the Cascades conmaunity from Bellevue to Ellensburg. Freeway convenient. Take the 124th Street exit from ltighway 520 in Bellevue. BELLEVUE 13817 Northup Way N.E., Bellevue, 643-4544 ]ssa( out the they l( . one-hu ' Janum Bathe 122.85 The close r to ll8, The Liberty dropp, aroum Sports from and ] vaultin first w Jerry I paulin with 7. Honlingswort! 6.7 on Recreation co