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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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Sounders Seek Bigger Home
December 9, 1975

Sounders announce that after two seasons and 17 consecutive sellouts at Memorial Stadium, they are moving to the soon-to-be-completed Kingdome. Awaiting them are modern amenities such as parking, replay screens and protection from the elements, not to mention a larger, uncrowned playing surface. There will be no increase in ticket prices.

Hat Trick Has Few Witnesses
April 11, 1991

Gary Heale scores three goals as the Tacoma Stars square their first-round MISL playoff series with a 4-3 overtime home win before only 2,760. The Storm, featuring former Tacoma standout Preki and Brian Schmetzer, win the series decider, 9-2, two days later in St. Louis.

Sounders' Le Toux is USL MVP
September 28, 2007

Sebastien Le Toux is voted MVP of the USL First Division after finishing co-leader in goals with 10. The Frenchman joined Seattle early in the season as a defender, then moved to midfield and finally forward. He also led all Open Cup scorers with seven goals.

Cascadia Cup to be Rebooted
March 18, 2009

MLS announces Vancouver to become 17th team in 2011. Two days later, Portland is admitted, recreating the Cascadia Cup rivalry.

Empowering Players, Serving Community
December 16, 2016

Woodinville's Joe Matthews is named 2016 USYSA Girls Recreational Coach of the Year. Matthews stresses player safety, having fun and developing soccer skills while empowering players to make decisions and communicate among themselves during a match. In addition, Matthews and his team volunteer at the local community kitchen.

Hispanic Leagues Growing Fast
August 4, 1991

Leagues are becoming increasingly popular in eastern Washington, from Tri-Cities to Wenatchee. Migrant farm workers from Mexico and Central America flock to teams. Combined, the Yakima and Lower Valley leagues have about 30 teams and 600 players since starting in mid-Eighties.

Seattle's St. James Cathedral faced a tough challenge for the local CYO crown before advancing to play for (and eventually win) the Oldershaw trophy. (Courtesy Seattle Times)
West Seattle began fielding teams in the state league during the Twenties, and this 1928 side won both the league and knockout cup. (Courtesy Pep Peery/Mike Mikkelsen)
In moving to Memorial Stadium and playing a beautiful game, the Reign increases attendance by over 50 percent. (Jane Gersovich photo)
Michelle Akers was already drawing attention at Shorecrest High School.
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)
State league action at West Seattle Stadium.
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.