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Le Toux Becomes 1st MLS Seattle Signing
May 7, 2008

Seattle's new Major League Soccer roster gets its first player with the signing of Sounders forward Sebastien Le Toux, 24. In his first season in Seattle, Le Toux had led Seattle to the USL championship and earned league MVP honors after scoring 10 goals. The Frenchman had been courted by other MLS teams.

Seattle's Yedlin Capped
February 1, 2014

Seattle native DeAndre Yedlin earns his first U.S. National Team cap vs. South Korea, a 2-0 friendly in Carson, Calif. Yedlin comes on in the 74th minute, replacing fellow Sounder Brad Evans.

Chieftains Open Nationals With Win
November 23, 1993

Making their debut at a national tournament, the Chieftains of Seattle University overpower Wheeling Jesuit (WV), 4-0, at the NAIA Championships in St. Charles, Missouri. Sheralyn Stackhouse scores two goals and Jamie French and J.J. Stamborsky add goals in the team's record 18th win.

Hahnemann Calls Time After 21 Years
December 8, 2014

Marcus Hahnemann, 42, announces his retirement from professional soccer. Hahnemann began and finished his illustrious 21-year professional career with his hometown club, spending three seasons with the A-League Sounders from 1994-96 and a little more than two seasons with Sounders FC from 2012-14. In between, he played for Colorado then 13 seasons in England, including 276 appearances with Reading, where he reached the Premiership.

Akers Erupts for Record 5 Goals
November 24, 1991

Michelle Akers scores a record five goals in the first 47 minutes and the U.S. routs Chinese Taipei, 7-0, in the quarterfinals in Foshan. Akersí masterpiece features two rebounds, a free kick, a penalty and a header.

New League Forms, Begins Play
October 30, 1919

The Northwestern Association Football League is formed. It features seven clubs: Celtics, Rangers, Rainiers, Shamrocks (all from Seattle) and Tacoma, Everett and Port Blakely. In the inaugural matches, Rangers blast Celtics, 5-1, at Woodland Park and Tacoma posts 2-0 home win over Rainiers.

(Courtesy Seattle Times)
Sounders forward Clint Dempsey scores one of his three goals versus Honduras in U.S. 6-0 World Cup qualifying rout at San Jose. (Courtesy Bob Drebin / ISI Photos)
One of the first published encounters was a Christmas Day 1890 encounter between Tacoma AFC and Portland. (Courtesy Seattle Times)
A glance at 1926 standings shows senior clubs scattered around King County and down to Tacoma. The Seattle Soccer League consisted of junior teams. (Courtesy Seattle Times)
Taylor Graham leaps after scoring against Colorado in the Sounders' 5-0, U.S. Open Cup victory at Qwest Field. (Courtesy USL)
Mercer Island won its first girls state 3A crown in 2017. The Islanders went 16-1-3. (Courtesy WIAA)
Fan favorite Tommy Hutchison of the Sounders clutches a rose given by fans during his postgame lap of honor. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
Tina Frimpong earned All-America honors at Washington while tying the record for goals with 16. (Courtesy UW Athletics)
Preston Burpo posted six shutouts and went 20-4-0 at the Sounders' starter in 2002. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
After winning the Northwest Conference, Whitworth reaches the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament.