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Man United Swamps Sounders
July 20, 2011

The largest crowd in Pacific Northwest soccer history, 67,052, gathers for the Sounders friendly with English Premier League champion Manchester United, who run rampant on Seattle reserves in second half for 7-0 outcome. Wayne Rooney, a non-starter, scores three of United's six second-half goals. Seattle actually out-shoots United 10-9 in the first half, yet only the visitors' Michael Owen scores. Against Seattle's second team, Rooney blows open the game, scoring three times and assisting Ji-Sung Park in a span of 21 minutes to make it 6-nil.

Western, PLU Men Take League Titles
November 9, 2019

No. 19 Western Washington posts a third consecutive shutout to clinch its first GNAC men's championship since 2008, 1-0 over Montana State Billings in Bellingham. With the title comes the second NCAA berth since 2016. Jeremiah Lee first-times a low volley from 6 yards off a corner from Georg Cholewa. The same day, Pacific Lutheran books its place in the Division III postseason by downing Puget Sound, 2-0. The Lutes had shared the NWC title the previous two seasons. Keeton Heggerness opens the scoring in the ninth minute and Jackson Moore tallies 15 minutes later.

Simmons Hits Winner vs. No. 1 Lutes
October 21, 1986

Shelly Simmons hits the winner with four minutes left as 6th-ranked Puget Sound defeats No. 1 Pacific Lutheran, 2-1. It’s the first two goals allowed by the Lutes in 11 games.

Cougs Receive Nation Team Invitations
December 10, 2019

Washington State's Morgan Weaver and Makamae Gomera-Stevens are called in to the U.S. Women's National Team for Identification Camp in Bradenton, Florida, later this month. Mykiaa Minniss, another member of the Cougars, has been called up to play for the U-20 U.S. National Team to play in the 2019 Nike International Friendlies.

Sounders Face Mexico's America
July 8, 2006

A season-high attendance of 10,200 – most wearing the yellow colors of the visitors – watches the Seattle Sounders friendly with one of Mexico's most popular sides, Club America, at Qwest Field. Following a scoreless first half, former Argentine international Claudio Lopez scores a penalty kick for the Liga MX 2005 Clausura winners in the 53rd minute and doubles it in the 81st. America plays with 10 men after Raul Alvin Mendoza is sent off for his second cautionable offense in the 26th minute. Luis Villegas sees red two minutes after coming on as an 87' substitute. Cuauhtémoc Blanco is injured and does not play.

UW Perfect Start Extended by OT Win at SU
September 21, 2021

Washington's perfect start goes on but not without a scare at Seattle University. The Huskies win a 2-1 decision in overtime to reach 6-0-0. It's scoreless until just over five minutes into the second half, when a long throw-in by Charlie Ostrem is flicked on by Ryan Sailor to the waiting head of Kendall Burks who scores. The Redhawks are unrelenting in searching for the tying goal. Finally, after creating numerous chances, the Championship Field capacity crowd of 1,377 is rewarded in the 73rd minute when Declan McGlynn finds the back of the net. In overtime, Nick Scardina delivers the golden goal in the 98th minute for UW's fifth WAC/101 Club Cup in six meetings.

Vancouver's Tina Frimpong Ellertson makes 13 appearances for the USWNT in 2007.
The Tacoma Stars finished their inaugural season in 1984. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
Ron Davies of Seattle and San Diego's Tony Donlic battle. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
(Courtesy Seattle Times)
The scene in Miami, just seconds after Bruce Raney's golden goal gives Seattle Pacific its first NCAA championship, 1-0 over Alabama A&M. (Seattle Pacific archives)
Naho Kawasumi and Sydney Leroux were key ingredients to Seattle Reign's 2014 first-place finish in the NWSL. (Courtesy Seattle Reign FC)
Wallingford's junior side entered the 1947 five-a-side tournament.
Jordan Morris made a rapid recovery from ACL surgery to rejoin the Sounders  late in 2021. (Courtesy Sounders FC/Jane Gershovich)
John Goldingay of Heidelberg attempts to control the ball vs. the Vikings. (Courtesy Seattle-Post Intelligencer)
Mercer Island native and Sounders Academy product Jordan Morris makes his U.S. National Team debut as a 76th-minute substitute vs Ireland at Dublin. Morris is a Stanford sophomore and the first collegiate player to represent the USMNT since 1999. (Courtesy John Dorton / ISI Photos)