Success on Three Fronts

Seemingly every aspect of the Sounders evolution moved forward in 2011 – except the most coveted. The Rave Green got no closer to an MLS championship that their first two seasons. Instead, the third-year team hoisting a trophy was across Puget Sound, in Bremerton.

Once more, the region’s appetite for top-flight professional matches proved practically insatiable. Sounders attendance climbs yet again, boosted by CenturyLink Field’s upper deck being opened for the final home date. The new MLS record average is 38,498 – and that excludes the new Pacific Northwest record of 67,052 for the Manchester United summer friendly.

On the field, Seattle progresses on three fronts. In league, where the season has been expanded from 30 to 34 fixtures, the Sounders average 1.85 points and finish just four points off the L.A. Galaxy’s Supporters’ Shield pace. They also claim the first all-MLS version of the Cascadia Cup, going unbeaten (2-0-2) versus Portland and Vancouver. Seattle continues to own the U.S. Open Cup, becoming the first MLS club to win three in a row, and doing so before another tournament record attendance for the final, a 2-0 win over Chicago.

Nobody in MLS wins more league matches (nine) on the road, and that resolve is also evident elsewhere on the continent. Seattle claims seven of a possible nine points in CONCACAF Champions League group stage play, most notably a victory at holders Monterrey while resting several key starters. That secures passage to the knockout rounds in the spring.

Still, the Sounders are unable to mount a playoff run. They lose their opener, 3-0, at Real Salt Lake and are unable to compensate in the home leg, despite earning their first win, 2-0. That clean sheet comes courtesy of a homegrown American legend. Kasey Keller ends his career at age 41. After roaming Europe for 16 years, the Sounders’ emergence allowed him to experience the game at home for the final three seasons. More than 64,000 witness a signature performance by Keller against San Jose, punctuated by an award-winning quadruple save and comeback win.

While a championship proves elusive for Seattle, the Kitsap Pumas are not to be denied. Under Peter Fewing, the Pumas not only win their division, they win three of their postseason matches by shutout, becoming the state’s first PDL champions.

Year in Review
SEATTLE SOUNDERS
18-7-9, 2nd West Conf. MLS 1st rnd
Coach
Sigi Schmid (3rd year)
Best XI
Kasey Keller
Top Scorer
Fredy Montero (12 goals)
U.S. Open Cup
Seattle Sounders, champion Kitsap Pumas, 3rd rnd
Kitsap Pumas
12-1-3, 1st NW Div PDL champion
North Sound Seawolves
4-8-4, 6th NW Div.
Sounders U23
1-10-5, 8th NW Div.
Sounders Women
5-5-4, 5th Western Conf., W-League
Washington Crossfire
3-8-5, 7th NW Div.
Men's Collegiate Postseason
Seattle Pacific, D2 2nd rnd Pacific Lutheran, D3 1st rnd
Women's Collegiate Postseason
Washington State, D1 2nd rnd Seattle Pacific, D2 2nd rnd Puget Sound, D3 1st rnd
Men's Conference Champions
Pacific Lutheran, NWC
Women's Conference Champions
Seattle Pacific, GNAC Puget Sound, NWC
NWAC Men's Champion
Chemeketa d Olympic 2-1
NWAC Women's Champion
Walla Walla d Peninsula 1-0
Boys Regional Champion
Eastside 94 Red (U16)
WIAA Boys Champion
4A-Eastlake, 3A-Camas, 2A-Lynden, 1A-Overlake
WIAA Girls Champion
4A-Skyline, 3A-Seattle Prep, 2A-Interlake, 1A-Seattle Academy, 1B-Bear Creek
Largest Attendance
67,052, CenturyLink Field, Sounders v Manchester United (friendly)

2011

2011: Success on Three Fronts

Sounders continue to make history, but the elusive championship goes to the little club across the Sound, Kitsap Pumas.

UW Hires Clark
January 26, 2011

Jamie Clark, formerly at Harvard and Creighton, is named Washington men’s head coach, replacing Dean Wurzberger, who resigned following 2010 season.

Sounders Beat Defending Champs
July 16, 2011

Fredy Montero and Mauro Rosales score in the 82nd and 84th minutes, spurring Sounders FC to a comeback win over the reigning MLS Cup Champion Colorado, 4-3, in front of a national television audience and 36,424 fans. It is the first Seattle home match played on grass (installed for Manchester United friendly).

Kitsap Pumas Reign Over PDL
August 6, 2011

Robby Christner scores in 11th minute from Bryan Burke and Bryan Meredith posts shutout as Kitsap Pumas beats Laredo Heat, 1-0, to win PDL Championship at home. The PDL finals attract 2,657 to Bremerton Memorial Stadium over two days. Kitsap allows only one goal total in four postseason matches, finishing 16-1-3 in league and playoffs.

Vancouver Girls Win U.S. Club Cup
July 25, 2011

Vancouver United Soccer Alliance Timbers win the girls U17 Premier Division title at U.S. Club Soccer National Cup Finals in Boise. Maddi Barton and Kristen Berry score first-half goals, leading Van United to a 2-1 win over the Scorpions of St. Croix, Minn.

White Stopped by Blood Clot
April 28, 2011

Sounders forward O’Brian White, in midst of scoring surge with two goals and two assists in four games, undergoes surgery for blood clot in leg.

Sounders Threepeat in Open Cup
October 4, 2011

Fredy Montero snaps a scoreless tie in the 78th minute and Osvaldo Alonso adds an insurance tally deep into stoppage time as the Sounders become the first MLS club to win three consecutive Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire. A tournament-record crowd of 35,615 witnesses Seattle become the first club in 42 years and the fourth in the Open Cup's 98-year history to win three years in a row. Montero's goal, his 16th in all competitions and fifth in the last four matches, came after Sounders FC had twice hit the post.

Bellingham United is Born
February 14, 2011

Bellingham United is formed, with plans to play in a yet-to-be-determined adult amateur men’s league in 2012. The club is owned by Jeff McIntyre and Erin O'Brien, founders of Seattle-based Ruffneck Scarves.

Seattle Only 2nd to Win in Mexico
August 23, 2011

Alvaro Fernandez scores the first-half winner and Terry Boss earns a clean sheet as Sounders beat reigning Champions League winner Monterrey, 1-0, in a group stage match at Estadio Tecnologico. Despite resting Fredy Montero, Kasey Keller and Mauro Rosales, Seattle becomes the second MLS club to win a competitive match in 50 tries on Mexican soil. It also snaps a 13-match unbeaten run in CCL for Monterrey.

Man United Swamps Sounders
July 20, 2011

The largest crowd in Pacific Northwest soccer history, 67,052, gathers for Sounders FC friendly with English Premier League champion Manchester United, who run rampant on Seattle reserves in second half for 7-0 outcome. Wayne Rooney, a non-starter, scores three of United's six second-half goals.

Papermakers Take State
May 28, 2011

Freshman Nathan Beasley scores two goals as Camas (20-1-0) claims its third 3A boys title by defeating Bainbridge (17-4-1), 3-0, in Lakewood.

Prep Finishes Unbeaten
November 19, 2011

After giving up two goals in the first six minutes, No. 2-ranked Seattle Prep rallies for a 3-2 victory over No. 3 Liberty of Issaquah to capture a second straight 3A state girls championship. The Panthers (20-0-2), in the title game for the fifth time in six years, had allowed only eight goals all season and never more than one in any match. Kaylynn Huebner headed in the game-winner five minutes before halftime.

North Thurston Honors Keller
May 22, 2011

North Thurston High School retires Kasey Keller’s No. 18 jersey. Keller was a prep All-American for the Rams, graduating in 1988. It’s a huge honor," Keller said. "I had a lot of fond memories of my time at North Thurston. I played a lot of my club ball in Federal Way, and it was a chance to play with my friends. We had a good time, and we had a good team."

Rowe Stars for U.S. U20s
March 29, 2011

Federal Way’s Keyln Rowe opens his U.S. U20 National Team account with a hat trick in 4-0 win over Suriname in Guatemala City. A freshman a UCLA, Rowe then scores two more in 2-0 win over Panama. He was named Pac-10 freshman of the Year after scoring seven goals and 10 assists for the Bruins.

Rosales, Neagle Steal Win at SKC
August 6, 2011

Storming back in the final minutes to become first visitor to win, 2-1, at newly-opened Livestrong Park. Mauro Rosales and Lamar Neagle score in the 90th and 92nd minutes to snap Sporting Kansas City's league-best 14-game unbeaten streak. Sigi Schmid also becomes first coach in MLS history to reach 150 career victories.

Keller, Rosales Take MLS Awards
November 15, 2011

Kasey Keller is named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and Mauro Rosales is Newcomer of the Year. Keller, 41, played every minute of his final season and led all keepers with 18 wins while making a career-high 110 saves. His 1.09 goals against average tied for fifth and his nine shutouts tied for third-most. Rosales finished third in MLS with 13 assists – a new club record – and added five goals.

Skyline Blanks Bellarmine in 4A
November 19, 2011

Defender Lianna Simms, an injury replacement on the back line, connects on a free kick in the 22nd minute as No. 1 Skyline turns back Bellarmine Prep, 1-0, in the 4A state championship match. It was the fourth shutout in four state playoffs games for Skyline, which posted the school's first unbeaten season in school history.

Cascadia Cup Win Starts Journey
September 24, 2011

A brilliant second-half brace from Fredy Montero clinches the Cascadia Cup for Seattle with a 3-1 comeback win over Vancouver at Empire Field. It’s a positive start to a huge travel week for Sounders FC, which also clinched a third straight playoff berth. Beginning with the bus ride north, Seattle will travel 9,000 miles in all, with stops in Guatemala City and New England.

Eastside FC Place 3rd Nationally
July 31, 2011

Three-time state champion Eastside FC 94 Red, coached by Dan Strom, takes third place in the USYSA U16 Boys finals in Phoenix, losing out on a place in the final on goal differential.

Sounders Stopped Again
November 2, 2011

A second-half surge fueled by goals from Osvaldo Alonso and Lamar Neagle secures the first-ever postseason win for the Sounders, however it’s not enough to advance. Seattle loses, 3-2 on aggregate, to Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Keller Stars Before 64,000
October 15, 2011

A quadruple save from Kasey Keller and two late goals by Sammy Ochoa and Fredy Montero thrill the third-largest stand-alone crowd in MLS history with a 2-1 comeback win over San Jose. Playing his final home regular season match before 64,140, Keller is in vintage form with seven saves, including the 65th-minute flurry which keep the Sounders within a goal. Keller, 41, has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

Sounders Snap RSL Streak
May 28, 2011

Lamar Neagle scores his first-career MLS goal and Patrick Ianni adds another, giving the Sounders a 2-1 victory over a 10-man Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL sees its MLS record 29-game home-unbeaten streak snapped while Seattle proceeds to go unbeaten in 11 in all competitions.

Neagle Hat Trick Among Sounders' Six
August 27, 2011

Lamar Neagle’s hat trick leads the onslaught as Seattle erupts for a club-record six goals against Columbus, its third straight win and part of an eight-match unbeaten run across all competitions.

Skagit, Camano Feed the Hungry
December 24, 2011

Skagit Valley Youth Soccer Association and the Stanwood Camano Youth Soccer Club compete in Kicking Hunger food drive which collects nearly 1,500 pounds of donations for local food banks.

Tacoma, Sounders Great Passes
July 7, 2011

Tacoma native and all-time NASL Sounders scoring leader Mark Peterson dies suddenly of unknown cause at 51. Signed by Seattle out of Wilson High School and Norpoint Royals, Peterson went on to play for the U.S. National Team and Tacoma Stars before coaching in North Tacoma SC. At 22, he was the 1982 NASL North American Player of the Year and totaled 61 goals in all competitions in four seasons with the Sounders.

Flaco Scores 1st MLS Cascadia Goal
May 11, 2011

Alvaro Fernandez's goal early in the second half is enough to earn the Seattle Sounders FC a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers in the initial meeting between the two MLS clubs in a match played in heavy rain in front of a record 36,593 fans and a national television audience

Alonso Puts Sounders Thru in CCL
September 27, 2011

Osvaldo Alonso converts a rebound equalizer in the 89th minute as Seattle secures passage to the Champions League knockout stage by drawing, 2-2, at Comunicaciones. Alonso had also tied it at 1-1 in the 44th minute on a deflected drive from outside the box.

Seattle Rallies to Win in Portland
July 10, 2011

Fredy Montero scores two second-half goals and Osvaldo Alonso converts game-winner on 83rd-minute penalty kick as Seattle rallies for 3-2 away victory over Portland Timbers before 18,627 at JELD-WEN Field.

Games like tonight just grip you…it was pure ecstasy and knowing that we were able to fight back and come back again and that our character and our resiliency was still there just made me elated.
Sigi Schmid after Sounders finish regular season before huge crowd and comeback win over San Jose, 2-1
It's whatever $3 million (Sounders) vs. $36,000 (Pumas) in payroll. It's going to be fun.
Peter Fewing on Kitsap v Sounders U.S. Open Cup third-round pairing, won by Seattle, 2-1
It's insane. Once they started getting into it in the second half, I knew we were going to get a goal for sure. Once we get one, we get two. They were insane tonight, so it was awesome.
Brad Evans after crowd pushed Sounders on to Open Cup final victory over Chicago, 2-0
I don't know how many of these kids were able to watch me play but I (came out) just to share the love and passion I have for the game. Also, you see some of these kids and they want to continue to play. As their success rate goes up you see the look on their faces. That's what is so fun about coaching is to see those small successes.
Former USWNT star Mia Hamm while visiting Auburn Youth SAA players at Game Farm Park on August 25
Yeah, there was definitely a little bit more to it. I think everybody was kind of flying around a little bit more.
Nate Jaqua, Oregon native and Sounders forward, on intensity of first Sounders-Timbers clash
We won the national championship, and we're starting to put players in higher leagues. We have that track record. People that come here have a chance to play on an excellent team with a chance to get in the finals or the Open Cup. It opens up a lot of opportunities for us.
Robin Waite, Kitsap Pumas owner
I need to apologize to our fans because I thought we embarrassed ourselves in the second half, not to take anything away from Man United because they're a great team. They scored some great goals and their movement was superb. We wanted to reward all the guys on the team, wanted to play everybody. I think in retrospect that was a mistake.
Sigi Schmid after Sounders are drubbed, 7-0, by Manchester United in friendly
If he was playing now, he’d be making a fortune, and rightfully so, but he wasn’t one of those guys that you’d sit down next to and he’d go on about all the things he’s done. It’s a shame that he couldn’t play now. With all the television coverage and people watching, the public would’ve been enamored by him.
Gary Heale eulogizing former teammate and coaching colleague Mark Peterson, NASL Sounders career scoring king
There is no team, probably other than UCLA, in the country that is hotter than us (seven wins in eight) right now. We are winning games comfortably and it's a fun team to watch. We have been getting ranked and the attention in the polls so hopefully that is good enough.
Washington coach Jamie Clark on eve of NCAA selections in which Huskies were excluded
Last year we were very close to achieving the win, but we couldn’t make it. This year that we did it is very important for us and it’s also very good for MLS and great for the team.
Sounders midfielder Alvaro Fernandez after scoring to defeat Monterrey away in Champions League, 1-0
I'm just humbled. I'm humbled not just for what the club has done for me and given me the opportunity to come home and finish my career back home in something that is just so incredibly special. You can ask my friends who were able to fly out, guys who've played around the world and they just can't believe it. They just are so proud of what's going on here in Seattle and I'm just proud to be a small piece of it.
Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller after his quadruple save helps defeat San Jose in his final regular season appearance at home
She provides a ton of energy and has endurance like you wouldn't believe. And she is great with our kids. She doesn't try and parent them. She blends in as much as she can.
Adam Fenster, Evergreen College women’s coach, referring to Deirdre Morris Dornay of Mercer Island, age 40, his new starting midfielder
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