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Impact Players Quit En Masse
November 19, 2014

Twenty-two players quit the troubled Seattle Impact in protest of owner Dion Earl’s management style. Earl also coaches and plays for the team and has been served with a class action lawsuit by former employees.

Debut in the Woodshed
July 23, 1994

After playing their first four away, the Sounders make their home debut in the Tacoma Dome. David Hoggan and Gary Heale, who once starred for the Tacoma Stars, score in a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Foxes.

Rapinoe Brace Gets U.S. World Cup Bid Started
June 8, 2015

Megan Rapinoe fires the opening salvo in the United States bid to bring the FIFA World Cup championship back home. Rapinoe scores the opening goal in the USWNT's first group stage game, a 3-1 win over Australia in Winnipeg. She scores in the 12th minute and adds her 31st international goal in the 78th, the first two-goal game at the World Cup for the Americans since Abby Wambach against Norway in 2007. Hope Solo, Rapinoe's Seattle Reign teammate, is tested in the fifth minute, when she tips Emily Van Egmond’s shot off the crossbar and over.

Keller Extends WCQ Scoreless String
April 25, 2001

In his first USMNT start in nearly six months, Kasey Keller makes six saves in posting his third straight shutout in World Cup qualifying. The U.S. blanks Costa Rica, 1-0, before a record Kansas City attendance of over 37,000. After Josh Wolff's 70th-minute goal, Keller preserves the advantage, including stopping a Paolo Wanchope header with eight minutes left.

Western's Duvall Scores Six
October 8, 1983

Annette Duvall scores a record six goals in Western Washington’s 8-1 pummeling of Puget Sound in Bellingham. A junior, Duvall scores five times in the second half as the Vikings pull away from a 1-1 halftime tie. Four of her goals come in a span fewer than 15 minutes.

Messi Masterful in Barca Visit
August 5, 2009

Lionel Messi scores a pair of sensational first-half goals before a record Pacific Northwest soccer crowd of 66,848 as reigning European champion Barcelona eases to a 4-0 win over Sounders FC in a friendly.

Founding owner Bill Predmore and Megan Rapinoe address the audience at announcement of Reign's 2019 move to Tacoma. (Courtesy Lindsey Wasson / Reign FC)
Einar Thorainsson retired as Gonzaga's head coach after 23 seasons in 2017. Thorarinsson, who previously coached at Whitworth, took the Zags to a pair of NCAA appearances during his tenure. (Courtesy Gonzaga Athletics)
Marco Pappa celebrates scoring to clinch the Supporters' Shield for Sounders FC vs. the Galaxy. (Sounders FC photo)
Paul Crossley cuts into the box versus San Diego's Jan Van der Veen. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
Interscholastic soccer was growing increasingly popular in metropolitan areas such as Seattle during the Twenties. Here pictured are the grammar school finalists, Opportunity (Capitol Hill) and Adams (Ballard). (Courtesy Seattle Times)
Pepe Fernandez (stripes) signed with the Tacoma Tides shortly after his release from the Sounders. (Shanaman Sports Museum)
Jordan Morris scored to win the second leg of the Western Conference final, 1-0, at Colorado and clinch the series, 3-1 on aggregate. (Courtesy Sounders FC)
State 3A champion Shorecrest High School. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
(Courtesy NASL Jerseys)