Deuce packs his bags
I’m sure all of the soccer fanatics in the US, and the Northwest in particular, have heard the news by now the US National Team member Clint Dempsey has been sold by Tottenham Hotspur to the Seattle Sounders.
It’s crazy for me to think that some people may not know who Dempsey is, or realize the importance of this signing not only for Seattle, but for MLS as well.
So I’ve put together a little list of the five greatest players who have ties to Washington that most of you have never heard of.
A little history lesson so to say.
We will start off with the highest paid player to ever play in the MLS.
Not only should you be at least aware of this man’s name, you should also check out his game too if you haven’t already.
Dempsey is the resident stud of the USMT, having taken over the reigns of the club after a meltdown so to say by Landon Donovan last year.
Deuce, as he’s often called, has spent the past seven years playing in the best league in the world, the English Premier League. To those who don’t know, this is the equivalent of the NFL, NBA, or MLB to the rest of the world.
A lot of Americans have played in Europe, and in England specifically, but none have had the kind of impact that Dempsey has had not only on his teammates, but for American soccer as well.
He now adds the Sounders to his list of professional clubs that also include the New England Revolution, Fulham Football Club and Tottenham Hotspur.
Brent Fedyk spent a portion of the 1986/87 season playing for the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL, playing in 13 games scoring 5 goals with 11 assists for 16 points. He also added 9 penalty minutes to boot.
Though he didn’t spend a whole lot of time with the T-Birds, it was his NHL career that gave him the credibility to be on this list.
Fedyk spent time in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.
He played 470 games in the NHL and his most notable season was playing on the “Crazy Eights” line in Philly alongside Eric Lindros and Mark Recchi.
That year in Philly was the first of three 20 goal seasons, he had one more in Philly and another in Dallas, and ended up with 97 goals and 112 assists in a 12 year career.
James Edwards was born and raised in Seattle and played his college ball with the Washington Huskies.
He played 19 seasons in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls.
Edwards wasn’t the best player on any of these teams but he did average 12.7 points per game over his career. Good enough to keep getting hired I guess.
His most notable years came with the “Bad Boys” teams that won two championships in Detroit.
Ehlo played his college ball at Washington State after transferring over from Odessa Junior College in Texas, his home state.
Prior to this week, Ehlo was most famous for leading his Cleveland Cavaliers to the Eastern Conference Finals before being embarrassed eternally by “the Shot” by Michael Jordon.
Eh, you win some, you lose some right?
Besides the Cavs, Ehlo spent time with the Atlanta Hawks and your Seattle Supersonics in an career that lasted seven seasons.
He recently ended his coaching career at Eastern Washington because of an untimely little affair the justice system likes to call reckless burning and domestic violence. Read the article here.
But regardless of the present, Ehlo will always be remembered in these parts for his time on the court.
One of the most electrifying pitchers to ever don a Mariners jersey, Gaylord Perry won his 300th career game for Seattle en route to the Hall of Fame.
Besides being a Hall of Famer, Perry is more notably known for his use of personal liquids on the baseball, i.e. the spitball.
He was the first pitcher in history to win the Cy Young in both leagues, and became the 15th member of the illusive 300 win club at the time.
While playing the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Mariners and Kansas City Royals he amassed a 314-265 record with a career 3.11 ERA and 3,553 strikeouts.
A wonderful player to have represent our team in Cooperstown.
Well there you have it folks. A fine list of some pretty good names that will go down in history in Washington state.
I hope that these names will stick in your brain as you might be needing them in a game of bar sports trivia one day.