Women Take Center Stage

1981 – Around the World and Close to Home

The Iran Hostage Crisis ends with all remaining 52 hostages freed after two years of captivity. The first cases of AIDS, a disease with no known cure, are reported among 337 Americans, with 130 dying by year end. President Ronald Reagan nominates Sandra Day O’Connor as the first woman on the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court allows television cameras in the courtroom. MTV goes on the air, debuting with Video Killed the Radio Star. In Washington, an avalanche on Mount Rainier kills 11 climbers, the worst mountaineering accident in U.S. history. The Wave makes its unofficial debut under the direction of former yell leader Robb Weller at a University of Washington football game. No. 14 UW defeats No. 17 Washington State, 23-10, to win the Pac-10 championship and a Rose Bowl berth.

Women Take Center Stage

It was far from flamboyant and escaped the notice of most fans. Yet it was historic, and its lasting effect may well ripple through the ages. At the time, however, hosting the second-ever women’s national championships in Seattle simply gave family and friends an affordable chance to see loved ones perform at the game’s highest possible level.

“To be home felt like a reward or a treat for all we had done, all the hard work” said Kerri Hunt (ne Kranda), some 30 years later. “Memorial was a place we had trained, our families were turning out, and we went into that tournament thinking, ‘This is going to be fun.’”

Hunt was one of the midfield sparkplugs for Ramlosa FC, Seattle’s defending U.S. National Challenge Cup champion. Their successful defense of that title on the Memorial Stadium carpet, and their sister club Sit ‘N’ Bull Blue Angels taking a second straight Over-30 title, unquestionably got peoples’ attention.

Beyond the thousand or so spectators, the semifinals and finals were staffed by daily newspapers. But more importantly, representatives of U.S. Soccer were keenly observant. They were in town for the federation’s annual meetings. Hunt says a direct line can be drawn from that Independence Day weekend and the announcement of starting a U.S. Women’s National Team two years later. She would be chosen for both the 1983 and ’84 national team.

“I absolutely believe that the U.S. Open Challenge Cup was established for them to observe what was possible, what was out there, and would people want to see a women’s national team,” said Hunt, who met some of the dignitaries following Ramlosa’s ultimate victory.

U.S. Soccer officials took note of the high standard of play and began penciling-out the necessary investment. They also came away impress with Mike Ryan, who organized and coached both Ramlosa and Blue Angels. Two years later, following the team’s fourth straight trip to the Open final, Ryan was named the first USWNT coach.

“Mike was a fanatic and found opportunities for us,” taking the team around the country to face the best competition, noted Hunt. “He encouraged and inspired and taught us how to create the game.”

Ramlosa, made up of women ranging in age from 19-26, handily won the state league and regionals. They lined-up in a 4-2-4 and overwhelmed opponents in the attack, often withdrawing the wings and pushing the central midfielders higher. They could be physical, albeit for that era today’s game is far more aggressive. Still, it was the intricate passing and moving that did the most damage.

“We did this one drill over and over for five months and really didn’t understand it,” Hunt recalled. “Then we did it in a game and scored, and we all looked at each other. Now we understood.”

Typically, Washington teams were viewed as rank outsiders entering regional and national play. When the first women’s national tournament convened in Miami in 1980, the Texas and St. Louis entries were heavy favorites. Hunt said Ramlosa paid little attention. “I didn’t know we were underdogs. We had no fear and just went out and played.” And won.

The second national title also featured spoils that would take Ramlosa to another level. Hunt and her teammates bought their own gear and sold chocolate bars to raise funds for airline tickets for regionals, nationals and other prominent tournaments.

When the Washington organizers invited the team to celebrate in a posh hotel suite following the final, a bathtub was will with cases of Lowenbrau beer on ice. A few months later, Lowenbrau became the team sponsor and Umbro came aboard as kit supplier. “That was big we didn’t have to sell candy bars anymore, and Umbro told us to head over to Denzil’s to get fitted for our kits and boots.”

Those accoutrements were deeply appreciated, but nothing surpasses wearing that uniform proudly in your hometown and hearing encouragement from recognizable voices in the stands. “It was delightful to home,” said Hunt. “Yes, there’s the adventure and camaraderie of playing on the road, but to play well, to hear the crowd and have that impact you on the field, that was the coolest part.”

Year in Review
SEATTLE SOUNDERS
Season Record
15-17, 4th Northwest (15th NASL), 1st rnd Indoor 9-9, 4th West (11th NASL) DNQ
Coach
Alan Hinton (2nd year)
Best XI
Kevin Bond
Top Scorer
Kevin Bond (16 goals), Indoor – Jeff Bourne (21 goals)
ADULT AMATEUR
Women's Amateur Cup
Ramlosa FC, Open champions Blue Angels, Over-30 champions
COLLEGIATE
Men's Collegiate Postseason
Seattle Pacific D2, 1st rnd
Men's Conference Champions
Central Washington (NWISL-club), Whitman (NCIC)
Women's Conference Champions
Pacific Lutheran (NCIC)
NWAC Men's Champion
Edmonds d Bellevue, 3-2 OT
Sounders Cup Winner
Seattle Pacific (2-1-1)
YOUTH
WASHINGTON YOUTH SOCCER
President
Ozzie Gencoz
Member Associations
25
Players
70,452 (51,820 boys 18,632 girls)
Largest Attendance
31,325, Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, Kingdome

1981: Women Take Center Stage

Seattle hosts the second women's national championships, and it proves to be a showcase for Ramlosa and Blue Angels, who both repeat their titles.

Whitman Men Win Conference
December 3, 1981

Whitman wins its first Northwest Conference men's championship by defeating Willamette on the road. The Missionaries' Tom Delong scores on a cross from Mike Mann in the 13th minute for the game's sole goal. It’s Whitman’s first outright league title.

Rioch Released, Returns to U.K.
June 17, 1981

All-NASL sweeper Bruce Rioch, 33, is released by the Sounders, allowing him to return to the United Kingdom and serve as assistant coach and player for England's Fourth Division Torquay United. He had played there on loan during the NASL offseason. Rioch, less than halfway through a three-year deal in Seattle, had been benched since June 3, when it was learned he wanted to leave.

SPU Completes 15-Day Road Trip Unbeaten
September 26, 1981

Seattle Pacific wraps-up an epic 15-day Florida road trip by defeating Northeast Louisiana, 1-0, in Jacksonville. It's the longest trip ever taken by a Northwest college, and the Falcons emerge undefeated (3-0-2) after five games. One was canceled due to a flooded field. Raney scores six times in those matches, including a hat trick vs. Jacksonville the previous day.

Raney Paces SPU in Sounders Cup Clincher
October 21, 1981

Bruce Raney's brace gives Seattle Pacific, the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II, a 2-0 win over Washington to clinch the Sounders Cup series at Memorial Stadium. It's Raney's fifth multi-goal game of the year and raises his total to 17 while the Falcons are now 10-2-3. The two teams had tied, 2-2, 11 days earlier.

Buck, Schilperoort Bound for Saudi Arabia
May 29, 1981

Denny Buck and Todd Schilperoort, both assistant coaches at Washington, depart for Saudi Arabia. Buck, 27, and Schilperoort, 24, have been hired by the U.S. Sports Academy to coach the Royal Saudi Air Force team and develop other programs.

Hudson Breaks NASL Indoor Assist Mark
December 15, 1981

Alan Hudson assists on an NASL record seven goals as Seattle and San Diego combine for 19 goals in the Sounders' third straight indoor win. Seattle goes up 7-3 in the third quarter only to see the Sockers pull even on Julie Veee's shorthanded score. Roger Davies scores a hat trick, his third goal restoring the lead to 9-7 in the fourth period. Tony Crudo's rebound poke proves to be the decisive goal with 2:05 remaining.

Hot Socks, Avionic Flyers Three-peat
February 21, 1981

Two girls' teams win their third state cup championship at the Washington State Youth Soccer Association finals at Renton Stadium. Federal Way's Hot Socks defeat Highline Silver Streaks, 2-1, in U11 on goals by Dianne Byrd and Nicole Erickson. In the U17 title match, Lynda DeBoer and Jo Braun give Avionic Flyers a 2-0 victory over Federal Way Sweeney's Meenies. Sandi Gordon is named the tournament outstanding player after leading Tacoma Cozars to the U19 crown.

Huskies Get Win Record, Miss Tournament
November 8, 1981

Washington beats Oregon, 1-0, at Husky stadium for a record 17th win. Mike Park scores shortly before halftime. It's the Huskies' sixth straight win, however only one win came against Division I opposition, and the losses were to Westmont (NAIA), Simon Fraser (NAIA) and Seattle Pacific (Div. II). UW does not earn an NCAA tournament berth.

State's First Girls Champion Is Meadowdale
November 13, 1981

Meadowdale wins the first WIAA girls' state championship, via penalty kicks, over previously unbeaten Hazen at a windy, rainy Auburn High School. The Chiefs come from behind in regulation and decide the title in penalties, 2-2 (4-3). Wendy Zeeben (20') and Shannon Waters (37') twice give the Highlanders a first-half lead. Linda DeBoer twice brings her team back, first on a penalty kick (35') and a 25-yard shot four minutes into the second half. In the fifth round of the tiebreaker, following a Hazen miss, Karen Turner scores to complete an unlikely run for the third-place team from Wesco.

Bond Connects Again Yet Sounders Lose
August 19, 1981

Despite Kevin Bond's 11th penalty kick, the Sounders's slide continues with a fourth straight loss, 3-2, in overtime at Calgary in the final league match of the regular season. Not only is Bond a perfect 11-for-11, but his 16 goals make him the first defender to top Seattle in scoring. The Sounders waste a 2-1 lead and finish 15-17 but still make the playoffs. The Boomers, who feature Tacoma's Danny Vaughn in central defense, earn the division's No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

Sounders' Bridge Scores in World Cup Qualifier
November 15, 1981

Sounders center back scores in Canada's World Cup qualifying match versus Mexico, a 1-1 draw in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Bridge, a Victoria native who had earned his first cap just a month prior, then scores again in the next game, a 2-1 loss to host Honduras.

Sounders Make GM Change
October 14, 1981

Sounders original general manager Jack Daley resigns under pressure after eight seasons and amid declining attendance and community interest. He is immediately replaced as GM by Jack Rebney, a former network TV executive and Issaquah Youth Soccer Association president.

Sounders Hammer Aztecs in Opener
March 28, 1981

Still smarting from a premature exit from the 1980 playoffs at the hands of Los Angeles, the Sounders race to an early lead and hammer the Aztecs, 3-0, in their opening game. Mark Peterson and Roger Davies put Seattle on top, 2-nil, in the first 16 minutes before 30,328. Newcomer Kevin Bond scores a penalty kick in his debut.

Bond Breaks NASL Penalty Record
August 1, 1981

With a penalty kick on the half-hour, Kevin Bond sets a new NASL record for spot kicks and lifts the Sounders to their first league victory in four weeks, 1-0 over Tulsa. Following a Roughnecks handball, Bond boots the penalty into the upper left corner. The NASL mark of eight has stood since 1976. Bond has not missed from the spot, with conversions in five of the last seven games. It snaps Seattle's three-game losing streak (one by shootout).

Durgan Stymies Granitza Yet Chicago Wins
September 26, 1981

Jeff Durgan holds Chicago's Karl-Heinz Granitza scoreless, but his New York Cosmos lose their grip on the NASL championship. The Sting prevail in a shootout following a scoreless draw in Toronto. Granitza came into the game having scored 12 times in the last 12 games. Durgan, 20, marks Granitza tightly, allowing only three harmless shots.

PLU Frosh Hits Five Past Evergreen
October 10, 1981

Mark Stockwell, a freshman from Brier, bangs a record five goals past Evergreen in Pacific Lutheran's 8-0 victory.

Totem Force Wins State's First Regional
May 31, 1981

Federal Way's Totem Force takes a circuitous route to become the state's first regional champion in the Sacramento heat. The Force, who became Washington's representative in the boys' U12 via a qualifying tournament, defeat a team from nearby Livermore, 1-0. Mike Simpson scores midway through the second half from a corner kick to the near post. Bill Sarver's team had beaten Arizona, 3-0, and then Colorado, 4-0. Tournament officials said they were the first regional champion not to allow a goal. The Force, who took third in the state cup, shut-out all four opponents in the qualifying games.

Highline Wins Boys Title in First Year
May 22, 1981

Playing its first year of varsity, Highline wins the state prep championship by blanking undefeated Sammamish, 2-0, at Memorial Stadium. The Pirates (15-1-1) go up early with top scorer John Klein intercepting a back pass to score in the seventh minute. In the 53rd, German exchange student Guido Ingendaay provides insurance. The Totems entered the game 19-0-0.

Sounders Earn Rare Vancouver Road Win
May 2, 1981

Kevin Bond scores a pair of goals, and Roger Davies gets what proves the game-winner in Seattle's 3-2 road win at Vancouver to take the division lead. The Sounders go down in the first four minutes, but Bond ties it just before intermission, then converts a penalty. Davies makes it 3-1 on a looping shot in the 63rd. It's Seattle's first regular season win at Empire Stadium since 1974.

George Craggs Inducted to Hall of Fame
July 3, 1981

George "Whitey" Craggs, the ubiquitous referee and longtime officials administrator, is inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in his hometown of Seattle. Craggs, five days shy of 52, joins his father, Edmund, in the Hall. He becomes the state's fourth inductee. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the U.S.Soccer Federation's 65th AGM.

Buttle Rises to Tops in Appearances
April 4, 1981

Veteran midfielder Steve Buttle becomes the Sounders' career leader in appearances across all competitions in Seattle's shootout win over Portland before more than 24,000 in the Kingdome. Buttle surpasses Adrian Webster with his 121st game. Jeff Stock delivers the winning shootout goal following a 1-1 draw.

WIAA Sets Girls Play for Fall
April 25, 1981

The Washington State Interscholastic Activities Association sets the first girls' championship tournament for the fall. Some families express concerns that it may force some players to choose between playing for their school or their club, which traditionally conducts a fall season as well.

Sounders Win Third Straight Indoors
January 23, 1981

Alan Hudson engineers Seattle's third straight indoor win, 9-8, at San Jose and former Sounders coach Jimmy Gabriel. Hudson twice finds Jeff Bourne on power-play scores. Steve Buttle caps his hat trick with the game-winner with 2:08 remaining. The Sounders proceed to lose four in a row and miss the playoffs by one game, with a mark of 9-9.

Sounders Make Daley a Record Signing
February 24, 1981

Steve Daley, 27, becomes the Sounders' new record signing. Daley is purchased from Manchester City and signed to a three-year contract. Five months earlier Daley was sold by Wolverhampton to Man City for 1.4M pounds ($3.5M). Seattle pays a reported $700,000. After scoring 37 goals in 212 appearances for Wolves, Daley managed just two for City.

After Cup Win Seattle Begins Tailspin
July 24, 1981

Just when the Seattle Sounders' season was tracking upward, it begins devolving with a 3-1 home loss to lowly Dallas. Wolfgang Rausch scores two penalties versus 10-man Seattle, which loses goalkeeper Jack Brand in the 13th minute after he overtly protests referee Ian Foote's first penalty decision. Big screen replays indicate Ian Bridge's foul occurred two yards outside the box. Brand is judged to have pushed Foote. In the dying minutes, Bridge is sent off for his second caution. These are the first career red cards for Brand and Bridge.

Ramlosa, Blue Angels Secure National Berths
May 24, 1981

Intent on coming home to defend their respective national titles, Seattle's FC Ramlosa and the Bellevue Blue Angels win the Far West Regionals in Albuquerque. Ramlosa defeats Colorado, 2-0, in the open division after crushing New Mexico (6-0) and Utah (11-0) earlier. The Blue Angels beat Oregon, 3-1, for the over-30 berth in the national semifinals. They have eliminated Utah (6-0) and New Mexico (2-0) in the first two rounds. The U.S. championships will be held in Seattle six weeks later.

Thunderbirds Stretch Streak to Five Years
February 20, 1981

Shorelake Thunderbirds continue to dominate all comers statewide, winning their unprecedented fifth straight state cup in Renton, defeating Lake Washington Dynamics, 4-0, in the girls' U16 final. Scott Hayes's Thunderbirds have yet to lose a game in-state. Their only losses have come at regionals.

McCrath Fired from Sounders Broadcast
August 12, 1981

After commenting on-air that the match was "boring" and that Alan Hinton's strategy of using striker Roger Davies to mark Cosmos playmaker Vladislav Bogicevic in the Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup final, Cliff McCrath is fired as Sounder broadcast analyst. Producer Mick Tacher tells McCrath he was being too negative.

Referee Association Honors Eight
May 6, 1981

At its annual meeting Bellevue, the Washington State Referees Association honors eight for outstanding career service: Doug Howard, John Hart, Jim Simmons, Vern Warren, Ray McLean, George Clifton, Sid Ryles and the late Emmett Brennan.

Edmonton, Bernie James Win NASL Indoor
March 7, 1981

Bernie James and Edmonton Drillers complete a two-game sweep of Chicago to win the NASL Indoor Championship at home before over 16,000. The Drillers went 10-8 in the regular season, barely making the playoffs, then swept all six postseason games against Los Angeles, Vancouver and Chicago (47-30 GD). James, a Bellevue native and former Sounder, has one assist during the final series.

Davies Third in Sports Star Balloting
January 6, 1981

Sounders forward and reigning NASL MVP Roger Davies runs third in Seattle Sports Star of the Year balloting. Sonics center Jack Sikma wins the 46th annual award with 227 votes. Washington football coach Don James is next with 182, followed by Davies (76) and Seahawks kicker Efren Herrera (73).

Central Wins Title Over Whitworth
November 15, 1981

Mike Parish takes a pass from Mitch Cook in the 90th minute, fakes the keeper and drills his shot into the upper right corner from 10 yards and Central Washington defeats Whitworth, 1-0, for the Northwest Intercollegiate League title. Steve Cook gets shutout. The Wildcats finish 7-4-1. It’s their fourth league title since 1976.

Both Ramlosa and Blue Angels Reach Final
July 2, 1981

A hat trick from Linda Adams paces the Bellevue Blue Angels to a 5-0 U.S. Masters Division semifinal at Memorial Stadium. Gerry Wens and Bonnie Maletta also score for the defending national champions. In the Open Division semifinal, FC Ramlosa beats Camp Springs of Maryland, 4-2, in a very physical matchup. Ellen Griep gets the opener, and Joan Dunlap goals on either side of the interval help the Seattle squad pull away. Kathy McMahon adds a late score.

Soriano Collects 42nd Career Shutout
November 7, 1981

Seattle Pacific silences Oregon, 2-0, as senior goalkeeper Sergio Soriano earns his record 42nd career shutout at Memorial Stadium. Dennis Kain and Mike Smith score second-half goals for the playoff-bound Falcons.

Pepe Return for Sounders Indoor Season
November 19, 1981

An original and ever-popular Sounder, Pepe Fernandez is signed for the upcoming indoor season. Fernandez, 38, returns after a five-year absence. He was released in 1976 after two injury-shortened seasons and has been involved in auto sales in Everett.

Chico State Stops Seattle Pacific Late
November 14, 1981

Two late goals by Chico State spell disaster for Seattle Pacific. The Wildcats oust the Falcons from the NCAA Division II tournament, 3-2, in a first-round game at Chico, when David Vierra scores with 49 seconds to go. Bruce Raney's record 22nd goal gives the visitors a 2-1 lead in the 73rd minute. He also finishes atop the career list with 68. Chico State ties in 84th and goes on to eliminate SPU for the fifth time in 11 years.

Draw at Cosmos Earns Sounders T-A Cup
July 19, 1981

A second-half burst of three goals erases a 2-nil deficit and the Sounders hang on for a 3-3 draw at the Cosmos to win the Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup. Kevin Bond heads in Jeff Bourne's cross in the 54th and converts a penalty in the 57th to tie it. Steve Daley ends his seven-game drought by scoring from 15 yards in the 67th, putting Seattle in front, 3-2. Giorgio Chinaglia's second goal in the 75th is not enough, with the Sounders prevailing in the four-team tournament on goals scored.

Sounders Swoop Big for Bond
February 25, 1981

A day after their record signing, Seattle Sounders spend big again, buying defender Kevin Bond from England's Norwich City. Bond, 23, was Norwich captain and scored 11 goals. From the outset it is rumored this will be a temporary move, with Seattle selling Bond to Manchester City, where his father John is manager. Indeed, on September 4, that sale occurs.

Bourne Brace Clips Celtic
July 14, 1981

A brace from Jeff Bourne fuels Seattle's 2-1 Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup win over Celtic at the Kingdome. Scottish champion Celtic, which replaced Ukraine's Donetsk Shakhtyor five days earlier, strikes first through star Charlie Nicholas. Bourne ties it in 38th minute, heading in cross from Alan Hudson. In the 71st, Hudson's cut back gives Bourne an open shot from 10 yards.

Davies Scores Four in Comeback Win
December 18, 1981

Roger Davies can't stop scoring. Davies collects his second hat trick in four days, scoring a record-tying four times in the Sounders' 6-3 comeback indoor win over Vancouver before 5.158 in the Kingdome. He had three goals against San Diego and has scored in all six games to date. Seattle is down 2-0 after one quarter, but Davies gets the game's next three goals. Mark Peterson's goal late in the third quarter gives the Sounders the lead for good. Davies tallies his fourth and assists Alan Hudson in the final frame.

Lutes, Stockwell Unstoppable
November 7, 1981

Freshman Mark Stockwell erupts for four goals and Pacific Lutheran’s attack shows no mercy in a 14-0 rout of Linfield. A week later, Stockwell and the Lutes bury Lewis & Clark, 5-0, as he contributes a brace. Stockwell finishes with a record 21 goals.

U.S. Soccer Federation AGM Opens in Seattle
July 1, 1981

Representatives of states and associations throughout America attend the opening of the 65th annual U.S. Soccer Federation Annual General Meeting at Seattle's Park Hilton Hotel. Over 300 delegates are present for the week of meetings. President Gene Edwards reports a net loss of $173,000 for 1980 with a projected surplus of $200,000 by 1982. State senior associations vote unanimously to give equal status to state youth associations, bringing about a new voting structure. Senior and youth are now equal with the professional division. Lowenbrau/Miller Brewing announces sponsorship of Open, Amateur and Women’s cup competitions.

Minnows vs Sharks in WIAA Boys
May 20, 1981

If anyone needed a reminder that the WIAA tournaments encompass schools of all classifications, there is a round of 16 game matching a minnow vs. shark. San Juan County's Lopez High School, Northwest B champion with an enrollment of 44 students in grades 10-12, faces Highline (1,400). Lopez, missing two of its best players, starts two eighth-graders in a 12-0 loss to the AAA Pirates.

Sounders Mount D.C. Comeback
July 4, 1981

Seattle Sounders come from 2-nil down in hot, humid Washington, D.C., to beat the Diplomats, 3-2, in overtime. It's Seattle's fifth win in six games following a slow start. Malcolm Waldron put the Dips ahead on a pair of first-half goals. Early second-half strikes from Stan Cummins and Kevin Bond (penalty kick) pulls the visitors even after 55 minutes. Jack Brand makes several outstanding saves, and Ian Bridge stops a potential Washington winner on the goal line. Just over three minutes into overtime, a Roger Davies header from a Steve Buttle corner seals the comeback.

FIFA Backs Off, Allows NASL Rules Extension
May 7, 1981

After threatening to expel U.S. Soccer for not bringing its top league into line on international rules, FIFA grants the NASL permission to continue use of two modified rules – the 35-yard offside line and three substitutions – until the end of the 1981 season. Beginning in 1982, the NASL will conform and use the halfway line for offside. The USSF had been warned in 1980 to wrap-up experimentation and fall into line.

Zipp Comes Home for Hawks Reunion
November 17, 1981

Seattle native and O'Dea graduate Robbie Zipp, 18, returns home to sign with the Sounders after the Washington Diplomats fold. Zipp reunites with former Lake City Hawks youth teammates Fred Hamel and Brian Schmetzer. In all, seven NASL teams ceased operations after the season.

Washington Women Repeat as Open, Over-30 Champs
July 3, 1981

Joan Dunlap's early breakaway stands as the lone goal in FC Ramlosa's 1-0 victory over River City Kickers of St. Louis in the U.S. Open Division championship game before 2,000 at Memorial Stadium. The Seattle team repeats as champion, as does its sister squad, Bellevue Blue Angels. The Blue Angels come from behind to win the over-30 crown, 2-1, versus the Irving Flash of Texas. Dunlap scorers her third goal of the finals in the 13th minute, breaking free just inside the halfway line. Patty Cox earns the shutout. For the Blue Angels, Linda Adams and Marcia Tampourlos combine for both goals. Adams equalizes in the 38th minute, then crosses to Tampourlos for the 68th-minute winner.

Davies Forces Series Deciding Game
August 26, 1981

By foot and by head, Roger Davies keeps Seattle's season alive with a second-half brace to square the playoff series with Chicago at a game apiece. The Sounders beat the Sting, 2-0, to force a deciding game four days later in the Windy City. It's the Sounders' first win in six games, and it comes against a Sting team that shared the best record in the regular season (23-9) with the Cosmos.

Sounders Beat Southampton to Open T-A Cup
July 11, 1981

In their first competitive international match, Seattle Sounders defeat England's Southampton, featuring two-time European Player of the Year Kevin Keegan. Three second-half goals deliver the 3-1 victory in the round of the Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup before over 22,000 at the Kingdome. All four goals come in a 10-minute span, beginning with Seattle's David Nish in the 63rd. Mick Channon replies for Southampton, but an own goal and Jeff Bourne tally two minutes apart lift the Sounders.

Peterson, Elliott Leads Sounders Romp
May 20, 1981

Seattle slams seven goals past Edmonton – all in the second half – to earn their biggest margin of victory in two years, 7-0. Mark Peterson breaks out of a slump with two goals and new acquisition Shaun Elliott, making his first start, also gets a brace. Alan Hudson and Jeff Bourne, who also scores, assist on three goals each.

10-Man Chicago Eliminates Seattle
August 30, 1981

A season of frustration finally comes completely apart with the Sounders going out of the playoffs in the deciding game of the first round, 3-2, at 10-man Chicago. Seattle is in front, 1-nil, when Sting star Arno Steffenhagen is sent off just before halftime. Still, Chicago scores two quick goals to open the second half and eventually gets a third before Kevin Bond's late reply. The Sting go on to win their first NASL title.

Daley Hits Kicks for Two Goals, Again
May 30, 1981

Steve Daley scores from the edge of the box in the 69th minute and the Sounders go on to beat Minnesota, 3-2, with the backing over of 30,000 Kingdome fans. Daley, who also scores Seattle's opener, bags his second brace in four days. He also scored twice in a shootout loss (2-2 2-1) at Bloomington.

Greater Seattle was dragging its feet (Bellevue and Federal Way had already started select programs). We started with one team, an under-14 side. Later year there were 10 teams. This spring there were 15, for boys and girls in almost every age group.
Seattle Youth Soccer's Bert Lerch explaining that neighborhood-based teams often lack the coaching experience to develop top prospects
These women have done more than anyone for women’s soccer, but they have also changed me for the better. They have made me a better human being and 10 times better coach than I was at the UW. I used to go crazy on the sidelines...These women were such good listeners, so receptive – they wanted to learn. They showed me the way I was. I learned to understand people more.
Ramlosa and Blue Angels coach Mike Ryan
We want to go to the community, go to youth soccer, go to adult soccer and show those people we really interested in them. . We want to show them something. We want to give the m something.
New Sounders GM Jack Rebney on addressing a growing disconnect with the surrounding community
Many delegates were mildly awed to find out just how good the women’s teams were (in Miami, in 1980)). This time the delegates showed up in even greater numbers, and wonder gave way to simple appreciation.
Soccer America correspondent Bill Sheldon, covering the U.S. Women's Championships and U.S. Soccer AGM in Seattle
I’m completely confident that with one season of exposure on television, winter soccer would be a smashing success. All it needs is the exposure, because the game is precisely what the American sports-viewing public wants. It’s physical, noisy, quick and a lot of goals are scored.
Sounders new GM Jack Rebney on combining outdoor and indoor seasons in the club's broadcast package
Soccer is a people’s game. An ordinary people’s game. The players must go out and meet those people and find a way to bring them into the stadium. In the past couple of years we drifted away from that. I don’t want to see that happen again. Soccer is a game for people, and we have to take it back to the people.
Sounders veteran Steve Buttle addressing declining attendance
At an age when most baseball players are hoping to jump to AA ball and when college athletes are dreaming of professional bonuses, Durgan is living out a dream. He is a major-league soccer player who traveled all over the world.
New York Times columnist George Vecsey on young Cosmos defender Jeff Durgan, of Tacoma
Indoor soccer is a cross between hockey, soccer, Let’s Make a Deal and Pin The Tail on the Goalie. It’s gaudy, it’s noisy, it’s bumptious, and it is to the real game of soccer what tag-team wrestling is to an evening at the Joffrey Ballet.
Seattle P-I columnist Joe Mooney
Anybody who thinks soccer is the doomed species of sport probably was a charter member in the Flat Earth Society in a previous reincarnation...the NASL is only 14 years old. And the degree to which it has become accepted is reflected in the fact its attendance has soared every year and the level of competition in the league shoots up at least 30 percent annually...Soccer will no more make an unceremonious exit in this decade than automobiles or sex will.
Steve Rudman, Seattle P-I columnist
This sport is great. It gives the lads something to do in the winter because most of us were not accustomed to such a long layoff...You need to be in better shape for this game, because you must go 100 percent all the time. On the big field, a guy can coast for a few minutes, and the opponents might not notice. Not so in this game.
Sounders captain Alan Hudson on indoor game
It just happened. It seemed the further we got, and the closer we got (to state), the more we came together.
Patty Clemans explaining how Meadowdale, third in Wesco, went on to win the first state WIAA tournament
I believe people would come back to the Sounders, and I believe you could draw 30,000 a game, maybe 40,000. But there needs to be a revival, and that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of players from the First Division. You need a healthy, disciplined inlook and outlook. You run a club with people who get out there and help kids. What I would do with the Sounders is start with a pretty good broom.
Fired Sounders broadcaster Cliff McCrath on the team's shrinking crowds and community goodwill
(McCrath) is absolutely bozo about soccer and spent the better part of his life waxing poetic about it. But on the air, he made the concerted effort at balanced commentary, and to that end, point out the Sounders’ foibles as well as their successes...The Sounders are the most paranoid professional sports franchise I’ve ever seen.
Seattle P-I columnist Steve Rudman on Cliff McCrath's firing from Sounders broadcasts
If anybody wants these championships, they’ll have to come after us with a stick.
Mike Ryan after his FC Ramlosa and Blue Angels repeat as U.S. Women's Open and Over-30 champions
The thing to remember before moaning about speed soccer is that, often times, today’s boondoggle is tomorrow’s runaway best seller.
Seattle P-I columnist Steve Rudman's take on the Sounders playing indoor, 6v6 season
It was the worst refereeing I’ve ever seen – by a long shot. We were 10 men playing against 14 – the Dallas players plus the officials.
Sounders defender Kevin Bond commenting on Scottish guest referee Ian Foote's officiating in loss to Dallas
We just have to win the regionals again because the national finals will be in Seattle. There’s no way we’re going to let anybody beat us out of playing for the big one in front of our home fans.
FC Ramlosa's Sue Anderson
Alan Hudson could walk into any team in America or Europe because has ability.
Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy after watching Alan Hudson carve-up his team in the Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup
We came to the Big Apple, in front of a hostile crowd, and we took the title away from them. It was a marvelous occasion.
Sounders coach Alan Hinton after winning Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup
If you went to Italy and said (Pittsburgh Steelers stars) Jack Lambert or Terry Bradshaw, they’d just stare at you. But if you said Jeff Durgan, they’d know I played for the Cosmos. I like that part of it. I like being a soccer player.
Tacoma native Jeff Durgan on being recognized internationally because of his role with the Cosmos
There’s no two ways about it, when we want to play, we’re the best team in America. This game shows the determination and character of the side. We felt we could beat them.
Sounders midfielder Steve Daley after Seattle wins the Trans-Astlantic Challenge Cup over the host Cosmos
College & High School All-America (USC)
Player (Hometown) School (Div/Team/Pos)
Jeff Russ (Federal Way) Bellarmine (M)
Robbie Zipp (Seattle) O'Dea (M)
Collegiate Men's Records
Central Washington 7-4-1 (club)
Evergreen 7-12-1
Gonzaga 8-5-1
Pacific Lutheran 10-7-0
Puget Sound 14-3-2
Seattle University 8-10-1
Seattle Pacific 15-5-3
Washington 17-3-1
Western Washington 5-8-0
Whitman 9-7-0
Whitworth n/a (club)
Collegiate Women's Records
Central Washington n/a (club)
Evergreen 10-7-2
Pacific Lutheran 13-3-0
Puget Sound 7-6-1
Washington n/a (club)
Washington State n/a (club)
Western Washington 7-2-5
Whitman 9-5-1
Professional All-League
Player (Pos) Team (Lg-Tm)
Kevin Bond (D) Sounders (NASL-2nd)
Alan Hudson (M) Sounders (NASL-2nd)
Washington State Youth Champions
Age BoysGirls
U9 West Seattle Rams (SYSA)
U10 LaSac Wild Pack (FWSA)Finn Hill Gallants (LWYSA)
U11 Lions (FWSA)Hot Socks (FWSA)
U12 Kings (HSA)Hustlers (HSA)
U13 Steelers (FWSA)Pepsi Stompers (HSA)
U14 Bobcats (SYSA)Roughriders (GRJSA)
U15 Seattle United (SYSA)Whoppers (SYSA)
U16 Thunder (FWSA)Thunderbirds (SYSA)
U17 Timbers (KYSA)Avionic Flyers (SYSA)
U19 Strikers (SYSA)Cozars (TPCJSA)
Sounders vs Celtic, TAA Cup

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On this Day in History
February 21, 2016
Seattle United boys 00 Copa win their third straight Washington State Youth Championship, this time at the U15 level, beating Eastside FC 00 Red, 1-0, at Starfire.
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August 6, 2004
Six months since returning to her home state, Michelle French is named to the W-League Best XI after leading the Sounders Women back to the playoffs. A former U.S. international, French led the league with 13 assists. She took an instructor role at Starfire Sports in February and trains five girls' and boys' teams. The Kent native had played professionally for three seasons in WUSA before that league's demise. French will also serve as a color analyst for NBC Olympic soccer broadcasts from Athens.
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May 12, 2021
With no postseason tournaments and their Senior Night match three days later canceled, Seattle Pacific puts everything into a second-half surge to beat rival Western Washington and finish the 2020 spring season undefeated. The Falcons come from behind to score four times in the final 35 minutes of a 4-1 victory at Interbay. Claire Neder sparks 7th-ranked Falcons' rally, scoring the go-ahead goal in the 68th minute and a penalty at 85'. SPU goes 8-0-1, its only blemish a 4-4 draw at Western. Only four other state varsity programs have completed undefeated seasons.
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April 11, 1974
Pepe Fernandez, a former NASL Most Valuable Player, is the first major signing for the Sounders. Fernandez, 30, comes on loan from Haarlem in The Netherlands. He played in Los Angeles, San Diego and Kansas City from 1967-69 and is the league’s No. 7 career scorer with 40 goals and 14 assists. Born in Uruguay, he played in Ecuador before arriving in America and has since played in Holland.
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