When Sting was king

Thirty years after winning the NASL title, Sting players recall capturing Chicago

Updated: September 27, 2011, 7:05 PM ET
By Charlie Corr | ESPNChicago.com

Some Chicago sports fans need a refresher course that the 1980s were not completely centered on Mike Ditka's 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears and the phenomenon of Michael Jordan.

The Chicago Sting was the toast of this city at the start of the decade, winning North American Soccer League crowns in 1981 and 1984.

It was 30 years ago when the Sting captured the Soccer Bowl over the famed New York Cosmos, winning in a shootout on Sept. 26, 1981, in front of nearly 37,000 ...

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