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Curated by the Washington State Legends of Soccer, providing information and history of the Beautiful Game in Washington State. Just as the game evolves, so will this site. We continuously add new content, so be sure to return often.

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Dallas Denies Seattle in USOC Semi
September 4, 2007

Sounders’ string of wins over MLS clubs in U.S. Open Cup ends before 10,385 at Qwest Field with a 2-1 extra time loss to FC Dallas. After a scoreless 90 minutes, Carolos Ruiz struikes in the first minute of overtime, before an Abe Thompson penalty kick doubles the lead in the 118th. Leighton O’Brien gets a stoppage time consolation goal for Seattle.

Sounders Clinch Playoff Berth
October 17, 2009

Second-half goals from Roger Levesque and Nate Jaqua earn the Sounders a playoff-clinching, 3-2 comeback win at Kansas City. Freddie Ljungberg is a factor in all three Seattle goals and earns two assists. Jaqua nets the game-winner in the 76th minute. A Ljungberg corner kick sets-up Levesque’s goal to knot the score in the 69th minute. Seattle becomes the first expansion team in 11 years to make the playoffs.

National Reign Ends
July 3, 1983

Bidding for a fourth straight national women's amateur championship in Houston, Seattle Löwenbräu is dethroned by Dallas Michelob Ladies via penalties (2-2, pks) in the semifinal. Sharon McMurtry and Jan Smisek each scored equalizers for Löwenbräu. Dallas went on to win the title.

BC Youth Reign in Cascadia
November 26, 1961

Vancouver's North Shore All-Stars defeat Seattle CYO All-Stars, 3-1 (4-2 aggregate), at West Seattle Stadium to retain the Oldershaw Trophy. It's the Canadians' ninth win in 10 years of the series.

A Leader of the Pack
November 15, 1994

Fernando Clavijo becomes head coach of Seattle's expansion entry in the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL). Clavijo brings championship playing experience from the indoor game and earlier in the summer represented the U.S. in the World Cup.

Big Crowd Sees RSL Take MLS Cup
November 22, 2009

Real Salt Lake prevails on penalties to take MLS Cup (1-1 5-4), the first played on artificial turf. Attendance was 46,011 the largest for a final since 2002 and the fourth-largest in League history. The crowd ranks No. 7 for soccer since Qwest Field opened in 2002 and No. 10 in Seattle history.

Vancouver's Tina Frimpong Ellertson makes 13 appearances for the USWNT in 2007.
In 1972, only five varsity, four-year collegiate programs existed in Washington. All were men's and located in Puget Sound. However virtually every other school featured clubs, such as Washington State, shown here.
For Sounders FC, the inaugural season was often termed perhaps the best for an expansion franchise in U.S. sporting history. (Sounders FC photo)
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.
Pacific Lutheran proudly displays the first national championship won by a Washington state women's collegiate program.
Seattle Sounders were looking to threepeat in 1997 while venturing into CONCACAF play for the first time.
Emerald City Supporters raise their tifo to mark the first meeting with Portland of the MLS era.
Washington's own (from left) Shannon Higgins, Lori Henry, Michelle Akers and Amy Allmann are members of the first FIFA Women's World Cup champions.