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Becker Named New Stars Coach
January 20, 2022

Adam Becker is elevated to head coach of the Tacoma Stars. Becker was formally a Stars assistant and head coach of the reserves. He replaces Mike Jennings, who was 2-3 at the helm.

Last-Minute Goal Lifts Sounders
July 4, 2003

Ryan Edwards completes his brace by scoring the game-winner in the 90th minute of a 3-2 comeback road win over Minnesota. After Edwards equalizes in the 61st minute, he leaps to meet Jason Farrell's deep throw-in and head it in. Seattle picks up points for 10th time in 11 games and remains atop the Pacific Division at 8-2-4.

Olsen Hits 5 to End Year
December 30, 1962

Reidar Olsen ends his year with a bang while igniting the Vikings' run to start the second half of the state league. Olsen scores five goals in Loyal's 9-1 lambasting of E&E Meats. Fredi Krisitansen adds his 17th goal in 10 games.

Olu Molomo Sets Records in SeaDogs Win
June 22, 1997

John Olu Molomo tallies four goals and adds two assists to power the Seattle SeaDogs to a 9-6 victory over the Anaheim Slash at Arrowhead Pond. Olu Molomo's offensive output sets a SeaDogs team record for total points in a game. Jean Harbor is right behind with three goals and an assist. All three Harbor goals come on power plays, equaling a CISL record. It's also the first Seattle (3-0) three-game win streak.

Washington State Adds Women's Varsity Program
April 6, 1989

Complying with a court order to increase spending on women's athletics, Washington State University becomes the first women's Division I program in the state. Tryouts will be held in August and the first varsity games will begin shortly thereafter. A club program has existed at WSU since 1977.

All-Stars Stymied by St. Andrew's
March 18, 1956

Although loaded with attacking prowess, the State League All-Stars cannot beat Jock Copland. The St. Andrew's goalkeeper denies Andy Phillips and George Goers on seemingly sure chances and the Canadian club wins the friendly, 1-0, before one of the largest crowds of the season at Catholic Memorial.

Michelle Akers, winner of FIFA's Silver Ball and Golden Shoe at the Women's World Cup, plus 1991 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
Jack Brand set a Sounders and NASL record with 15 shutouts in 1980. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
(Courtesy Seattle Times)
Former USL Sounders captain Danny Jackson wears a jersey to honor the late Jimmy Gabriel during the Scarves Up! pregame. Gabriel, the former captain and coach of the NASL Sounders, died July 10, 2021. (Courtesy Sounders FC)
Youth from Bellevue and Tacoma meet in Washington Youth Soccer action.
Pacific Lutheran has its third NAIA championship banner in four years  after beating Missouri Valley, 4-0.
Kitsap Pumas not only celebrate winning their first Premier Development League title but do so at home, in Bremerton, after defeating Laredo, 1-0. (Kitsap Pumas photo)
Interscholastic soccer was growing increasingly popular in metropolitan areas such as Seattle during the Twenties. Here pictured are the grammar school finalists, Opportunity (Capitol Hill) and Adams (Ballard). (Courtesy Seattle Times)
Sounders forward Eddie Johnson scores the second USMNT goal in 2-0 World Cup Qualifier win over Panama before over 40,000 at CenturyLink Field. (Courtesy Joe Nuxoll / ISI Photos)