The Washington Diplomats bombarded Atlanta with 31 shots, got two goals from Alan Green and buried the chiefs, 5-1, in a North American Socer League match before 5,385 yesterday at RFK Stadium.
"We should have 10 goals but I guess five (a team record at RFK) isn't bad for the second game of the year," said forward Bobby Stokes, who three times barely missed scoring himself. "We had things under control even before he (Loue Nanchoff) was put off."
Nanchoff, who was supposed to be the main threat in the Chiefs' attack, collied with Washington defender Tommy O'Hara in the 29th minute of the first half and was ejected by referee. Gus Constantine for "violent play." O'Hara, whose shoulder was bruised, left the game and will be X-rayed today.
Even before Nanchoff's exit, forcing the Chiefs to play a man shot, Washington had taken a 2-0 lead. Defender Mike Dillon opened the scoring with a sharp 10-footer following a crossing pass from Sakib Viteskie. Dillon's shot skipped under Chief goalkeeper Tad DeLoram and the Dips led, 1-0, at the 16:10 mark.
"More like that will come this year," Dillion said, "It's the first goal I've scored in a couple of years. This one was similar to the other one I scored when I was with the Cosmos. You remember your goals."
The Dips are 2-0 and in first place See DIPLOMATS, D4, Col. 4 DIPLOMATS, FROM D1 IN THE EASTERN DIVISION WITH 17 POINTS, NINE MORE THAN THE COSMOS (1-0), WHO COME TO WASHINGTON NEXT SUNDAY.
ATLANTA, WHICH TOOK ITS BEATINGS AS THE COLORADO CARIBOUS (8-22) LAST YEAR, WILL REMEMBER THIS LOPSIDED LOSS FOR SOME TIME. AT NO POINT DURING THE 90 MINUTES WERE THE OUTCLASSED CHIEFS IN CONTENTION. THEY MANAGED ONLY 11 SHOTS ON GOAL AND WERE CALLED FOR 22 FOULS. WASHINGTON WAS WHISTLED FOR 16 FOULS.
"THE DIDN'T GIVE US ANY PRESSURE IN THE BACK SO WE WERE ABLE TO PUSH FORWARD AND GIVE SOME HELP TO THE FRONT," SAID DILLON. "IT'S ALWAYS A BONUS WHEN THE DEFENDERS CAN HELP ON THE SCORING END. THAT CAUSES OPPONENTS PROBLEMS."
AFTER DELORM MADE TWO SAVES ON POINT-BLANK SHOTS, GREEN TOOK A SHORT PASS FROM O'HARA AND BLASTED THE BALL INTO THE CORNER OF THE NET TO BOOST THE WASHINGTON ADVANTAGE TO 2-0 AT THE 20:10 MARK.
SHORTLY AFTER THE GOAL, NANCHOFF WAS EJECTED."I THOUGHT IT WAS A HIT UNUSUAL FOR LOUIS TO BE EJECTED SO QUICKLY," SAID ATLANTA COACH DAN WOOD. "IT WAS HIS FIRST FOUL OF THE GAME AND I THOUGHT THE REF WOULD GIVE HIM A YELLOW CARD AND A WARNING.
"LOUIS WAS A LITTLE FRUSTRATED BECAUSE WE WERE BEHIND AND HE HAD JUST LOST THE BALL. THERE'S NO QUESTION IT WAS A FOUL. I GUESS THE REF FELT THE FOUL WAS SERIOUS ENOUGH TO WARRANT HIS EJECTION.
"THAT HAPPENS AND WE'ARE FORCED TO PLAY A MAN SHORT THE REST OF THE GAME. TWO GOALS DOWN AND A MAN SHORT IS TOUGH."
IT WOULD HAVE MADE LITTLE DIFFERENCE AND NANCHOFF BEEN IN THE LINEUP. THE SURGING DIPS SMOOTHLY MOVED PAST ATLANTA DEFENDERS TO TAKE EASY. UNMOLESTED SHOTS ON GOAL.
DELORM, STARTING HIS FIRST NASL game, probably began to long for the good old days at Keene State College, where he led his team to second place in the NAIA soccer tournament in 1977.
Within one five-minute span, DeLorm stopped five Washington shots-he was credited with eight saves-watched helplessly as Green scored and breathed sighs of relief as two other shots flew over the net.
"You can't blame the goals on any one person. We just didn't play well as a team," DeLorm said. "I should have stopped one of those. I played a couple the wrong way. They were running andd gunning and we were forced to sit back and play defense. You got to have both offense and defence to win, and we had neither."
Washington, warming up for its first meeting with the defending NASL champion Cosmos, played exceptionally well at both ends of the field.
Goalie Bill Irwin, who had four saves, could have taken a nap. Defenders Dillon, O'Hara, Ane Mihailovich, Robert Larusci and Don Proege kept the struggling Chiefs from ecen thinking about offense.
"Not degrading either team (Washington beat Fort Lauderdale, 2-1, last week), we haven't been extended yet," said Coach Gordon Bradley. "Of course, Atlanta didn't play well. But we were more consistent this week. We had some slipshod play late in the second half when we were way ahead, but I can excuse them for that."
Bradley was extremely pleased with the play of Joe Horvath and winger Sonny Askew, who did not play a minute in 1978.
They silenced whatever war whoops were left in the Chiefs by scoring back-to-back goals in the early minutes of the second half.
"Our offense just broke down," said Wood. "We made too many mistakes not clearing the ball out and committed too many fouls outside our own penalty area."
Wood referred to one penalty that gave Washington a direct free kick and its third goal. Jim Steele and Green feinted kicks through the Chiefs' front wall before Horvath blasted a liner through a gap created by Bobby Stokes, who was standing between two Atlanta defenders.
DeLorm had no chance at stopping the shot and Washington led 3-0, at the 53:32 mark.
"That is a set play," Stokes said, explaining his role in the trickery. "I move just as my man approaches the ball. No one covered up the hole and Joe got the goal."
Askew, the most improved player on the Washington roster, made a long up the sideline and, depsite pressure from a defender, made a 15-foot shot to increase Washington's advantage to 4-0.
"It finally happened," Askew said of his first goal as a professional. "I can't wait to tell my grandmother."
Askew also made two fine defensive plays.He outmaneuvered Jeff Bourne for one ball and used his chest to stop a Jomo Sono dart that that goal writen all over it.
Bourne finally caught the coasting Dips asleep and hung the high floater over the head of Irwin for Altanta's only goal with 17:04 to play.
"Green closed out the scoring at 75:58 with a goal follwoing a corner kick and assist from Horvath.
"We beat them twice in preseason games. Today we played like they did against us in those games," said DeLorm. "And they played against us this game like we played against them in the exhibitions."
"This is a great game to have going into the Cosmos game," said Dillion. "But we start all over again. We have to score against them, too." CAPTION: Picture, Sakib Viteskic's shot is blocked by Atlanta goalkeeper Tad Delorm.
Diplomats won their second game with no defeats.
By James A. Parcell-The Washington Post