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Seattle Wins, Sets Attendance Mark
October 24, 2009

Brad Evans scores the game winning goal in the 84th minute as the Sounders cap the regular season with a 2-1 comeback win over FC Dallas. Seattle’s 47 points (12-7-11) earns the third seed in the Western Conference and fourth-best total overall. It’s also the 125th career win for Sigi Schmid, the most in MLS history. Freddie Ljungberg assists on both goals, beginning with Nate Jaqua’s equalizer. With a crowd of 33,108, Seattle sets an MLS season average attendance record (30,943).

Durgan Comes Home
May 20, 1985

U.S. National Team captain and Tacoma native Jeff Durgan, 23, returns home, spurning much bigger offers to sign for $250 per game with FC Seattle. Durgan was NASL Rookie of the Year with the Cosmos in 1980. Durgan becomes the fourth NASL veteran committing to FC Seattle, joining Brian Schmetzer, Robbie Zipp and Eddie Krueger.

Solo Stymies Germany in Algarve Cup
March 15, 2006

Hope Solo helps the United States extend Germany to penalties, but the defending world champions prevail, 0-0 (4-3), to take the Algarve Cup in Faro, Portugal. Largely untested during regulation, Solo must first sprint off her line to punch away a cross, then backpedal to parry a Celia Okoyino shot from distance in the 96th minute. Solo is later named the tournament's outstanding keeper after allowing one goal in 300 minutes. Fellow UW alum Tina Frimpong start two of four matches on defense.

Chieftains Shock 7th-Ranked USF
September 5, 1992

Seattle University, ranked No. 13 among NAIA teams and newly promoted to the NCSC Olympic Division, stuns San Francisco in its first road game. Brett Bowers gets the equalizer and Jonathan Stember scores in overtime for a 2-1 upset of the Dons, ranked seventh in Div. I. Two days later, the Chieftains earn a 1-1 draw at San Jose State.

Bruin Fills Void, Delivers Winner vs. Dynamo
June 4, 2017

Will Bruin scores the game's lone goal in his first encounter with his former club, and the Sounders win for the third time in four matches at CenturyLink Field. Bruin, Houston's all-time scoring leader acquired in an offseason trade, heads in a cross from Cristian Roldan in the 69th minute to beat the Dynamo, 1-0. Seattle is playing without both Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris, both on duty with the USMNT for World Cup qualifiers.

Tolentino Becomes UPS Scoring King
November 13, 1999

Puget Sound jumps out to an early lead on freshman Chris Raymond's goal, and Tye Tolentino adds an assist and goal in the Loggers' NCAA Division III first-round win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 3-0, in La Jolla, Ca. Tolentino assists on Raymond's 18th-minute score for his UPS record 14th. The Federal Way junior also scores the final goal at the 67:18 mark to become the program's all-time top scorer.

Pele and Mike England during the Cosmos' first Seattle visit.
Richland's Liz Heaston is a two-sport sensation at Willamette.
Washington Youth Soccer inducted 30 men and women to its Hall of Fame in 2019 – the largest class to date – prior to a Tacoma Stars game at ShoWare Center. (Courtesy Washington Youth Soccer)
No better time to snap a photo than after a muddy training session in China for the USWNT.
Whitman College (white jerseys) battle Western Washington. (Whitman archives)
Bellingham's Sandra Hunt receives the U.S. Adult Soccer Association RefereeLifetime Achievement award. WSSA president Tim Busch is at right.
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)
Tacoma and NASL Sounders legends Jeff Stock, left, and Mark Peterson raise their golden scarves prior to the first MLS league match vs. Portland. (Sounders FC photo)