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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.

WA Unified Team Takes Special Olympics Bronze
March 20, 2019

Special Olympics Washington's unified team takes the bronze medal, defeating Bharat, 5-0, at the World Games in in Abu Dhabi. In all, 16 players and unified athletes from throughout the state compete under coach Rich Schreiner.

Germania Takes Second Half
March 17, 1963

The biggest crowd of the season sees Germania become the first German team to win a state league trophy with a 3-2 comeback win over Loyal Realty to clinch the second half crown at Lower Woodland. The Vikings (6-2-0) cancel out Bert Lerch's opener with early second period goals by Fred Kristianson and Matti Niemela. Walter Schmetzer knots it and Heinz Ritter fires home from 25 yards with two minutes left for the Germania (7-1-0) winner.

Vikings Eliminate Hungarians in Challenge Cup
November 16, 1969

Behind the four goals from Geoff McKeown, Leif Erikson Vikings overpower Seattle Hungarians, 6-2, in overtime of a National Challenge Cup regional quarterfinal at Interbay. Harold Myrhold and Reidar Olsen add scores for the Vikings while Les Mueller and Steve Furjesi score in regulation for the Hungarians.

Ten-Man SPU Goes Out of NCAAs on Penalties
November 14, 2015

After going in front in their NCAA West Region semifinal, Seattle Pacific is first reduced to 10 men, then tied, 1-1, and finally eliminated in a penalty kick shootout, 3-2, by Cal State Dominguez Hills in a steady rain at Interbay Stadium. Matt Merchant comes off the bench to score the SPU opener that was canceled out by a second-half Tony Alfaro penalty. Two 10-minute, sudden-death overtime periods end scoreless. Dominguez goalkeeper Chase Gentry makes nine saves in regulation and overtime, plus another two in the tiebreaker. The Falcons, unbeaten in their final 10, finish with just a single loss (14-1-4), the fewest in program history.

Cougars Hire First Coach
July 17, 1989

Lisa Fraser is chosen by Washington State as the first women's varsity head coach. Fraser, 31, formerly an assistant at UC Irvine, has only a few weeks to prepare for tryouts and complete the schedule.

Cintrex surfaces were installed at many fields, including here at Seattle's Lower Woodland Park, throughout the Seventies and early Eighties. (Courtesy Seattle Parks)
Tahoma High School, 1992 WIAA Class AA boys' champion.
(Courtesy Seattle Times archives)
John Goldingay of Heidelberg attempts to control the ball vs. the Vikings. (Courtesy Seattle-Post Intelligencer)
1963 University of Washington action.
Jordan Morris scored in the winner in the 88th minute to secure a 2-1 U.S. victory over Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final at Santa Clara, Calif. (Courtesy John Todd / ISI Photos)
Tara Bilanski led Washington with eight goals in 1993. (Courtesy UW Athletics)
Nick Perera of the Tacoma Stars was named Best Player for the 2023 CONCACAF Beach Championship after scoring nine tournament goals for the United States in Nassau, Bahamas. (Courtesy Nick Perera)
Brian Schmetzer is formally introduced as Sounders head coach at the Alliance Annual Business Meeting at CenturyLink Field. (Courtesy Sounders FC)
Ralph Black of the Tacoma Stars. (Courtesy NASL Jerseys)