Sockers ride a rocky road to title

May 25, 1991|By San Diego Tribune

SAN DIEGO -- Back on Dec. 1, they were 5-9, in last place and wondering if 40 miles of bad road was stretched before them.

Today, the San Diego Sockers are indoor league champions for the ninth time in 10 years. They clinched the 1991 Major Soccer League title with an 8-6 victory over the Cleveland Crunch on Thursday night before a near-sellout of 12,073 at the Sports Arena.

In clinching at home for the first time since 1986 and taking the best-of-seven series, 4-2, the Sockers substantiated a notion that marathon runners and attorneys treat as gospel:

It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

"I've been through it before, but it's always so sweet each time," said Kevin Crow.

As he spoke, Crow was participating in the post-game celebration on the arena carpet. Confetti, smiles and high-fives were everywhere.

"People see this, how happy all of us are," Crow said, "and most of them don't realize how hard the guys work here. There is an incredible amount of effort involved."

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