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Mariner Forward Dante Washington Wins A-League Scoring Championship

August 31, 2004 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

Virginia Beach, Virginia – Virginia Beach Mariner forward Dante Washington has won the 2004 A-League scoring championship, netting 17 goals and 6 assists in 27 games during the 2004 campaign. His 40 points places him four points ahead of second-place Byron Alvarez of Portland. Washington’s 17 goals also ranks him in a first-place tie with Portland’s Alan Gordon for goals scored in the A-League during the 2004 regular season. Washington finished the 2003 season ranked third in the A-League in points with 37 and ranked second in goals scored with 18 in 26 games. In 2003, he also led the League in shots with 82.

The official announcement by the A-League is expected next week after a full audit and final review of the seasonÂ’s statistics.

Washington opened his 2004 scoring drive on May 8 with two goals against Toronto in the MarinersÂ’ third match of the season. He followed with two assists against Richmond on May 31. In addition, Washington scored 3 goals against Rochester, 2 goals and 2 assists against Milwaukee, 2 goals against Charleston, 1 goal against Montreal, 2 goals against Syracuse, 3 goals and 2 assists against Atlanta and 2 additional goals against Toronto.

Washington was named A-League Player of the Week for the first time during his A-League career for his 2-goal, 1-assist performance against Atlanta on August 11 and was named to the A-League Team of the Week three times in 2004. In 2003, he was named to the All A-League First Team and was named to the Team of the Week also three times.

Washington, who plans to play for the Mariners in 2005, attributes his success to his team. “Our team is so much more important than individual awards or recognition,” he said. “I’d be much happier winning the A-League championship – that’s something we could all enjoy together. My individual awards are a reflection of the team. I couldn’t do what I do without them.”

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