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Keller, Rayo Advance in UEFA Cup
December 7, 2000

Kasey Keller's clean sheet is half the equation of Rayo Vallecano's 2-0 home win over Lokomotiv Moscow to reach the fourth round of the UEFA Cup. Keller had a shutout in a pivotal, 1-0 second-round win at Molde of Norway. Rayo, after finishing ninth in La Liga, had gone through qualifiers to reach tournament proper.

Seattle Heads into Playoffs in Emphatic Fashion
October 22, 2017

Seattle loses Clint Dempsey to an early red card yet seems undiminished in beating Colorado, 3-0, to complete the regular season at CenturyLink Field. Nicolas Lodeiro scores a pair of second-half goals for the Sounders, who get their third win in four matches while scoring 10 goals. Dempsey is sent off for swinging an elbow into an opponent's head 15 minutes after Will Bruin's opener. With the win Seattle finishes one point ahead of Vancouver, which it will meet in the conference semifinals. It's Stefan Frei's record 13th shutout.

Sounders Hit Bottom (Or Close to It)
June 30, 2018

Seattle seemingly hits bottom before a big home crowd and at the feet of their fiercest rival. The Sounders (3-9-3) sink to 10th in the MLS West following a 3-2 loss to Portland before 47,521. Larrys Mabiala scores off of two corner kicks, the second the winner in the 74th minute. Diego Valeri assists on all three goals for the Timbers, unbeaten in 10 games. After introducing new $7M signing Raul Ruidiaz pregame, Seattle (3-9-3) twice comes from behind to tie it. However, headers by Victor Rodriguez (60') and Chad Marshall (68') are wiped out by Mabiala's second.

Kinoshita Breaks New Ground
April 26, 1997

Kei Kinoshita comes on as Sounders first-half substitute vs. Colorado, becoming first Japanese player to play professionally for a U.S. team. Kinoshita, 25, had played for Vissel Kobe of the J League.

It's Dunn: North Thurston Wins AAA
May 26, 1990

Twins James and Jason Dunn score four minutes apart late in the second half to lift North Thurston over Cascade, 3-1, in the boys' state AAA final at Sammamish High School. The Rams, coached by Gary Dunn, the twins' father, finish a perfect 20-0-0. Trailing for 50 minutes after a Sean Henderson goal, NT pulls level through a James Dunn free kick in the 72nd minute. He then finds Jason for a header and the lead before Jeff Spaulding salts the title away.

Guise Gets UW Assist Mark
October 7, 1986

Washington’s Eric Guise sets a new team record with assists on all four goals of the Huskies’ 4-0 win over Whitworth at Husky Stadium. After finding Garrett Lordahl for the 11th-minute opener, Guise assists on all three of Craig Beeson’s second-half goals, and UW snaps a three-game winless stretch.

Seattle University celebrates winning the NCAA Division II championship, 2-1 over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in Wichita Falls, Tex. (Courtesy Seattle University)
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)
Frank Barton of the Sounders fends off Omar Gomez of the Dallas Tornado as Alan Hudson looks on. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
Marcus Hahnemann announces his retirement after completing his second season with Sounders FC and his 21st overall. (Sounders FC photo)
Confetti shoots skyward as the Sounders raise the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy before thousands of adoring fans at Seattle Center. (Courtesy Leann Johnson)
Marcus Hahnemann exhorts his defense while playing before a hometown crowd for the U.S. National Team. The USMNT defeats Cuba, 3-1, in a Gold Cup match at Qwest Field. (Courtesy Michael Pimentel / ISI Photos)
Seattle's David Gillett rises to contest a header vs. New York.
(Courtesy Seattle Times archives)
Alan Hinton was fired by new owner Bruce Anderson after leading the Sounders to Soccer Bowl the previous season.