Sea Change

1983 – Around the World and Close to Home

Sally Ride becomes the first American female astronaut, the final episode of "M*A*S*H" is watched by a record 125 million TV viewers, and the U.S military invades the Caribbean island nation of Grenada following a Cuba-orchestrated coup of the government. In Washington, three gunman kill 13 patrons of the Wah Mee gambling club in Seattle’s International District, the $44 million Tacoma Dome opens, featuring one of the world’s largest wood roofs, the first Costco warehouse opens, and Marv Harshman’s Washington Huskies win a share of their first Pac-10 Conference basketball title.

Sea Change

For some, it was a year full of opportunity, hope and success. Yet for many, 1983 will be synonymous with colossal failure. It depended upon one's frame of reference and retrospective.

At the amateur level, it was a watershed year. Federal Way's Goalpost became Washington's first club to claim a national championship, and Seattle Pacific University, using a predominantly homegrown roster, won its second NCAA Division II men's championship.

Yet in the professional ranks, events largely reflected a national shift. The Seattle Sounders, facing financial challenges, were sold to Bruce Anderson, then majority control was later regained by Frank and Vince Coluccio. Meanwhile, on the field the Sounders were unable to navigate a season after undergoing a late coaching change with the firing of Alan Hinton, a leaner budget and losing several key contributors from past years, including Alan Hudson, Roger Davies and Steve Buttle. Seattle failed to make the playoffs for only the third time in 10 seasons, experienced further decline in attendance and ceased business operations days after completing the campaign. In all, the North American Soccer League lost three of its 12 teams during the offseason.

Meanwhile, the 6v6 indoor version of the game was surging, and a new pro venture was underway to the south. A group of prominent Tacoma area leaders purchased a franchise, beginning play in the newly completed Tacoma Dome. Leading the Tacoma Stars was former Sounders coach and GM John Best. By year end, the Major Indoor Soccer League had surpassed the NASL in participating teams.

It might rate as one of the most tumultuous years. Still, the youth and amateur side was advancing, both in terms of participation and pushing teams and players through to elite status nationally.

Several future national team selections led Lowenbrau FC to the national women's open finals for the fourth year in a row. Under Mike Ryan, Lowenbrau had won three national championships, but they succumbed to Dallas via penalties in the semifinal after drawing, 2-2. At a nearby Houston field, Seattle's FOE Eagles' run in the U.S. Open Cup ended with a 4-2 loss to eventual winner New York.

Seven weeks later, Washington's next title bid would not be denied. A team of Federal Way boys, coached by Ron Webber and sponsored by the popular soccer shop on Pacific Highway South, went the distance. Traveling cross-country to Rochester, N.Y., Goalpost first rallied for a semifinal victory over local favorite Oceanside, 4-3. A day later, they etched their name into state soccer history, claiming the Niotis Cup by beating Scott-Gallagher of St. Louis, 3-1.

The capper to the 1983 calendar came in December. In 1978, Seattle Pacific became Washington's first collegiate champion. Five years later, they proved it was no fluke and, as time would tell, they launched an era of dominance. Featuring a team, like Lowenbrau and Eagles, comprised primarily of homegrown players, SPU upset the No. 1 team in NCAA Division II on the road. Gerard McGlynn's goal and Bill Glandon's shutout gave the Falcons a 1-0 win over Tampa.

Year in Review
Season Record
12-18, 3rd NASL West
Laurie Calloway
Best XI
(2nd team) Ray Evans, Steve Daley
Top Scorer
Mark Peterson, Peter Ward (13 goals)
State Men's Champion
FC Seattle-Gabriel
Men's Collegiate Postseason
Seattle Pacific (D2, champion)
NCSC Men's Champion
Washington (8-0-0)
NCSC Women's Champion
Western Washington (10-0-0)
NWAC Men's Champion
Skagit Valley
Boys National Champion
Federal Way Goalpost (U16)
Boys Regional Champion
Federal Way Goalpost (U16)
Ozzie Gencoz
Member Associations
74,419 (B-51,613 G-25,806)
Largest Attendance
16,736, Sounders v Team America (Kingdome, 4/23)

1983: Sea Change

While the Sounders closed their first era, an alternative version of the game took root in Tacoma. Meanwhile, the state's youth began flexing their muscle on the national stage.

Duvall Hat Trick Fuels Vikings
October 29, 1983

Behind Annette Duvall's hat trick, Western Washington wraps up the NCSC title by beating defending champion Washington's women's club, 3-0, on Carver Gym field. The Vikings go 10-0-0 in league play and extend their win streak to 22 games. Duvall, a junior from Bellevue, scores twice in the first half and adds another in the 75th minute.

Fry Sparks Rally at New York
July 20, 1983

Rookie Chance Fry, 19, comes off the bench to score twice in the final five minutes as the Sounders rally for a 3-3 tie at New York. The Cosmos, however, prevail in a shootout. Fry scores again at Toronto four days later and finishes with five goals in all competitions.

Sounders Become First Stars
September 12, 1983

Former Sounders captain Ray Evans is the first player signed by the Tacoma Stars as they build their roster. Nine days earlier Evans played and scored in Seattle's final NASL match. Neil Megson, another Sounder, is signed the following day. By late November six more former Sounders players have signed: Frank Barton, Cliff Brown, Tony Chursky, Jimmy McAlister, Mark Peterson and Geoff Wall.

Sounders Host T-Dome Opener
August 2, 1983

August 2, 1983 – The first sporting event in newly-opened Tacoma Dome features the Sounders hosting Brazil Internacional in their EuroPac tournament opener, a 2-1 loss before 6,340. Peter Ward is first to find the net in the game’s 11th minute. Ruben Paz and Rene score just over three minutes apart midway through the second half for the visitors from Porto Alegre. Ownership missed making payroll to the players and staff the day prior, and there had been doubt as to whether Seattle would compete after missing a $48,000 CDN payment to the Vancouver Whitecaps, who are tournament hosts.

Peterson Scores in Final Appearance
August 4, 1983

In his final Sounders appearance and playing in his hometown, Mark Peterson scores his record 61st and final competitive goal in a 4-0 EuroPac tournament win over the China PR National Team in the Tacoma Dome. Peterson also scored in his final NASL game with Seattle, a 2-1 overtime win over Toronto on July 30. His 48 league goals is also a club record.

Eagles Denied in Semi
July 3, 1983

Seattle's FOE Eagles fall to defending champion New York Pancyprian Freedoms, 4-2, in the semifinal round of the U.S. Open Cup in Houston. The Freedoms go on to take the championship over Kutis of St. Louis.

Coluccios Retake Control of Sounders
June 30, 1983

Frank and Vince Coluccio regain controlling interest in the Sounders from Bruce Anderson following the purchase of Jerry Horn’s interest. The Coluccios, sole owners until selling 75 percent to Anderson and Horn six months earlier, say they intend to vote-out Anderson as president on July 7 and that coach Laurie Calloway is “in trouble.” The following day the Sounders blast Tampa Bay, 6-0, to reach .500 (7-7) after a 2-6 start.

Huskies Leave It Late, Clinch NCSC
November 9, 1983

John Klein scores deep into overtime to deliver Washington a 1-0 win over Seattle Pacific at Memorial Stadium and with it both the NCSC championship and Sounders Cup. Klein connects with a cross from Curt Shugarts at 108:54. Craig Christopherson makes five saves for the shutout and is aided by three SPU shots off the post during regulation. Going unbeaten in the final 16 games (15-0-1) UW finishes 8-0-0 in league and 17-3-1 overall but does not receive an NCAA bid.

Homegrown Peterson Departs Sounders
August 9, 1983

After five years playing for his hometown club and emerging as one of America's most productive forwards, Mark Peterson departs the Sounders on a loan agreement with Team America. Peterson signed with Seattle out of Tacoma's Wilson High School in 1978. In his first game for Team America the next day, he assists on the lone goal in a loss to the Cosmos.

Sounders Bow Out in San Jose
September 3, 1983

The book closes on Seattle's first 10 years of professional soccer with a 2-1 loss to Golden Bay at San Jose. Ray Evans scores the final goal on a 47' penalty kick to pull even with the Earthquakes, but Leo Cuellar gets an 89th-minute winner. The Sounders (12-18) had entered the day possessing the eighth and final NASL playoff slot but are overtaken by Montreal, 4-0 winners over Chicago.

New Owners Abruptly Fire Hinton
January 12, 1983

Former NFL lineman Bruce Anderson and REI president Jerry Horn buy a majority stake in the Sounders from Frank and Vince Coluccio. They promptly fire coach Alan Hinton despite Seattle coming off a division championship and berth in Soccer Bowl. Anderson, seeking a more Americanized, gung-ho playing style – marketed as red, white, black and blue – hires Laurie Calloway as the new coach 12 days before the first match.

Sounders Continue Firing Blanks
May 27, 1983

A dismal start to the season drags on with the Sounders succumbing to San Diego, 1-0, before just 6,288 at home – the third-smallest for an NASL match in 10 seasons. Seattle falls to 2-6 and has been held scoreless in four of the first five home matches.

Sounders Open BC Place
June 20, 1983

Mark Peterson of the Sounders scores the first goal at BC Place, but the Vancouver Whitecaps rally to beat Seattle, 2-1, before a record Canadian crowd of 60,342 for the stadium's first event. Peterson's opener comes in the 15th minute. Peter Beardsley brings back the Whitecaps with goals in the 25th and 68th minutes. Since 1974, Vancouver's home had been Empire Stadium.

Akers Goal is Difference for Shorecrest
November 11, 1983

Runner-up a year earlier, Shorecrest wins the second WIAA girls' state tournament behind a Michelle Akers goal, 1-0 over Cascade at Auburn's Troy Field. In the second half Akers brings down a Kristine Anderson free kick, turns left and roofs it left-footed from 20 yards. Wendy Stubenrauch is called upon to make a handful of saves in the final 10 minutes to secure the Scots' shutout.

First Women's National Team Announced
September 22, 1983

Five members of Seattle's FC Lowenbrau Zurich become members of the first U.S. Women's National Team. Named are defender Denise Bender midfielders Kerri Hunt and Sharon McMurtry and forwards Joan Dunlap and Lisa Jones. Mike Ryan, the Lowenbrau coach recently named the first USWNT head coach, makes the selections following a showcase tournament in Washington, D.C. Plans to host a tournament and play the initial games in January 1984 are later scrubbed due to lack of funds.

Durgan Scores in Debut
April 8, 1983

Tacoma's Jeff Durgan, 21, scores in his U.S. National Team debut, a 2-0 road victory over Haiti. The big central defender left the Cosmos after three seasons to serve as captain for the newest NASL club, Team America, in Washington, D.C.

Hattrup Hat Trick Helps SPU Advance
November 19, 1983

Peter Hattrup scores Seattle Pacific’s first postseason hat trick as the Falcons battle from behind to beat Missouri St. Louis, 5-2, in an NCAA quarterfinal at Memorial Stadium. UMSL quickly cancels out Gerard McGlynn’s 2’ opener and takes a 2-1 lead. But in the final half-hour Hattrup strikes three times and Brad Elmenhurst adds a penalty kick. Afterward SPU coach Cliff McCrath flops in a pickup bed-full of Jell-O to make good on a promise to fans.

A Change on Montlake
May 21, 1983

Washington coach Frank Gallo resigns after three seasons (51-9-2) and one NCAA tournament berth. The part-time position pays less than $3,000. Former Husky keeper Denny Buck, 29, is named Gallo's successor on June 25.

Holmes Hat Trick Sparks TJ
May 27, 1983

Fueled by Rob Holmes's first-half hat trick, Federal Way's Thomas Jefferson (16-0-3) wins its first title (all-classification), 4-0 over Inglemoor at Memorial Stadium. Holmes gives the Raiders an early lead on a 3' penalty kick, then adds a header from Todd Morrow's long, upfield ball just before halftime. He finishes Larry Pifer's pass from short range at 63', and Ron Simpson adds the fourth. Lance Webber's seven saves earn the shutout.

Goodwin Replaces McNab as Stars Coach
December 17, 1983

Twelve games into their existence and struggling mightily, the Tacoma Stars name vice president Freddie Goodwin as coach, demoting Bob McNab to associate. The fledgling MISL club is just 1-11. Tacoma beats Phoenix, 8-7, in Goodwin's first game later in the day.

Sounders Closing Shop
September 6, 1983

The Sounders confirm they are ceasing operations. General manager Don Paul says the Coluccios will provide no further funding and virtually all staff are laid off. Ownership squabbles, the loss of popular players and the poorest on-field performance in the club's existence all contribute to declining attendance and significant financial losses. Seattle is among three NASL teams to fold, leaving nine for what proves to be its final season, in 1984.

Federal Way's Goalpost Reaches USYSA Final
August 19, 1983

Down by two goals in the second half, Federal Way's U16 Goalpost boys surge back to win their USYSA semifinal, 4-3, against local favorite Oceanside (NY) in Rochester, N.Y. Goalpost wipes out a 3-1 deficit by scoring three times in a span of 6:25. Jason Russ, who finishes with a hat trick, levels it with rapid-fire, and Ray Hoff fires in the winner at 57:55.

Stars Notch First Win, Finally
December 2, 1983

Finally, following six straight defeats, some of agonizingly close, the Tacoma Stars earn their first victory, 4-2 at St. Louis. Newly-signed Jimmy McAlister scores, and Dale Mitchell delivers the club's first hat trick.

WA's First National Youth Champion
August 21, 1983

Goalpost of Federal Way wins the USYSA boys' U16 crown by defeating St. Louis Scott-Gallagher, 3-1, for the D.J. Niotis Cup at Rochester, N.Y., for the state's first national youth championship. Jason Russ (19'), Jim Weber (42') and Robb Sakamoto (50') score to go up by 3-nil. Goalpost, which finishes 41-3-1 for the season.

Rovers Repeat in Boys' State Cup
March 6, 1983

Tacoma Rovers successfully repeat as boys' U19 state cup champions in Renton, with Brent Goulet scoring twice in a 2-1 defeat of Seattle's Wallbrook Wanderers. The same two teams met with an identical result in 1982. Goalpost, formed by a merger of Federal Way's Tigers and Wolfpack, blanks Sporthaus Schmetzer, 2-0, in U16s.

Peterson Hat Trick Starts Scoring Run
June 18, 1983

Mark Peterson scores three times and assists on a fourth goal as Seattle throttles Montreal, 5-1, in the Kingdome. It's only the start of five consecutive games that Peterson scores, totaling eight goals in all. Peter Ward adds a brace versus Le Manic.

Vikings Play Two, Win District
November 5, 1983

In a postseason compressed into a single day, Western Washington wins the NAIA District 1 women's title by blanking Pacific Lutheran, 3-0, in the Olympia rain. The Vikings, who nipped host Evergreen, 1-0, in a 9 a.m. semifinal, got a first-half goal and assist from Cindy Gordon in a 3-0 victory over Pacific Lutheran. The Lutes had edged Puget Sound, 3-2, in overtime earlier. With no NAIA national tournament, Western finishes a perfect 14-0-0.

Eight from WA Earn U18 National Selection
August 31, 1983

Following tryouts in Lancaster, Penn., eight Washington girls are named to the national U18 squad: Bonnie Broughton, Gina Cassella, Lori Henry, Shannon Higgins, Kris Jorgensen, Jenny Olsen, Kathy Ridgewell and Denae Ryan.

Ryan Rewarded as USWNT Coach
August 30, 1983

Seattle's Mike Ryan is named first head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team which will debut in early 1984. "This is something I've always dreamed about," said Ryan, who guided five women's teams to national titles since 1980.

MISL Coming to Tacoma
June 29, 1983

Tacoma lands a Major Indoor Soccer League franchise after securing primary tenant rights away from a bid by the Sounders. Tacoma ownership buys the mothballed Denver Avalanche franchise for an undisclosed price via bankruptcy court just over four months before the season starts. The 13-man ownership group features form Sounders general manager John Best and Tacoma business leaders John Long, Howie Meadowcroft, Gary Milgard, Bill Weyerhaeuser, George Weyerhaeuser, Lowry Wyatt and Dave Young.

Sounders Roster Liquidated
September 30, 1983

Between the sale of five players and a dispersal draft of 10 others, the Sounders roster dissolves. Joe Corrigan (Brighton), Peter Ward (Vancouver), John Bain, Tim Bartro and Steve Daley (all Golden Bay) are purchased outright. Among those taken by the remaining nine NASL clubs are homegrown players Chance Fry (Tulsa), Brian Schmetzer (Chicago traded to Tulsa), Mark Peterson (New York), Bill Crook (Ft. Lauderdale) and Jeff Stock (Golden Bay).

Eagles' Open Cup Win Protested
May 29, 1983

No sooner does FOE Eagles beat San Francisco Greek-American, 1-0, in the U.S. Open Cup West Region final and the losers file a protest with U.S. Soccer. The Greek-Americans cite the Eagles listing former Sounders forward Pepe Fernandez as an amateur. U.S. District Judge Walter McGovern rules on June 29 it is merely a procedural error and reinstates the victory.

Eagles Split Regional Finals
May 29, 1983

Seattle's FOE Eagles beat San Francisco Greek-American 1-0 on John Klein's goal in the 19th minute of the U.S. Open Cup West Region final at Balboa Stadium. On the same day, the Eagles lose to Denver Kickers in the West Amateur Cup final, 2-1.

Huge Shorelake Tournament
September 3, 1983

Over 800 boys and girls from 54 teams throughout the western U.S. and B.C. converge on eight North Seattle fields for the fourth annual Shorelake SC Invitational.

National Reign Ends
July 3, 1983

Bidding for a fourth straight national women's amateur championship in Houston, Seattle Löwenbräu is dethroned by Dallas Michelob Ladies via penalties (2-2, pks) in the semifinal. Sharon McMurtry and Jan Smisek each score equalizers for Löwenbräu. Dallas goes on to win the title.

SPU On the Road Again
September 10, 1983

Seattle Pacific crisscrosses much of the continent twice during the season, racking up some 14,000 air miles while playing in seven states and provinces, including two trips to Florida. It all begins with a 6-1 victory at New Orleans before moving on to Florida and Georgia. A midseason trip takes them to Wheaton (Ill.) and the season ends back in Tampa.

Representatives at Sports Festival
June 24, 1983

Ken Fuegman (Federal Way, Wa./UW), Sasha Shefts (Seattle, Wa./SPU), Jerry Vick (Tacoma, Wa/Simon Fraser) and David McMullen (Seattle, Wa./Tampa) play for West squad at National Sports Festival in Colorado Springs.

Dunlap Figures in UNC's NCAA Championship
November 21, 1983

Joan Dunlap scores and adds an assist in North Carolina's convincing 4-0 victory over George Mason for the NCAA championship in Orlando. A 22-year-old freshman from Seattle, Dunlap figures in two of three UNC goals during an 11-minute span. She strips a defender at the top of the box and drives in to make it 3-nil. A few minutes later Dunlap feeds Amy Machin. The Tar Heels finish 19-1-0.

SPU Travels 14,000 Miles
September 3, 1983

Seattle Pacific begins an ambitious road schedule with a 6-1 win at the University New Orleans where Peter Hattrup scores four goals. SPU crisscrosses much of the continent twice during the season, racking up some 14,000 air miles while playing in seven states and provinces, including two trips to Florida. A midseason trip takes the Falcons to Wheaton (Ill.) and the season ends back in Tampa.

Neeb, Lutes Extend Huskies
October 19, 1983

John Neeb makes a record 25 saves for Pacific Lutheran as it extends Washington to two overtimes before succumbing, 1-0, at Husky Stadium. The Lutes defense and Neeb hold strong for 104 minutes of regulation and overtime before Ken Fuegmann scores for the Huskies to win their ninth in a row.

Local Produce
May 11, 1983

Sounders play six Americans, including five local products–Jeff Stock, Mark Peterson, Brian Schmetzer, Chance Fry, Bill Crook–in home loss to the Cosmos. Roster also featured homegrown Geoff Wall and Tim Bartro.

Amputee Soccer Takes Root
May 13, 1983

Don Bennett, an amputee from a boating accident who climbed Mount Rainier a year earlier, organizes the first Bellevue practice session for other amputees interested in playing soccer. Soon, FC Seattle’s Bill Barry and Jimmy Gabriel volunteer to help devise skills and rules for playing games.

Replay Verdict Goes to Eagles
July 1, 1983

In a last-minute replay of the protested Open Cup West regional, Peter Fewing's goal gives Seattle's FOE Eagles another 1-0 win over San Francisco Greek-American in Houston. The hastily arranged match came after legal proceedings escalated to U.S. District Court. It starts at 10:20 p.m. local time and ends at midnight. It allows only a day to recover before the semifinal.

Stars First Come Out
November 5, 1983

A crowd of 12,284 is on hand for the inaugural Tacoma Stars game in the Tacoma Dome. Danko Grgic scores the Stars' first goal 10:23 into the second quarter for the early lead, but the L.A. Lazers go on to win, 6-2. The elaborate pregame introductions feature Tacoma players entering the darkened Dome amidst green fog and neon green laser lights pulsating to the theme of Star Wars, with a 20-foot inflatable star towering above. Guests include Gov. John Spellman and MISL commissioner Earl Foreman.

Gabriel Joins WA Youth
February 2, 1983

Former Sounders captain and coach Jimmy Gabriel is named the first coaching director for Washington State Youth Soccer.

Sounders Shed Stars
April 27, 1983

Following an opening night tiebreaker loss to Team America, 0-0 (2-1), the Sounders release four notable players, including captain and star midfielder Alan Hudson, who was earning a team-high $105,000. Also released are former league MVP Roger Davies ($90,000), Frank Barton and Robbie Zipp. Steve Buttle, a fan favorite since 1977, was sold Jan. 7. Starting keeper Paul Hammond was allowed to sign as a free agent with Team America.

Tacoma's Vick Stars in NAIA Finals
November 26, 1983

Jerry Vick of Tacoma posts his fourth straight shutout of the NAIA finals in Wichita Falls, Tex., as Simon Fraser wins a second straight national championship, 1-0 over host Midwestern State. Vick, a senior, is named to the all-tournament team and graduates as the Clan's career leader in wins (36) and GAA (0.56). He also earned a shutout in the 1982 final and finishes with 29 clean sheets in his final two seasons.

Western's Duvall Scores Six
October 8, 1983

Annette Duvall scores a record six goals in Western Washington’s 8-1 pummeling of Puget Sound in Bellingham. A junior, Duvall scores five times in the second half as the Vikings pull away from a 1-1 halftime tie. Four of her goals come in a span fewer than 15 minutes.

Sounders' Dome Finale
August 24, 1983

In the Sounders' final home game, Peter Ward scores all three goals in a 3-2 victory over San Diego. However, the Kingdome attendance is only 7,331 and Seattle goes on to lose its final two games, failing to make the playoffs for only the second time in nine years.

What Might Have Been
March 11, 1983

Seattle’s Husky Stadium is listed as one of 14 potential venues in the U.S. Soccer Federation’s formal application to host the 1986 World Cup. Colombia’s withdrawal as host has prompted FIFA to accept offers from Mexico, Canada and the U.S. Husky Stadium would be one of four sites requiring grass installed over the existing artificial turf. On March 30, FIFA unanimously selects Mexico to host.

UW Road Woes Prove Critical
September 10, 1983

A hot start for Washington soon fizzles with the Huskies's postseason hopes all but snuffed out before mid-September. A 4-2 loss to Div. II Cal State L.A. in Portland is UW's third in a row, coming on the heels of defeats at Santa Clara (1-3) and Stanford (0-2) earlier in the week. Washington's road trip featured six games in eight days, beginning with wins over Fresno State and San Diego State.

SPU Wins D2 Title
December 2, 1983

An early counterattack goal from Gerard McGlynn stakes Seattle Pacific to an early lead that is never relinquished as the Falcons silence a capacity crowd of 4,000 and top-ranked Tampa's potent attack, 1-0, to claim the NCAA Division II championship. Bill Glandon made seven saves as the Spartans were shut-out at home for the first time in three years.

Sounders Add England Keeper Corrigan
March 25, 1983

In its biggest move under the new ownership Seattle signs England and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Corrigan, 34, to a three-year deal. Corrigan earned two caps the previous year and made 592 appearances (all competitions) for City since 1967 and was 1981 FA Cup Final man of the match.

Tacoma taps McNab for Coach
September 6, 1983

Bob McNab is named Tacoma Stars head coach less than two months before the club's first game. McNab, 40, was both hired and fired by Stars president John Best while both were with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 1980. McNab is a former Arsenal captain.

Lowenbrau Earns Right to Defend Crown
May 30, 1983

Seattle's FC Löwenbräu wins the West Regional of the U.S. Women's Amateur Cup in San Francisco, 2-1 over Hawaii Leahi. Sharon McMurtry scores on Lowenbrau's first foray of the match, and Joan Dunlap doubles the lead in the 75th minute. Seattle defeated Colorado, 2-1, in the semifinal. The three-time national champions, who started the season slowly after adding seven new players, will now defend their title at the finals in Houston.

Three Boys Make Nat'l Teams
August 31, 1983

Sean Connors is named to U19 national team while Darren Royer and Robb Sakamoto are both selected to U15s. The United States wins the Concacaf U16 championship on Sept. 3 with Sakamoto converting the fourth penalty kick vs. host Trinidad & Tobago, 0-0 (5-4).

If you wanted to write a book on how to screw up a professional soccer franchise, we could write it. The Seattle franchise has been a horror story.
NASL president Howard Samuels on the Sounders' demise
The Sounders were more than just another team. They were one of the keys to the success of professional soccer in North America. Very few franchises in the 17-year history of the NASL have had that responsibility...the failure of the Sounders this year may very well be the final blow that dooms the league...The NASL has lost more than just a team. It has lost a piece of its soul.
Grahame Jones, Los Angeles Times columnist
Pitch is what you get on your hands when you take out the Christmas tree. Lad is what I call my dog.
Bruce Anderson, new Sounders owner, bent on Americanizing club
I’m not going to Team America because of stability or security. I’d be wrong if I did that. I’d be deserting the (Sounders). I think this club could be saved with a little fan support. That’s all it would take.
Sounders forward Mark Peterson on his midseason loan move to Team America
I feel nobody will want to take this franchise off him, because he’s going to do so much damage, the franchise won’t be worth saving.
Alan Hudson, Sounders captain, after being released in cost-cutting moves by new owner Bruce Anderson
Since (Bruce) Anderson took over as the managing partner, the public has been fed a steady diet of misleading information. Anderson consistently claimed that the Sounders ‘are extremely well financed’ and were committed to a three-year rebuilding process. This came despite rampant rumors that the club was financed on a shoestring, which proved to be the case.
Carter Cromwell, Seattle P-I reporter
I think I’m one of the first women in the Northwest to be recruited and signed by a university. But the North Carolina coach says he’s going to make trips up here every other year because this is such a hot spot.
Seattle's Joan Dunlap, one of Lowenbrau Zurich's top attackers
The fans will learn as time goes on that five minutes in indoor soccer is a hell of a long time and that a lot can happen. I think it’s exciting. Fans will have to realize this is new and the team will take awhile to jell.
Former Sounders assistant coach Bobby Howe after watching the Tacoma Stars' debut
This league has been bled dry by bad athletes with bad bodies coming here from Europe with enormous salaries. Players like Chance Fry are the future of this league...It’s so rewarding. The potential of this team without going out and spending millions of dollars on players, just by doing what we’ve been doing: developing players (and) giving them an opportunity.
Sounders coach Laurie Calloway on the emergence of young homegrown players such as Chance Fry
I love the Sounders. I don't want to see them leave.
Sounders fan
I think people have responded to the Stars real well. I don’t think people thought the opener was gimmicky – it was fun. I just think it’s great that John Best is back. I knew that something was wrong with the Sounders when he left – he’s got a lot of class.
Mark Peterson on the Tacoma Stars' debut. He joins the team shortly thereafter.
We’re playing almost on a professional level...We’re definitely playing our best ever.
FOE Eagles coach Ed Krueger Sr.
College & High School All-America (USC)
Player (Hometown) School (Div/Team/Pos)
Brent Goulet (Tacoma) Warner Pacific (NAIA/2nd/F)
Collegiate Men's Records
Evergreen 7-3-4
Gonzaga 8-9-1
Pacific Lutheran 9-4-2
Puget Sound 3-13-2
Seattle University 4-15-1
Seattle Pacific 16-4-1
Washington 17-3-1
Western Washington 7-3-2
Whitman 7-7-4
Whitworth 6-5-5
Collegiate Women's Records
Evergreen 3-8-1
Pacific Lutheran 14-3-1
Puget Sound n/a
Seattle University 3-6-1
Washington (club) 10-2-1
Washington State (club) n/a
Western Washington 14-0-0
Whitman n/a
Professional All-League
Player (Pos) Team (Lg-Tm)
Ray Evans (D) Sounders (NASL-2nd)
Steve Daley (M) Sounders (NASL-2nd)
State Youth Recreational Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 King Cobras (SYSA)Goal Rushers (HSA)
U12 Chargers (CYSF)Gems (CYSF)
U13 Ryan's Raiders (SYSA)Doll-Fins (SYSA)
U14 Sabres (HSA)Firebirds (FWSA)
U15 Bobcats (KYSA)Net Rippers (EYSA)
U16 Market Crusaders (TPCJSA)S/L Vixens (FWSA)
U17 Invaders (EYSA)Panthers (TCYSA)
U19 Eagles (SYSA)Loggers (KYSA)
Washington State Youth Champions
Age BoysGirls
U9 Sounders (FWSA)Satellites (FWSA)
U10 Thunder (CYSF)Wheedles (NYSA)
U11 Express (FWSA)Arsenal (HAS)
U12 Hawks (FWSA)SWU Cheetahs (FWSA)
U13 Lions (FWSA)Silver Streaks (HAS)
U14 Aztecs (LWYSA)Albion Reds (HAS)
U15 Spartans (GRJSA)Seattle United Sting (SYSA)
U16 Goalpost (FWSA)Seattle United Sting (SYSA)
U17 H&L Sports (NCYSA)Streakers (SSCJSA)
U19 Tacoma Rovers (TPCJSA)Seattle Flyers (SYSA)
WIAA Championship Games
Boys Thomas Jefferson 4Inglemoor 0
Girls Shorecrest 1Cascade 0
1983 NCAA Final Highlights

VIDEO: 1983 NCAA Final Highlights

First game @ BC Place - Sounders vs. Whitecaps

VIDEO: First game @ BC Place - Sounders vs. Whitecaps

Mike Ryan, Lowenbrau Zurich

VIDEO: Mike Ryan, Lowenbrau Zurich

On this Day in History
March 25, 1967
The fifth year of the Canadian Exchange features still more teams crossing the border. In all, 127 Seattle area teams participate, with the Americans improving their record to 27-52-19.
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December 13, 1986
Big Kick III, the NCAA Division I championship game in the Tacoma Dome, is won by Duke, 1-0, over Akron. Tom Stone scores in the 47th minute. It’s the first NCAA championship for the Blue Devils in any sport. Duke features Everett’s Jason Weighter and Hermann Trophy winner John Kerr. Only 4,652 (8,000 had been projected) attend, and coaches of both teams criticize the artificial turf. NCAA officials, aware of complaints regarding the playing surface and disappointment in attendance, will ask for new host bids in 1987.
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October 21, 2015
Hope Solo and the world champion U.S. Women’s National Team bring their Victory Tour to Seattle and CenturyLink Field, drawing a record crowd for a 1-1 draw with Brazil. The attendance of 23,603 is the largest ever for women's match played in Washington. Solo makes five saves but cannot deny Monica in the third minute. World Cup hero Carli Lloyd equalizes in the 85th with her 17th goal of the year. Joining Solo in the starting XI is Reign teammate Megan Rapinoe. Serving as referee is local resident Katja Koroleva.
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May 31, 2008
Robinho sets-up two goals and scores the winner for Brazil in an entertaining 3-2 win over Canada in a friendly at Qwest Field before 47,052. Robinho, who had led Real Madrid to a La Liga crown earlier in the month, steals a back pass from Julian de Guzman to snap a 2-2 tie in the 63rd minute. Brazil, ranked No. 2 in the world, plays without world player of the year Kaka. Coach Dunga complains that the temporary grass field slowed his team's speed. Dale Mitchell, formerly of the Tacoma Stars, is Canada's coach.
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