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Santos Slays Sounders by Five
March 14, 2012

An onslaught of four second-half goals results in the worst competitive loss in Sounders FC history and an abrupt exit from the Champions League quarterfinals. Santos Laguna wins the second leg, 6-1, and the series, 7-3, on aggregate in Torreon, Mexico. Shortly before halftime, Alvaro Fernandez levels the aggregate at 3-3. However, former A-League Sounder Herculez Gomez scores in the 49th and 67th minutes, and all hopes fades for Seattle. Two more Santos goals come in the final 15 minutes. The Guerreros proceed to knock-out Toronto by 7-3 aggregate in the semifinals before falling to holders Monterrey, 3-2, in the final.

McCrath Fired from Sounders Broadcast
August 12, 1981

After commenting on-air that the match was "boring" and that Alan Hinton's strategy of using striker Roger Davies to mark Cosmos playmaker Vladislav Bogicevic in the Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup final, Cliff McCrath is fired as Sounder broadcast analyst. Producer Mick Tacher tells McCrath he was being too negative.

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.

Victoria Victorious Over All-Stars
May 20, 1961

Les Mueller scores for the Seattle All-Stars but they drop a 3-1 decision to the Victoria All-Stars before 1,800 fans at Royal Athletic Park.

Vikings Eliminate Hungarians in Challenge Cup
November 16, 1969

Behind the four goals from Geoff McKeown, Leif Erikson Vikings overpower Seattle Hungarians, 6-2, in overtime of a National Challenge Cup regional quarterfinal at Interbay. Harold Myrhold and Reidar Olsen add scores for the Vikings while Les Mueller and Steve Furjesi score in regulation for the Hungarians.

Shorecrest Girls Repeat
November 20, 1993

Shorecrest repeats as girls' 2A state champion, defeating Gig Harbor, 2-0, with two late goals at Shoreline Stadium. Defender Laurie Kukkonen breaks a scoreless deadlock from the top of the box with 16 minutes left. Pam Ruark then adds insurance with 3:40 left. Amy Bemis gets the shutout. Shorecrest (19-0-1), which had won the 1992 title game over the Tides via penalties, outscores opponents by a combined 112-3. Gig Harbor (18-2-0) had won 18 in a row.

Kelley Schweighart, scorer of Washington's winning goal in a second-round NCAA win over Auburn. (Courtesy UW Athletics)
Kasey Keller stars for the United States in a 1-1 draw with Italy during World Cup group play in Kaiserslautern. (Courtesy John Todd/ISI Photo)
Action from a state league contest between United Natives and Norselander Vikings.
Eight months after being donated by tea magnate Sir Thomas Lipton, the Lipton trophy goes to Colegrove's Purple Pups, 1928 senior youth champions. Seattle restauranteur Clare Colgrove offered complete dinners for 50 cents and lunches starting at 25 cents. (Courtesy Seattle Times)
(Courtesy Seattle Times)
North Sound SeaWolves in action vs Vancouver Whitecaps Residency. (Courtesy USL)
Clint Dempsey leaps in celebration after scoring for the U.S. vs. Cuba in the 2015 Gold Cup. (Courtesy Jose L. Argueta/ISI Photos)
A ticket to the U.S. Challenge Cup tie at Pop Keeney Field. (Courtesy George Craggs family)
Sounders fans broke their own MLS attendance records in 2010, averaging 36,173 at Qwest Field. (Courtesy Sounders FC)