Even so, Doucette rationalized, "We learned a great deal about kicking, passing and trapping. The thing that improved most was the ball-control skills. The British are just tremendous at this. They do things with a ball like our best basketball guards. At the end of those clinics [the boys had five days of clinics under six top coaches] we had some players who were hurting and some deflated egos. There were a couple of our guys who went over thinking they were pretty good. You can imagine the letdown."
Now, as part of soccer's Great Leap Forward in Maine, the master schedule calls for the Mainers to be ready to beat the English by 1981, in time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown.
STRAINED RELATIONS REPAIRED
The crisis was rather different from what Lamar Hunt, owner of the Dallas Tornado soccer team, expected when he dashed up to the hotel room of Lev Deriougin, president of the Moscow Dynamo team. About to conduct the Russians on a tour of Dallas, Hunt had been told that Deriougin had had "an accident in his room."
He found Deriougin sitting in his underwear, a victim of American room service—which until this moment, even at its worst, had never been as bad as Russian room service. He had sent a pair of pants to the cleaner's—the only pair he had for a three-week stay in the U.S.—and when they came back the buttons were missing (the kind of buttons that button up the front of a man's pants, a Russian invention).
Hunt dispatched a police-escorted car to the cleaner's and soon had his show back on the road.
Dynamo played without four of its stars, who had been dispatched to Munich, and the game ended in a scoreless tie.