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All-Decade Team Features three from Washington
January 11, 1990

Soccer America magazine announces its all-decade team for collegiate women, and three Washingtonians are in the XI. Michelle Akers (Central Florida), Lori Henry (North Carolina) and Shannon Higgins (North Carolina). Akers and Higgins were the first two winners of the MAC Hermann Award. During the Eighties Akers was a four-time All-American, Henry and Higgins two each while winning three and four NCAA championships, respectively.

Amputee Soccer Program Established
July 1, 1985

Mercer Island's Don Bennett organizes an amputee soccer program, to be coached by Bill Barry and sponsored by the Athlete's Foot shoe stores. Bennett said the sport's devotees were originally drawn from skiers looking for a way to stay in shape during the offseason. Barry later establishes Amputee Soccer International. Exhibitions are played August 24 before a Mariners-Yankees game in the Kingdome.

Sounders Poised for Indoor in 1980-81
November 15, 1979

Sounders GM Jack Daley confirms that if the NASL plays an indoor season in 1980-81, Seattle will be part of it. Eight Seattle players are involved with MISL teams while Paul Crossley is playing for Minnesota in the NASL. Pittsburgh secured the winter services of Steve Buttle, Micky Cave and Tommy Jenkins. Frank Barton and Mike Ivanow go to Wichita. Buffalo signed Tommy Ord and Jimmy McAlister, Ala Hudson opted for Cleveland and Al Trost is at New York. Eddie Krueger, Mark Peterson and Jeff Stock are training with West Ham United in London.

Dirty Dozen, Sounderettes Win Again
February 18, 1979

Cindy Breed scores four goals as Des Moines-Midway Dirty Dozen win their fifth state championship, 7-2, over New East Arsenal in the girls U19 final at Renton Stadium. The Dirty Dozen repeat in the age division. Breed is named the tournament’s outstanding player. The Tacoma Sounderettes claim their fourth straight state cup, this time at U17, beating Highline Pontius Truckers, 4-1.

St. George's Tops Among Midgets
November 12, 1961

St. George wins the CYO Midget Division, 3-2, over St. Francis.

Defiance Finally Returns Home, Beats T2
September 27, 2020

Returning to Cheney Stadium for the first time in seven weeks, Tacoma Defiance clinches a season series win over Portland, 2-1. Ethan Dobbelaere starts matters in motion, scoring his first goal of the season in the 28th minute. Azriel Gonzalez increases the lead in the 85th minute, 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute. The fixture marks Tacoma's first match at home since July 18. Defiance win three of four meetings with T2.

Jess Fishlock probes the Houston Dash defense in a 1-0 Seattle Reign win at Frisco, Tex. (Courtesy Seattle Reign)
A tryout notice from Washington State Junior Soccer Association's first year.(Courtesy Seattle Times)
Interbay Field was opened as Seattle's first dedicated soccer venue, although soon other user groups and poor drainage took their toll. (Courtesy Seattle Times)
Obafemi Martins is a sensation crowd pleaser, scoring 17 goals as Sounders FC achieves the double of a Supporters' Shield and U.S. Open Cup. (Sounders FC photo)
Sounders FC captain Kasey Keller raises the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup following the 2-1 win over D.C. United. (Sounders FC photo)
Walla Walla Community College repeated as NWAC women's champion in 2010. (Courtesy NWAC)
DeAndre Yedlin burst into international prominence with his surprise performance in the World Cup. (Sounders FC photo)
Danny Leyva, at age 16, became the youngest Sounders signing in 2019 and the third-youngest player to ever appear in an MLS match. Leyva also was a regular starter for Tacoma Defiance and played in all seven matches for the U.S. at the Concacaf U-17 Championships. (Courtesy Tacoma Defiance)