Seattle Sounders FC

Original Sounder Roy Sinclair passes away at age 68

Roy Sinclair, one of the original 1974 Seattle Sounders, has passed away at age 68. This notice appeared in January in the Wirral News:

TRANMERE officials and supporters are mourning the passing of former midfielder Roy Sinclair, who died at the weekend, aged 68.

Liverpool-born Sinclair joined Tranmere as a teenager in 1962 and became a firm favourite with the fans, helping Rovers win promotion from the Fourth Division to the Third in 1966-67. He made a total of 166 appearances for Tranmere, scoring 18 goals. He moved on to Watford, playing close to 50 games for Vicarage Road club before building a career in USA soccer. He signed with the Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League, playing 20 games and scoring one goal, during the 1974 season. He later played for Tacoma Tides in the American Soccer League and Detroit Express in the NASL.

Sinclair moved to play indoor football for three season with Cleveland Force in the Major Indoor Soccer League then returned to the ASL for seasons with Columbus Magic and Cleveland Cobras. He retired from playing in 1981.

In 1986, he became the head coach of Seattle University.

Following his retirement, Sinclair regularly attended games at Prenton Park as a guest of the club.

A Tranmere spokesman said: “Roy will be missed by all those who knew him at the club.”

Longtime Sounders supporter Scott Jensen posted a memory of Sinclair on Facebook. Though Roy was eventually credited with just one goal in 1974, he actually scored two.  “Very sad,” Jensen said of the news. “Actually Roy scored twice in 1974, once in each of the Rochester games, but because the game was replayed stats from the first one were tossed out. Hated to see him go to Denver.”

Sinclair passed away on January 12, 2013. (wiki)

(Roy Sinclair with the Sounders in 1974-75. See his NASL Jersey page.)

(Roy Sinclair with the Sounders in 1974-75. See his NASL Jersey page.)

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