David Can’t Beat Goliath

1977 – Around the World and Close to Home

Concorde, the British-French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner, goes into service, cutting transatlantic flight times in half. Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll, dies of a heart attack at 42, Jimmy Carter is elected president, and Atari, the first major home video game console, is released. Locally, the Seattle Aquarium opens to visitors, Major League Baseball returns to the state with the Seattle Mariners, with Washington-based owners, Seattle Slew becomes the 10th horse to win the Triple Crown, and Lenny Wilkens begins his second stint as coach of the Seattle Sonics.

David Can’t Beat Goliath

Three years into professional soccer’s residency, Seattle Sounders went in a new direction under a new leader. Jimmy Gabriel ascends from his assistant role under John Best to become head coach, and Gabriel introduces a Seattleite to the lineup and the world.

While Best had been the face of the Sounders since their inception, Gabriel had effectively been the heart. He started and captained the club the first two years. As coach of the reserve team, Gabriel had also overseen the development of young Americans and local Washingtonians in particular. He believed some of them were ready for first team roles, and 20-year-old left back Jimmy McAlister foremost among them.

McAlister wasn’t the only American in the lineup when Gabriel’s era began at Honolulu versus Team Hawaii. Although NASL rules minimum for on-field North Americans is one, Gabriel starts four. He does it again the next game and the next. Four games in all. Once Mel Machin, Micky Cave and Jocky Scott arrive from Britain by late May, Gabriel regularly plays McAlister and Canadian goalkeeper Tony Chursky.

Before then, it was a rocky road. The Sounders lost six of their first eight outings. Gabriel, who first retired in 1976 and again following that season, called his own number to jump-start the season. At 0-3 and down 2-nil at home to Portland, Gabriel substituted himself, immediately went all-in on a tackle, and his play provided an emotional lift that translated to three goals and a 3-2 comeback victory, his first as a coach.

Overcoming that near-disastrous start, the Sounders catch fire down the stretch and reach Soccer Bowl for the first time. There, despite being huge underdogs to the Cosmos of Pele´, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto and Giorgio Chinaglia, Seattle battles and nearly nips the tying goal in the final minutes before falling, 2-1.

Also reaching a national final and finishing runner-up is Seattle Pacific. The Falcons take second for the third time in four years, this time to Alabama A&M, 2-1.

Most of the SPU players hail from in-state, and the Sounders’ Jimmy McAlister becomes an overnight sensation. McAlister, 20, wins a starting job at left back, then is named NASL Rookie of the Year and, soon after, becomes the first Washington native to earn a U.S. National Team cap.

The youth soccer explosion continues unabated, jumping 41 percent, to 46,874. However, there is growing friction between the clubs and high school programs, whose players face conflicts in play and training.

Women’s soccer begins to get sponsorship at the collegiate level. Five years since the Title IX ruling, Whitman College is the first to be granted varsity status. Meanwhile, club programs are initiated at Seattle Pacific, Washington, Washington State and Western Washington.

Year in Review
SEATTLE SOUNDERS
Season Record
14-12 (14-10-2), 3rd NASL West, NASL runners-up
Coach
Jimmy Gabriel (1st year)
Best XI
Mike England, Mel Machin (1st team)
Top Scorer
Micky Cave (12 goals)
ADULT AMATEUR
State Men's Champion
Ghirardelli d Tacoma Hygrade, 4-3
State Knockout Cup
Mueller Barons d Ghirardelli, 2-2 (penalty kicks)
COLLEGIATE
Men's Collegiate Postseason
Seattle Pacific, D2 runner-up
NCSC Women's Champion
Western Washington
NWAC Men's Champion
Skagit Valley d Edmonds, 1-0
Sounders Cup Winner
Washington
YOUTH
Boys Regional Champion
Tacoma Kickers (U16)
WIAA Boys Champion
Bellevue d Edmonds, 3-2 OT
WASHINGTON YOUTH SOCCER
President
Karl-Heinz Schreiber
Member Associations
19
Players
46,784 (b: 31,144 g: 12,640)
Largest Attendance
56,256, Kingdome, Sounders v Los Angeles, playoff

1977: David Can’t Beat Goliath

A late-season surge sends Seattle to Soccer Bowl and a meeting with Pele´ and the mighty Cosmos, where they come up just short.

Sounders Clinch Playoff Berth With Biggest Win
August 4, 1977

A second-half barrage of four goals in 14 minutes lifts the Sounders to a record winning margin and a playoff-clinching 5-0 home win over Team Hawaii before nearly 27,000. Winger Jimmy Robertson both creates and scores. His corner kicks lead to the first two goals and he adds the third. The lads repeatedly hit the crossbar and posts to start the second period before Micky Cave's 67' volley doubles the lead to 2-nil and the rout is on.

O'Malley New Boss on Montlake
July 30, 1977

Mike O’Malley, 27, is named the new University of Washington head coach. O'Malley, who succeeds Mike Ryan, played at Chico State and was assistant coach at UC Davis last season.

David Can't Beat Goliath
August 28, 1977

In the final competitive game for legendary Pele´, the star-studded New York Cosmos defeat the underdog Sounders, 2-1, before a Portland record crowd of 35,548 in Soccer Bowl. Seattle’s tying goal by Tommy Ord is scored while the TVS broadcast is in commercial break. Steve Buttle hits the post with 7 minutes left after earlier equalizing attempts by Mike England and Dave Gillett hit the post and are saved, respectively. “David did not beat Goliath,” writes The Times.

Cody Makes Unusual Entrance
March 20, 1977

The Sounders' new play-by-play announcer is Wayne Cody, and his preseason call of Sounders-Aztecs is in Aberdeen, where trap-door entrance to Stewart Field press box is too small to accommodate Cody’s 325-pound girth. Instead, he is lifted through a window via a crane, featuring a basket marked “30-ton limit.”

Tides Go Out After One Season
March 16, 1977

Tacoma Tides cease operations after one season of play in the American Soccer League. General manager Stan Naccarato cites losses of $200,000 while averaging 2,873 in attendance at Cheney Stadium in 1976. The Tides made the ASL playoffs and reached the semifinal round after going 10-5-6. Naccarato added that lacking a suitable facility and ASL leadership, ownership could not go forward. Utah and Oakland also fold.

Ryan Leaves UW after 11 Years
April 21, 1977

Mike Ryan resigns as University of Washington head coach after 11 seasons. Ryan cites growing pressures from his primary job and a desire to spend more time with his family. He guided the Huskies to four NCAA tournament berths and four conference championships. The program had seen declining financial support in recent years.

Whitman Wins Varsity Women's Debut
September 30, 1977

Whitman College proves victorious in the debut of women's varsity play, defeating Seattle Pacific's club, 1-0, at Queen Anne Bowl. Tammie Lamus scores the historic first goal late in the first half. The Missionaries play at Western Washington and Washington the next two days. Both are 1-0 losses.

Black Pirate Steers Seattle Out of Cellar
June 25, 1977

Jocky Scott continues his torrid stretch by scoring two first-half goals in Seattle's fourth straight win, 3-0 over Tampa Bay in the Kingdome. The Sounders (8-7) escape the Western Division cellar for the first time. Scott, known as the Black Pirate, arrived on loan from Scotland's Dundee three weeks earlier and has scored five times. Micky Cave, on loan from England's Bournemouth, gets his eighth goal.

Western Women Win Conference Title
November 20, 1977

Jamie Adkins nets two first-half goals and Western Washington goes on to beat Washington State, 4-0, to retain the NCSC women's crown on an icy Sehome High School pitch. Beth Sneeringer and Chris MacDonald also score for the Vikings, who finish with an identical record (8-2-2) to Washington but won the season series.

Sounders Punch Ticket to Final
August 25, 1977

Seattle gets a 13th-minute header from Jocky Scott, and Adrian Webster marks out L.A. star George Best as the Sounders defeat the Aztecs, 1-0, before a raucous crowd of 56,256 to advance to Soccer Bowl. A potential late equalizer by Des Backos bounces behind goal line but is ruled out. Two Slate Sounders goals, by Tommy Ord and Steve Buttle, are called back by controversial offside rulings. It is the fifth straight win in the playoffs and seventh overall.

UW's Vaughn Finishes Strong
November 16, 1977

Dan Vaughn scores for the 16th time in 17 games as Washington completes a sweep of the Sounders Cup series by beating Seattle University, 4-1, at Memorial Stadium. Vaughn closes his Huskies account with a career record 52 goals in four seasons. The Tacoma senior finishes fast, netting eight his final six outings. Although unbeaten in its final 15 games under new coach Mike O’Malley, UW is denied an NCAA berth. The Huskies did not face an opponent outside the Pacific Northwest.

Fans Wait Overnight for Soccer Bowl Tickets
August 26, 1977

Hundreds stand in line for hours in a steady rain to buy 8,500 tickets for Soccer Bowl in Portland. Some queue up immediately after the Sounders' semifinal victory over L.A., stationing themselves at the Kingdome box office window. Many of those able to buy tickets then dash to nearby King Street Station to buy tickets for the day-of-game Amtrak train to Portland.

Sounders Stun Minnesota Late
August 14, 1977

An improbable playoff run continues with the Sounders somehow upsetting Minnesota, 2-1 in overtime, to silence a once roaring crowd of 35,000 in Bloomington. Only a goal down thanks to the heroics of keeper Mike Ivanow’s 11 saves, Seattle comes to life in the final five minutes. Super sub David Butler twice hits the crossbar, and Tommy Ord finds the equalizer with 3:36 remaining. An errant Kicks backpass is poked home by Butler just 21 seconds after the start of the sudden-death period. The Sounders get an Ord penalty in the return leg three days later to advance.

Seattle Silences Vancouver, Advances
August 10, 1977

Seattle overcomes the early loss of goalkeeper Tony Chrusky to shock Vancouver, 2-0 in a first-round knockout playoff at Empire Stadium. Barely a minute after Chursky’s exit with a hamstring strain, Mel Machin makes it 1-nil in the 19th minute. Tommy Ord, who was acquired from the Whitecaps in midseason, has a goal nullified but then officially scores with six minutes left to leave no doubt. Mike Ivanow makes five saves in relief of Chursky.

Falcons First to Fly to Central Time Zone
October 29, 1977

Seattle Pacific becomes first Northwest program to play a regular season game outside the Pacific and Mountain time zones, traveling to Wheaton, Illinois for a tournament hosted by coach Cliff McCrath’s alma mater. The Falcons first fall to Wisconsin Green Bay, 3-2, and then defeat Wheaton, 1-0.

Falcons Advance to NCAA Final
December 2, 1977

Todd Schilperoort’s goal in the third overtime period gives Seattle Pacific a 2-1 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay in the NCAA semifinal in Miami. Marty Shaw had saved a penalty shortly after Green Bay canceled out Servando Rivera’s opener.

Shorecrest Girls Complete Perfect Season
May 20, 1977

Shorecrest completes a perfect season by winning the first Metro League girls' championship, 4-1 over Blanchet at Memorial Stadium. The Scots (12-0-0) get two goals from Kelly Kranda and finish with a 67-3 goal differential. There is no WIAA state tournament.

Bellevue Takes Prep Title in Overtime
May 26, 1977

Scott Willsie’s curler nearly three minutes into overtime earns Bellevue the state championship, 3-2 over Edmonds at a rain-soaked Memorial Stadium. Bill Smith scores goals in each half for the Wolverines. Edmonds ties it by halftime through Alex McAdam, then takes a brief lead on Ron Patton’s penalty. Willsie brings down a Smith cross to score the winner. Both teams had advanced to the final with shootout wins in the semifinals.

TV Delay, Delay, Delay
July 10, 1977

TVS, which syndicates NASL national telecasts, instructs KIRO 7 to delay broadcast of the Sounders-Cosmos game for one week. Short of a sellout, crowd of 41,720 sees Seattle beat Pele´, Franz Beckenbauer & Co., 1-0. KIRO, which argued for an 11-hour delay, opts not to show week-old replay.

Out of Order in Rochester
July 30, 1977

Three red cards – players on each side as well as the Lancers’ trainer – and eight yellows are issued by referee Henry Landauer in Seattle’s 2-1 loss at Rochester. Dave Gillett, the Sounders’ ejection, needed a security escort past 50 belligerent fans. The game was halted for 10 minutes to restore order after Gillett and the Lancers’ Ibrahim Silva scuffled, before Mel Machin decked Silva. Adrian Webster had been stretchered off with a knee injury beforehand. A total of 55 fouls were whistled.

Tacoma Hosts U16 Tournament
August 19, 1977

Tacoma’s Franklin Pierce Stadium hosts North American Youth Championships for U16 boys. KCPQ airs nine hours of same-day telecasts with Bob Robertson delivering play-by-play. Virginia won the U.S. tournament and Ontario the Canadian. The Tacoma Kickers represent Washington and got four tournament goals from Chris Hellenkamp.

Shorthanded Sounders Remain Scoreless, Winless
April 23, 1977

Sounders lose their third straight and remain scoreless through the first 296 minutes of the season following a 2-0 loss at San Jose. Seattle is awaiting British reinforcements and captain Adrian Webster is sent off after 20 minutes. They are so shorthanded both coach Jimmy Gabriel and assistant Bobby Howe start.

Oldtimers Convene at Lower Woodland
August 28, 1977

A 60-minute game between two of the state league's most historic sides is played at Seattle’s Lower Woodland Park. E&E Meats and Black Diamond over-45 sides meet as the centerpiece for the Northwest Soccer Oldtimers Association picnic. Black Diamond wins the game, 2-0.

Skagit Valley Finishes Undefeated
December 2, 1977

Skagit Valley College becomes the first unbeaten NWAACC champion by defeating Edmonds Community College, 1-0, at Memorial Stadium. Mark Kaufman scores in the 50th minute and Mark Thompson earns the shutout for the Cardinal, who go 13-0-3 through the regular season and playoffs.

Homegrown Talent Reaps Reward
August 16, 1977

Seattle native Jimmy McAlister, 20, is voted NASL Rookie of the Year. McAlister, who grew up in West Seattle and attended Kennedy High School, was also named to the NASL all-star third team. “I didn’t come out of college like the No. 1 draft choices. I just came out of high school. Gabriel and Bobby Howe really put me in over my head, but they had confidence in me,” said McAlister.

Seattle Pacific Comeback Falls Short
December 3, 1977

A flurry of eight shots in the final minutes does not produce the game-tying goal, and SPU succumbs to top-ranked Alabama A&M, 2-1, in the NCAA Division II championship game in Miami. The Bulldogs go in front, 2-nil, on deflection and a rebound. Servando Rivera’s penalty in the 82nd minute queued the late rally. Earlier, the Falcons miss a penalty attempt. Scott Chase is named the game’s defensive MVP.

Falcons Earn Third NCAA Final Berth
December 2, 1977

Marty Shaw's penalty save late in regulation extends the NCAA Division II semifinal to overtime where Seattle Pacific's Todd Schilperoort stabs in the winner, 2-1 over Wisconsin Green Bay in Miami. The Falcons, who had been third-seeded in the Far West, advance to the national final for the third time in four years. Servando Rivera scores the opener, and Shaw stops the penalty kick in the 80th minute. The teams battle through two scoreless overtime periods before Schilperoort breaks the deadlock 8:13 into the third stanza.

Play Begins at Fort Dent
May 9, 1977

Fifty-one acres of soccer and softball fields are open to play at Tukwila's Fort Dent. King County Parks purchased 4,000 feet of waterfront along the Green River with $3.6M in Forward Thrust funds, and the complex will maintained by Seattle Parks. One of the soccer fields is lighted and features an all-weather cinder surface and seating for 2,000.

Sounders Down Newly-Promoted Chelsea
May 25, 1977

First Division-bound Chelsea is blanked by the Sounders, 2-0, to open their four-game West Coast tour at the Kingdome. The red-clad Blues return to Seattle for the first time since 1967 and are playing their first game on artificial turf. Wingers Paul Crossley and Jimmy Robertson latch on to passes in behind the defense in the 30th and 65th minutes before 15,381.

Barons Go the Distance
April 10, 1977

Mueller Barons win the State Challenge Cup over Ghirardelli following an 11-round penalty kick tiebreaker at Memorial Stadium. Ghirardelli erases a 2-0 halftime deficit on goals by Kit Zell and Dave Ellis. Barons had gone ahead through Kelly Gordon and Tim Allen. Ed Tonkin scores the decisive penalty.

Whitman Is State's First Women's Varsity
March 1, 1977

Whitman College president Robert Skotheim announces varsity women’s soccer will begin in the fall. The Missionaries will become the first varsity women's program in the state. They will play in the Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference against six club programs in Washington and Oregon. The squad includes Polly Sidwell and Patrice Lundquist, who had played with the Whitman men’s team. Greg Glenn, a recent graduate and former men's captain, will coach.

Gabriel Shows the Way
April 30, 1977

Down 2-0 to Portland at home and winless in the first three games, Sounders coach Jimmy Gabriel inserts himself into the game in the second half, sparking a three-goal fight back. Paul Crossley ties it and David Butler scores twice, netting the winner in the 86th minute. It is Seattle's first comeback for a regulation win after trailing by two goals.

Ord Nets First Hat Trick
July 27, 1977

Tommy Ord scores Sounders’ historic first hat trick in 4-1 win over Connecticut Bicentennials at New Haven’s Yale Bowl. All three goals from less than 6 yards out. Ord had been acquired from Vancouver only eight days earlier.

McAlister Earns First Cap
September 15, 1977

Jimmy McAlister becomes the first Washington native to earn a cap for the U.S. National Team. Fresh from being named NASL Rookie of the Year, McAlister, 20, comes on as a substitute in 2-1 win over El Salvador in San Salvador. He starts twice at Guatemala, Sept. 18 and 25.

Newport Girls Go Out Winners
February 19, 1977

Newport Bombers take their fifth straight state U19 girls' title in penalty kicks at Renton Stadium over the Highline Dirty Dozen. The Bombers come back to force overtime in the final seconds, 5-5, after trailing 5-3 with two minutes to go. Jody McCarthy scores four goals for Newport. Patricia Breed and Beth Castagna scored two each for the Dirty Dozen, which had won three age group titles in a row. Also, Shirley Lusk becomes first woman to referee a girls' state cup final.

Falcons Are First to Travel Afar
October 28, 1977

Seattle Pacific becomes the state’s first collegiate program to travel east of the Rockies for a regular season game. The Falcons face Wisconsin-Green Bay at the Wheaton College tournament, near Chicago. They lose, 3-2, but defeat Wheaton (coach Cliff McCrath’s alma mater) the following day, 1-0.

Tornado Roll, Hawks Acclaimed at State Cup
February 27, 1977

Federal Way’s U14 Totem Tornado win a fifth straight boys' state cup, and Gregg Miller scores four goals in the U19 Continental Volvo Blues’ 7-4 overtime victory over Lively Market Crusaders during the state cup finals at Renton Stadium. The Totem Tornado blast Lake Hills Astros, 6-1. Walter Schmetzer’s Lake City Hawks are voted the outstanding team of the state finals after winning U16 title, 5-3, over Mercer Island Spartans.

Vaughn is UW Scoring King
November 16, 1977

Dan Vaughn completes his career as Washington’s scoring leader, getting his 16th of the year and 52nd overall to open the 4-1 victory over Seattle University at Husky Stadium.

Sounders Stifle Aztecs Away
August 21, 1977

Adrian Webster blankets George Best and a stout Sounders defense frustrates the high-scoring Los Angeles Aztecs during a 3-1 playoff triumph at the Coliseum. The visitors go in front in the 63rd minute following a remarkable effort by Steve Buttle. After winning the ball, Buttle the ball, makes two dissecting passes on the counterattack and heads in Jimmy McAlister’s cross. Less than four minutes later Micky Cave finishes a cross from Jimmy Robertson, who had scored the opener. The Aztecs entered the match with an NASL-best 65 goals. More than 500 fans greet the team on its arrival the next morning at SeaTac Airport.

Our fans are a great advantage to us. They’re like magic. But for players like George Best our stadium and our fans lift them a bit. And that can be a disadvantage for us.
Jimmy Gabriel, Sounders coach, about huge crowd expected for NASL semifinal
Under the heavy pressure of the Sounders, the Aztecs of Los Angeles fell like the walls of Jericho and there is only one remaining barrier between Seattle and the national soccer championship.
Seattle P-I columnist Royal Brougham after Seattle books passage to Soccer Bowl
We have no super names or anything like that. Some of our players are very, very young, and they are going to come through and be tremendous. I just thought we played a better game than they did….We’re sorry. We lost it. But we gave it everything we've got.
Jimmy Gabriel, Sounders coach, after Sounders fall to Cosmos, 2-1
He has good technique. He does everything we ask of him and more. He’s a blue-chip bet.
Jimmy Gabriel, Sounders coach, on his youngest signing, Eddie Krueger
He’s only the greatest player who ever played. I asked him right before the end of the game and he said I could have it. If I ever have any kids I’ll give it to them.
Jimmy McAlister, Sounders homegrown rookie defender on Pele´giving his jersey following his final competitive match
New York has got $3 million players and we don’t have anything like that. We’re just down to earth.
Sounders fan after Soccer Bowl loss to Cosmos
With young children, what you are after is development of ballhandling skills. They don’t play a true team game at this level. They all go for the ball. It’s like advanced kickball. The kids are like a swarm of bees after honey.
Marietta Gruber, on Lynnwood-Edmonds youth clubs implementing 7-a-side games
“We have eight football teams in Midway and 39 soccer teams. All they need is shoes and a $10 fee for uniforms. Everything else is volunteer.”
Highline area youth coach
We're about 30 feet in the air, and the guy running the crane said the only thing I didn't want to hear: 'Uh-oh.' We're caught there for about 25 minutes, swaying in the rain...So we get to the press box and there are no phones. Then this little telephone guy shows up with a pink Princess phone and a green Princess phone. He plugs them in and we call the station and we're on the air – 40 minutes late...I went over to a Chinese restaurant after that game and had a very long conversation about soccer with Jack Daniels and Jim Beam. That was the first soccer game on KIRO.
Wayne Cody describing his entrance to broadcasting soccer, at Aberdeen
The prisoners didn’t know who I was. They thought I was a basketball player – at least until the game started. I never scored. We got beat, I assume because I was playing.
Sounders' Mike England, an avid Sonics fan after joining Tacoma Plywood amateur basketball team for an exhibition at McNeil Island prison
We wanted to give this game to the fans. We wanted a gala game for them.
Jimmy Gabriel after his Sounders erupt for five goals in the final regular season home game vs. Team Hawaii
If ever that concrete lid was going to crumble, it would have last night as 56,256 devotees of the Sounders cheered them…On the basis of decibels expended per goals scored, it must have been a world-record din.
Seattle Times columnist Georg Meyers on crowd's effect on Seattle-Los Angeles semifinal
Collegiate Men's Records
Central Washington (club) n/a
Gonzaga (club) n/a
Pacific Lutheran 3-10-0
Puget Sound 6-6-0
Seattle University 6-9-2
Seattle Pacific 13-6-3
Washington 14-2-1
Western Washington (club) 1-8-0
Whitman n/a
Collegiate Women's Records
Seattle Pacific (club) 1-11-0
Washington (club) 8-2-2
Washington State (club) 6-3-3
Western Washington (club) 8-2-2
Whitman 3-6-3
Professional All-League
Player (Pos) Team (Lg-Tm)
Mike England (D) Sounders (NASL-1st)
Mel Machin (D) Sounders (NASL-1st)
Washington State Youth Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U9 Marmots (LWYSA)Stompers (HAS)
U10 SW United Tigers (FWSA)Dainty Dragons (GRJSA)
U11 Conlins Olympic Aces (HAS)Shorelake Thunderbirds (SYSA)
U12 Totem Titans (FWSA)Lake Hills Cheetahs (EYSA)
U13 Scarff Ford Mustangs (FWSA)Meadowlarks (SSCJSA)
U14 ITI Tornado (FWSA)Fircrest Sweetfoots (TPCJSA)
U15 S&R Construction Bullets (SSCJSA)Sounderettes (TPCJSA)
U16 Lake City Hawks (SYSA)Carrera Nortac (SYSA)
U17 Norpoint Royals (TPCJSA)LeSac Steelers (FWSA)
U19 Continental Volvo Blues (SYSA)Newport Hills Bombers (EYSA)
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