Success on Three Fronts

2011 – Around the World and Close to Home

Osama bin Laden, the world’s foremost terrorist, is found and killed by U.S troops and CIA operatives in Pakistan. Japan is hit by an enormous, 9.0 earthquake that triggers a 23-foot tsunami and kills nearly 16,000. Atlantis becomes the 135th and final space shuttle mission for NASA. Japan defeats the U.S. Women’s National Team in a World Cup final decided by penalties. In Washington, demolition of Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct’s southern mile begins after voters approve a $2 billion Highway 99 tunnel. Amanda Knox’s murder conviction is overturned in Perugia, Italy. Work begins on the $250 million renovation of Husky Stadium.

Success on Three Fronts

Seemingly every aspect of the Sounders evolution moved forward in 2011 – except the most coveted. The Rave Green got no closer to an MLS championship than their first two seasons. Instead, the third-year team hoisting a trophy was across Puget Sound, in Bremerton.

Once more, the region’s appetite for top-flight professional matches proved practically insatiable. Sounders attendance climbs yet again, boosted by CenturyLink Field’s upper deck being opened for the final home date. The new MLS record average is 38,498 – and that excludes the new Pacific Northwest record of 67,052 for the Manchester United summer friendly.

On the field, Seattle progresses on three fronts. In league, where the season has been expanded from 30 to 34 fixtures, the Sounders average 1.85 points and finish just four points off the L.A. Galaxy’s Supporters’ Shield pace. They also claim the first all-MLS version of the Cascadia Cup, going unbeaten (2-0-2) versus Portland and Vancouver. Seattle continues to own the U.S. Open Cup, becoming the first MLS club to win three in a row, and doing so before another tournament record attendance for the final, a 2-0 win over Chicago.

Nobody in MLS wins more league matches (nine) on the road, and that resolve is also evident elsewhere on the continent. Seattle claims seven of a possible nine points in CONCACAF Champions League group stage play, most notably a victory at holders Monterrey while resting several key starters. That secures passage to the knockout rounds in the spring.

Still, the Sounders are unable to mount a playoff run. They lose their opener, 3-0, at Real Salt Lake and are unable to compensate in the home leg, despite earning their first win, 2-0. That clean sheet comes courtesy of a homegrown American legend. Kasey Keller ends his career at age 41. After roaming Europe for 16 years, the Sounders’ emergence allowed him to experience the game at home for the final three seasons. More than 64,000 witness a signature performance by Keller against San Jose, punctuated by an award-winning quadruple save and comeback win.

While a championship proves elusive for Seattle, the Kitsap Pumas are not to be denied. Under Peter Fewing, the Pumas not only win their division, they win three of their postseason matches by shutout, becoming the state’s first PDL champions.

Year in Review
Season Record
18-7-9, 2nd West Conf. MLS 1st rnd
Sigi Schmid (3rd year)
Best XI
Kasey Keller
Top Scorer
Fredy Montero (12 goals)
U.S. Open Cup
Seattle Sounders, champion Kitsap Pumas, 3rd rnd
Men's Collegiate Postseason
Seattle Pacific, D2 2nd rnd Pacific Lutheran, D3 1st rnd
Women's Collegiate Postseason
Washington State, D1 2nd rnd Seattle Pacific, D2 2nd rnd Puget Sound, D3 1st rnd
Men's Conference Champions
Pacific Lutheran, NWC
Women's Conference Champions
Seattle Pacific, GNAC Puget Sound, NWC
NWAC Men's Champion
Chemeketa d Olympic 2-1
NWAC Women's Champion
Walla Walla d Peninsula 1-0
Boys Regional Champion
Eastside 94 Red (U16)
Largest Attendance
67,052, CenturyLink Field, Sounders v Manchester United (friendly)

2011: Success on Three Fronts

Sounders continue to make history, but the elusive championship goes to the little club across the Sound, Kitsap Pumas.

Wodajo, Lutes Win 10th Straight
October 28, 2011

Surafel Wodajo assists on two first-half goals as Pacific Lutheran wins 6-0 at Pacific in Forest Grove, Or. It’s the 10th win in a row for the Lutes, bound for their first NCAA Division III tournament appearance. Wadajo connects with Chad Kearns on a quick combination in the 14th minute, and Spencer Augustin scores in the 23rd minute. Wodajo sets a PLU record with 16 assists and graduates as the career leader with 37.

White Stopped by Blood Clot
April 28, 2011

Sounders forward O’Brian White, in midst of scoring surge with two goals and two assists in four games, undergoes surgery for blood clot in leg.

Seattle Unified Soccer League Kicks Off
April 30, 2011

Eight Seattle Public Schools high schools begin round-robin play in the inaugural season of the Seattle Unified Soccer League at Interbay. SPS is partnered with Washington Special Olympics, which describes the international Unified Sports program as being for teams that include players “with and without intellectual disabilities,” training and playing together. Prior to play, the opening ceremonies include a March to the Match. Participating schools include Ballard, Cleveland, Chief Sealth, Ingraham, Nathan Hale, NOVA, Rainier Beach and West Seattle.

Brockway Helps FSU Advance in NCAAs
November 11, 2011

Tiana Brockway seals Florida State's 2-0 first-round NCAA win over Samford with a goal in the 65th minute. Brockway, a junior defender from Tacoma, weaves her way through defenders down the middle of the field before firing into the upper left corner of the net from 17 yards. She's was part of the Seminole defense that holds Samford to a single shot. FSU goes on to reach the College Cup for the first time since 2007.

Cascadia Cup Win Starts Journey
September 24, 2011

A brilliant second-half brace from Fredy Montero clinches the Cascadia Cup for Seattle with a 3-1 comeback win over Vancouver at Empire Field. It’s a positive start to a huge travel week for Sounders FC, which also clinched a third straight playoff berth. Beginning with the bus ride north, Seattle will travel 9,000 miles in all, with stops in Guatemala City and New England.

Eastside FC Places 3rd Nationally
July 31, 2011

Three-time state champion Eastside FC 94 Red, coached by Dan Strom, takes third place in the USYSA U16 Boys finals in Phoenix, losing out on a place in the final on goal differential.

Skagit, Camano Feed the Hungry
December 24, 2011

Skagit Valley Youth Soccer Association and the Stanwood Camano Youth Soccer Club compete in Kicking Hunger food drive which collects nearly 1,500 pounds of donations for local food banks.

Seattle U Relieves Agoos of Duties
November 10, 2011

Seattle University relieves Brad Agoos of his duties as men's head coach. Agoos just completed his sixth year, finishing with an overall record of 49-49-9, including 2-13-2 in the final season. The Redhawks were 11-35-6 since becoming members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, and did not qualify for the six-team conference postseason tournament for the second straight year.

Papermakers Take State
May 28, 2011

Freshman Nathan Beasley scores two goals as Camas (20-1-0) claims its third 3A boys title by defeating Bainbridge (17-4-1), 3-0, in Lakewood.

Seattle Rallies to Win in Portland
July 10, 2011

Fredy Montero scores two second-half goals and Osvaldo Alonso converts game-winner on 83rd-minute penalty kick as Seattle rallies for 3-2 away victory over Portland Timbers before 18,627 at JELD-WEN Field.

North Thurston Honors Keller
March 22, 2011

North Thurston High School retires Kasey Keller’s No. 18 jersey. Keller was a prep All-American for the Rams, graduating in 1988. It’s a huge honor," Keller said. "I had a lot of fond memories of my time at North Thurston. I played a lot of my club ball in Federal Way, and it was a chance to play with my friends. We had a good time, and we had a good team."

Potter Leaves WSU for Oklahoma
December 27, 2011

After guiding Washington State to NCAA tournament appearances in three of the last four seasons, Matt Potter leaves Pullman for Oklahoma. Potter was 88-69-22 in nine seasons at WSU. The back-to-back trips to the postseason in 2008-09 were a first in program history and the Cougars advanced to the second round in 2009 and 2011 while attendance more than doubled during his tenure.

Kitsap Pumas Reign Over PDL
August 6, 2011

Robby Christner scores in 11th minute from Bryan Burke and Bryan Meredith posts shutout as Kitsap Pumas beats Laredo Heat, 1-0, to win PDL Championship at home. The PDL finals attract 2,657 to Bremerton Memorial Stadium over two days. Kitsap allows only one goal total in four postseason matches, finishing 16-1-3 in league and playoffs.

Sounders Snap RSL Streak
May 28, 2011

Lamar Neagle scores his first-career MLS goal and Patrick Ianni adds another, giving the Sounders a 2-1 victory over a 10-man Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL sees its MLS record 29-game home-unbeaten streak snapped while Seattle proceeds to go unbeaten in 11 in all competitions.

UW Hires Clark
January 26, 2011

Jamie Clark, formerly at Harvard and Creighton, is named Washington men’s head coach, replacing Dean Wurzberger, who resigned following 2010 season.

Vancouver Girls Win U.S. Club Cup
July 25, 2011

Vancouver United Soccer Alliance Timbers win the girls U17 Premier Division title at U.S. Club Soccer National Cup Finals in Boise. Maddi Barton and Kristen Berry score first-half goals, leading Van United to a 2-1 win over the Scorpions of St. Croix, Minn.

Sounders Stopped Again
November 2, 2011

A second-half surge fueled by goals from Osvaldo Alonso and Lamar Neagle secures the first-ever postseason win for the Sounders, however it’s not enough to advance. Seattle loses, 3-2 on aggregate, to Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Keller Stars Before 64,000
October 15, 2011

A quadruple save from Kasey Keller and two late goals by Sammy Ochoa and Fredy Montero thrill the third-largest stand-alone crowd in MLS history with a 2-1 comeback win over San Jose. Playing his final home regular season match before 64,140, Keller is in vintage form with seven saves, including the 65th-minute flurry which keep the Sounders within a goal. Keller, 41, has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

Tacoma, Sounders Great Passes
July 7, 2011

Tacoma native and all-time NASL Sounders scoring leader Mark Peterson dies suddenly of unknown cause at 51. Signed by Seattle out of Wilson High School and Norpoint Royals, Peterson went on to play for the U.S. National Team and Tacoma Stars before coaching in North Tacoma SC. At 22, he was the 1982 NASL North American Player of the Year and totaled 61 goals in all competitions in four seasons with the Sounders.

Bellingham United is Born
February 14, 2011

Bellingham United is formed, with plans to play in a yet-to-be-determined adult amateur men’s league in 2012. The club is owned by Jeff McIntyre and Erin O'Brien, founders of Seattle-based Ruffneck Scarves.

Sounders Beat Defending Champs
July 16, 2011

Fredy Montero and Mauro Rosales score in the 82nd and 84th minutes, spurring Sounders FC to a comeback win over the reigning MLS Cup champion Colorado, 4-3, in front of a national television audience and 36,424 fans. It is the first Seattle home match played on grass (installed for Manchester United friendly).

Seattle Only 2nd to Win in Mexico
August 23, 2011

Alvaro Fernandez scores the first-half winner and Terry Boss earns a clean sheet as Sounders beat reigning Champions League winner Monterrey, 1-0, in a group stage match at Estadio Tecnologico. Despite resting Fredy Montero, Kasey Keller and Mauro Rosales, Seattle becomes the second MLS club to win a competitive match in 50 tries on Mexican soil. It also snaps a 13-match unbeaten run in CCL for Monterrey.

Nixon's Late Goal Salvages Saints' Draw
October 15, 2011

Xan Nixon scores in the 88th minute and Saint Martin’s earns a 2-2 draw at Montana State Billings. It’s the record 30th career goal for Nixon, who also scores a first-half goal for the Saints.

Alonso Puts Sounders Thru in CCL
September 27, 2011

Osvaldo Alonso converts a rebound equalizer in the 89th minute as Seattle secures passage to the Champions League knockout stage by drawing, 2-2, at Comunicaciones. Alonso had also tied it at 1-1 in the 44th minute on a deflected drive from outside the box.

Sounders Threepeat in Open Cup
October 4, 2011

Fredy Montero snaps a scoreless tie in the 78th minute and Osvaldo Alonso adds an insurance tally deep into stoppage time as the Sounders become the first MLS club to win three consecutive Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire. A tournament-record crowd of 35,615 witnesses Seattle become the first club in 42 years and the fourth in the Open Cup's 98-year history to win three years in a row. Montero's goal, his 16th in all competitions and fifth in the last four matches, came after Sounders FC had twice hit the post.

Rowe Stars for U.S. U20s
March 29, 2011

Federal Way’s Keyln Rowe opens his U.S. U20 National Team account with a hat trick in 4-0 win over Suriname in Guatemala City. A freshman at UCLA, Rowe then scores two more in 2-0 win over Panama. He was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after scoring seven goals and 10 assists for the Bruins.

Neagle Hat Trick Among Sounders' Six
August 27, 2011

Lamar Neagle’s hat trick leads the onslaught as Seattle erupts for a club-record six goals against Columbus, its third straight win and part of an eight-match unbeaten run across all competitions.

Flaco Scores 1st MLS Cascadia Goal
May 11, 2011

Alvaro Fernandez's goal early in the second half is enough to earn the Seattle Sounders FC a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers in the initial meeting between the two MLS clubs in a match played in heavy rain in front of a record 36,593 fans and a national television audience

Man United Swamps Sounders
July 20, 2011

The largest crowd in Pacific Northwest soccer history, 67,052, gathers for Sounders FC friendly with English Premier League champion Manchester United, who run rampant on Seattle reserves in second half for 7-0 outcome. Wayne Rooney, a non-starter, scores three of United's six second-half goals.

Keller, Rosales Take MLS Awards
November 15, 2011

Kasey Keller is named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and Mauro Rosales is Newcomer of the Year. Keller, 41, played every minute of his final season and led all keepers with 18 wins while making a career-high 110 saves. His 1.09 goals against average tied for fifth and his nine shutouts tied for third-most. Rosales finished third in MLS with 13 assists – a new club record – and added five goals.

Walla Walla Women Threepeat
November 20, 2011

Kaylie Winston finds the net seconds before halftime and Walla Walla go on to win an unprecedented third straight NWAACC women's title, 1-0, over Peninsula at Starfire Sports Stadium. It's the 51st goal in two seasons for Winston, and the Warriors (21-0-1) are 154-6-6 since Chad Bodnar became coach in 2005.

Port Vale Prevails in Kitsap Friendly
July 17, 2011

England's Port Vale defeat Kitsap Pumas, 1-0, at Bremerton, wrapping-up the U.S. portion the of League Two side's first North American tour. The Valiants defeat each win all three friendlies, including North Sound (3-1) and Tacoma (4-2). At a clinic sponsored by the Tacoma Pierce County Junior Soccer Association, head Port Vale coach Micky Adams and his staff joined with Tide head coach Gerry Gray in a simulated practice session and chalk talk and Washington Premier's complex.

Skyline Blanks Bellarmine in 4A
November 19, 2011

Defender Lianna Simms, an injury replacement on the back line, connects on a free kick in the 22nd minute as No. 1 Skyline turns back Bellarmine Prep, 1-0, in the 4A state championship match. It was the fourth shutout in four state playoffs games for Skyline, which posted the school's first unbeaten season in school history.

Rosales, Neagle Steal Win at SKC
August 6, 2011

Seattle Sounders rally in the final minutes to become first visitor to win, 2-1, at newly-opened Livestrong Park. Mauro Rosales and Lamar Neagle score in the 90th and 92nd minutes to snap Sporting Kansas City's league-best 14-game unbeaten streak. Sigi Schmid also becomes first coach in MLS history to reach 150 career victories.

Prep Finishes Unbeaten
November 19, 2011

After giving up two goals in the first six minutes, No. 2-ranked Seattle Prep rallies for a 3-2 victory over No. 3 Liberty of Issaquah to capture a second straight 3A state girls championship. The Panthers (20-0-2), in the title game for the fifth time in six years, had allowed only eight goals all season and never more than one in any match. Kaylynn Huebner headed in the game-winner five minutes before halftime.

If he was playing now, he’d be making a fortune, and rightfully so, but he wasn’t one of those guys that you’d sit down next to and he’d go on about all the things he’s done. It’s a shame that he couldn’t play now. With all the television coverage and people watching, the public would’ve been enamored by him.
Gary Heale eulogizing former teammate and coaching colleague Mark Peterson, NASL Sounders career scoring king
I need to apologize to our fans because I thought we embarrassed ourselves in the second half, not to take anything away from Man United because they're a great team. They scored some great goals and their movement was superb. We wanted to reward all the guys on the team, wanted to play everybody. I think in retrospect that was a mistake.
Sigi Schmid after Sounders are drubbed, 7-0, by Manchester United in friendly
The men’s soccer team needs to move in a new direction. We will do everything possible to make sure that the right person is brought in to develop an outstanding men’s soccer program.
Seattle U athletic director Bill Hogan after firing Brad Agoos as men's coach
It's insane. Once they started getting into it in the second half, I knew we were going to get a goal for sure. Once we get one, we get two. They were insane tonight, so it was awesome.
Brad Evans after crowd pushed Sounders on to Open Cup final victory over Chicago, 2-0
Games like tonight just grip you…it was pure ecstasy and knowing that we were able to fight back and come back again and that our character and our resiliency was still there just made me elated.
Sigi Schmid after Sounders finish regular season before huge crowd and comeback win over San Jose, 2-1
There is no team, probably other than UCLA, in the country that is hotter than us (seven wins in eight) right now. We are winning games comfortably and it's a fun team to watch. We have been getting ranked and the attention in the polls so hopefully that is good enough.
Washington coach Jamie Clark on eve of NCAA selections in which Huskies were excluded
I don't know how many of these kids were able to watch me play but I (came out) just to share the love and passion I have for the game. Also, you see some of these kids and they want to continue to play. As their success rate goes up you see the look on their faces. That's what is so fun about coaching is to see those small successes.
Former USWNT star Mia Hamm while visiting Auburn Youth SAA players at Game Farm Park on August 25
It's whatever $3 million (Sounders) vs. $36,000 (Pumas) in payroll. It's going to be fun.
Peter Fewing on Kitsap v Sounders U.S. Open Cup third-round pairing, won by Seattle, 2-1
We won the national championship, and we're starting to put players in higher leagues. We have that track record. People that come here have a chance to play on an excellent team with a chance to get in the finals or the Open Cup. It opens up a lot of opportunities for us.
Robin Waite, Kitsap Pumas owner
From the early days of U.S. Soccer West Coast Coaching Schools, where I first met and worked with Walt Chyzowych, I was inspired by his leadership, love of the game and confidence in American coaches. I have endeavored to be a positive role model like Walter. Just as he gave freely of himself to this great sport, I have strived to do the same. My hope is that the players and staff with whom I served will join me in sharing our knowledge, the stories, and the subtle nuances that help us all see the beauty of this game and what it can become in America.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, upon receiving the Walt Chyzowych Lifetime Achievement Award for 2011
I'm just humbled. I'm humbled not just for what the club has done for me and given me the opportunity to come home and finish my career back home in something that is just so incredibly special. You can ask my friends who were able to fly out, guys who've played around the world and they just can't believe it. They just are so proud of what's going on here in Seattle and I'm just proud to be a small piece of it.
Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller after his quadruple save helps defeat San Jose in his final regular season appearance at home
Yeah, there was definitely a little bit more to it. I think everybody was kind of flying around a little bit more.
Nate Jaqua, Oregon native and Sounders forward, on intensity of first Sounders-Timbers clash
She provides a ton of energy and has endurance like you wouldn't believe. And she is great with our kids. She doesn't try and parent them. She blends in as much as she can.
Adam Fenster, Evergreen College women’s coach, referring to Deirdre Morris Dornay of Mercer Island, age 40, his new starting midfielder
Last year we were very close to achieving the win, but we couldn’t make it. This year that we did it is very important for us and it’s also very good for MLS and great for the team.
Sounders midfielder Alvaro Fernandez after scoring to defeat Monterrey away in Champions League, 1-0
College & High School All-America (USC)
Player (Hometown) School (Div/Team/Pos)
Joe Pearman (Glendale, Az.) Seattle Pacific (D2/2nd/D)
Tyler Schultz (Scottsdale, Az.) Seattle Pacific (D2/1st/F)
Collegiate Men's Records
Evergreen 5-11-2
Gonzaga 4-12-3
Northwest 11-5-3
Pacific Lutheran 15-4-0
Puget Sound 11-6-0
Saint Martin's 5-11-2
Seattle University 2-13-2
Seattle Pacific 14-4-2
Washington 12-4-2
Western Washington 5-11-1
Whitman 9-8-2
Whitworth 14-3-1
Collegiate Women's Records
Central Washington 9-5-4
Eastern Washington 2-13-1
Evergreen 5-9-1
Gonzaga 7-10-2
Northwest 11-4-4
Pacific Lutheran 4-13-1
Puget Sound 14-3-3
Saint Martin's 4-12-2
Seattle University 12-6-1
Seattle Pacific 17-3-0
Washington 7-8-5
Washington State 12-7-4
Western Washington 10-5-3
Whitman 8-10-2
Whitworth 8-6-4
Founders Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 ExtremeCrossfire McLaughlin (LWYSA)
U12 FPSC Fury 98 Red (TPCJSA)Crossfire Aldridge (LWYSA)
U13 WS Jets (NCYSA)Crossfire Metzger (LWYSA)
U14 SU NE 96 White (SYSA)MIFC Islanders (EYSA)
U15 SCSS Boca Juniors (SWYSA)PSC Tornados (TPCJSA)
U16 PSC Hurricanes (TPCJSA)FWU Lightning/Spirit (FWSA)
U17 FC United 93 (TPCJSA)not awarded
U18 SCSS Boca Juniors 92 (SWYSA)not awarded
PDL, W-League Records
Kitsap Pumas 12-1-3, 1st Div.
North Sound Seawolves 4-8-4, 6th Div.
Seattle Sounders U23s 1-10-5, 8th Div.
Seattle Sounders Women 5-5-4, 5th Div.
Washington Crossfire 3-8-5, 7th Div.
Professional All-League
Player (Pos) Team (Lg-Tm)
Kasey Keller (G) Sounders (MLS-1st)
Bryan Meredith (G) Kitsap (PDL-NW)
Daniel Scott (D) Kitsap (PDL-NW)
State Youth Recreational Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 HSA West Seattle CrushFME Goal Seekers
U12 NCYSA Silver Lake 99 BlastersFWFC Miyahara Strikers
U13 TUSK Lightning (D3)Mad Kickers (D7)
U14 97 Lightning FC (D2)MYSA Montesano Starz
U15 96 Shockwave (D2)HSA West Seattle Crush 96
U16 Shelton Real Madrid (GHYSA)Harbor Fireballs (TPCJSA)
U17 Mukilteo LightningHarbor Hot Shots (TPCJSA)
U19 VUSA Storm 93 Pirates (D5)CBSC Elite
Washington State Youth Champions
Age BoysGirls
U12 Crossfire James (LWYSA)NW Nationals Red (SSCYSA)
U13 Crossfire James (LWYSA)Crossfire Reynolds (LWYSA)
U14 Crossfire Spidahl (LWYSA)Crossfire Baumgardt (LWYSA)
U15 Crossfire Premier Black (LWYSA)Washington Premier FC 95 (TPCJSA)
U16 Eastside FC 94 Red Strom (EYSA)Crossfire Premier 94 (LWYSA)
U17 Eastside FC Red Kovats (EYSA)Crossfire Premier Busey (LWYSA)
U18 Three Rivers SC 92 Celtic (TCYSA)Washington Premier FC 92 (TPCJSA)
WIAA Championship Games
Boys 4A Eastlake 2Skyline 0
Boys 3A Camas 3Bainbridge 0
Boys 2A Lynden 2Fife 0
Boys 1A Wahluke 2Columbia 0
Boys 1B-2B Waitsburg-Prescott 1Providence Classical Christian 0
Girls 4A Skyline 1Bellarmine 0
Girls 3A Seattle Prep 3Liberty 2
Girls 2A Interlake 1Cedarcrest 0
Girls 1A Seattle Academy 2Cashmere 1
Girls 1B-2B Seattle Academy 2Cashmere 1
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On this Day in History
August 13, 2019
Eleven new families join the Sounders FC ownership group as original majority owner Joe Roth departs after 12 years. Each of the families have direct ties to Seattle and bring a wealth of expertise in sports, entertainment, technology, broadcast, finance and many other fields. The new group of investors is led by former Microsoft executive Terry Myerson and also includes Grammy Award-winning artist Ciara and Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson Seattle-bred hip hop superstar Macklemore and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Majority owner Adrian Hanauer's group makes an additional investment. Drew Carey and Jody Allen remain as partners. Forbes pegs the club's value at $405 million. Families of Tod Leiweke and Ken Griffey Jr. join shortly thereafter.
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April 4, 1971
Ward Forrest's goal with 19 minutes to go draws Olsen's United level, 1-1, with Newport Striders in the U19 state cup final before 1,800 at Memorial Stadium. Three weeks later Washington State Junior Soccer Association s Olsen's the winner, rather than co-champion, upon learning Newport used an ineligible player. U13 Newport Zebras forward Steve Pastornicky earns tourney MVP honors. U14 Cheney Studs' Mike Graham is top the goalie. U13 Newport Huskies join Olsen's as repeat champions.
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September 25, 2005
Roger Levesque's 90th-minute goal in the second leg sends the Sounders to the USL 1 final with a 2-1 road win over the defending champion and top-seeded Montreal Impact. After a 2-2 draw in the first leg, Seattle wins the series 4-3 on aggregate. Despite missing starters Zach Scott, Leighton O'Brien and Maykel Galindo, the Sounders strike first on Brent Whitfield's rebound follow at 59'. Charles Gbeke ties at 72', his third goal of the series. With overtime looming, Levesque's shot from 20 yards deflects off a defender's foot and dips behind Montreal keeper Greg Sutton for the game-winner at 89:48.
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March 8, 1976
Dan Wood is named head coach the Tacoma Tides on the same day the new ASL team holds tryouts at Assumption School. Wood had coached at Cornell where he was 52-20-6 and took the Big Red to five NCAA tournaments in as many years.
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