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Sounders Academy First MLS Affiliate to Win GA
April 20, 2019

Sounders FC Academy becomes the first MLS-affiliated club to win the Generation Adidas Champions Division, edging Spain's Valencia, 1-0, in Frisco, Tex. With the match seemingly destined for penalties, Alfonso Ocampo-Chavezís cross finds the head of Ray Serrano, who guides his shot past the goalkeeper with only seconds remaining in the second period of extra time. Ocampo-Chavez, wins the tournament's Golden Boot with six goals and one assist in six matches. Valencia, had defeated Seattle in the opening match of the group stage. After that the Rave Green reeled off wins over Brazil's Flamengo, Argentina's River Plate and England's West Ham to reach the final.

Testimonial Held for Kempton
September 29, 1957

Both a testimonial match and banquet are held for the ailing Barney Kempton. Proceeds go toward Kempton's medical expenses. Over 500 see Vancouver's Royal Oaks defeat a Seattle all-star selection, 2-0, at Catholic Memorial. Former mayor Bobby Harlin, sports promoter and newspaper editor Royal Brougham are among the banquet speakers who toast Kempton's years of service to the game over 40 years. Besides being an outstanding winger in his day and key administrator, he is credited with keeping the youth game alive, having helped organize the sport in Parochial schools under auspices of the CYO.

Hawkins Helps Santa Clara Oust UNC
December 6, 2002

Devvyn Hawkins and defending NCAA champion Santa Clara reach the College Cup final by ousting North Carolina, 2-1, in a semifinal match at Austin, Tx. Veronica Zepeda scores both goals, but the Broncos are thwarted by Portland in the final. Hawkins, All-American holding midfielder and team captain, and Hermann Trophy winner Aly Wagner finish their careers 3-0-0 vs. UNC.

Seattle Pacific Advances to Final
November 28, 1975

Ken Hallís five saves secure the shutout and Daudi Abe gets the goal that avenges previous yearís championship game defeat to Adelphi as Falcons win semifinal before 5,000 at Memorial Stadium.

Sounders Icon Alonso Departs
January 10, 2019

Osvaldo Alonso, 33, Sounders FC captain and MLS era leader in appearances, is acquired by Minnesota United after 10 seasons in Seattle. After the Sounders opt not to pick-up their option several weeks earlier, MNUFC out-maneuvers FC Cincinnati to sign Alonso, a four-time all-star selection and 2012 Best XI. He is the last remaining member of the 2009 inaugural SFC squad and played 339 times across all competitions.

Weston Enshrined in National Hall
July 8, 1956

Vic Weston of Seattle is named to the U. S. Soccer Football Association Hall of Fame at Pittsburgh's Penn Hotel. Weston, who starred for Black Diamond as a player before becoming long-serving secretary to the state association, becomes the state's second representative in the hall, joining Barney Kempton. He is enshrined along with Willie Anderson of New York during 40th annual AGM. Weston is unable to attend the induction, so referee committee chair Harold B. Farrow accepts on Westonís behalf. Farrow cites Westonís unselfish services in promoting the sport.

A referee wearing stripes was a common sight during the Fifties, here for Seattle leg of the Jack Oldershaw series for Cascadia youth boys supremacy. (Courtesy Seattle Times)
In February 2021, after 11 months on the sidelines, Washington Youth Soccer permitted league play to resume in many counties. All players, coaches and spectators were required to wear masks, socially distance themselves off the field. (Courtesy Washington Youth Soccer)
All-American midfielder Emily Webster of Western Washington scored twice from distance in the Vikings' NCAA championship win over Grand Valley State. (Courtesy Western Washington Athletics)
Blaise Nkufo scores the first goal of his historic first Sounders hat trick in 4-0 win at Columbus. (Courtesy Sounders FC)
Tom Webb is inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame and shares the spotlight with his wife Lorna in Colorado Springs. (Courtesy Tom Webb)
Seattle Pacific's Chuck Sekyra directs the Falcons to 23 straight wins to reach the NCAA Division II women's semifinals.
Geoff Wall of Seattle Hungarians also boxed professionally as a light heavyweight, often as undercard to popular fights.(Courtesy Seattle Times)
Federal Way's Justi Baumgardt, a sophomore at the University of Portland, is among the Missouri Athletic Club's finalist for collegiate player of the year.
Seattle University Keeper Jake Feener launches a goal kick in the snow at Creighton. The Redhawks scored a 2-1 upset in their NCAA Division I tournament debut at Omaha. (Courtesy Seattle University Athletics)