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Five-a-Side Goes to Hungarians
April 8, 1962

Seattle Hungarians are the last team standing among the 28 who started the traditional Five-a-Side tournament at West Seattle Stadium. Their A team defeats Buchan's A side, 2-1, in the final. The field is strong, with three coming south from Vancouver and eight from Oregon.

Hungarians Shred League-Leading Vikings
November 27, 1960

League-leading Loyal Realty proves no match for a hungry and fully-loaded Hungarians squad at Lower Woodland. Les Fabri scores twice and assists on another as the Magyars rout the previously undefeated Vikings, 6-0, trimming the first-half lead to one point. Newly released from his football commitments, Les Mueller also scores.

Three Sounders to Train in England
October 28, 1998

The Sounders announce that three players will train through November with Stockport County of England's Division One (second tier). Midfielder Ian Russell and defenders Scott Jenkins and Brandon Prideaux will work with Gary Megson, brother of Sounders coach Neil Megson.

Bakers Keep Bragging Rights in Washington
April 26, 1964

Northwest bragging rights stay north of the Columbia for another year as the Buchan Bakers defeat Portland's Royal Arabians, 4-1, in the rain at Delta Park. Washington teams have won nine consecutive years.

Debut in the Woodshed
July 23, 1994

After playing their first four away, the Sounders make their home debut in the Tacoma Dome. David Hoggan and Gary Heale, who once starred for the Tacoma Stars, score in a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Foxes.

First & Goal Recommends Switch to Turf
July 26, 2001

Four years after a statewide referendum votes to fund a new soccer/football stadium in Seattle. Paul Allen's First & Goal recommends a FieldTurf playing surface instead of the initially-proposed grass. As operator of the stadium and the Seahawks, F&G contends that FieldTurf would require less maintenance, hold up longer than grass and prevent injuries associated with other artificial surfaces. Soccer community leaders are concerned that an MLS team or international play would bypass Seattle because of the artificial surface.

Hope Solo returns to the starting role with the USWNT in 2008 and helps earn a gold medal in Beijing. (Courtesy U.S. Soccer)
(Courtesy Seattle Times archives)
Newcastle native Sam Hiatt captained Stanford to an NCAA College Cup championship in 2019. Hiatt marshaled a Cardinal backline that allowed just 12 goals in 25 matches, including only two in six postseason games. (Courtesy Stanford Athletics)
(Courtesy The Seattle Times)
Mercer Island won its first girls state 3A crown in 2017. The Islanders went 16-1-3. (Courtesy WIAA)
Pacific Lutheran proudly displays the first national championship won by a Washington state women's collegiate program.
A capacity crowd greets the Sounders and Vancouver for the final 1994 regular season game at Memorial Stadium.
Shannon Lovejoy became Seattle Pacific's first three-time All-American in 2005, helping the Falcons reach their first NCAA championship game. (Courtesy Seattle Pacific Athletics)