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Mark Allen Peterson
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Birth: Apr. 19, 1960
Tacoma
Pierce County
Washington, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 2011
Tacoma
Pierce County
Washington, USA

Professional Soccer Player. He was a star forward and striker for the original Seattle Sounders franchise of the North American Soccer League (NASL). He played for the Sounders from 1980 to 1983, appearing in 99 games and scoring 48 goals. In 1980 he finished second in league balloting for NASL Rookie of the Year honors, and two years later he was named as the NASL's Player of the Year. During the 1982 season he led the Seattle Sounders in scoring and a trip to the NASL championship game (Soccer Bowl) against the New York Cosmos, and scored two goals in Seattle's three to nothing exhibition match win over England's famous Manchester United Football Club. Following the demise of the North American Soccer League in 1983, he went on to play for the Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) from 1983 to 1986, scoring 79 goals in 127 games. From 1980 to 1985 he was a member of the U.S. National Team, and in 1980 he was selected to the U.S. Olympic Team. He was prevented from taking part in the Moscow based Summer Olympic Games because of an international boycott led by the United States against the Soviet Union, following the Russian military invasion of Afghanistan in late December 1979. He appeared in his final professional and international match on May 26, 1985 in a 1-1 tie against Costa Rica, in a World Cup qualifying match. Following his professional career, he remained active in the sport coaching youth soccer in Washington state. He died in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington from undetermined causes at the age of 51. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) 
 
Burial:
New Tacoma Cemetery
University Place
Pierce County
Washington, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
Record added: Jul 11, 2011
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Mark Allen Peterson
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Mark Allen Peterson
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Mark Allen Peterson
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