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Legends of Soccer

Curated by the Washington State Legends of Soccer, providing information and history of the Beautiful Game in Washington State. Just as the game evolves, so will this site. We continuously add new content, so be sure to return often.

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Soccer a Threat to Football?
January 20, 1972

Junior high school principals in Kingco approve adding boys soccer, and since it is not yet a sanctioned sport for WIAA, players can participate in both school and club games during the fall.

Dome Opener
August 2, 1983

The first sporting event in newly-opened Tacoma Dome features the Sounders hosting Brazil Internacional in their EuroPac tournament opener, a 2-1 loss before 6,340.

Bid Sealed and Delivered
June 14, 1994

Seattle submits its bid for an MLS club backed by 1,300 season ticket deposits. However, the area lacks a suitable long-term stadium option.

Interbay Groundbreaking
May 16, 1997

Seattle Pacific and Seattle Parks break ground on $3.3 million, 900-seat Interbay Stadium. SPU pays for the construction and annual maintenance for 25 years and receives priority in scheduling games and training. The playing surface is a hybrid SportGrass.

Raney, Soriano Inducted to HoF
February 4, 2005

Bruce Raney and Sergio Soriano, the goalscorer and goal stopper of Seattle Pacific's first NCAA championship team are inducted into the Falcon Legends Hall of Fame.

SPU Finally Has a Home: Interbay
September 6, 1997

Seattle Pacific hosts the inaugural match at Interbay Stadium, defeating Sonoma State, 3-2. The Falcons’ Vadim Tolstolutsky scores the stadium’s first goal in 9th minute. Geoff Martin and Dana Garner get goals.

Mike Enneking proved an attacking force for the Washington Huskies.
'Cruz Azul wins the Concacaf tournament' by virtue of 11-0 rout of Sounders.
Tony Crudo, Seattle's youth international.
Carbonado, seen here in 1913, would win consecutive league championships in 1914 and '15. (Spalding Guide 1914)
Both are talented, but which is John Legend and which is Sounders FC defender James Riley? (Sounders FC photo)
Michelle Akers, winner of FIFA's Silver Ball and Golden Shoe at the Women's World Cup, plus 1991 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
A lifelong soccer player, coach and proponent, former Disney and 20th Century Fox CEO Joe Roth selects Seattle as the city where he wants to operate an MLS franchise.