The Washington soccer community lost two friends in recent days.
Denzil Miskell, who owned soccer shop Sports Specialties and also coached in West Seattle (among other soccer accomplishments) has passed away. He was a founding father of the generation of soccer in Seattle that saw youth organization and eventually the arrival of the NASL Sounders in 1974.
Social media posts praise his legacy. “(His shop) was an iconic spot that left great memories for a bunch of Seattle soccer kids such as myself and supplied many of my father’s teams,” Kris Lowry posted on his Facebook page. “Denzil will be missed. RIP.”
Alex Sigman was known in the soccer community as part of a group that played indoors in the Olympia area and also outdoors on a team that gathered for yearly trips to Las Vegas. Sigman (Evergreen State College, 1994) was killed last week in a tragic auto accident in South Carolina.
Alex played on Westside United 40’s, a team made up of local players and former pros that competes annually in the Vegas Kings Cup.
“Every year in January, we all get together to play in the King’s Cup in Las Vegas,” says one of Sigman’s friends and teammates, Jason Rojo. “Last year we made the quarterfinals. We were getting pummeled by the local Vegas team and they were getting all the calls and I was having the game of my life in goal and keeping us in the game. Down 1-0 deep into stoppage time, Alex stepped up and hit a gorgeous free kick to equalize 1-1. That goal would be the reason why we advanced to the knock out round before losing in the quarterfinals. As soon as he hit the free kick, I knew it was in and I started running up from goal to celebrate. Everyone went nuts. The ref whistled for the goal and then whistled to end the game. Absolute bedlam.”
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