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Sounders Women Begin Stretch Run
July 13, 2003

Melissa Bennett helps set-up two goals, and Tina Frimpong scores in her debut at Sounders Women begin the final month of the regular season by beating Denver Lady Cougars, 3-0, at Seahawks Stadium. Bennett finds Shannon Forslund for a first-half header and Frimpong for another header in the 67th minute. It's the start of a three-game win streak to finish league play, with the combined wins against the Colorado a 13-0 goal differential.

Renton Hosts Benefit Match
April 17, 1955

Renton Elks host benefit game for youth activities Boy Scouts, bowling, talent show and scholarship awards at Renton High School Stadium. It matches Vancouver Firefighters vs. Washington State Football Association all-stars. Vancouver defeats the Washington all-stars, 3-2.

Seattle Smash and Grab in Portland
August 23, 2020

A late gush of goals gives Seattle a 3-0 win at Portland as regular season play resumes for the Sounders nearly four weeks after their exit from the MLS is Back Round of 16. Raul Ruidiaz figures in all the goals, scoring twice in the final 18 minutes. Kelvin Leerdam adds the third nail in the Timbers, who were coming off a tournament title in Orlando. To minimize health risks, the Sounders traveled via chartered flight to Portland in the afternoon and leave immediately after the match. Prior to kickoff, both teams kneel to recognize the global uprising sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by a white Minnesota police officer in May.

SPU Inches Away from Regional Final
November 10, 2012

Seattle Pacific comes within inches of an upset victory for the Far West regional semifinals at La Jolla, Calif. The Falcons fall to 5th-ranked UC San Diego, 2-1, in overtime on a golden goal in the 104th minute. Megan Lindsay's 12th goal of the year (and 41st of her career) ties it, and Annie Thomas hits the underside of the cross bar with 5 seconds remaining in regulation.

SPU Wins Twice-Delayed Regional Final
November 22, 1978

A twice-delayed NCAA West Regional final is finally played at noon on a Tuesday in a neutral stadium. Still, Seattle Pacific retains its Best in the West mantle for the third year running. The Falcons get goals from Jim McKay and Bruce Raney to beat San Francisco State, 2-1, at Husky Stadium. Snow had left Memorial Stadium unplayable the previous three days.

Seattle Signs 15-Year-Old Leyva
April 9, 2019

Sounders FC sign their youngest Homegrown player to date, 15-year-old Danny Leyva. A midfielder from Las Vegas, Leyva has started four of his five appearances for Tacoma Defiance. He was part of the U17 SFC Academy squad that captured the 2017-18 USSDA National Championship. Seattle's 12th Homegrown Player, Leyva became the youngest player in club history to start a USL match in 2018, and the second-youngest in league history to earn a start, at San Antonio.

Karli White finished her run with Western Washington as top scorer, GNAC Player of the Year and first team All-America. (Courtesy Western Washington Athletics)
State cup championship presentations at the 1971 finals at Memorial Stadium (Courtesy WYS archives)
Sounders defender Kevin Bond pressures a Celtic forward during the Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup. (Courtesy Joanie Komura/Frank MacDonald Collection)
FC Seattle Storm displays its newly-won Western Soccer Alliance trophy after smashing San Jose, 5-0. (Joanie Komura photo)
Steve Daley became the Sounders' most expensive signing in 1981 (Courtesy Joanie Komura/Frank MacDonald Collection)
Seattle's Willie Penman breaks free in the box vs. San Jose. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
Seattle Pacific 1985 team photo. (Courtesy Seattle Pacific)
(Courtesy Seattle Times)