A Remarkable Renewal

2002 – Around the World and Close to Home

The Catholic Church’s cover-up of sexual abuse scandals is exposed in Boston, President Bush addresses presses the United Nations for the support of regime change in Iraq, and behind Ronaldo’s two goals, Brazil defeats Germany in the World Cup final in Japan. In Washington, Puyallup’s Nathan Chapman, an army sergeant, becomes the first U.S. casualty of enemy fire in Afghanistan, Mariners’ outfielder Mike Cameron belts four home runs in one game, and Seahawks Stadium opens to both soccer and NFL action.

A Remarkable Renewal

A new owner, new coach and new approach: Asking those elements to cohesively coalesce in a matter of months is ambitious. Asking them to win with regularity is capricious and asking them to win a championship is pure fantasy.

Yet the Seattle Sounders nearly pull off such a dream season in 2002. Coming off a year that they first failed to make the A-League playoffs, the club retool the roster, coaching staff and front office and fast become the frontrunner for the championship.

Adrian Hanauer, who at 35 joined the ownership group, becomes managing partner and general manager following the 2001 season, and soon after makes the coaching change. Bernie James is let go and within three weeks Hanauer hires Brian Schmetzer. On the business side, he focuses on slashing the annual losses that are approaching $1 million.

Schmetzer’s a logical choice in some respects, having played for every iteration of Puget Sound pro clubs, from NASL Sounders to FC Seattle to Tacoma Stars to A-League Sounders and indoor SeaDogs. At the last stop he transitioned from player to assistant coach until the franchise folded. Now, five years later, Hanauer and CEO Neil Farnsworth pluck him from the youth coaching ranks, and Schmetzer arrives with a clear vision of the club’s purpose and methodology.

"I kind of came up with a catch-phrase for the style that I want to play, and that's `A young American style,' " said Schmetzer. "We want to bring young Americans to this club and try and teach them. They are already accomplished players when they come to us. But can we teach them more? I think we can."

Three key acquisitions with MLS experience will figure prominently in the Sounders’ reversal of fortune. Darren Sawatzky, the top scorer in 2000, returns from a year in Portland to form a strike force with former Gonzaga star Brian Ching, on loan from LA Galaxy. Also back is midfielder Andrew Gregor following a season with Kansas City, and Nate Daligcon, a member of the 1996 championship side, comes home from Rochester. Pulling the strings in the middle of the park is talisman Leighton O’Brien.

Schmetzer’s system of “selective pressure” on the part of his front six preys on opposing defenders, forcing turnovers in Seattle’s attacking third and, once in possession, letting his players be creative. The chemistry and understanding are instantaneous, and the Sounders are clicking from the first kick, reeling off eight straight wins and scoring 24 goals in the process.

When Seattle (15-2-0) is drawn at home against San Jose Earthquakes (10-6-2) in the Open Cup, it’s a matchup of the table-toppers in MLS and the A-League. Ching gives the Sounders up at the half mark before the Quakes bring Ariel Graziani and Landon Donovan off the bench and go on to win in extra time. While it’s a tough loss, back in league play the wins keep mounting, reaching 12 in a row by mid-August. Among those is a 4-1 victory over Vancouver to celebrate the opening of Seahawks Stadium before a league-record crowd of more than 25,000.

Although the Sounders secure the Commissioners’ Cup for best record (23-4-1), hopes of a double are dashed. The Whitecaps, swept in four regular-season meetings by a combined eight goals, punish Seattle mistakes in a second-round playoff series, advancing 8-2 on aggregate. It’s not the ending Schmetzer had in mind, but when it’s announced the team will make Seahawks Stadium their permanent home, he guarantees a championship is close at hand.

Year in Review
Season Record
23-1-4, 1st A-League Pacific, 2nd rnd
Brian Schmetzer (1st year)
Best XI
Leighton O'Brien (MVP), Andrew Gregor, Brian Ching
Top Scorer
Leighton O'Brien (13 goals)
U.S. Open Cup
Seattle Sounders, 3rd rnd
U.S. Amateur Cup
Hibernian Saints O30 champion
Women's Amateur Cup
Forza O30, Shear Power O50 champions
Men's Collegiate Postseason
Puget Sound D3 2nd rnd
Women's Collegiate Postseason
Puget Sound, D3 Qtrfnl Washington State, D1 1st rnd
Men's Conference Champions
Puget Sound (NWC), Western Washington (GNAC)
Women's Conference Champions
Puget Sound (NWC), Seattle Pacific (GNAC)
NWAC Men's Champion
Bellevue d Spokane, 3-1
NWAC Women's Champion
Edmonds d Tacoma, 3-0
Girls Regional Champion
Northwest Nationals Fusion (U13)
Largest Attendance
38,534, USA v Honduras, Safeco Field
Largest Amateur Attendance
2,515, Washington v Stanford (w)

2002: A Remarkable Renewal

New management, a fresh tactical approach and the return of proven performers pave the way to a Sounders regular season title.

Behind Chud, Northwest Takes Flight
September 17, 2002

Bryan Chud scores three times, including the go-ahead goal in the 56th minute, as Northwest College beats Evergreen, 4-2, at Olympia in a Cascade Conference match. Chud goes on to score a record 22 goals during his final season and graduates as the career scoring king with 55 goals for the Eagles.

Keller, USMNT Lift Gold Cup
February 2, 2002

Kasey Keller begins the World Cup year by anchoring a nearly impenetrable U.S. backline during the Concacaf Gold Cup. His fourth straight shutout comes in the final vs. Costa Rica, 2-0. Two days earlier he stopped two penalty kicks in the semifinal shootout with Canada (0-0, 4-2). In all, Keller allows just one goal in five starts as the USMNT wins its second regional trophy.

Seattle Wins 11th Straight, 13th Consecutive at Home
August 10, 2002

Seattle clinches first place in the Pacific Division with its 11th straight A-League win, 2-1 over Milwaukee. Brian Ching is on the end of a free kick in the second minute for the early lead, and Andrew Gregor’s 14th minute goal turns out to be the winner. The Sounders have won 13 league home games in a row, dating back to 2001. They make it 12 four days later, against El Paso.

Vancouver Knocks-Out Sounders Early
September 15, 2002

Seattle is stunned by Vancouver, crashing out of the playoffs in the quarterfinals after being beaten, 6-2, in the second leg. The Whitecaps, who go up 3-0 by halftime, sweep the two legs accruing an 8-2 aggregate scoreline. The Sounders struggled down the stretch, winning just once in their final six regular season and playoff matches.

A-League record Crowd Sees Sounders-Whitecaps
July 28, 2002

An A-League record crowd of 25,515 cheers both the opening of $400 million Seahawks Stadium and a Sounders victory over Vancouver. First kick is delayed 30 minutes for fans filing through the gates, and Andrew Gregor greets them with the first goal after 23 minutes. Gregor’s second goal, in the 72nd, helps Seattle pull away for a 4-1 win. Approximately 5,000 were walk-up ticket buyers. It’s the largest crowd for a Sounders home match in 20 years. In the first seven home dates the average attendance had been 2,328. Soccer was also the opening sporting event for both the Kingdome and Tacoma Dome.

USMNT Bows Out of World Cup Keller Sits
June 21, 2002

A controversial non-call sends the United States out of the World Cup, 1-0 to Germany at the quarterfinal stage in Ulsan, South Korea. Kasey Keller, expected to split time in goal with Brad Friedel, never plays a minute in five matches. He had not been Tottenham's outright starter during the season and was plagued by minor knee and elbow injures prior to the tournament. Gregg Berhalter's attempt to equalize in the 49th minute is handled on the goal line by Torsten Frings, but no penalty is whistled.

Decatur Responds, Then Repeats
May 25, 2002

Down a goal with 22 minutes to go, a determined Decatur of Federal Way scores twice in three minutes to repeat as state 4A boys champion, 3-2 over Spokane's Lewis & Clark at Everett Memorial Stadium. Alex Chursky delivers the game-winner after Kyle Colbath ties it. The Tigers had forged a 2-1 lead through Grant Lundberg and Matt Ross penalty. The Gators' (20-0-2) unbeaten streak reaches 44 games. Their coach, Jimmy McAlister, watches the final minutes from the stands after being sent off for complaining about rough play.

Loggers Win Big to Clinch Tiebreaker
November 3, 2002

By defeating No. 7 Willamette and doing so by 3-0, Puget Sound not only wins a share of the Northwest Conference women's crown but also clinches an automatic NCAA berth at East Field. "Going in, I was confident we could win," says UPS coach Randy Hanson. "But I would have never imagined we'd defeat a team like Willamette 3-0." It's the Logger's 30th consecutive home win. UPS got its first goal from Bridget Stolee in the 19th minute. Perrin Schutz and Cortney Kjar tally in the second half to clinch the playoff tiebreaker.

Washingtonians Win Title with Portland
December 8, 2002

Portland wins its first NCAA women’s championship, 2-1 over Santa Clara in overtime in Austin, and a couple former Washington are part of the celebration. Seattle’s Jennifer Bosa is a reserve for the Pilots while Wynne McIntosh serves as an assistant coach. Portland coach Clive Charles had begun coaching women while with FC Seattle Cozars in 1988.

Puget Sound Pushes Into Quarterfinals
November 17, 2002

Puget Sound pushes deeper into the NCAA tournament by blanking Chapman, 1-0, in the regional final at Santa Cruz, Calif. The Loggers parlay Beth Taimi's 13th-minute and Erin Williams's shutout to reach the Division III quarterfinals for the first time. UPS had beaten Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 4-0, the previous day behind the brace of freshman Cortney Kjar.

Quakes Rally to Beat Sounders in Open Cup
July 17, 2002

Hosting an MLS side for the first time in U.S. Open Cup play, the Sounders nearly pull off an upset of the San Jose Earthquakes. A record crowd of 1,275 at Interbay Stadium (plus about 300 more watching from the hillside) sees Seattle push the Earthquakes to the limit before falling, 4-3, in extra time in the tournament's third round. Brian Ching scores for a 3-2 lead in the 60th minute. At that point the Quakes insert stars Landon Donovan and Ariel Graziani, the fourth-leading scorer in MLS. Ronnie Ekelund's second goal, a penalty, forces overtime, where Graziani finishes a rebound after Preston Burpo initially parries Dwayne DeRosario.

Gonzaga Snaps Winless Streak
September 6, 2002

Freshman Heidi Jacobson scores early in the second half and Gonzaga holds on to defeat Oregon, 1-0, at Eugene to halt a stretch of 29 matches (0-27-2) without a victory. Ashley Haugen makes five saves to record her first career shutout for the first win over the Ducks in four tries. The Zags' last win had been Sept. 19, 2000.

Sounders to Move into Seahawks Stadium
October 23, 2002

The Sounders announce their 2003 home matches will be played at Seahawks Stadium. Eight of their first nine A-League seasons had been played at Memorial Stadium, Seating will be limited to the east side of the stadium’s lower bowl, with season tickets starting at $140.

Western Stays in GNAC, NCAA Contention
November 6, 2002

Gus Zadra finds the net in the 71st minute as Western Washington stuns Seattle Pacific, 1-0, at Interbay Stadium. The teams are tied for fifth in the region and vying for one of four NCAA tournament slots. It's the Falcons' first home loss this season.

SPU Women Clinch GNAC Title in 2nd Season
November 5, 2002

Megan Lienhard's goal 12 minutes into sudden death overtime lifts Seattle Pacific to a 2-1 victory over host Seattle University, clinching the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship for the Falcons in just the program's second year. Lienhard, a freshman from Everett, scores both SPU goals. Despite winning the final nine matches and going undefeated in 11, Seattle Pacific (13-4-2) is denied an NCAA berth.

Hahnemann on a Roll at Reading
December 7, 2002

Marcus Hahnemann continues to shine for Reading, recording his seventh straight clean sheet in a scoreless home draw with Portsmouth. Hahnemann, in his first full season after a loan spell with the Royals, has not allowed a goal in 698 minutes of First Division play. Four months earlier he was released by Fulham after three years.

With Late Winner Sounders Reach 8-0-0
June 8, 2002

Second-half substitute Zach Scott makes his first professional goal count for the game-winner, with the Sounders winning their eighth consecutive match to start the season, 3-2 at Calgary. In the 90th minute, Scott, a rookie from Gonzaga, nods home an Andrew Gregor corner kick past Storm goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld in cold, rainy conditions. As it had in the past seven wins, Seattle scores first, in the 19th minute, when Viet Nguyen converts a Brian Ching assist. Jason Farrell puts the visitors ahead, 2-1, in the 57th minute on a free-kick. It marks the longest win streak to start a Sounders season.

Sehome Wins Decision vs. Neighboring Squalicum
May 25, 2002

About six miles separate Bellingham's Sehome and Squalicum High Schools and the difference is a a pair of penalty kicks in a tiebreaker to settle the 3A championship at Everett. Brendan Carroll makes two saves for the Mariners (18-2-3) as they win the title 1-1 (4-2). Chris Jepson, whose goal with 9:28 left sent the match into overtime, also gets the final shootout conversion. Squalicum's Mason Webb had put the Storm ahead in the third minute. It marks the first time that two Bellingham high schools have met for a state championship since Sehome opened in 1966.

Keller Comes Home, Stones Honduras
March 2, 2002

Playing for the national team in his home state for the first time, Kasey Keller makes a key save early and the U.S. proceeds to put away Honduras, 4-0, before 38,534 at Safeco Field. With his team up 1-nil in the 28th minute, Keller denies a breakaway by Saul Martinez from 10 yards. Landon Donovan doubles the lead a minute before halftime. After Clint Mathis finishes his brace Donovan adds his second in the 67th minute. It's Keller's 28th career international shutout, and he's unbeaten in his last 16 appearances dating back to 1998.

Sauvageau Becomes Seattle U Scoring Leader
October 26, 2002

Nichole Sauvageau rises to the top of Seattle University's career scoring list while beating Western Oregon, 2-1. Sauvageau connects in the 54th minute with her 45th goal, surpassing Ingrid Gunnestad (44).The victory also moves Seattle U into first place in the GNAC, ahead of Western Oregon.

WSU Wins, Nears NCAA Berth
November 8, 2002

Washington State all but clinches a postseason berth by beating 15th-ranked USC, 4-1, and extending its win streak to a school-record four straight Pac-10 matches. The Cougars take charge in the first six minutes on strikes from Kim Morgan and Mariette Boyce. The win streak started with a victory over No. 7 California. WSU makes the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years under Dan Tobias, who is voted Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

Washington Wins, Misses Tournament
November 10, 2002

Melissa Bennett's hat trick powers Washington past No. 15 USC, 5-0, in the final regular season game, and senior Hope Solo posts her 18th and final career shutout. Still, the Huskies (9-8-3) are left out of the NCAA tournament field, despite seven of their eight defeats coming against ranked opposition. It's their third win over a top 20 foe. Bennett adds her UW record 18th assist on the final goal.

Hawkins's Headers Propel Broncos Run
November 30, 2002

Devvyn Hawkins of Olympia returns from injury to score for the second game in a row, a 3-1 Santa Clara win over Michigan in the NCAA quarterfinals. Hawkins, whose head needed 11 stitches after coming out of the second-round win over Arizona State, had also nodded in the winner vs. Nebraska in a third-round win on Nov. 23.

Huskies Upset UCLA on Klaas OT Goal
November 1, 2002

C.J. Klaas scores the game-winning goal in double overtime, giving Washington a 2-1 upset victory at No. 3-ranked UCLA. It's the first Pac-10 loss for the Bruins and their first home loss in 12 matches dating back to last season. The goal by Klaas, U.S. U20 international, is his first of the season and comes in the 108th minute. The Huskies took an early lead through Brett Wiesner in the 24th minute. UW goalkeeper Danny Waltman makes eight saves, including key stops in the last 10 minutes of regulation. Washington finishes with its first losing season in 34 years. UCLA goes on to win its third NCAA championship.

Henderson Brace Upon Return
April 3, 2002

Scoring in the final minutes of each half, Chris Henderson gets his second MLS career brace in Colorado's 2-0 win over D.C. United. Henderson, returning to the Rapids after four years, is on his way to a career-best 11 goals, plus seven assists.

Sounder's O'Brien Voted A-League MVP
September 27, 2002

Sounders midfielder Leighton O’Brien, 26, is introduced as the A-League MVP. A Federal Way native, O’Brien scored 13goals and a record-tying 11 assists to finish third in total points (37). Eight days earlier, Brian Schmetzer was voted coach of the year in his first season by his peers.

USA Punches Ticket to World Cup
November 6, 2002

A hat trick from Cindy Parlow gets the U.S. off the mark in a 7-0 win over Costa Rica before 10,079 at Safeco Field, a victory that secures the defending champion Americans' passage to the 2003 World Cup. It's close (1-0) for the first half, but Parlow's third goal makes it 3-0 in the 52nd minute, and the floodgates open in the Gold Cup semifinal. Kristine Lilly and Shannon MacMillan each contribute a goal plus an assist.

Shannon Higgins Inducted to HoF
October 14, 2002

Kent's Shannon Higgins-Cirovski becomes just the third woman and, at 34, the youngest player ever inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y. Higgins-Cirovski starred both as a collegian and in the first U.S. World Cup championship in 1991. She had orchestrated four undefeated NCAA championships at North Carolina from 1986-89, earning the Mac Hermann Trophy as a senior. Two years later she set-up both Michelle Akers goals in the 1991 World Cup final before retiring and entering coaching.

Sounders Sweep Timbers for Starters
May 5, 2002

It's a dream start to Brian Schmetzer's tenure as Sounders coach as Seattle beats arch-rival Portland for the second night in a row, 4-1, at Memorial Stadium. Jason Farrell's 30-yard shot snaps the 1-1 tie, then Darren Sawatzky and Craig Tomlinson each connect in the final four minutes. The season began the night before with the Sounders quieting the PGE Park crowd of 8,775 to the tune of 2-0. Sawatzky, who played for Portland a year ago, also scores in the opener. The result also qualifies Seattle for the U.S. Open Cup.

UPS Beats Willamette for NWC Men's Crown
November 3, 2002

Chris Raymond earns his 100th career point as Puget Sound clinches the Northwest Conference championship, 2-0 over Willamette. Raymond, a Tacoma senior, launches an 18-yard rocket 12 minutes into the match for the lead. Tyler Niemack adds a 35th minute goal and Ben Meckel posts his 12th shutout. Raymond, who earns NWC player of the year honors, finishes his career with 41 career goals.

SPU, McCrath Come Up Short
November 9, 2002

Although Seattle Pacific beats Humboldt State, 5-0, for its 11th win, the Falcons unable to earn an NCAA men's tournament berth for the second year in a row – the first such occurrence in Cliff McCrath's 33 years as coach. It also leaves McCrath three wins of overtaking former San Francisco coach Steve Negoesco (543) for the all-time lead in coaching victories.

Northwest Nationals Win Regional
June 29, 2002

Mountlake Terrace's Northwest Nationals Fusion wins the USYSA Region IV Girls' U13 crown by beating Bay Oaks (Ca.), 2-0, in West Jordan, Utah. It's the first regional title for a Washington girls' team in five years and the first overall for the Nationals. The Fusion had beaten Highline Eagles 88, 42, in overtime for the state championship.

Sounders Women Christen New Stadium
July 28, 2002

First teams to play in Seahawks Stadium are the Sounders Select Women and Vancouver Breakers, who play prior to the A-League men’s match. Sounders Women win in overtime, 4-3, on Nikki Gamble’s 93rd-minute goal. Seattle native Jodi Campbell scores the historic first goal. Shelby Brownfield and Janelle Munnis contribute the team’s other goals

UPS Men Move to 2nd Round
November 13, 2002

Second-half goals five minutes apart from freshman Josh Hedrick and Justin Hughes propel Puget Sound into the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament, 2-0 Linfield at East Athletic Field. The NWC champion Loggers (17-3) and runner-up Wildcats (15-2-2) had split two previous matches. Hedrick's opener came after a long run to the post to head-in Anthony Fioretti's cross. "I started about midfield on a dead-out sprint," Hedrick says. "I didn't know if I'd get there in time. I still had to dive to just get my head on it." The Loggers' postseason run ends at Redlands, 2-0.

Late Goals Deliver GNAC Trophy to Vikings
November 9, 2002

Two late goals lift Western Washington to a 2-1 comeback victory over Seattle University at Civic Stadium for the Vikings' first GNAC championship. Paul Nissley delivers the game winner, his league-leading 15th goal of the season, in the 84th minute off an assist from Gus Zadra. The defending champion Redhawks play without two of their top three scorers. Although Western wins its final seven games, they miss making the postseason. Cal State Dominguez Hills, which WWU beat earlier, is given a berth. Nissley, a sophomore from Mount Vernon is voted GNAC player of the year and Travis Connell is coach of the year in his second season.

Man United, Celtic Coming to Seattle
December 10, 2002

No sooner does Seahawks Stadium open and a huge international friendly is booked. Manchester United of England and Celtic of Scotland are coming to Seattle July 22, 2003 as part of the ChampionsWorld tour. Fourteen-time English champion Man United feature midfielder David Beckham, one of the world's most recognizable players. First & Goal will install grass over FieldTurf, the permanent playing surface at Seahawks Stadium.

Eastlake Girls Earn First Title
November 23, 2002

Eastlake notches its first girls' state championship in any sport as the Wolves (17-2-1) defeat Everett's Cascade, 1-0, at Lakewood. Junior defender Jessica Martinez gets her second goal in as many games, heading in from Meghan Blume's cross. Martinez had also scored in the semifinal win over Richland. Eastlake is in just its ninth year of existence in Sammamish. Cascade is appearing in its first girls' final since 1983-84.

Sounders Tie League Win Record
August 24, 2002

Seattle gets two goals from Leighton O'Brien to beat Calgary, 4-0, tying the A-League win record of 23 with two games remaining. Finishing 13-1 at home, the Sounders proceed to finish 23-4-1 and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Hawkins Helps Santa Clara Oust UNC
December 6, 2002

Devvyn Hawkins and defending NCAA champion Santa Clara reach the College Cup final by ousting North Carolina, 2-1, in a semifinal match at Austin, Tx. Veronica Zepeda scores both goals, but the Broncos are thwarted by Portland in the final. Hawkins, All-American holding midfielder and team captain, and Hermann Trophy winner Aly Wagner finish their careers 3-0-0 vs. UNC.

Kennedy's Five Girls' Titles is Tops
November 23, 2002

Kennedy becomes the first Washington high school to win five championships at the 3A/4A levels by overpowering Bellingham in the second half to triumph, 4-0, at Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood. Junior Vicky Rodriguez kick-starts the Lancers (17-3-2) by breaking the 0-0 deadlock in the 51st minute, and two minutes later. Krystle Jalalian capped the Lancers' dominant state performance with goals in the 68th and 70th minutes. Kennedy last won the crown in 1994. Coach Doug Stamnes, who also led the Lancers' boys teams to championships in 1997 and 2000, runs his total to seven.

Milbrett's 5-Spot Ties Record vs. Panama
November 2, 2002

Tiffeny Milbrett erupts for a record-tying five goals – all in the first half – as a crowd of 21,522 celebrates the first USWNT appearance in Seattle, a 9-0 Gold Cup win over Panama. Milbrett, raised in Portland and a collegiate standout there, achieves a hat trick in the first nine minutes as the outcome is never in doubt. The five goals ties a record first set by Seattle's Michelle Akers and equaled by Brandi Chastain. Milbrett never has a chance to break the record. She twists her left knee landing after heading the ball in the 56th minute and leaves the game.

I really feel the one player who has been shortchanged a little here is Kasey Keller. He could easily be in the goal for us and do well. Kasey, I think, has been a great professional. Certainly I can't say he has been elated and jumping for joy, but he is very happy for the team.
USMNT coach Bruce Arena on Kasey Keller
This is a huge success for the U.S. It's a major feat for U.S. soccer all the way down to the grassroots level. Historically, the more our kids get to see professional soccer, the more interested they get. I think we'll see an influx all across the state. The enthusiasm is definitely there.
Ron Copple, WSYSA president, anticipates a rise in participation following U.S. World Cup success
We've agreed that if at least 40,000 people come to the event, then First & Goal pays for it, and it becomes part of the event cost. If not, it gets tacked on to the costs for the promoter.
Fred Mendoza, Public Stadium Authority board, explaining Seahawks Stadium criteria for laying natural turf for soccer
My wife calls herself a soccer widow during the World Cup. I've been a bit of a zombie lately. But I've got four years to sleep.
Randy Hanson, Puget Sound women’s coach and World Cup fan after watching USA-Germany quarterfinal at 4:30 a.m.
Hope is one of the up-and-coming stars with the U.S. national team. Her athletic ability, her stature and her shot-stopping ability are world-class. You very rarely find a player that has as many attributes as she does athletically.
UW coach Lesle Gallimore on her graduating goalkeeper, Hope Solo
I was just hoping she would have the guts to come across the country to go to school – and she did. She was a big boost for our program and just made a huge collegiate impact. Shannon Higgins was considered the greatest playmaking center midfielder of her generation in the world.
Anson Dorrance, who coached Shannon Higgins at North Carolina and with the national team, presenting her for National Soccer Hall of Fame induction
The fans made the stands feel closer to the field. They were definitely knowledgeable. They cheered for the defensive plays as well as attacking plays. They were in it until the 90th minute, which is what you hope for in a crowd.
Brandi Chastain applauding the Seattle crowd for the 9-0 Gold Cup win over Panama
Not only are we delivering on the dream of bringing world-class soccer to Seattle, we're hosting two of the world's most popular teams.
Bob Whitsitt, First & Goal president, announcing Manchester United will start its 2003 preseason tour at Saehawks Stadium, playing Celtic
We did spend a lot of time with the soccer community when we were going through the referendum process. So, I think having the first game be a soccer game really is appropriate.
Bob Whitsitt, First & Goal president, after selecting a Sounders match to be the Seahawks Stadium inaugural event
We hung on for 10 years. No team, no support, had to pay for it ourselves. We had the national soccer convention in 1997, and everybody thought we were insane.
Tacoma Satellite Booster Club member Jim Shelley noting that the group far outlived the Tacoma Stars
We expected nothing less than a championship. We definitely didn't want to end our season that way. We were a victim of our good (regular) season. We just weren't in full form going in the last part of the season.
Sounders striker Brian Ching on team's disappointing finish after such a strong start
Whether it's a soccer stadium or not, when the fans get inside they'll start cheering `USA!' That will happen when we get to Seattle. It's a great soccer community.
USWNT star Brandi Chastain on playing Gold Cup matches at Mariners' Safeco Field
You do all the good work for the five, six, seven years previous, and a little misfortune in the last few weeks and you find yourself a spectator. That's the difficult side of it.
Kasey Keller on being second-choice during the 2002 World Cup
The biggest problem we've always had national-team-wise is no grass fields up here. I made a suggestion to the federation probably a year and a half ago that we needed to see about scheduling a game at Safeco. They came out here and measured it up. I didn't bring it here, but I added a little bit to it.
Kasey Keller on U.S. Soccer finding a suitable venue in Safeco Field
College & High School All-America (USC)
Player (Hometown) School (Div/Team/Pos)
Bridget Stolee (Palo Alto, Ca.) Puget Sound (D3/2nd/D)
Annie Schefter (Yakima) West Valley (F)
Collegiate Men's Records
Evergreen 7-11-0
Gonzaga 5-10-1
Northwest 6-12-0
Pacific Lutheran 7-11-1
Puget Sound 17-4-0
Seattle University 11-6-2
Seattle Pacific 11-6-2
Washington 6-10-3
Western Washington 15-4-1
Whitman 8-9-2
Whitworth 12-7-1
Collegiate Women's Records
Central Washington 4-15-1
Eastern Washington 7-11-0
Evergreen 3-16-0
Gonzaga 6-13-0
Pacific Lutheran 7-11-1
Puget Sound 17-3-1
Seattle University 11-7-1
Seattle Pacific 13-4-2
Washington 9-8-3
Washington State 11-7-2
Western Washington 10-8-1
Whitman 9-9-0
Whitworth 6-11-1
Commissioners Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 Wolves (CYSF)FC Vancouver Freedom (ECYSA)
U12 Harbor Fog 89 (TPCJSA)Blasters (YYSA)
U13 CW Jolts (ECYSA)NC Eclipse (CYSF)
U14 AC Milan (MpVSA)FCA Rebels 88 (NYSA)
U15 Eastside FC 86 White (EYSA)FC Kitsap Extreme (KPYSA)
U16 YMCA Fiorentina (TPCJSA)FC Rangers Saletto (WCYSA)
U17 OR Missiles (ECYSA)Blackhills FC 84 (District 7)
U18 Chargers (GRJSA)Shoreline Stratus (SYSA)
U19 Olympic Peninsula (OYSA)not awarded
PDL, W-League Records
Seattle Sounders Select 9-3-2, 2nd Div.
Seattle Sounders Women 7-5-0, 4th Div.
Spokane Shadow 11-6-1, 1st Div.
Yakima Reds 5-11-2, 4th Div.
Professional All-League
Player (Pos) Team (Lg-Tm)
Andrew Gregor (M) Sounders (AL-1st)
Leighton O'Brien (M) Sounders (AL-1st)
Brian Ching (F) Sounders (AL-1st)
State Youth Recreational Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 Eisenhower Fireball (CYSF)Kennewick Lightning (TCYSA)
U12 Blue Eagles (YYSA)Blasters (YYSA)
U13 Whitecaps (SSCYSA)Fireballs (SSCYSA)
U14 Team Shred (TPCJSA)Mirage (LWYSA)
U15 Huskies (LWYSA)ISC Extreme (EYSA)
U16 Dynamo (LWYSA)Rockers (NYSA)
U17 Hibernian (LWYSA)T-Town Storm (NarYSA)
U18 Tsunami (FYSA)Hurricane (LWYSA)
U18 Hawks (NSYSA)Bengals (LWYSA)
U19 Hawks (NSYSA)Bengals (LWYSA)
Washington State Youth Champions
Age BoysGirls
U12 Chelsea Blues (SYSA)Dosveedanya ‘89 (KYSA)
U13 Crossfire Sounders 88 (LWYSA)NWN Fusion (SSCYSA)
U14 Emerald City FC 87 (SYSA)FC Royals 87 (TPCJSA)
U15 FC United 86 (TPCJSA)FC Aanvallen 86 Green (AYSA)
U16 Tynecastle II (LWYSA)FC Royals 85 (TPCJSA)
U17 Three Rivers United (TCYSA)FC Royals 84(TPCJSA)
U18 noneNWN Stellarz (SSCYSA)
U19 noneCSC Saints (GRJSA)
WIAA Championship Games
Boys 4A Decatur 3Lewis & Clark 2
Boys 3A Sehome 2Squalicum 1
Boys 2A Connell 1Elma 0
Boys 1A Charles Wright 3Northwest Christian 2
Girls 4A Eastlake 1Cascade 0
Girls 3A Kennedy 4Bellingham 0
Girls 2A Sultan 0 (5-3)Naches Valley 0
Girls 1A Cedar Park Christian 1 (4-3)Bellevue Christian 1
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