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PCL Expands to Seattle
August 2, 1962

Seattle Hungarians are granted admission to the Pacific Coast League, becoming the first U.S.-based club in the 8-team semipro circuit. The Hungarians will play home matches at White Center Stadium where they will charge admission. Owner Balint Ducz begins fortifying his squad by adding Alex Bogdan from Portland, Zoltan Mako from Denver and Tommy Major from Victoria.

Stars Make Playoffs
February 26, 2016

Joey Gjertsen scores twice and Michael Ramos nails the deciding goal as Stars clinch a MASL playoff berth in their first full season by beating Ontario, 5-4, before 3,500 at ShoWare Center. Tacoma's finishes 13-7 and goes on to play San Diego in the first round.

Turnbow, Schultz Stars in Girls Finals
November 22, 2014

Kelsey Turnbow scores four goals as Central Valley successfully defends its title by vanquishing Jackson, 5-2. Maddy Schultz, bound for North Carolina, scores the winner in Edmonds Woodway’s 2-1 winner over Southridge of Kennewick. Schultz had delivered a hat trick in the 3A semifinal.

Highline's Mother-Daughter Combination
October 30, 1997

Highline Community College women’s team features a mother-daughter combination on the roster. 48-year-old Jean Wilcoxen is a freshman sweeper and mother to two of her teammates, Tracy and Farah Wilcoxen. HCC coach Shari Anderson claims Jean is one of the fastest players on the team if not the league. She has been playing since age 24. "I love playing soccer with my mother," says Farah. "It's an experience I will never forget."

NW League Affiliates With US Governing Body
January 24, 1919

Northwest Association Football League president Howard C. McPherrin announces the organization is affiliated with the newly-formed U.S. Football Association, the nation’s governing soccer body. McPherrin expects the state association to soon have representative on the USFA council. Later in the year, FIFA accepts the United States as a full member.

Vikings Clinch First Half
November 2, 1969

An unstoppable Geoff McKeown unleashed four goals on Heidelberg as the Leif Erikson Vikings wrapped-up the first-half title with a 5-1 rout at Interbay. The Vikings eventually go 8-0-2 with a 46-9 goal-difference. Defending champion Hungarians are two points behind at 7-1-2.

Teddy Mitalis of Seattle carries the Sounders flag as the Sounders fans gather for Soccer Bowl '77.
1977
Adrian Hanauer, principal owner of the USL Sounders since 2002, becomes part of the MLS Seattle ownership group.
2007
Common attire in the state league was a work shirt, but Buchan Bakers took it to another level by donning a red tartan to resemble the bread wrapper of their sponsor. (Courtesy Peter Mitalas)
1953
Washington's own (from left) Shannon Higgins, Lori Henry, Michelle Akers and Amy Allmann are members of the first FIFA Women's World Cup champions.
1991
1955
Huskies' Craig Beeson turns on Chuck Sekyra and the SPU defense. The teams finished this match tied, 2-2, at Memorial Stadium. (Joanie Komura photo)
1986
If Mike Ryan (far left) wasn't coaching the University of Washington or a state men's league club, he could likely be found doing so with a youth team such as Mercedes Benz.
1972
Mike Ryan was appointed as first head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team.
1983
A jamboree commenced the CYO fall season at Catholic Memorial Stadium. Corner kicks were used to break ties. (Courtesy Seattle Times)
1955
Washington's 1986 boys U15 state select team.
1986