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Norselander Takes Five-a-Side
April 3, 1955

Seattleís underdog Norselander Vikings win the 5-a-side championship, 3-0, over Portland Vikings at Catholic Memorial. Bob Simensen and Austin Gunderson help Norsemen upset Portland Vikings 3-0. Joe Njoku-Obi and keeper Tex Snyder also figure for Norselander. Norselander dominate their four tournament wins, finishing with a 17-0 goal differential. The Portlanders had eliminated league champion Buchan, 5-2, in the second round. The tournament attracts 18 entries from B.C. to Oregon. Rev. Donald Herdener both coaches and keeps goals for one of two CYO entries. A St. Louis native, Herdener eschews the frock and blanks Sansego Americans, 3-0, in the first round.

Eastside FC Place 3rd Nationally
July 31, 2011

Three-time state champion Eastside FC 94 Red, coached by Dan Strom, takes third place in the USYSA U16 Boys finals in Phoenix, losing out on a place in the final on goal differential.

Gabriel Joins WA Youth
February 2, 1983

Former Sounders captain and coach Jimmy Gabriel is named the first coaching director for Washington State Youth Soccer.

Sounders Go Out on Away Goal
November 30, 2014

Brad Evans and Clint Dempsey score as Seattle wins the second leg of the Western Conference Championship, 2-1, but falls on away goals to the LA Galaxy in front of a franchise postseason record crowd of 46,758. Juninho scores the decisive goal for the away side. Sounders FC went up 1-0 in the 26th minute through Evans. Six minutes later, Dempsey, scores his 17th across all competitions. The Galaxy now hosts New England in MLS Cup.

WA GU18 National Selection
August 31, 1983

Eight Washington girls are named to the national U18 squad: Bonnie Broughton, Gina Casella, Lori Henry, Shannon Higgins, Kris Jorgensen, Jenny Olsen, Kathy Ridgewell and Denae Ryan

Vikings Rule Northwest
April 8, 1951

Erling Hansenís hat trick is enough, but the Vikings add four more goals to decisively earn Northwest bragging rights with a 7-nil pounding of Portlandís Clan McCleay at White Center. Emmett Brennan, Sig Edngelstad, Austin Gunderson also score for the Vikes.

While in England, Tacoma Wanderers players got fitted for some new boots.
While the Sounders' 11-0 loss to Cruz Azul was largely overlooked by Seattle media, it was given extensive coverage in Mexico and Central America.
Kasey Keller and Michelle Akers present the Golden Scarf to two representative Washington Youth Soccer players, marking the organization's 50th anniversary. (Courtesy Sounders FC)
Located just beyond Seattle's southwestern city limits, White Center became a regular soccer venue beginning after World War II. Here a team goes through pregame warmups. (Courtesy Pep Peery/Mike Mikkelsen)
For Sounders FC, the inaugural season was often termed perhaps the best for an expansion franchise in U.S. sporting history. (Sounders FC photo)
Marcus Hahnemann thwarts Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. Reading finishes 8th in its first Premier League season.
Lifting the NCAA championship trophy in Tampa was none other than Seattle Pacific coach Cliff McCrath.
Lowenbrau Zurich coach Mike Ryan addresses his team at the national finals in Houston.