A Cup Runneth Over

2010 – Around the World and Close to Home

Thirty-three Chilean miners are rescued after being trapped 68 days underground, an Icelandic volcano erupts and the resulting ash plume cancels and disrupts air travel throughout northern and central Europe, a 7.0 earthquakes devastates Haiti, causing an estimated 100,000 fatalities, and the Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver, B.C. In Washington, Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base merge to create Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which. if it was a city, it would be the state’s seventh-largest Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. abruptly retires after 21 years in the majors, and Seattle Storm wins its second WNBA title.

A Cup Runneth Over

If there’s an identifiable energizing element, a catalyst to the initial on-field success of Sounders FC, it’s the Cup. History is being written in these formative years, and because of the club’s success on the field, in the community and a stadium teeming with roaring supporters, it promises to be a history which will long stand the test of time.

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is more commonly known as the Open Cup, and it is the prize presented to the winner of the nation’s oldest sporting team tournament. Dating to 1914, the tournament is open to all amateur and professional clubs throughout the country. And two years into its MLS era, there are two such trophies residing in Seattle. In 2010, the guys wearing Rave Green become the first team in 27 years to repeat as Open Cup champion. It could be argued that the Cup has jump-started late-season runs for the playoffs, and it certainly gives the club access to international play, with automatic qualification to the Concacaf Champions League.

“I tell our players all the time that we want to be unique we want to make history,” says head coach Sigi Schmid. “Now we’ve become the first MLS expansion team to win trophies in each of our first two years, and the first to qualify for the Champions League in each of our first two opportunities. That’s unique, and no one can take that away from us.”

“It’s part of our DNA,” owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer says. “Between me, Sigi and the staff, we are all so competitive that we want to win every tournament, every competition, every cup.”

Again in 2010, the Cup proves an elixir. Sounders FC struggles mightily, winning only four times in the first half of the regular season. Two days after losing its third straight league game, Seattle hosts the L.A. Galaxy in the Cup quarterfinals, and wins, 2-0. That signals the start of a sensational run across all competitions. The Rave Green catches fire, going 6-0-3 in nine games. The Sounders lose only twice during the second half of the MLS schedule. While the Cup energizes Seattle, the Sounders are also pumping vivacity and new spirit into the competition itself.

Not since the early days of the Hoover Administration has such fervor surrounded a Cup Final. No sooner is Seattle chosen to host and tickets are going fast. Two weeks before the game, the attendance record of 21,583, set in 1929 in Brooklyn, has fallen. By matchday, it’s obliterated. A passionately partisan crowd of 31,311 urges the Sounders to come from behind, 2-1, on a pair of Sanna Nyassi goals. The second brings on bedlam.

“That’s the loudest I’ve heard this place,” says Schmid after the game. “A lot of times you see celebrations at the end of the game where the stadium is half empty. Everyone was there for the Cup presentation. I can’t say enough about our fans. They’re just fantastic.”

The year ends, though, on a sour note. A bid to host the 2022 World Cup in the United States is defeated by Qatar. Qatar becomes the first Arab country to serve as World Cup host, however due to extreme summer heat, FIFA later moves the competition to winter. Seattle’s Qwest Field is among the venues mentioned prominently positioned in the U.S. bid. Husky Stadium had been a potential venue for bids for the 1986 and ’94 World Cups.

Year in Review
SEATTLE SOUNDERS
Season Record
14-10-6, 4th MLS West, 1st rnd
Coach
Sigi Schmid (2nd year)
Top Scorer
Fredy Montero/Steve Zakuani (10 goals)
U.S. Open Cup
Seattle Sounders, champion
COLLEGIATE
Women's Collegiate Postseason
Washington, D1 quarterfinals Seattle Pacific, D2 3rd rnd Puget Sound, D3 1st rnd
Women's Conference Champions
Puget Sound (NWC), Seattle Pacific (GNAC)
NWAC Men's Champion
Peninsula d Highline, 0-0 (5-4)
NWAC Women's Champion
Walla Walla d Clackamas, 2-0
YOUTH
Boys Regional Champion
Crossfire Premier 95 McCormick (U14)
Largest Attendance
45,631, Sounders v Celtic
Largest Amateur Attendance
2,529, Washington v Cal (m)

2010: A Cup Runneth Over

The Sounders use the U.S. Open Cup as a springboard to make history.

Ditto: Sounders Clinch at KC Again
October 9, 2010

Second-half goals 12 minutes apart from Sanna Nyassi and Alvaro Fernandez clinch a Sounders FC playoff berth for the second year in a row with a 2-1 triumph over Kansas City at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Nyassi scores first, in the 66th minute, when substitute Nate Jaqua plays him into the box. His initial shot is stopped by keeper Jimmy Nielsen but Nyassi knocks in the rebound. It is Nyassi's fourth goal in three competitive matches over eight days. Four minutes after coming on as a substitute, Fernandez connects on what proves to be the game-winner in the 78th minute. Following a short pass from Jaqua, Fernandez jukes a defender, then rolls a left-footed shot under Nielsen. Seattle's playoff-clinching win in 2009 also came at Kansas City.

Jaqua Brace Leads Seattle to USOC Final
September 1, 2010

Nate Jaqua scores twice and Steve Zakuani collects two assists in a 3-1 U.S. Open Cup semifinal win against Chivas USA in front of a Starfire sellout crowd of 4,547. Seattle, which is 6-0 at Open Cup games at Starfire, will now host the USOC final at Qwest Field Oct. 5. Zakuani makes a dazzling move to break free on the left wing and play a cross to Fredy Montero for a 2-nil lead in the 58th minute. After Chivas USA pulls a goal back, Jaqua clinches the win by heading in a Roger Levesque cross in the 92nd minute. It is Jaqua's fifth tournament goal.

Wolves Extend Hahnemann's Contract
May 12, 2010

Marcus Hahnemann's stay at Wolverhampton will be extended another year as the goalkeeper's new contract is signed. Hahnemann, originally signed as Wayne Hennessey's backup, started 25 straight matches at one point as Wolves finished 15th in the Premier League, eight points above the relegation zone.

Sounders Named Pro Sport Team of the Year
May 20, 2010

Seattle Sounders FC is named as the 2010 Professional Sports Team of the Year by the SportsBusiness Journal and Sports Business Daily in New York. The Sounders are chosen from five nominees: Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Capitals. From its “March to the Match,” to its marching band, in 2009 the Sounders offered season-long innovation and ingenuity, becoming the model franchise for other sports teams to follow. Seattle qualified for the playoffs as an expansion team and set an MLS season attendance as well.

Soccer-Themed Beverage Launched in Seattle
October 31, 2010

Golazo, an all-natural performance sports energy beverage targeting a soccer audience, is launched in Seattle by former Microsoft executive Richard Tait and Alex Rosenast. The company's products are sold across eight states and by major retailers including Whole Foods, QFC and Amazon. Among the players endorsing Golazo are Jessica Fishlock of Seattle Reign and DeAndre Yedlin of the Sounders.

Sounders Tap Arlo White as Next 'Voice'
February 10, 2010

Sounders FC announce Arlo White as the club’s play-by-play announcer for all television and radio broadcasts. White, 36, joins Seattle after spending the previous nine years with BBC Radio Sport in England where he served as a host on “BBC Radio 5 Live.” White also hosted the station’s flagship Premier League Football show, “Saturday 5 Live Sport,” and the “Monday Night Club” alongside the legendary BBC football commentator John Motson. He called one match in 2009 as a substitute for Kevin Calabro.

Loggers' Olney Reaches 200 Wins
October 17, 2010

Vince McCluskey's late goal and Puget Sound's seventh shutout in 12 games gives coach Reece Olney his 200th career win, 1-0 over Whitworth. Olney started at UPS in 1994.

Bardsley Equals Western Scoring Mark
November 5, 2010

Gibson Bardsley closes out his career with a record-tying goal in a 2-0 win over Seattle Pacific at Whatcom Community College. Bardsley doubles the Vikings' lead from 17 yards in the 35th minute. His 41st career goal, it ties him with Peter LaBarge and he becomes the program's first player to reach 100 total points.

Sounders Start Fast, Win Fifth MLS in a Row
October 15, 2010

Steve Zakuani and Osvaldo Alonso strike for goals in the first 25 minutes as Sounders FC extends its win streak to five straight and six in all competitions, 2-1 over Chivas USA at Qwest Field. In the 9th minute, Zakuani fights through a crowd of defenders, fakes Zach Thornton, the approaching keeper, and rolls the ball into the net from 10 yards. Alonso wins a ball in the 25th minute, and following an exchange between Fredy Montero and Zakuani, gets the return ball for his first goal in nearly 16 months. Seattle improves to 10-1-3 in its last 14 MLS matches and is undefeated (8-0-2) at home in 10 MLS and Open Cup matches since June 10.

Nkufo Nets First Sounders Hat Trick
September 18, 2010

After going scoreless over his first five games with the Sounders, Blaise Nkufo becomes the first player to achieve a hat trick as Seattle shocks Columbus, 4-0, on the road. Nkufo, the Swiss DP, puts the visitors ahead in the fourth minute, fighting through a scrum in the goalmouth to beat William Hesmer. He doubles the lead against the run of play in the 39th minute, scoring on a tightly angled shot from the left side. Sanna Nyassi is tugged down, resulting in a Nathan Sturgis 42nd-minute penalty. Nkufo caps his night in the 75th minute. Steve Zakuani beats his man down the left and finds Nkufo for a first-rime 15-yard strike to the upper corner. He proceeds to score in his next two games as well. It's the Crew's worst home loss in five years. The win concludes 7,981 miles of travel in one week.

Keller Earns Shutout, Assist in Fourth Straight Win
August 8, 2010

Kasey Keller does not need to make a save, but he does deliver his first MLS assist as the Sounders twice score late to beat Houston, 2-0, for their fourth straight league victory, at Qwest Field. After 63 scoreless minutes, Keller sends a towering punt 70 yards to Fredy Montero, who controls it, turns on defender Eddie Robinson and beats Gig Harbor native Tally Hall. in the 88th minute new designated player Alvaro Fernandez breaks behind the defense and shoots past the charging Hall. Seattle is unbeaten in eight matches (6-0-2) across all competitions.

Glacier Peak Rallies for State 3A Title
May 29, 2010

Glacier Peak comes back from a first-half deficit to give the second-year school the state 3A boys' championship, 2-1 in overtime versus Mount Rainier at Harry Lang Stadium. Junior forward Shane Miller heads in the sudden-death winner in the 88th minute on a cross from Joey Cheff. Jose Orozco put Mount Rainier on top in the 36th minute. Nine minutes into the second half Brian Holguin ties it, 1-1. The previously unbeaten Rams are denied a fifth state title.

Stadium Cops First 4A Title
May 29, 2010

Dylan Gaydosh gets the only goal as Stadium wins its first 4A state boys championship, 1-0 over Lake Stevens at Lakewood. Gaydosh, who also won a title at Bellarmine Prep in 2008, stabs home the goal out of a goalmouth scramble in the 30th minute. It's the fourth straight shutout during the tournament for the Tigers and goalkeeper Ian Clark, who makes three saves. It's Stadium's first championship game appearance. Lake Stevens had eliminated Federal Way (playing without 32-goal scorer Kelyn Rowe) in the semifinals.

Kitsap Avenges Ventura Playoff Defeat
July 31, 2010

In the first ever penalty-kick shootout for the Kitsap Pumas, Jamel Wallace converts the winning shot in the first round of the PDL Western Conference playoffs at Bremerton's Memorial Stadium. Kitsap eliminates Ventura County Fusion after the teams draw, 1-1. Wallace, a first-half substitute, sees his PK bounce off the left post and over the goal line to clinch the tiebreaker, 5-3. Eli Gordley scores the Pumas' regulation goal. The following night, Portland Timbers U23s win the conference championship, 2-1, over Kitsap before 1,012 fans. Portland proceeds to finish the season undefeated and PDL champion, succeeding Ventura County.

Record Crowd Sees Sounders' USOC Repeat
October 5, 2010

Sounders FC and its supporters make history in the U.S. Open Cup with a record crowd of 31,311 cheering Seattle to a successful defense and 2-1 comeback win over Columbus in the final at Qwest Field. The attendance shatters the previous best for a final 21,583 watched the 1929 second leg between New York Hakoah and Madison Kennel Club of St. Louis at Brooklyn's Dexter Park. Sounders FC is the first Open Cup repeat champion since 1982-83. Sanna Nyassi scores both goals. The first comes in the 38th minute, as Nathan Sturgis lays back a pass that Nyassi one-touches home from the top of the box. His 66th-minute winner comes after Steve Zakuani's header comes off the crossbar. Crew substitute Robbie Rogers bangs one last chance off the crossbar in the 86th minute.

Five Spokane Clubs Form Association
March 11, 2010

Five Spokane area youth clubs - Shadow, Breakers, Sabers, Scotties and Storm FC - announce formation of the new Inland Empire Youth Soccer Association. Washington Youth Soccer had asked the clubs to pursue a merger with Spokane Valley Junior Soccer Association, but the negotiations stalled, and WYS gave its blessing to Inland Empire.

Kentwood Conquers Tahoma in Girls 4A
November 20, 2010

Kentwood’s Madison Fuller delivers the pivotal shootout goal and Courtney Johnson makes the key save in Kentwood's championship game victory, 0-0 (5-4), over Tahoma at Lakewood. Fuller makes the Conquerors' final penalty and Johnson dives to stop the final Tahoma try. It's the first 4A crown for Kentwood. The Bears were seeking their third, all since 2001.

Crossfire Premier Becomes Fifth PDL Member
February 10, 2010

Crossfire Premier announces plans to enter a team in the USL Premier Development League (PDL). Washington Crossfire will play home matches at Seattle's Interbay Stadium and be coached by Seth Spidahl. Crossfire becomes the state's fifth member in the Northwest Division, joining Kitsap, Spokane, Tacoma and Yakima.

Keller Snuffs Fire as Travels End
September 25, 2010

The most traveled team in CONCACAF completes a stretch of four straight road matches in CCL and MLS with the Sounders beating Chicago, 1-0, at Bridgeview, Il. Blaise Nkufo gets the game's only goal in the 88th minute and Kasey Keller holds strong for a record 11th shutout. Having flown nearly 18,000 miles for five matches in MLS and Champions League play in September. Nkufo's goal in his fourth in two games and among Keller's saves is a breakaway, a point-blank Marco Pappa attempt and Freddie Ljungberg free kick. Over nine days Seattle traveled 12,447 miles to four road matches in Costa Rica, Mexico, Columbus and Chicago.

Wurzberger Resigns on Montlake
December 12, 2010

Dean Wurzberger, the dean of Pac-10 men's coaches, announces his resignation following 19 years at Washington. Wurzberger, who took the Huskies to the NCAA tournament 11 times in the last 15 years, just missed a 2010 bid. He was the first full-time coach in the program's history and finishes with a record of 220-112-41.

Montero Hits CCL Winner in Sounders' Debut
July 28, 2010

Within seconds of taking the field as a second-half substitute, Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero launches an audacious 35-yard shot that somehow becomes the first-leg winner, 1-0 over Isidro Metapan, in Seattle's first Concacaf Champions League match at Qwest Field. Seven seconds after replacing Nate Jaqua, Montero shoots and Metapan goalkeeper Misael Alfaro misplays it, allowing it to trickle over the goal line. Six days later in San Salvador, a 1-1 draw advances the Sounders to the group stage.

Seattle United Approved to Go Forward
January 18, 2010

A blue-ribbon panel assembled by Washington Youth Soccer resolves an outstanding dispute between Seattle Youth Soccer Association and Emerald City Football Club, affirming SYSA’s right to form, organize, and control advanced soccer development in Seattle and Shoreline areas. In March, Emerald City is suspended by SYSA and responds by joining U.S. Club Soccer. Seattle United FC, now the SYSA advanced development club providing both Regional Select and Premier Level programs for its players, begins play in May.

Tacoma Stars Elevate Status
October 11, 2010

Tacoma Stars are rising up to the highest level of the Professional Arena Soccer League, joining PASL-Pro for 2010-11. The Stars had played since 2003 at the PASL Premier level, which they won in 2009-10. The Stars will play in the Western Division while the Kitsap Pumas and Wenatchee Fire are in the Frontier Division.

Solo, Ellertson Move to Atlanta
June 1, 2010

Following a funding crisis at Saint Louis Athletica, former UW teammates Hope Solo and Tina Ellertson sign with the Atlanta Beat for the remainder of the WPS season. Solo is the reigning WPS goalkeeper of the year. Ellertson, like Solo, a veteran of the U.S. National Team, played in all 20 games during the league's inaugural season. Both players had been with Athletica since 2009.

Crossfire Premier Falls in USDA Final
July 10, 2010

Crossfire Premier's impressive run in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs ends at the final hurdle with the Redmond-based side's 3-1 loss to Vardar (Mich.) in the boys' U17/18 championship match in Carson, Ca. Crossfire takes 1-0 lead when Liam Kelly scores in the 12th minute. But Varder ties it in the 29th minute and Derek Schrauben tallies two second-half goals. On July 24, Crossfire 95 McCormick reaches the USYSA boys' U14 final in Overland Park, Ks. but falls to Eclipse (Il.), 2-1.

Solo, USWNT Win Algarve Cup
March 3, 2010

Hope Solo and the U.S. National Team win their seventh Algarve Cup by beating Germany, 3-2, in a muddy final at Faro, Portugal. The two goals were the first and would prove to be the only goals allowed by Solo during 2010. Solo blanked Iceland and Sweden in group play. Spokane native Amy LePeilbet starts three matches on defense, including the final. LePeilbet goes on to earn WPS Defender of the Year at Boston.

WIAA Imposes Team Reed-Card Rule
September 25, 2010

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board approves a new rule that disqualifies teams who accumulate three red cards for violent conduct or abusive language. On-field behavior of boys’ players has been an issue for years, says WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese. Coaches, however, are frustrated there’s no way to appeal a referee’s decision to eject a player.

Rowe Stars as UCLA Frosh
December 5, 2010

Kelyn Rowe of Federal Way scores UCLA's opening goal but the Bruins eventually fall at Louisville, 5-4, in an NCAA quarterfinal. Rowe, a freshman, connects on a free kick, his seventh goal of the season to go with 10 assists. He was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and later third team All-America.

Hahnemann Named to World Cup Team
May 10, 2010

Former Seattle Pacific and Sounders star goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is named to Bob Bradley's U.S. National Team for the upcoming World Cup in South Africa. Hahnemann, now playing for Wolverhampton in the EPL, also made the 2006 World Cup squad. Two other former Sounders, Herculez Gomez and Brian Ching, are also named to the team.

Seattle Prep Finally Gets 3A Triumph
November 20, 2010

Freshman Mary Ann Santucci scores to finally deliver the first state 3A championship to Seattle Prep, 1-0 over Bonney Lake at Lakewood. The Panthers had finished runners-up four times before, including three straight between 2006-08. Bonney Lake had never advanced beyond the first round. Santucci finds the net in the 30th minute, getting her foot on the ball from a scrum of several players in Bonney Lake’s 6-yard box. Afterward, Seattle Prep coach Andy Hendricks loses his trademark black mustache. He first promised in 1991 to shave if off if Prep ever won state.

PDL Returns to Everett for 2011
November 29, 2010

PDL play returns to Everett with the birth of the North Sound SeaWolves, who will take up residency at Everett Memorial Stadium. Not since the Everett BigFoot (1995-96) has Snohomish County had a PDL club. Alex Silva, formerly owner and coach of the Yakima Reds, will operate the franchise.

Grosch Inducted to USYSA Hall of Fame
February 25, 2010

Karl Grosch is part of the third class of inductees to the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame. Grosch wrote the initial USYSA constitution, bylaws and rules and regulation in 1974 with fellow Hall of Fame member Don Greer and Robert Nessler.

Swiss Striker Nkufo is Sounders DP Signing
March 4, 2010

Swiss national team forward Blaise Nkufo, who has more than 200 career goals for club and country, is announced as the next Designated Player signing for Sounders FC. Nkufo, who will turn 35 in May, has 34 international appearances and a club-record 114 career goals in seven seasons with FC Twente, which in May he helps lead its first Eredivisie championship. He will start during the 2010 World Cup, where the Swiss open with an upset of holders Spain and join Seattle in July.

U.S., Seattle Stunned Not to Host World Cup
December 2, 2010

Fans and organizers collectively gasp when FIFA announces that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be played in Russia and Qatar. Hundreds gather with local organizers and officials at F.X. McRory’s in Seattle's Pioneer Square to hear the 7 a.m. PST announcement. Across the state and the nation similar parties are stunned by Qatar prevailing in the fourth round of voting, 14-8 over the United States. The U.S. had been considered a frontrunner and Seattle a top candidate to host several matches at CenturyLink Field. More than 46,000 had signed an online petition supporting Seattle, one of 17 cities in the U.S. bid.

Yakima Reds, Spokane Spiders Play Final Matches
July 25, 2010

After 16 seasons the PDL Yakima Reds play what proves to be their final match, a 3-2 loss to Washington Crossfire at Marquette Stadium. Esteban Ponteciano scores their last goal, tying it at 2-2, before Crossfire gets the winner in the final 15 minutes. On July 17, the Spokane Spiders' ended 14 seasons of PDL play (Shadow started in 1996) in the Lilac City with a 5-1 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps Residency at Joe Albi Stadium. Both Yakima and Spokane cease operations following the season.

McAlister, Farrell Join New Seattle United
January 7, 2010

Newly-formed Seattle United prepares for its first season of forming teams by naming two former Sounders, Jimmy McAlister and Jason Farrell, to key leadership positions. McAlister was the first homegrown sensation during the NASL era and also played for the U.S. National Team and Tacoma Stars. He becomes Seattle United's first coaching director. Farrell, who had two stints with the A-League Sounders plus four years in MLS, will serve as technical director.

Freddie Ljungberg Traded to Chicago
July 30, 2010

Freddie Ljungberg, Seattle's first blockbuster signing, is sent to Chicago in exchange for a conditional selection in the 2011 or 2012 SuperDraft. The move allows new Designated Player signing Alvaro Fernandez, to be added to the roster. Ljungberg had been named to the MLS Best XI in 2009 after leading the team with nine assists. The Sounders' highest-paid player at $1.3M, he had been seeking a contract extension and had not played since July 4. During the interim he was held out presumably for an ankle injury but trained on his own after reaching an impasse with management.

Preki Inducted into Soccer Hall of Fame
August 10, 2010

Former Tacoma Stars sensation Predrag Radosavljević , a.k.a. Preki, is inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in East Rutherford, N.J. Tacoma had been Preki's first stop on the path to stardom in 1985, arriving from his native Belgrade at age 22. He played five seasons for the Stars, finishing with records for goals (219) and assists (227), three selections for all-MISL first team and 1989 league MVP. Preki later becomes a U.S. citizen, plays 28 times for the national team and is the first two-time MLS MVP.

Fans Pack Pubs for World Cup
June 12, 2010

The first fans arrive at Doyle's Public House in Tacoma at 4:30 a.m. to watch the first of three World Cup matches, South Korea vs. Greece. Then comes Argentina vs. Nigeria and finally the pub is packed to watch the featured U.S.A.-England match in Rustenburg, South Africa. From 500-600 people sit, stand, cheer, eat and drink. It's much the same atmosphere and crowds in soccer pubs around the state and the nation. A 40th-minute goal from Clint Dempsey earns the Americans a 1-1 draw.

Volunteer Fleeces Soccer Club
August 31, 2010

Prosecutors charge a female volunteer of theft of more than $75,000 from Snohomish County's Terrace Brier Soccer Club. The funds were stolen over a period of three years. Terrace Brier serves 700 youth with an annual operational budget of $70,000. The volunteer treasurer is later convicted and sentenced to one year in prison and must pay restitution. The non-profit club was forced to cut back on the financial assistance it offers to low income families.

Huskies Outlast No. 2 Portland in Penalties
November 14, 2010

Goalkeeper Jorde Lafontaine-Kussman both scores and saves crucial penalty kicks during a marathon 11-round tiebreaker, enabling Washington to send No. 2 Portland out of the NCAA tournament in the second round at Merlo Field. The Huskies, who had not beaten the Pilots since 2004, advance, 10-9, following a 1-1 tie. Out-shot 27-6, UW stays even thanks to 12 saves by Lafontaine-Kussman. She then scores in the shootout and knocks away an attempt from Jessica Tsao to clinch the result.

Sounders Again Send Timbers Out of USOC
June 30, 2010

For the second year in a row Sounders FC eliminates Portland Timbers from the U.S. Open Cup in the third round before 15,422 at PGE Park. Zach Scott's penalty kick gives Portland goalkeeper Steve Cronin no chance and defending champion Seattle returns home after winning the tiebreaker, 4-3, following a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes. Oregon native Nate Jaqua puts the visitors in front in the 13th minute, but Bright Dike answers before the interval. Kasey Keller saves two of Portland's shootout attempts. Seattle's only miss goes off the crossbar. Taylor Graham is sent off for his second caution in the 101st minute.

Palodichuk Named Nation's Top Prep Player
May 6, 2010

Nick Palodichuk, a junior at Camas High School, is named the Player of the Year on Parade Magazine's 2010 All-America High School Boys Soccer Team. The Battle Ground native spent a year training in Florida and later playing with the U.S. under-17 national team at the U17 World Cup in Nigeria, scoring America's goal in its elimination loss to Italy. Back in Camas, he scored 26 goals and 11 assists as the Papermakers finished third in the state 3A tournament. Recent Federal Way graduate Kelyn Rowe and Beamer senior-to-be Sean Ugo Okoli were also honored on the 35-player All-America team.

Late Fucito Goal Stuns KC
April 17, 2010

Michael Fucito's first professional goal comes deep in stoppage time to deliver a 1-0 win over Kansas City. Fucito, who didn't see action in 2009, scores just 22 minutes into his second Sounders stint. A quickly-taken throw by Brad Evans finds Fucito behind the defense and 1-on-1 with Wizards keeper Jimmy Nielsen, who had not previously allowed a goal. He lashes it past Nielsen in the 92nd minute. The visitors nearly equalize immediately, but Chance Myers is denied by Kasey Keller. Fucito's goal, seven minutes after entering match, begins a series of late winners vs. Kansas City.

Cato Named Whitman Coach
July 8, 2010

Heather Cato, 32, is named Whitman College women's coach. Cato, a graduate of Mountain View High School in Vancouver, was a four-year starter for Arkansas. She replaces Scott Shields, who vacated the position to coach the men's and women's cross country teams at Whitman.

It's the makeup of the community, with people with a lot of international experience who are a sophisticated audience. It's parents who knew the game as kids. It's the affection for the old Sounders. Seattle gets it.
Terry Fisher, Washington Youth Soccer CEO, on why the sport is thriving at all levels throughout Puget Sound
That wasn't Sounders soccer, and it was quite frankly embarrassing, humiliating, and the fans don't deserve that. We want our fans committed for the long haul and we think this is the right thing to do.
Sounders owner and GM Adrian Hanauer regarding a refund to season ticket holders following a 4-0 home loss to LA Galaxy
Qatar? Really? Has the FIFA cartel seriously lost all of its soul? Is it only about the dirty oil money? Does it really care about growing the game? Or lining its pockets?
Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley on the decision to play the 2022 World Cup in Qatar rather than the U.S.
This is what we wanted to be: something unique, something special, something different. The fans were fantastic. That's the loudest I've heard the place, for sure. Nobody left. A lot of times you see celebrations at the end of the game and the stadium's half empty. Nobody left, and everybody was there for the cup presentation. I can't say enough about our fans. They're just fantastic.
Sigi Schmid on the U.S. Open Cup final atmosphere at Qwest Field
It was an opportunity to come and change my life. I grabbed it, and here I am.
Preki upon his National Hall of Fame induction and decision to come to Tacoma in 1985
They're sacrificing life and limb to block shots and get in the way of things and can cover for each other. That's what makes you a good defensive team: Everybody works for each other.
Sigi Schmid commenting on his Sounders' six shutouts over eight games in mid-summer
It's certainly a tremendous accomplishment for our club: the first two years to qualify both years for the playoffs, to win two Open Cups so far, and we've got more wins than we had last year, we've won four in a row on the road now. Those are all positives.
Sigi Schmid assessing Seattle's strong start to MLS
It is rare that you get to play for a championship at home and we're certainly going to give it every ounce of effort to get the result.
Adrian Hanauer, Sounders GM, on the prospect of hosting an Open Cup final
These fans, though somewhat a bit R-rated, are phenomenal. It's going to make for one of the best rivalries in sports.
Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer on Portland's fans at the Open Cup tie and the prospect of the rivalry in MLS
I've seen a lot of great relationships develop watching the World Cup. It becomes a great international melting pot. It's really a great monthlong time. The only pitfalls are when your country gets knocked out and you're heartbroken, and then when it's all over.
John Bayliss, owner of The George & Dragon Pub in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, of the World Cup gatherings
I did not give them the quality of the work that this project and the fans deserve. I’ve never heard Arlo (White), but I know that he has an extensive soccer background. So, without having heard him ever before, I would have to say they probably have made the right hire.
Kevin Calabro, outgoing Sounders broadcaster
He is somebody who has been tremendous for our organization. The respect that was given to the Sounders right from the beginning, I think that comes from the top.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid commenting on Tod Leiweke, Vulcan Sports CEO, following his departure to become CEO and an owner of Tampa Bay Lightning
It’s a lot nicer to be on this side of the handshake.
Seattle Prep coach Andy Hendricks after the team won its first title after four times a runners-up
The mothers of the kids I coach tell me soccer is the No. 1 sport in their families. When you've won the mothers over, you've got a good chance of succeeding. We've got the middle-class kids involved, but there's a ton of kids who don't join leagues simply because their families don't have the money.
Harbor FC and Bellarmine Prep coach Joe Waters
Four years ago it was 50-50 between Europeans and Americans coming in to watch English soccer. Now it's more like 75-25 Americans. Maybe they played the game as teenagers, then kind of drifted away, and now are coming back with the popularity of the Sounders.
Gerry Leonard, general manager of Seattle's Fado Irish Pub, on World Cup viewers
It's like a big community, a big family singing and chanting, all standing.
Greg Mockos, co-president of Emerald City Supporters, the Sounders' largest supporters group
College & High School All-America (USC)
Player (Hometown) School (Div/Team/Pos)
Kelyn Rowe (Federal Way) UCLA (D1/3rd/F)
Taylor Sawyer (Gig Harbor) Seattle Pacific (D2/2nd/D)
Sean Okoli (Federal Way) Bradenton Prep (F)
Nick Palodichuk (Camas) Camas (M)
Kelyn Rowe (Federal Way) Federal Way (F)
Collegiate Men's Records
Evergreen 4-10-3
Gonzaga 4-15-0
Northwest 9-8-1
Pacific Lutheran 10-8-1
Puget Sound 10-5-5
Saint Martin's 7-11-0
Seattle University 5-10-3
Seattle Pacific 10-6-2
Washington 11-6-1
Western Washington 10-6-2
Whitman 11-6-3
Whitworth 10-6-2
Collegiate Women's Records
Central Washington 4-12-2
Eastern Washington 2-14-1
Evergreen 0-12-1
Gonzaga 8-11-1
Northwest 7-4-4
Pacific Lutheran 5-13-1
Puget Sound 17-2-2
Saint Martin's 8-10-0
Seattle University 12-5-2
Seattle Pacific 16-2-2
Washington 13-9-2
Washington State 7-13-0
Western Washington 10-4-4
Whitman 6-11-2
Whitworth 14-5-1
Founders Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 Crossfire Select Mana’O (LWYSA)Extreme (SRYSC)
U12 Fury (FPSC)SnoKing Edmonds Quiet Riot
U13 Crossfire Select Gonzales (LWYSA)Crossfire Select Farzeen (LWYSA)
U14 BMSC SoundersCrossfire Select Hill (LWYSA)
U15 WS Moctezuma (HSA)FWU Lightning (FWYSA)
U16 FWU Thunder (FWYSA)Crossfire Select Ulkekul (LWYSA)
U17 Wenatchee Fire (WVYSA)SGE Fusion
U18 CW Fire (ECYSA)Crossfire Select Button (LWYSA)
U19 FC Shoreline International (SYSA)not awarded
PDL, W-League Records
Kitsap Pumas 12-2-2, 2nd Div.
Seattle Sounders U23s 9-3-4, 3rd Div.
Seattle Sounders Women 2-2-6, 3rd Div.
Spokane Spiders 2-12-2, 9th Div.
Washington Crossfire 6-8-2, 5th Div.
Yakima Reds 4-12-0, 8th Div.
Professional All-League
Player (Pos) Team (Lg-Tm)
Mark Lee (D) Kitsap (PDL-NW)
Daniel Scott (D) Kitsap (PDL-NW)
Cameron Hepple (M) Kitsap (PDL-NW)
State Youth Recreational Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 West Seattle Crush 99 (HSA)PSC Chaos (D7)
U12 Irish CRFC Lions (D1)Mad Kickers (D7)
U13 Norpoint Spider Monkeys (D3)FWU Lightning 97 (D3)
U14 IJH Shockwave (D2)West Seattle Cheetahs (D3)
U15 SHSC Stingrays (D3)Ladybugs (D2)
U16 Mukilteo Lightning (D1)Santana Explosion (D1)
U17 NCYSA CW Rockets (D5)CBSC Firebirds (D7)
U18 AYSA Strikers (D3)HSC Aftershock (D3)
U19 not awardedSK7 Storm (D4)
Washington State Youth Champions
Age BoysGirls
U12 Crossfire Premier (LWYSA)Eastside FC 96 Red Fry/Bunnell (EYSA)
U13 Crossfire Premier (LWYSA)Eastside FC 96 (EYSA)
U14 Crossfire Premier (LWYSA)Eastside FC 95 (EYSA)
U15 Eastside FC 94 (EYSA)FWU Reign 94 Purple (FWYSA)
U16 Crossfire Premier (LWYSA)Crossfire Premier (LWYSA)
U17 Columbia Timbers (CYSF)Emerald City FC (SYSA)
U18 Snohomish United (NCYSA)Crossfire Premier (LWYSA)
WIAA Championship Games
Boys 4A Stadium 1Lake Stevens 0
Boys 3A Glacier 2Mount Rainier 1
Boys 2A Bellingham 1Cheney 0
Boys 1A Wahluke 1 (6-5)Overlake 1
Boys 1B-2B Providence Cl. Christian 2Shoreline Christian 1
Girls 4A Kentwood 0 (5-4)Tahoma 0
Girls 3A Seattle Prep 1Bonney Lake 0
Girls 2A Sehome 6White River 2
Girls 1A Bush 1Overlake 0
Girls 1B-2B Seattle Lutheran 1Napavine 0
2010 CCL • Sounders at Isidro Metapan

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2010 U.S. Open Cup • Seattle vs Portland

VIDEO: 2010 U.S. Open Cup • Seattle vs Portland

Sounders v. Columbus Open Cup Final

VIDEO: Sounders v. Columbus Open Cup Final

2010 Sounders USOC Montage

VIDEO: 2010 Sounders USOC Montage

Keller MLS Save of the Year

VIDEO: Keller MLS Save of the Year

Algarve Cup Final USA v Germany - Solo

VIDEO: Algarve Cup Final USA v Germany - Solo

USOC - Sounders at Timbers

VIDEO: USOC - Sounders at Timbers

Sounders at Columbus

VIDEO: Sounders at Columbus

Arlo White Introduced

VIDEO: Arlo White Introduced

On this Day in History
December 6, 1978
Cliff McCrath becomes the most talked-about soccer figure in the country, with stories and video chronicling his 2.7-mile crawl over Queen Anne Hill to the Space Needle. McCrath, the Seattle Pacific coach, is fulfilling a promise made to travel on his hands and knees from the campus to the city’s iconic landmark if the Falcons won an NCAA championship four days earlier. The trip takes 3 hours 10 minutes on a cold, raw morning. He then straightened-up and shaved his 7-year-old mustache, again as promised. McCrath went through a couple pairs of knee pads and gloves.
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June 30, 1987
Ten days after falling tragically in the MISL Finals, the Tacoma Stars begin reshaping their roster by acquiring a pair of local favorites from Cleveland. Bellevue native Bernie James and former Sounders league MVP Peter Ward come west. James is the MISL's all-time blocks leader. Ward is coming off 26 goals. It brings Tacoma's total of rostered all-stars to nine.
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July 26, 2014
With temperatures hovering around 95 degrees at kickoff, the Kitsap Pumas overcome both the desert heat and FC Tucson, 3-0, in the PDL Western Conference final. Cory Keitz gets Kitsap rolling by winning a ball and then scoring in the seventh minute. Miguel Gonzalez doubles it at 55' and Justin Ortinau adds another at 63'. From there, Tucson withers, losing two men to red cards and another to injury after exhausting its substitutions.
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August 21, 2018
Jodie Taylor bags her first brace on this side of the Atlantic to put Seattle Reign back into the NWSL playoffs. The Reign beats Houston, 2-0, on a night thick with haze from wildfires in British Columbia and California. Taylor strikes twice, three minutes apart, early in the second half. She has nine goals, including four during the current four-game unbeaten run.
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