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Indoor 'Stars of the Century' team is released.

By Jerry Langdon
Gannett News Service

(Thursday, February 4, 1999) -- As part of the Gannett News Service’s millennium project, sports editor Jerry Langdon has selected the United States indoor "Stars of the Century" team.

Goalkeeper -- Victor Nogueira (1979-active)
Defender -- Kevin Crow (1983-96)
Defender -- Kim Roentved (1980-active)
Midfielder -- Branko Segota (1978-active)
Forward -- Tatu (1983-97)
Forward -- Steve Zungul (1978-90)

Comments: The San Diego Sockers and New York Arrows dominate the All-Century indoor soccer team, which involves players from four different leagues Major Indoor Soccer League, National Professional Soccer League, North American Soccer League Continental Indoor Soccer League. Only the NPSL still exists.

Nogueira won four championships with the Sockers and one with his current Milwaukee Wave. Known for his calm demeanor, he earned four MVP awards . . . Crow and Roentved are the defenders, ahead of Fernando Clavijo. Crow was winner of MISL Defender of the Year Award five times and anchored the Sockers' defense to eight titles in nine seasons. A 17-year All-Star, Roentved is with Kansas City after 14 years with Wichita Wings. . . Segota scored 524 goals. His teams won titles in 11 of his first 13 seasons -- four with the Arrows, six with the Sockers, one with the Las Vegas Dustdevils. Some observers feel Brian Quinn may have been the best all-around midfielder in the sport, but Segota was explosive on attack.

Two legendary scorers are at forward. Tatu, who competed in all the major indoor leagues, had 776 goals, 592 assists through 1997. No. 2 scorer all-time, he's still with Dallas, now in the fledgling Premier Soccer Alliance, where he's added 13 goals and eight assists. He is a five-time MVP. Zungul, the No. 3 overall scorer, finished with 715 goals, 538 assists in regular season. He led the Arrows to four crowns, the Sockers to three.

The backups are brilliant in their own right -- Preki Radosavljevic, pure scorer Julie Veee, and all-time scoring champion Hector Marinaro, still active with the Cleveland Crunch, and indoor soccer's top career scorer with 942 goals and 501 assists.

Ron Newman led the Sockers to 10 titles in 11 seasons and is the all-time coach. His innovations included substitutions (positioning players on the bench so they could better get into position on the field), introducing the defensive runner position, and using the sixth-attacker and super power play by substituting the goalkeeper.

Jerry Langdon is sports editor of Gannett News Service and can be e-mailed at jlangdon@gns.gannett.com.

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