1994 – Around the World and Close to Home

South Africa holds its first multi-racial elections with Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress winning 62 percent majority, Netscape Navigator is launched as the first successful web browser, O.J. Simpson flees police after the murder of his wife, and the 31-mile Channel Tunnel (aka Chunnel) connects France and England. In our state, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates marries Melinda French, Spokane’s Tom Foley, U.S. Speaker of the House, is voted out of office after 30 years, and the Sonics coast to the NBA’s best record (63-19) but are upset in the first round of the playoffs.


For all those who worried that their beloved game was on the wane, 1994 marked the second coming of soccer in America, and Washington leaders were soon positioning their state to be at the forefront.

Sparked by a tremendous turnout for USA-Russia international friendly and underpinned by one of the largest playing youth populations in the nation, there was a movement to bring back a top-level professional team to Seattle. Meanwhile, two pro teams were already in the works. That's a bright contrast to the preceding four–and some might say 10–years.

Since the demise of the original Sounders in 1983, FC Seattle Storm and the Tacoma Stars sought to fill the void for fans. Still the amateur ranks thrived in the Eighties and early Nineties. Washington Youth Soccer participation figures grew 20 percent from 1983-94, and more adults than ever were active in the game. However, no spike in popularity compares to the 12-month gain from 1994 to '95. Nearly 10,000 more kids and in excess of 200 teams were added to the rolls, and obviously the sport's dramatically heightened visibility was a huge factor.

When 43,651 souls found their way to the Kingdome to see the World Cup-bound teams of the U.S. and Russia face-off on Jan. 29, it was a celebration of community as much as anything. National broadcasters and U.S. players remarked that not only was it a large, loud crowd, it was the most pro-American throng in recent memory. For the record, it was Washington's largest soccer gathering in 14 years. Furthermore, it was an opportunity to see a native son return home. Chris Henderson of Everett was a USMNT starter that night, which ended with a 1-1 draw.

The carryover was reinforcement of the state soccer community's size and passion, and that got the attention of U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer leaders. They were soliciting bids from communities wishing to secure franchises for the first MLS season, in 1996. Immediately after the match, a 'Soccer Summit' of state leaders was convened for the purpose of organizing an MLS bid. Despite a late start, Seattle submitted a competitive bid, the lack of a suitable stadium was a notable soft spot. Husky Stadium and Memorial Stadium were both far from ideal options. As it turned out, when ceiling tiles began to fall from the Kingdome ceiling later in 1994, it may have proven a boon to eventually landing an MLS club.

Fans wouldn't have to wait for MLS to see the return of pro soccer. The Seattle SeaDogs spent the year preparing for their 1995 start indoors. As for the full-field, traditional game, former Microsoft executive Scott Oki and former Seattle coach Alan Hinton brought back the Sounders brand, launching their first A-League season in July and featuring a Who's Who of Washington players in their lineup. Better still, the born-again Sounders boasted both the league's best record (14-6) and best attendance (6,347), including a sold-out Memorial for their final regular season home game.

Year in Review
Season Record
14-6, 1st APSL regular season, semifinals
Alan Hinton (1st year)
Best XI
Marcus Hahnemann, Shawn Medved, Neil Megson, Chance Fry
Top Scorer
Chance Fry (11 goals)
Men's Collegiate Postseason
Seattle Pacific, D2 semifinals
Women's Collegiate Postseason
Washington, D1, 2nd rnd Washington State, D1, 2nd rnd
NWAC Men's Champion
Bellevue d Portland, 3-0
NWAC Women's Champion
Columbia Basin d Spokane, 1-0 OT
Pam Copple
Member Associations
92,704 (B: 67,674 G: 25,030)
Largest Attendance
43,651, USA v Russia, Kingdome

1994: Resurrection

With the arrival of a World Cup in America for the first time, great excitement spreads across the continent and ushers in a new era. The Sounders name is reborn and the drive for an MLS franchise takes its first steps.

Casella Makes History with Sounders
May 10, 1994

Gina Cassella is among six assistants named to Sounders head coach Alan Hinton’s staff. Cassella, 28, becomes the first known female coach for a U.S. professional men’s team. She is a former U.S. National Team member who coaches the girls’ and boys’ teams at Bothell High School. Joining her are former NASL Sounders Tony Chursky, Tommy Jenkins, Frank Barton, Bernie James, plus Dale Baskett.

UW Shelves Plans for Soccer Stadium
March 22, 1994

The University of Washington suspends plans to build a soccer facility for its men's and women's teams because the project is too expensive, says athletic director Barbara Hedges. The 3,000-seat facility was expected to be used for practices and games for 1994. Instead, they will again borrow a field from intramural athletics.

Keller Denied Place on World Cup Team
May 4, 1994

Kasey Keller is informed by head coach Bora Milutinovic that he will not be considered for the U.S. World Cup team. Keller, voted MVP of Millwall in the English League First Division, had been a back-up to Tony Meola in the 1990 World Cup. Instead, Milutinovic decides to go with Meola, Brad Friedel and Juergen Sommer as the three keepers on his squad, to be finalized June 3.

Kent Eyed as Potential MLS Stadium Site
June 15, 1994

A 40-acre piece of real estate in Kent appears to be the most likely site of a 25,000-seat stadium for a Seattle-area Major League Soccer team. Vince Coluccio, owner of the Seattle Sounders during their last gasp in the now defunct North American Soccer League, owns the Kent property and is the prospective developer. The site is just east of Interstate-5 and south of Sea-Tac Airport. Memorial Stadium and Husky Stadium are being explored as potential interim sites for a charter MLS team in Seattle. The primary drawback to Seattle's MLS bid has been the lack of a suitable stadium.

Ireland's Seattleite Honored
June 18, 1994

Seattle's Bernadette Noonan, a native of Ireland, is honored as one of 24 foreign-born U.S. residents who made outstanding contributions to the growth of soccer prior to the Italy-Ireland World Cup match at East Rutherford, N.J. Earlier in the week, she met soccer legend Pele at a reception, and Noonan, the only woman honored as a "soccer ambassador," received the most applause.

Akers, U.S. Punch WC Ticket
August 19, 1994

Seattle's Michelle Akers scored two and assisted on two other goals as the defending champion USWNT secured passage to Sweden '95 by drubbing Jamaica, 10-0, in a CONCACAF semifinal in Montreal. Akers was later named tournament MVP following 6-0 victory over Canada in the final.

Debut in the Woodshed
July 23, 1994

After playing their first four away, the Sounders make their home debut in the Tacoma Dome. David Hoggan and Gary Heale, who once starred for the Tacoma Stars, score in a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Foxes.

MLS Examines Potential Venues
May 9, 1994

Major League Soccer representative Bill Sage tours several potential interim sites for a proposed Seattle charter franchise. Local organizers list Memorial Stadium, West Seattle's Sealth Stadium and Husky Stadium as candidates. Memorial Stadium’s 10-year-old turf is being replaced with a $1.6M removable flat panelized surface. The crown will be leveled and soil added to even the surface. The surface will also be widened.

Longtime Conference Disbands
January 15, 1994

The Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference disbands after 23 seasons. The NCSC featured divisional alignments for Division I, II, III and NAIA men's, women's and club programs, including a promotion/relegation format.

Thompson Comes Off Bench to Score Four
September 3, 1994

Emily Thompson comes off the bench to supply instant offense in Washington's 8-0 demolition of Gonzaga at Husky Soccer Field. Thompson enters the match in the 29th minutes and proceeds to score the first of her record four goals in the 35th. She assists Amy Hamamoto scores her second goal just 26 seconds apart in the 42nd minute. Her hat trick is achieved in the 47th and Thompson's fourth is in the 74th minute. Tara Bilanski scores three first-half goals for the No. 17 Huskies.

Fans Flock to TV Screens
June 17, 1994

Throughout the state, fans of all ages begin flocking to TV screens as World Cup USA begins. Anticipating increased interest, ethnic restaurants, taverns and clubs extend hours and upgrade their big screens. The July 17 final rates a 9.5 rating in Seattle.

U-Dub Puts Facility on Hold
May 23, 1994

Confronted with a price tag double of previous estimates, Washington AD Barbara Hedges suspends plans to build a 3,000-seat soccer stadium. Originally slated to open for the 1994 men's and women's seasons, construction estimates climbed to $3 million. The budget was $1.2M.

Cougs Make Change
June 14, 1994

Lisa Gozley is hired as women's coach at Washington State, replacing Lisa Fraser, who resigned to take over at Arizona.

Native Sons Earn First Caps
November 19, 1994

Jason Dunn and Marcus Hahnemann, former teammates at Seattle Pacific and fellow rookies for the Sounders, earn call-ins for the national team. Bellevue's Hahnemann starts and Olympia's Dunn comes off the bench in a 1-0 friendly at Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.

A Leader of the Pack
November 15, 1994

Fernando Clavijo becomes head coach of Seattle's expansion entry in the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL). Clavijo brings championship playing experience from the indoor game and earlier in the summer represented the U.S. in the World Cup.

MLS Start Pushed Back, Seattle Hopes Fading
November 16, 1994

Major League Soccer's debut is pushed back a year, to 1996, says Alan Rothenberg, U.S. Soccer president and head of the proposed new Division I league. However, Seattle's prospects of securing a charter franchise appear diminished as Rothenberg announced Tampa and Chicago have been added to the already announced markets of New Jersey, Long Island, Boston, Columbus, Washington, D.C., San Jose and Los Angeles. Up to 12 teams are expected to play the first season.

Sounders End in Shootout
October 2, 1994

Despite beating Colorado 4-1 in the second game of the semifinal, the Sounders' playoff run ends in a series-determining shootout, 2-1. Dick McCormick and Jason Dunn each scored twice in regulation.

MLS Passes
November 16, 1994

Lacking a suitable facility, Seattle is bypassed by Major League Soccer in determining its final cities for its inaugural season of play, in 1996.

Kingdome Revival
January 29, 1994

Before the game's largest Washington audience in nearly 14 years–43,651–the United States battles Russia to a friendly 1-1 draw, kickstarting a late bid for a Major League Soccer franchise. Everett's Chris Henderson starts for the USMNT.

Seattle MLS Bid Hits Dead End
October 6, 1994

Seattle’s MLS bid committee admits its objective of securing a charter franchise has run its course and will be unsuccessful unless a proper stadium, preferably with grass, is built. Instead, the group leaders throw their support behind the APSL Sounders and forms a committee to explore future stadium options.

Carolina Comes to Town
October 30, 1994

Before a record crowd of 3,155 at Husky Soccer Field, 8-time defending NCAA champion North Carolina ends Washington's 15-game home win streak, 2-0. "We had our chances," UW coach Lesle Gallimore said. "We weren't nervous or intimidated. We didn't panic. The best thing about this match is that is shows us we can play with the best of them."

Sales Pitch Begins
March 30, 1994

Kicking off the MLS bid campaign in earnest, local organizers mail some 70,000 ticket sales brochures to Seattle soccer fans in hopes of gaining their support. If they can reach the goal of 10,000 ticket deposits by May 15, they will be eligible to gain one of 12 charter franchises in the new league.

Henderson Cut
June 1, 1994

Chris Henderson, 23, of Everett is one of three final cuts to the U.S. roster for the World Cup. "No matter what happens, I've got a career," Henderson, the youngest member of the 1990 team. "I'm going to be playing for a long time."

Title Repeat Denied
December 1, 1994

Defending champion Seattle Pacific surrenders a 2-goal, second-half lead and the title to Oakland (Mich.) in overtime, 6-4, at the NCAA Division II semifinal in Tampa. The 5th-ranked Falcons had taken a 4-2 lead in the 59th minute on Phil Bullard's third goal.

Hinton Hires Hinton
April 6, 1994

Sounders club president Alan Hinton, as expected, names himself head coach. Hinton, 51, previously coached both the NASL Sounders and Tacoma Stars.

Pursuit Begins
February 3, 1994

The Sports and Events Council of Seattle/King County organizes a "soccer summit" and notifies Major League Soccer it will begin the process of bidding for a charter franchise. Meanwhile, the Sounders report orders for 1,500 season tickets, despite not having a home or schedule.

Dang, UW Coach Leaves
January 18, 1994

Dang Pibulvech resigns as Washington women's coach to take the same position at Texas. Pibulvech (27-21-6) leaves the Huskies three years after becoming the school's first women's soccer coach. He built the program into a national power, achieving top 20 rankings each season.

Sounders Born Again
March 8, 1994

Seattle becomes the eighth team in the American Professional Soccer League, otherwise know as the A-League, and takes the name of the former NASL club, the Sounders.

Cougs Reach Postseason
November 9, 1994

Washington and Washington State each post road upsets in their NCAA women's tournament debuts. The 18th-ranked Huskies blank No. 15 Oregon State, 3-0, and the No. 19 Cougars oust No. 11 Wisconsin, 3-1.

First Place, First Season
September 24, 1994

A sellout crowd of 11,874 in Memorial Stadium cheers Seattle to a 3-0 victory over Vancouver, clinching the A-League regular season title in the Sounders' first season. Nineteen of the 25 roster players came through Washington Youth Soccer Association. Bellevue's Chance Fry scores twice, both on assists from Issaquah's Shawn Medved. Fry finishes second in APSL goals with 11 and Medved is the co-leader in assists (11).

Huskies Tap Gallimore
February 28, 1994

Washington names Lesle Gallimore, women's soccer coach at San Diego State University for four seasons, as Huskies' new coach. Gallimore, 30, replaces the Dang Pibulvech, who had started the program and guided it to a No. 19 national ranking after three years.

Dunn, Hinton Earn Awards
October 4, 1994

Jason Dunn is named A-League Rookie of the Year after scoring 10 goals in his first season out of Seattle Pacific, and Alan Hinton is voted Coach of the Year for guiding the Sounders to the regular season title.

Bid Sealed and Delivered
June 14, 1994

Seattle submits its bid for an MLS club backed by 1,300 season ticket deposits. However, the area lacks a suitable long-term stadium option.

Kingdome Ceiling Fiasco Affects Sounders
July 27, 1994

The reborn Seattle Sounders move their July 30 home opener from the Kingdome as a result of the emergency replacement of the stadium's 40,000 ceiling tiles requiring replacement as a public safety precaution. The Sounders will instead play Vancouver at the Tacoma Dome. The Kingdome remains closed until at least Aug. 22 because four ceiling tile panels fell prior to the July 19 Mariners game. The Mariners are forced to play their remaining home games on the road.

Shorecrest Girls' Streak Snapped
November 12, 1994

Unbeaten for 57 games over three seasons–the best run in the nation–Shorecrest's streak of girls state championships comes to an end. Kennedy upsets the Scots, 2-1, in a 2A state quarterfinal playoff at Highline Stadium. Shorecrest had allowed only two goals the entire season.

SPU Gifted $2M for Facility
May 23, 1994

Seattle Pacific University receives a $2 million gift for construction of a soccer/track facility from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The gift equals the largest ever given by the trust and the largest single cash gift ever received by SPU. Since starting in 1968, SPU men's soccer has never had a home field.

What we're saying is, get 10,000 season tickets committed. Then we'll come in and make it work.
Hank Steinbrecher, U.S. Soccer executive director, regarding Seattle's bid for an MLS franchise
If we had a stadium we’d be in the MLS, no question.
Michael Campbell, Seattle-King County Sports & Events Council president, after the bid for a charter franchise ends
It's not a good situation. (Athletic director Barbara Hedges) told us that (a new facility) is a priority with her, and we'll have to take her word on that. But we're waiting for where and when. We sold our recruits on that field.
Dean Wurzberger, UW men's soccer coach, on the stalled stadium project
Kids need to see soccer on a high level. That's what kept me going and focused on making a pro team. Kids need something to shoot for.
Chris Henderson, Everett native and USMNT player
The rest of the league thought we were a bunch of college kids from Seattle. We had a good mixture of good young players and some very important veteran players who had the experience necessary. I can't believe we accomplished so much in such a short time. We managed to do in four or five months what usually takes four or five years. It all came together.
Alan Hinton on how APSL teams may have underestimated his first-year Sounders
I think we're still in the ball game. If we can put together the long-term site with Kent and get something tied down in the next two months, we can get a team.
Yogi Hutsen, a leader of the Seattle soccer supporters seeking an MLS team
More kids try it when they are young and stick with it. I can tell it's growing. There is always a shortage of fields, and it's hard to get coaches, but there is never a shortage of players.
Steve Friebel, Northwest Soccer Camp co-director
I think it would be a real shame if we launched the MLS and Seattle didn't do its best to be a participant. It's clearly a major-league city and, as far as soccer goes, it's a major market.
U.S. Soccer president Alan Rothenberg
They are sold on football (at UW), but there are days when football isn't playing. That's something that has to be a priority - selling them on all sports.
Dang Pibulvech, departing UW women's coach
I wish we could play in front of this crowd every week. They're loud, they've got passion. Fans elsewhere could take a lesson from Seattle.
Alexi Lalas, USMNT player after Russia friendly
College & High School All-America (USC)
Player (Hometown) School (Div/Team/Pos)
Nate Daligcon (Burien) Seattle Pacific (D2/2nd/M)
Keely Hartsough (Kirkland) Seattle University (NAIA/1st)
Jennifer Lee Pacific Lutheran (NAIA/1st)
Lars Rasmussen (Copenhagen, Den.) Pacific Lutheran (NAIA/1st)
Wynne McIntosh (Seattle) Roosevelt (F)
Collegiate Men's Records
Central Washington 7-11-2
Evergreen 10-10-0
Gonzaga 2-13-1
Pacific Lutheran 11-5-3
Puget Sound 11-9-0
Seattle University 13-9-0
Seattle Pacific 14-5-4
Washington 10-7-2
Western Washington 2-13-1
Whitman 4-8-0
Whitworth 11-6-2
Collegiate Women's Records
Central Washington 6-5-4
Evergreen 3-17-0
Gonzaga 2-15-1
Pacific Lutheran 14-6-1
Puget Sound 9-9-3
Seattle University 8-5-6
Washington 13-6-2
Washington State 12-7-1
Western Washington 11-8-1
Whitman 2-5-2
Whitworth 6-6-1
Commissioners Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 Heat (FWSA)FC Royals 82 (TPCJSA)
U12 Cyclones (SkVJSA)Team Pride (GRJSA)
U13 CSC United (GRJSA)Eclipse (TCJSA)
U14 Quicksilver (MRSA)Falcons (SpVJSA)
U15 Sidekicks (WVJSA)Eagles (HSA)
U16 Troubleshooter (TPCJSA)Arsenal (SYSA)
U17 Challenge (TPCJSA)Juventus (TPCJSA)
U19 Americans (SYSA)Dosveedonya (MRSA)
Professional All-League
Player (Pos) Team (Lg-Tm)
Marcus Hahnemann (G) Sounders (AL-1st)
Neil Megson (D) Sounders (AL-1st)
Shawn Medved (M) Sounders (AL-1st)
Chance Fry (F) Sounders (AL-1st)
Bill Crook (D) Sounders (AL-2nd)
James Dunn (D) Sounders (AL-2nd)
Jason Farrell (F) Sounders (AL-2nd)
David Hoggan (M) Sounders (AL-2nd)
Jason Dunn (F) Sounders (AL-2nd)
State Youth Recreational Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 Pepsi (D6)Strikers (D6)
U12 Eagles (D4)Bobcats (D6)
U13 Bullets (D1)Shooting Stars (D2)
U14 Sprint (D4)Phoenix (D4)
U15 not awardedButterflies (D2)
U16 Gators (D4)Foxes (D5)
U17 Arsenal (D4)Classic Touch (D2)
U19 not awardednot awarded
Washington State Youth Champions
Age BoysGirls
U12 Totem Xpress (FWSA)FC Royals 80 (TPCJSA)
U13 TriCity Rebels (TPCJSA)Strikers (FWSA)
U14 Lk Washington Crossfire (LWYSA)Lady Phoenix 78 (KPYSA)
U15 Emerald City Wings (SYSA)Highline Eagles (HAS)
U16 Spectre 77 (NYSA)FC Royals 76 (TPCJSA)
U17 Spectre 77 (NYSA)FC Royals 75 (TPCJSA)
U19 FC Storm (TPCJSA)Auburn Soccer West (AYSA)
WIAA Championship Games
Boys 4A Thomas Jefferson 2Mountain View 1 OT
Boys 3A Mount Vernon 2 (3-1)West Valley (Yakima) 2
Boys 1A Holy Cross 4Bellevue Christian 2
Girls 4A Bellarmine 2Kamiakin 0
Girls 3A Kennedy 2Gig Harbor 0
Girls 1A Seattle Christian 5Cedarcrest 0
USMNT vs Russia in Kingdome 1994

VIDEO: USMNT vs Russia in Kingdome 1994

Marcus Hahnemann Interview 1994

VIDEO: Marcus Hahnemann Interview 1994

1994 Seattle Sounders APSL Soccer Highlight

VIDEO: 1994 Seattle Sounders APSL Soccer Highlight

Dunn Brothers play for 1994 Sounders

VIDEO: Dunn Brothers play for 1994 Sounders

On this Day in History
December 21, 1987
Tacoma’s own Brent Goulet is named U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year at the end of a globetrotting year. Goulet, 23, makes Washington the first state to have both a male and female winner. Sharon McMurtry won in 1985. While Goulet did not represent the senior national team, he flourished for the U.S. in Olympic qualifying, scoring four times. He was voted MVP of the Western Soccer Alliance despite playing only a portion of the season for FC Portland and later scored twice as a guest player for FC Seattle during a postseason tour of the United Kingdom. In early November, following multiple tryouts in West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Scotland and England, he became the first U.S. citizen granted a work permit to play professionally in Great Britain, and he signed for a reported $35,000 with Bournemouth of the Second Division.
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August 17, 1967
Monsanto begins installation of Astroturf at Memorial Stadium, making it the first football and soccer facility to do so. The Seattle School Board voted to purchase the rug as a cost of $174,468. Parking concession funds will pay for the turf. Memorial also installs ‘slingshot-type’ goalposts. The first competitive event on the carpet is the Sept. 22 Metro Jamboree football games. Harvey Lanman, Metro League athletic director, had been seeking to upgrade the surface for four years. It is the first installation of Astroturf outdoors Houston’s Astrodome was the first to use it.
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April 19, 2001
Sixteen days prior to the Sounders' regular-season opener, Neil Megson resigns as head coach, citing differences in philosophy with management. Bernie James, Megson's top assistant, is named interim coach. Megson's teams went 90-54-23 (all competitions) in his five seasons, winning an A-League championship in 1996 and reaching the playoffs every year.
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August 9, 2012
Hope Solo's late diving stop preserves a United States 2-1 victory over Japan in the Olympic gold medal game at London's Wembley Stadium. Carli Lloyd scores early in each half, but the slim lead is nearly erased in the 83rd minute. Following a steal, Mana Iwabuchi is one-on-one vs. Solo, and the U.S. keeper goes full stretch to her left to push away the shot. Solo collects her third gold medal. Spokane native Amy LePeilbet, another local connection, starts her fifth game on the backline.
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