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Miraculous Comeback Pushes Seattle to MLS Cup Final
December 7, 2020

Coming from two goals down in the final 15 minutes, the Sounders reach their fourth MLS Cup final in five seasons by beating Minnesota United, 3-2, in the Western Conference final at Lumen Field. Gustav Svensson flicks a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick from near post to far corner in the third minute of stoppage time, capping the rally. After the visitors forged a 2-nil lead, Will Bruin is substituted and almost immediately ignites the rally in the 75th minute. Raul Ruidiaz equalizes in the 89th. Svensson, also a substitute, was playing for the first time since testing positive for COVID after returning from international duty for Sweden.

Rapinoe Receives Ballon d'Or
December 2, 2019

Megan Rapinoe, 34, is named the second recipient of France Football magazine’s top women's accolade at a glitzy ceremony in Paris. Rapinoe, the Reign FC and USWNT midfielder, out-polls England and Lyon defender Lucy Bronze for the award, while U.S. teammate Alex Morgan finishes third. Rapinoe also scooped the FIFA Best Women’s Player prize in September, on the back of captaining the US to World Cup glory in France in the summer, where she won the Golden Boot for top scorer and the Golden Ball for best player.

Baumgardt, Portland Denied Final Four Spot
November 14, 1993

Stanford holds off Justi Baumgardt and 7th-ranked Portland, 1-0, in the NCAA Division I women's West Region final. Baumgardt had helped lead the Pilots into the playoffs, earning West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and first team all-conference while assisting in 12 goals. Bellevue's Michelle Voiland and Everett's Tracy Osborn also represented UP on the all-WCC team.

Pelé Visits Nearby
July 7, 1972

Diehard fans flock across the border to see Pelé and Santos visit Vancouver's Empire Stadium. Pelé doesn't score but his Brazil teammate Edu does twice to crush the B.C. Premier League All-Stars, 5-0, before 16,300.

Seattle Prep Finally Gets 3A Triumph
November 20, 2010

Freshman Mary Ann Santucci scores to finally deliver the first state 3A championship to Seattle Prep, 1-0 over Bonney Lake at Lakewood. The Panthers had finished runners-up four times before, including three straight between 2006-08. Bonney Lake had never advanced beyond the first round. Santucci finds the net in the 30th minute, getting her foot on the ball from a scrum of several players in Bonney Lake’s 6-yard box. Afterward, Seattle Prep coach Andy Hendricks loses his trademark black mustache. He first promised in 1991 to shave if off if Prep ever won state.

Young Referee Gets Big Matches
July 16, 2014

Logan Griffis, 19 and a 2013 King’s HS graduate, is one of seven Washington referees chosen to officiate the USYSA National Championships in Frisco, Tex. Later, Griffis referees the 4A girls state championship game and a 3A semifinal, and the Kirkland resident officiates five matches at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase. In almost six years, Griffis has officiated approximately 1,500 soccer games.

Joining a celebratory pile of humanity is the NCAA championship trophy, which Seattle Pacific just won, 1-0 over West Florida. (Courtesy NCAA)
Boeing Airplane Co., founded in Seattle in 1916, soon formed its own state league side, this in 1922. (Courtesy Boeing/Mike Pavone Collection)
Seattle's Mike England and the Cosmos' Giorgio Chinaglia do battle in the air at Giants Stadium as Bobby Moore looks on. (Courtesy NASL Jerseys)
Mike Ryan, far left) and his Lake City Raiders. (Courtesy Mike Ryan)
Matheny & Bacon rise to the top of the state league in spring of 1950, but it proves to be final season that the building materials and wrecking company serves as sponsor. (Courtesy Seattle Times)
Craig Waibel of Washington vies for possession with with Portland. (Courtesy Washington archives)
Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer (left) and assistant Darren Sawatzky guided Seattle to the Commissioners' Shield and USL Championship double in 2007. (Courtesy USL)
Pacific Lutheran remains the state's collegiate powerhouse in 1991, advancing to the NAIA championship game for the fourth straight year and winning a third title.
Terry White controls possession for Seattle Pacific at Memorial Stadium. (Seattle Pacific archives)
(Courtesy Seattle Times)