Three Trophies But Not Satisfied

2014 – Around the World and Close to Home

ISIS overruns large sections or Iraq and Syria, the U.S. and Cuba normalize relations. One World Trade Center opens in lower Manhattan where the twin towers were destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001. Germany beats Argentina in extra time, 1-0, of the World Cup final in South Africa. In Washington, a catastrophic landslide near Oso, Snohomish County kills 43. The Seahawks demolish Denver, 43-8, to win their first Super Bowl and hundreds of thousands pack celebratory parade route despite sub-freezing temperatures.

Three Trophies But Not Satisfied

Elsewhere in the world, they would rightly be known and celebrated as champions. Week in, week out, the Seattle Reign and Sounders play not only some beautiful soccer in 2014 but leave a lot of beaten opponents along the road. They win some trophies, certainly. But in the end, they and their fans are left wanting.

For the record, the Reign and Sounders lift some hefty silver, but the officially recognized championship ware remains on the shelf for another year. One year removed from finishing second from bottom, the Reign are runaway winners of the NWSL Shield, going to the highest point total in the regular season. Somewhat similarly, the Sounders put a disastrous 2013 playoff exit behind them and clinch the MLS Supporters’ Shield before a huge home crowd on Matchday 34. Two months earlier, they achieve the first half of a traditional double, claiming their fourth U.S. Open Cup as well.

While the Sounders are stopped one stage short of reaching the MLS Cup final on an away goals tiebreaker, their trail to that point is impressive. The Rave average 1.9 points earned per match and score 1.9 goals per game, many of the latter are the culmination of creative combinations involving Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins.

A couple miles north, having moved from Starfire into Memorial Stadium, the Reign was no less entertaining. League MVP Kim Little and fellow all-league selection Naho Kawasumi spearheaded an attacking averaging 2.1 goals and a club which ran away from the table to finish 13 points ahead of runner-up Kansas City, who edged Seattle in the final.

Across Puget Sound, the Kitsap Pumas have a similar storyline. The semipro Pumas won the PDL Northwest Division but are beaten in the national final.

By year’s end, the Sounders announce formation of a second team which will join USL-PRO. S2 will replace the reserve team and play in the third tier of the U.S. pyramid at Starfire. Ezra Hendrickson, who coached the reserves for three seasons, will be S2 head coach.

For the first time since 2006 a Washington native appears in the FIFA World Cup. At age 20, DeAndre Yedlin, a homegrown Sounder, is fast-tracked by Jurgen Klinsmann. In February, Yedlin earns his first cap and less than four months later he joins Dempsey in the 23-man World Cup squad. Yedlin plays in three matches. Dempsey starts all four games and scores twice, including a strike 29 seconds into the group game vs. Ghana.

Year in Review
Season Record
20-10-4, Supporters' Shield, West Conf. Finals
Sigi Schmid (6th year)
Best XI
Chad Marshall, Obafemi Martins
Top Scorer
Obafemi Martins (17 goals)
Season Record
16-2-6, NWSL Shield, Runner-up
Laura Harvey (2nd year)
Kendall Fletcher, Jess Fishlock, Kim Little (MVP), Naho Kawasumi
Top Scorer
Kim Little (16 goals)
U.S. Open Cup
Seattle Sounders, champion
Men's Collegiate Postseason
Washington, D1 Round of 16 Seattle Pacific, D2 2nd rnd Whitworth, D3 3rd rnd
Women's Collegiate Postseason
Seattle Univ., D1 2nd rnd Washington, D1 3rd rnd Washington State, D1 2nd rnd Seattle Pacific, D2 1st rnd Western Washington, D2 2nd rnd Puget Sound, D3 2nd rnd
Men's Conference Champions
Seattle Pacific, GNAC Whitworth, NWC
Women's Conference Champions
Seattle Univ, WAC Seattle Pacific, GNAC Puget Sound, NWC
NWAC Men's Champion
Highline d North Idaho 3-0
NWAC Women's Champion
Everett d Peninsula 1-0
Largest Attendance
64,207, CenturyLink Field, Seattle v Portland

2014: Three Trophies But Not Satisfied

It's a summer to remember around Seattle, what with a World Cup and entertaining, top-of-the-table teams in the Sounders and Reign. But everyone is left wanting more.

Little Goals Get Reign Started
April 13, 2014

Scottish international Kim Little debuts with a brace as the Seattle Reign opens its new Memorial Stadium home by beating Boston, 3-0. Little, who arrived from Europe only 30 hours before the match, scores a penalty early in the second half and adds her second five minutes later. Megan Rapinoe closes out the scoring, and Hope Solo is credited with two saves in the shutout.

Impact Rocked in Opener
November 8, 2014

After losing its coaching staff just days beforehand, the Seattle Impact fizzles in its inaugural game, losing 14-4 to San Diego. Nick Perera scores four for the Sockers. Both head coach Jason Dunn and assistant Todd Haley part ways with owner and former college teammate Dion Earl after not being paid. Earl, 42, takes the coaching reins in addition to playing.

Reign Romps Over Thorns
July 27, 2014

Sydney Leroux strikes in the fourth minute and Naho Kawasumi supplies a pair of goals for the Reign to pound Portland, 5-0, before a record home crowd of 5,957. It’s the first five-goal game for Seattle. Kim Little assists Kawasumi at 40' and 49' makes it 3-nil. Megan Rapinoe and Kim Little tack-on goals, and Seattle moves to 14-1-4 after clinching a playoff berth July 20 with a 1-1 draw at Chicago.

Solo, Rapinoe Factor in Win over Mexico
September 18, 2014

Megan Rapinoe scores and Hope Solo serves as captain and collects her 73rd U.S. National Team clean sheet in the final match prior to World Cup qualifying, a 4-0 win over Mexico in Rochester, N.Y. Solo surpassed Brianna Scurry's career shutout record of 71 vs. Mexico (8-0) on Sept. 13. Some questioned whether she should be selected for play. An altercation with her sister-in-law and 17-year-old nephew at a family gathering in June resulted in misdemeanor charges of 4th degree domestic violence. All charges are eventually dismissed.

Casino Road Kids' Camp Growing
June 23, 2014

Now in its sixth year, the Casino Road Futbol Academy camp in south Everett is teeming with 600 boys and girls at Walter E. hall Park. Everett police Sgt. Manuel Garcia, a former Cruz Azul player, started the academy in 2009. The $20 registration includes breakfast and lunch, a jersey and a soccer ball. In the first five years, more than 3,000 kids have the week-long day camp.

Kitsap Wins Northwest Division
July 11, 2014

Kitsap Pumas get a hat trick from Miguel Gonzalez to clinch the PDL Northwest Division for the first time in three seasons with a 3-1 win over Washington Crossfire in Redmond. Kitsap (9-1-4) finishes four points in front of Vancouver and Victoria.

Loggers Land 13th Straight NWC Title
November 8, 2014

Thanks to Robin Vieira's brace, Puget Sound clinches its 13th Northwest Conference title in a row with a 2-0 victory over Lewis & Clark in Tacoma. Vieira tallies in the 8th and 74th minutes while the Loggers deny the Pioneers a single shot for the first 55 minutes. UPS wins nine of the last 10, allowing just four goals in the process.

Solo Caps Year with Shutout
December 21, 2014

Making one save, Hope Solo posts her 11th shutout of the year for the United States in a 0-0 draw with Brazil at the International Tournament of Brasilia. Across 20 appearances in 2014, Solo had a 0.68 GAA. Fellow Seattle Reign teammate Megan Rapinoe was second on the squad in assists (7) and scored six goals, while Sydney Leroux's nine goals were third-best on the USWNT.

Fast Starting Huskies Beat UP
September 28, 2014

Cristian Roldan strikes in the opening minute of overtime, giving No. 6 Washington a 2-1 decision over Portland at Merlo Field. Following a scoreless opening period, Josh Heard makes UW frontrunners by finishing Darwin Jones's cross at 53'. A Jones penalty at 57' is saved and, the Pilots tie it at 71'. Just 49 seconds after starting overtime, Heard finds Roldan, who scores from 12 yards for the Dawgs' fifth win in a row.

WSU Names Nugent Next Coach
January 30, 2014

UNC Greensboro's Steve Nugent is tapped as Washington State's new head coach, replacing Keidane McAlpine. Nugent becomes the Cougars' sixth head coach and third in four years.

Reign Moving Downtown
February 6, 2014

Reign reach agreement with Seattle Public Schools to move to Memorial Stadium beginning in 2014, for both matches and training. Owner Bill Predmore said there are plans to upgrade the locker rooms and paint over football lines.

Turf Fields' Crumb Rubber Infill Called into Question
October 8, 2014

Amy Griffin, associate head women's coach at Washington, provides data in an NBC News story on a possible tie between cancer and crumb rubber infill for artificial turf fields. Griffin has compiled names of 38 players who have developed different types of cancers. Of those, 34 are goalkeepers. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission says its past studies that once deemed the surface as "safe" are now "limited." The EPA begins conducting further studies, including exposure to recycled tire crumb rubber infill that may result in chemical exposure.

Lakeside Wins 3A in Fourth Try
May 31, 2014

Sharif Kombo's score midway through the first half stands up as the winner for Lakeside in the 3A boys' final. Kombo gets his 14th goal of the year, taking a long upfield feed from Paul Rothrock and firing home. It is the first championship for the Lions after three previous trips to the final, the last in 2006. They survived a semifinal shootout versus Shorewood.

Longtime Bremerton Team First Kitsap Inductees
January 25, 2014

Bremerton Chuggers, a youth team that would eventually play 27 years, into adulthood, becomes the first soccer athletes inducted into the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame. The founding members of the Chuggers started kicking the soccer ball around in 1973. At last count 112 players have represented the Chuggers. After dominating the adult soccer scene in Kitsap County, they competed in the Washington State Soccer League (now called the Greater Seattle Soccer League) for 16 seasons and played several more years in over-30 and over-40 leagues.

Edmonds-Way Surges to Take 3A Girls
November 22, 2014

Maddy Schultz, the U.S. U17 international bound for North Carolina, scores the deciding goal in Edmonds-Woodway’s 2-1 victory over Southridge of Kennewick for the girls' 3A title. The Warriors, who started the season 3-3, find their attack early. Less than four minutes into the game Hailey Hull redirects Ashleigh Fonsen's free kick to the net. Schultz, who had a hat trick in the 3-0 semifinal win over Bellevue, beats a defender to double the lead in the 16th. Mercedes Haberling gives the Suns life by scoring in the second half. Edmonds-Woodway finishes the season on a 16-0-1 run.

Vikings Stunned in NCAA Opener
November 15, 2014

Undefeated and seeded first in the region, Western Washington crashes out of the NCAA tournament in its initial outing, 1-0 to Cal State Stanislaus at Harrington Field. The Vikings were 12th in the nation at 16-0-4, but the Warriors get a first-half goal to stand up. Stanislaus had knocked out Seattle Pacific in a shootout, 0-0 (5-4), two days earlier. Western's home home unbeaten run ends at 21 games, and it's the first-ever loss at Harrington Field.

Sounders Further Fortify Roster
January 31,

After trading up in the MLS allocation order, Seattle signs former Chicago star midfielder Marco Pappa. Over four seasons with the Fire, Pappa totaled 26 goals and 16 assists. He returns to MLS from the Dutch Eredivisie's Heerenveen. Pappa, 26, is the latest piece added in the offseason roster overhaul, joining fellow newcomers Stefan Frei, Chad Marshall, Chad Barrett and Kenny Cooper. In early March, Gonzalo Pineda and Michael Azira are signed.

Barrett Gets Seattle Off the Mark
March 8, 2014

Chad Barrett scores in the fourth minute of added time as the Sounders commence their season by beating MLS Cup holders Sporting Kansas City, 1-0, before 39,240. Barrett’s goal is a conversion of Clint Dempsey’s header off the crossbar. Stefan Frei gets the clean sheet in his Seattle debut.

Sounders Women on a Roll
June 22, 2014

Kennya Cordner snatches a winner in the final two minutes as the Seattle Sounders Women win their fourth in a row, 2-1 over Santa Clarita. It's Cordner's fifth goal during the win streak, including hat trick vs Colorado Storm on June 20. unfortunately, the Sounders Women proceed to lose three of the next five to fall from W-League postseason contention.

Vikings Open Harrington Field
September 4, 2014

Western Washington plays its first game on campus in 14 years as the women host Humboldt State at newly-constructed Robert S. Harrington Field. Catherine Miles scores the facility's first goal in the 2-0 win. The Western men host their first regular season game Sept. 13, a 2-1 overtime loss to Cal State East Bay. For the past 13 seasons both teams played out of Pipeline Fields, Northwest Soccer Park and most recently Whatcom Community College.

Reign's Harvey, 4 Players Honored
August 27, 2014

Laura Harvey of the Seattle Reign is named NWSL Coach of the Year. Harvey, 34, leads the Reign to 16 wins and two draws in 20 games with a fluid style that nets 50 goals. Kim Little, Jess Fishlock, Naho Kawasumi and Kendall Fletcher are all chosen first team all-NWSL.

NU Eagles Win 8th in a Row
October 23, 2014

Tatyana Reveles puts Northwest University up early and Kelsey Greene scores and assists during a spree of four second-half goals in a 5-0 romp over Warner Pacific in Kirkland. It's the Eagles eighth straight Cascade Conference win, and a draw with Concordia two days later clinches the CCC regular season title. Concordia avenges the outcome in the postseason final, 1-0, on Nov. 15, taking the automatic NAIA berth.

Reign Advances to Host Final
August 24, 2014

Megan Rapinoe’s theft and finish in the 82nd minute completes the Reign’s comeback win, 2-1, against Washington in the NWSL semifinal. After Veronica Perez gives the Spirit the lead in the 65th minute, Golden Boot winner Kim Little responds from the penalty spot in the 72nd. Hope Solo saves off Diana Matheson and shortly thereafter Rapinoe strips Toni Pressley and hitting a rocket past Ashlyn Harris into the top right corner. Seattle will host Kansas City in the league final at Starfire.

SPU Avenges and Advances in NCAA
November 15, 2014

Danny Olivas knocks in a penalty kick with 23 minutes to go and No. 4 Seattle Pacific avenges its only loss by beating Northwest Nazarene, 2-1, in an NCAA regional semifinal at Interbay Stadium. SPU never trails, taking the lead at 9:48 through Jordan Kollars. It’s the Falcons’ 16th win, the most since 1993. Cal State L.A. would eliminate SPU, 1-0 in overtime, in the regional final Nov. 20.

Marshall, Martins Make MLS Best XI
December 2, 2014

Seattle Sounders FC defender Chad Marshall and forward Obafemi Martins are named MLS Best XI, the third such selection for Marshall after earning the honor in 2008 and 2009, and the first for Martins. Earlier, Marshall became the first player in league history to be named MLS Defender of the Year three times. Martins scored a club record 17 goals (19, all competitions) and was runner-up to L.A. Galaxy's Robbie Keane for MVP.

Loggers Win NCAA Opener in Final Seconds
November 15, 2014

In the waning seconds of regulation Robin Vieira finds the winner for 25th-ranked Puget Sound in an NCAA Division III first-round win over Washington in St. Louis. Vieira heads home from a Danielle Silver cross in the 90th minute. The Loggers, after hitting the post and crossbar, fall to Centre the next day, 0-0 (7-6), in a second-round shootout.

Whitworth's Season Ends in Final 16
November 23, 2014

Fifth-ranked Christopher Newport jumps on Whitworth in the opening 20 minutes and proceeds to beat the 10-man Pirates, 3-2, in Gambier, Oh. Behind 2-nil, Karl Muelheims pulls the visitors a goal back at 37' and a potential equalizer caroms off the crossbar just before halftime. Whitworth out-shoots the Captains 19-10, but its hopes fade when Newport restores the two-goal lead at '52 and the Bucs are reduced to 10 by a 68' red card.

Cooper Caps Comeback to Extend Streak
May 7, 2014

Kenny Cooper scores the decisive goal in the 88th minute as Seattle rallies past FC Dallas, 2-1, for the fifth win in a row, tying a club record. Lamar Neagle, on his 27th birthday, ties it in the 62nd minute. Cooper, who replaced Neagle in the 86th minute, finishes a cross from Obafemi Martins for the Sounders' seventh goal scored in the last 15 minutes.

Dempsey Scores to Upset Ghana
June 16, 2014

Sounders forward Clint Dempsey scores after 29 seconds as the USMNT upsets Ghana, 2-1, in the opening match of World Cup group play. Seattle teammate DeAndre Yedlin, 20, also plays, becoming the first MLS homegrown signing to appear in a World Cup. Dempsey is the first American to score in three World Cups and the goal is the fifth-earliest ever in World Cup play.

Reign Lands Japan International
February 10, 2014

Japanese international midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi, 28, is signed by the Seattle Reign on loan from INAC Kobe. Kawasumi, who helped Japan win the 2011 World Cup and take silver at the 2012 Olympics, was MVP of the WE League for a second time in 2013. She scored 12 goals. In Seattle she will be reunited with Beverly Goebel Yanaz, INAC's top scorer. Kawasumi's acquisition is part of a very active week in February in which Laura Harvey also signs defender Kendall Fletcher from Australia's Canberra United. In all, the Reign roster has 10 new players.

Seattle U Scores Early, Wins WAC
November 9, 2014

Seattle University once again scores early, then adds four second-half goals to repeat as WAC tournament champions by blanking UMKC, 5-0, at Championship Field. Julie Moravec puts the Redhawks in front after 11 minutes – the eighth SU goal to come in the first 11 minutes in the last eight games. Early in the second half, Moravec and Natasha Howe score a minute apart (52-53’). Tourney MVP Stephanie Verdoia sets a new record with her 21st goal at 59’.

Comeback Road Draw Sets Up Showdown
October 19, 2014

Clint Dempsey and Lamar Neagle score second-half goals as the Sounders come from behind to draw, 2-2, with the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center. Seattle and LA remain tied atop the Supporters' Shield standings at 61 points apiece. Dempsey and Neagle tally three minutes apart to steal two points from Los Angeles and set up a showdown for the Supporters’ Shield in the season finale six days later in Seattle.

Yedlin Tapped by Tottenham
August 13, 2014

Sounders FC reaches an agreement to transfer defender DeAndre Yedlin to Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League after the 2014 season. Seattle's first Homegrown player, Yedlin, 21, has earned All-Star honors in each of his first two MLS seasons and represented the U.S. National Team in the FIFA World Cup.

Cougars Sweep Oregon Schools
October 19, 2014

Gurveen Clair posts her record 33rd career shutout and Mariah Powers's first collegiate goal gives Washington State a 1-0 overtime victory over Oregon in Pullman. Clair makes two saves to keep the Ducks scoreless. The win completes a WSU sweep of the Oregon schools and snaps a three-match winless skid after the Cougars began then season unbeaten (7-0-2) in their first nine outings.

Dempsey Hat Trick Keys Comeback
April 5, 2014

Clint Dempsey's 87th minute penalty kick caps a remarkable hat trick and comeback by the Sounders at Portland, ending in a 4-4 draw. Down 4-2 entering the final five minutes, Seattle pulls close on Dempsey's second goal coming from a combination with Obafemi Martins. Two minutes later, DeAndre Yedlin is fouled after racing into the box and Dempsey equalizes from the spot. The draw avoids a fifth straight loss to the Timbers.

4,500 See U.S. Exit World Cup
July 1, 2014

Sounders players join with some 4,500 fans at the CenturyLink Field Events Center to watch a lunch hour World Cup round-of-16 match between the U.S. and Belgium. The Belgians send the Yanks home, 2-1, in extra time.

UW Women Reach Sweet 16
November 21, 2014

Washington reaches the NCAA Sweet 16 when Kimberly Keever scores a golden goal to beat Missouri 1-0 in overtime at Palo Alto. A freshman, Keever maneuvers past a defender and slots her shot inside the far post 63 seconds into extra time. Megan Kufeld makes three saves for her ninth shutout. Kufeld and UW also blanked Rider, 1-0, in the first round.

Washington Posts Rare Win vs. Portland
September 29, 2014

Amanda Perez deals the decisive blow in Washington's rare win over 25th-ranked Portland, 3-2 at Merlo Field. Kate Bennett's second goal gives UW its first lead in the 39th minute. Bennett then serves a cross for Perez to head home in the 80th minute. The Pilots had dominated the series, 23-3-2, not losing to the Huskies since 2010.

Brawner Goal Earns Colgate Title
November 1, 2014

Caroline Brawner of Edmonds scores to give Colgate a 1-0 victory over American University and the Patriot League regular season title in Washington, D.C. An all-region senior midfielder, Brawner successfully hits her penalty kick in the 73rd minute. She later is named Colgate's female athlete of the year.

Four-Goal Turnbow Fuels CV Repeat
November 22, 2014

Kelsey Turnbow scores four goals as Central Valley successfully defends its title by vanquishing Jackson, 5-2. Turnbow begins her rampage by scoring in the third minute but not until Megan Dimmler’s 69’ goal do the Bears separate from the Timberwolves. Turnbow’s fourth comes at 75’. Central Valley is the third school to repeat in 4A.

Kitsap Beats Heat, Tucson in West Final
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.

John Best: Sounders, Stars Icon
October 5, 2014

John Best, the first coach and later general manager of the original Seattle Sounders dies while traveling in Ireland. He was 74. Best succumbs to a lung infection after more than two decades of battling kidney disease. He had been visiting family. Best was the face of the Sounders in their formative years, serving as head coach from 1974-76. He returned in 1982 as GM. In 1983 he co-founded the Tacoma Stars, serving as president and director for the MISL club's first five seasons. The Sounders observe a moment of silence and wear black armbands for their home match vs. Vancouver on Oct. 10. Best was the Whitecaps GM during their NASL championship season of 1979.

Reign Players Figure in U.S. Win
April 11, 2014

Three Seattle Reign stars figure prominently in a 3-0 United States win over China in a San Diego friendly. Sydney Leroux scores the third goal on a Megan Rapinoe assist, and Hope Solo notches her 70th career shutout, one short of the USWNT record. Solo also makes her 150th international appearance. It's the team's first game under interim head coach Jill Ellis.

Washington Fades Out of NCAAs
November 30, 2014

Washington seems to have one foot in the Elite Eight but is caught by No. 3 Michigan State in the final 15 minutes of regulation, and the Spartans advance via penalties, 2-2 (4-3) at East Lansing. Josh Moberg and Steven Wright put the 14th-ranked visitors up 2-nil at 73'. MSU rallies to tie it by the 88th minute and prevails when Darin Jones hits the crossbar in the final UW shootout attempt.

Young Referee Gets Big Matches
July 16, 2014

Logan Griffis, 19 and a 2013 King’s HS graduate, is one of seven Washington referees chosen to officiate the USYSA National Championships in Frisco, Tex. Later, Griffis referees the 4A girls state championship game and a 3A semifinal, and the Kirkland resident officiates five matches at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase. In almost six years, Griffis has officiated approximately 1,500 soccer games.

Seattle Impact Coming to Kent
July 7, 2014

Semipro indoor soccer is coming to Kent’s ShoWare Center. Dion Earl, formerly of the A-League Sounders and Seattle SeaDogs, has purchased a franchise in the Major Arena Soccer League.

Pumas Fall in PDL Final
August 3, 2014

After scoring eight times in their run to the PDL Championship final, the Kitsap Pumas are silenced in a 1-0 loss to the Michigan Bucks at Pontiac, Mi. Tournament MVP Adam Grinwis is peppered with shots by the Pumas but makes 12 saves for the shutout. The Bucks' lone goal comes from Thomas Owens at 59'. Michigan had not held any previous playoff opponent scoreless.

WYS Honors Grosch with Coin
March 30, 2014

Washington Youth Soccer creates a commemorative coin to honor Karl Grosch, who co-founded the Washington State Youth Soccer Referees Association. Referees will use the coin for the pregame coin toss.

Little is NWSL MVP, Gold Boot
August 28, 2014

Seattle Reign’s dynamite newcomer Kim Little, 24, is voted NWSL Most Valuable Player after leading her club to the league’s best record by scoring 16 goals, good for the Golden Boot. Little produced four multi-goal games. The native of Aberdeen, Scotland also is second in assists with seven.

Yedlin Named Young Player of Year
December 4, 2014

U.S. Soccer names Sounders FC defender DeAndre Yedlin the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year. Yedlin earned 10 U.S. Men's National Team caps in 2014, including three at the FIFA World Cup. He became the first MLS Homegrown Player to represent the U.S. at the World Cup, making three appearances in Brazil.

Pappa Scores twice, Seattle Takes Shield
October 25, 2014

In front of an energized crowd of 57,673 at CenturyLink Field, the Sounders get two late goals from substitute Marco Pappa to top the Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-0, to claim the Supporters' Shield and club-record 20th win. It’s a scoreless stalemate until the 85th minute, when a combination between Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey draws the defense, leaving Pappa open on the left from 10 yards. Pappa, who came on in the 73rd minute and delivers all four Seattle shots on target, strips a Galaxy keeper Jaime Pinedo in the fifth minute of stoppage time for the coup de grace.

Falcons Clinch First GNAC Since 2001
November 1, 2014

A gritty road performance from Seattle Pacific, highlighted by Seth Russell's goal midway through the second half, separates the Falcons from Montana State Billings, 1-0, to give the Falcons their first outright GNAC championship since 2001. SPU was coming off its first loss in 16 games, 1-0 at Northwest Nazarene Oct. 30.

Cooper, Rose Fuel Semifinal Rout
August 13, 2014

Kenny Cooper twice finds the net and assists on two other goals as the Sounders rout Chicago, 6-0, in U.S. Open Cup semifinal at Starfire. Andy Rose also scores a brace to send Seattle to its fifth USOC final in six seasons. The hosts grab the lead after six minutes through Chad Barrett and by halftime Rose makes it 3-0. A late flurry of three goals in five minutes includes two Cooper goals, giving him a record six for the tournament. He scores in each of Seattle’s first four USOC matches.

Stanford's Second Bite Beats Huskies
November 23, 2014

Megan Kufeld nearly saves the day for Washington, but 3rd-ranked Stanford scores on a penalty kick rebound to end the Huskies' season, 1-0, in a third round NCAA game at Palo Alto. Kufeld, who makes seven stops, parries a 43' Lo’eau LaBonta penalty attempt, but LaBonta is first to the rebound and scores. The Cardinal has not lost to UW since 2004 and has won 23 straight postseason games at home.

Sounders Beat Timbers Before Huge Crowd
July 13, 2014

Clint Dempsey scores in his return from World Cup play to help the Sounders beat Portland, 2-0, in front of a crowd of 64,207, the largest MLS crowd of the season. Marco Pappa also scores, and Stefan Frei records his sixth shutout as Seattle maintains a seven-point cushion in the Supporters' Shield race. Five days earlier, the Sounders had eliminated the Timbers from the U.S. Open Cup, 3-1 in extra time.

Sounders Score Four in First Half
September 3, 2014

Seattle surges in front with four first-half goals to coast past Chivas USA, 4-2, at Carson, Ca. Brad Evans assists on three of the scores, tying a record, with Obafemi Martins and Andy Rose each scoring twice. All come from set plays. An Evans corner kick in the 11th minute leads to Martins's opener. Free kicks by Evans in the 38th and 42nd minutes enable Rose to score his first two goals of the season. Seattle's third straight win gives it a five-point lead in the Supporters' Shield race.

South Carolina Ousts Seattle U in Shootout
November 21, 2014

Brianna Smallidge and the Seattle University defenders keep 18th-ranked South Carolina off the scoreboard for 110 minutes yet the Gamecocks go on to the NCAA Round of 16, 0-0 (2-1) at Chapel Hill, N.C. Smallidge makes six saves, plus another in the fourth round of the shootout. But USC freshman Abbey Crider, who in making her first start stopped SU star Stephanie Verdoia the second overtime, makes another save in the fifth round before Chelsea Drennan converts the winner. It is the Redhawks' fifth shutout in the final six games.

Redhawks Take Share of WAC
November 1, 2014

Stephanie Verdoia strikes just seconds into Seattle University's 2-0 win at Utah Valley, earning the Redhawks a share of the WAC regular season title at Orem, Ut. Verdoia scores at 40 seconds on a feed from Taylor Ritzman, and Ritzman doubles the lead just two minutes later. It's the sixth straight road win for Seattle U.

Huskies Advance to NCAA Final 16
November 24, 2014

Spencer Richey saves a penalty in the shootout's ninth round and Beau Blanchard converts for No.12 Washington, which advances to the NCAA round of 16 over Furman, 0-0 (6-5), on Montlake. The Huskies finish with a 24-10 advantage in shot yet miss their first three penalty kick attempts. They pull even by the fifth round, and Richey Blanchard later move them forward.

Reign Start Extends to 15 Games Unbeaten
July 6, 2014

The Seattle Reign can't lose. A year after failing to win any of their first 11 games, the Reign extended their unbeaten start to 15 matches (13-0-2) by turning back Boston, 3-2, at home. All three goals, including two from Naho Kawasumi, come in the final 35 minutes. Jess Fishlock finds Kawasumi in the 83rd minute for the winner. With eight fixtures remaining, Seattle already has more points than the 2013 NWSL Shield winner.

Reign Moves to 7-0-0 Start
May 14, 2014

Although they score the match’s first two goals, the Reign need a winner from Keelin Winters in the 76th minute to remain perfect (7-0-0) after seven starts. Kendall Fletcher and Kim Little score in the first 20 minutes, but FC Kansas City ties it in the second half before Winters nods home the winner from Kiersten Dallstream's cross.

SPU Remains Unbeaten After Halted Game
October 25, 2014

Seattle Pacific’s Stephen MacDonald nets the lone goal in the fifth minute of game shortened by a power outage at Interbay Stadium. The No. 3 Falcons defeat the University of Mary, 1-0, to reach 14-0-1 on the season. They have set records for consecutive wins (13) and games unbeaten (15). Power is lost throughout the surrounding neighborhoods at 8:40 p.m., when the match reached the 82nd minute. After both teams wait 80 minutes to resume, officials rule SPU the winner.

Eight-Team EPLWA Begins Play
April 26, 2014

The Evergreen Premier League's inaugural match is played at Yakima's Marquette Stadium, with Yakima United defeating Seattle Stars SC, 4-2. The other charter teams are Bellingham United, South Sound SC (Tacoma), Spokane Shadow, Vancouver Victory FC, Wenatchee United FC and WestSound FC (Silverdale). Spokane wins the league's first championship. EPLWA is affiliated with U.S. Adult Soccer's Premier League program.

Akers Returns Home for Cup Finals, Clinic
May 10, 2014

World Cup legend Michelle Akers leads a youth clinic sponsored by the Seattle Sounders Women and congratulates Washington Youth Soccer State Cup girls' finalists at Starfire Sports. Akers, who now lives in Georgia, is returning to her home state to participate in a number of activities, including community autograph sessions and seminars for players, parents, coaches, referees and administrators.

Falcons' Sekyra Fastest to 200
September 18, 2014

Seattle Pacific's Chuck Sekyra becomes the state's fastest coach to reach 200 collegiate wins when the Falcons defeat Simon Fraser, 4-1, at Interbay Stadium. Sekyra's teams have averaged nearly 18 wins in his first 11 seasons, reaching three NCAA final fours, including the 2008 Division II championship. SPU gets all the goals necessary in the first 28 minutes from Hannah Heusers and Isabell Farrell.

Huskies Extend Win Streak to 8
October 5, 2014

Washington wins its eighth in a row, completing a sweep of the Bay Area schools by beating No. 18 Stanford, 3-1, at Husky Soccer Stadium. The No. 5-ranked Huskies put away the Cardinal when Darwin Jones converts a turnover into his eighth goal of the season.

Stars Join New Indoor League
July 8, 2014

The new Western Indoor Soccer League announces the Tacoma Stars as a founding member for the 2014-15 season. Owner Lane Smith bought the rights to the original MISL Stars' name, colors, logo and their distinctive argyle jerseys. They will play home games at the Tacoma Soccer Center.

Sounders, Seahawks Separate Operations
April 30, 2014

Sounders FC and the Seahawks announce their business operations will become independent beginning April 30. The teams have shared business operations since Sounders FC was admitted to Major League Soccer in 2007. The club’s new headquarters will be in Pioneer Square, just north of CenturyLink Field.

Impact Players Quit En Masse
November 19, 2014

Twenty-two players quit the troubled Seattle Impact in protest of owner Dion Earl’s management style. Earl also coaches and plays for the team and has been served with a class action lawsuit by former employees.

Seattle's Yedlin Capped
February 1, 2014

Seattle native DeAndre Yedlin earns his first U.S. National Team cap vs. South Korea, a 2-0 friendly in Carson, Calif. Yedlin comes on in the 74th minute, replacing fellow Sounder Brad Evans.

All-Time Teams Selected for Seattle Pro Eras
September 10, 2014

The Seattle Times and historian Frank MacDonald publish a series of all-time teams from the various eras of professional soccer's 40-year existence in Puget Sound. MacDonald polled the head coaches of the original NASL Sounders, FC Seattle and A-League/USL Sounders to determine the selections.

Edmonds Native to Coach Notre Dame
March 19, 2014

Theresa Wagner Romagnolo of Edmonds is named women’s head coach at Notre Dame. A four-time All-Pac-10 Conference choice at Washington, she went on to join the Stanford and University of San Diego staffs before her first head coaching appointment at Dartmouth in 2011. The Irish go 14-6-2 and reach the NCAA third round in Romagnolo’s first year.

Pirates Reach Round of 16
November 15, 2014

Whitworth reaches the NCAA Division III men’s round of 16 for the first time since 2009 by blanking Berry, 2-0, in Atlanta. Sam Engle and Eric Espinoza score for the Pirates, whose 17th victory ties the program record. Micheal Ramos's 14th goal had moved the Bucs out of the first round with an 81' goal against Covenant.

Johnson, Northwest Eagles Soar
November 8, 2014

Northwest University wraps up a successful women's season by rallying to beat Warner Pacific, 2-1, in overtime at Kirkland. Acacia Johnson ignites the comeback, scoring the tying goal with 7:17 remaining in regulation. It's Johnson's record 42nd career goal. She then crosses to Tiffany Taylor for the winner 4:03 into overtime. The Eagles' record-tying 11th win comes two weeks after they clinched their second Cascade Conference championship.

UW Women Win 5th Straight
October 25, 2014

Jaclyn Softli’s 10th goal of the season lifts Washington to a fifth straight win, 1-0, at Utah, snapping the Utes’ home unbeaten streak at 12. Two of the wins have come versus nationally-ranked opposition.

Pumas Stop Ocala in PDL Semi
August 1, 2014

Jesus Sanchez finds the deciding goal to send the Kitsap Pumas on to the PDL final with a 2-1 win over Florida's Ocala Stampede in Pontiac, Mi. Joaquin Rivas finds his way around multiple defenders and scores in the 41st minute. A deflection leads to an Ocala equalizer moments before halftime, but Sanchez delivers the winner in the 88th minute, snapping the Stampede's 14-game unbeaten run.

WA Youth Coaches Nab Two National Awards
January 17, 2014

Zahra Lechak of Dos FC and Seattle United is selected 2013 USYSA Girls Competitive Coach of the Year, and Chris Twombley of West Seattle SC is named National Girls Recreation Coach of the Year by USYSA in Philadelphia. Twombley has been a WSSC coach for 12 years, most recently with the Blue Crew. Lechak, a USSF A License holder who is also a Sounders Women assistant, focuses on developing players to their full potential.

Kansas City Denies Reign Title
August 31, 2014

FC Kansas City and onetime Reign roster member Amy Rodriguez deny Seattle the NWSL championship, 2-1, before a sold-out Starfire. Rodriguez, who had missed the entire 2013 season then been traded to FCKC, scores midway through the first half and adds a crucial second goal in the 56th. Both are set-up by MVP Lauren Holiday. Megan Rapinoe halves the deficit in the 87th minute. Seattle finishes with a 14-5 shot advantage, but Nicole Barnhart makes seven saves. The Bumbershoot arts festival had bumped the Reign out of Memorial Stadium for the final.

NWC Men's Title Back at Whitworth
November 8, 2014

Two first-half goals send Whitworth on its way to a 3-0 win at Whitman, bringing the NWC title back to Spokane for the second time in three years. On the final day of the regular season, the Bucs start just a point in front of Willamette and two ahead of Puget Sound. They get scores from Eric Espinoza at 24’ and Tyler Clarke at 34’ to calm and concerns.

Walla Walla Records First Win
October 4, 2014

After a humbling start to its existence, Walla Walla University achieves its first varsity men's victory, 2-1 over Multnomah at Portland. The Wolves lost their first seven outings by a combined 40-1, beginning Sept. 7 in Everett with a 1-0 defeat to Trinity Lutheran.

Hahnemann Calls Time After 21 Years
December 8, 2014

Marcus Hahnemann, 42, announces his retirement from professional soccer. Hahnemann began and finished his illustrious 21-year professional career with his hometown club, spending three seasons with the A-League Sounders from 1994-96 and a little more than two seasons with Sounders FC from 2012-14. In between, he played for Colorado then 13 seasons in England, including 276 appearances with Reading, where he reached the Premiership.

Sounders Lift 4th Open Cup
September 16, 2014

Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins score in extra time as the Sounders capture the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. Seattle has now won four U.S. Open Cup championships in its six-year history, tying the Chicago Fire for the most among MLS teams. Seattle trails until Chad Barrett ties it, 1-1, in the 47th minute. Martins comes off the bench and sets up Dempsey for the go-ahead goal in the 101st and then seals it on his own in the 114th. The Open Cup marks the first trophy of Dempsey’s illustrious club career.

Corban Ends Northwest National Hopes
November 19, 2014

Northwest University twice beat Corban in the regular season but the Eagles succumb in the Cascade Conference final at home, 2-1 in overtime, missing a chance to reach the NAIA tournament. Todd Siedenberg stakes the Eagles to a 6' lead on a penalty kick. Corban ties it and gets the winner in the sixth minute of extra time. Northwest set a new program win record (15-5-0) by beating Evergreen in the CCC semifinals.

Solo Fitted for Another Golden Glove
October 26, 2014

Hope Solo is not called upon to make a single save in the final yet is voted the Golden Glove following CONCACAF Women’s Championship in Chester, Pa. The United States beats Costa Rica, 6-0 behind four goals of Abby Wambach, plus another from the Reign's Sydney Leroux. It's Solo's 77th career shutout. The U.S. finishes the tournament with a goal difference of 21-0 and is through to the 2015 World Cup.

SPU Repeats in GNAC Tournament
November 8, 2014

Although it finished seven points behind Western Washington, Seattle Pacific prevails as GNAC tournament champion for the second year in a row at the expense of the Vikings. The Falcons, inserting Alexa Hughes specifically for the shootout, come away with the NCAA automatic berth, 1-1 (5-4), when Hughes saves in the deciding fifth round at Starfire Stadium. SPU starter Molly Stinson makes six saves before penalties. The Falcons never trail getting a 12' marker from Ali Martin before Elise Aylward's free kick late in the first half.

Throws Aid Snohomish Title Win
May 31, 2014

Two long throws from Blake Crutchfield lead to goals in the first 20 minutes of Snohomish's 2-1 win over Ferris for the boys’ state 4A championship. In the fifth minute, Crutchfield’s heave hits the Ferris crossbar and rebounds down for Tanner Corrie to convert. Crutchfield’s throw in the 20th minute goes into the net after being deflected by the Saxons’ keeper. Jonathan Gagalo brought back Ferris and set-up a tense final 15 minutes, but the Panthers hang on for their third title.

Late Breakaway Takes All Points in Portland
May 10, 2014

Kim Little’s 89th-minute breakaway is good for all the points in Portland as the Reign notches its first victory over the Thorns, 1-0, before 14,182 in the Rose City. Hope Solo makes back-to-back saves in the 67th and 68th minutes. Seattle plays without Megan Rapinoe and Naho Kawasumi, but Little capitalizes on center circle turnover to score her fifth goal by motoring around keeper Nadine Angerer.

UW Women Beat Missouri in OT
November 22, 2014

Kimberly Keever’s overtime strike sends Washington to the NCAA third round with a 1-0 victory over Missouri in Palo Alto, Calif. Keever’s sixth goal of the year comes 63 seconds into the first golden-goal period. Megan Kufeld makes three saves for her fifth shutout.

Gurson Scores Seven in Impact Win
November 15, 2014

Seattle Impact rookie Gordy Gurson overpowers the Sacramento Surge, scoring seven times in a 12-8 road victory. It's the first win in three outings for Seattle.

Morris Makes USMNT Debut
November 18, 2014

Stanford sophomore Jordan Morris makes his USMNT debut in 4-1 loss to Ireland. The Mercer Island native and Sounders Academy player of the year plays the final 14 minutes.

Sekyra Reaches 200th Win in 12th Year
September 18, 2014

Chuck Sekyra reaches 200 wins in just his 12th year at Seattle Pacific as the Falcons dispatch Simon Fraser, 4-1, at Interbay Stadium. SPU pounces on the Clan in the fourth minute, taking the lead on a Hannah Huesers goal. The gap grows to 3-nil by the 51st minute behind goals from Isabel Farrell and Alexa Diaz. Sekyra is 200-30-17 at his alma mater since 2003.

Hendrickson to Coach Sounders 2
November 14, 2014

Ezra Hendrickson is introduced as the first head coach of Seattle Sounders 2, the club's new USL-Pro team. Hendrickson served as an assistant to Sigi Schmid the past six seasons, as well as coach of the Sounders Reserves. They went 19-13-7 under his direction.

Multi-National Foster Reaches Postseason
May 8, 2014

Tukwila's Foster High School secures a district playoff berth, a 1-1 tie with nearby Evergreen placing the Bulldogs second in the Seamount League. It's one of Foster's strongest seasons and it comes from team with players from more than 20 nationalities. Coach Nasir Tura says they speak 11 different languages. After being ranked among the top 25 in the state, the Bulldogs finish 10-3-3.

Cougars Coming on Strong, Beating Cal
October 3, 2014

Washington State's strong start gets an exclamation point with a 1-0 victory over No. 9 Cal. Freshman Chelsea Harkins delivers the winner in the 81st minute for the Cougars' first road win over a top-10 team. WSU is now 7-0-2 and unbeaten in a school-record 15, dating back to 2013.

No. 3 Huskies Jump on No. 7 Cal
November 9, 2014

An early goal from Mason Robertson ignites No. 3 Washington's beating of No. 7 Cal, 3-2 at Berkeley. The Huskies go up 3-nil on the Bears, beginning with Robertson's third-minute opener. Josh Heard and Garret Jackson triple the advantage by the 23rd minute.

Sounders Launch S2 to USL-PRO
October 14, 2014

Sounders FC launches a USL Pro team for 2015. Sounders 2 will play home games at Starfire Sports and Sounders Community Trust will hold a 20 percent interest in the team.

Late Show Again for Sounders
September 12, 2014

Andy Rose finds the winner four minutes into stoppage time, and Seattle wins its fourth in a row, 3-2 over Real Salt Lake. It's the seventh time the Sounders have tied or won on a goal scored in the final 10 minutes. Lamar Neagle and Obafemi Martins, on his 13th goal, put the hosts in front 2-1, before halftime. Rose collects a loose ball in the box and fires it past Nick Rimando.

Seattle U Upsets WSU in NCAA Opener
November 14, 2014

Natasha Howe's goal in the 108th minute lifts Seattle University to a 2-1 victory over the No. 23 Washington State in an NCAA first-round game at Pullman. It's the Redhawks' first Div. I postseason win and comes after going winless in 10 previous meetings with the Cougars. Stephanie Verdoia puts Seattle U in front in the 33rd minute. WSU's Mariah Powers ties it in the 80th minute, setting the stage for Howe's heroics. It is Verdoia's record 22nd goal and 51st of her career, another record.

Morris Invited to USMNT Camp
August 28, 2014

Mercer Island’s Jordan Morris is called in for the USMNT camp prior to playing the Czech Republic. Morris, a sophomore at Stanford, becomes the first collegian brought into the roster in 15 years.

Western Win Virtually Wraps GNAC
October 23, 2014

Western Washington takes a big step toward wrapping up the GNAC regular season crown with the 20th-ranked Vikings trimming Seattle Pacific, 1-0, at Harrington Field. Lexi Klinkenberg's 57' goal is enough for the unbeaten Vikings' fourth straight win. They post the 11th shutout in 14 games and have allowed only four goals.

Seattle Clinches NWSL Shield
July 30, 2014

Seattle (15-1-4) clinches the NWSL Shield with four games remaining in the regular season, with Kim Little scoring twice in a 4-1 win at Houston. The Reign’s 49 points is already an NWSL record. Little, now with 14 goals, also assists on Sydney Leroux’s opener in the second minute. Seattle is 12 points ahead of second-place Kansas City.

Eastside FC Girls Open Title Defense
July 24, 2014

Eastside FC 98 Red opens defense of their title at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Germantown, Md. Eastside, who won the U14 girls' crown in 2013, defeat Michigan's Alliance Academy, 2-1, to begin U16 group play. Makaylie Moore scores both goals. They later advance to the semifinals, before a 1-0 loss to Jacksonville (Fl.) in the second overtime end their hopes for a repeat national title. Jojo Harber earns a place in the tournament's Best 11. Eastside qualified for nationals by finishing first in USYSA National League Blue Division.

Road Sweep Propels WSU toTop 20
October 26, 2014

Getting a goal and assist from both Kourtney Guetlein and Kaitlyn Johnson, Washington State scores four first-half goals and completes a road sweep of Colorado and Utah with a 4-2 win over the Utes. Johnson also had the winner in the 2-1 verdict over Colorado. WSU earns the program's first national ranking, No. 19, the following week.

Sounders Go Out on Away Goal
November 30, 2014

Brad Evans and Clint Dempsey score as Seattle wins the second leg of the Western Conference Championship, 2-1, but falls on away goals to the LA Galaxy in front of a franchise postseason record crowd of 46,758. The Sounders go up 1-0 in the 26th minute through Evans. Six minutes later, Dempsey, scores his 17th across all competitions for a 2-1 aggregate advantage. Yet an LA corner kick in the 54th minute leads to Juninho firing low from 20 yards. Dempsey and Andy Rose threaten late but both go wide. The Galaxy proceeds to beat New England, 2-1 in overtime, in the MLS Cup final.

Kufeld Save Paves Way for Huskies
September 20, 2014

Megan Kufeld stops Stephanie Verdoia from the penalty spot, enabling Washington to trim Seattle University, 1-0, at Championship Field. With the match still scoreless, Kufeld's dive to her right stops Verdoia. In the 66th minute, Kimby Keever latches on to an Amanda Perez ball to score the winner. The Huskies, with six wins in the first eight games, have nearly equaled their 2013 victory total of seven.

It’s fantastic. These fans are everything to this team. This is what makes this team a special team. It’s really nice for them to come out here the first day and support us like this.
Newly-signed Stefan Frei reacting to scores of supporters greeting the Sounders at their first training session of 2014
There can be a lot of embarrassment in the game of (traditional) golf. With FootGolf, I can hardly wait for my turn. There can be no embarrassment in kicking a ball.
Chris Becker, owner of Spokane’s Eagle Ridge Short Course, which he modified from golf to FootGolf
It was incredible. I'll definitely remember walking out into that stadium the rest of my life.
Sounders center back Chad Marshall after 64,207 greet him and his teammates for a Cascadia Cup fixture with Portland
To me, if you look around at other leagues, when you win the league it's a big deal. And that's how we're going to treat it, as a big deal. No matter what the public thinks of it, we were the best team throughout the course of the season. ... We're going to celebrate it as a championship. We've gotten two now, and now we're looking for the MLS Cup.
Sounders forward Clint Dempsey on winning the Supporters’ Shield
Going back to the reason why the stadium was built in the first place and what is intended on it, there is this sense of it being part of the fabric of Seattle’s history. It felt like an interesting opportunity to become a part of that, knowing that that’s where the Sounders started out. Maybe we’re continuing that chapter in soccer in Seattle.
Reign owner Bill Predmore on the club’s move to Memorial Stadium
It was a fantastic atmosphere. It’s just got a little bit of soccer nostalgia to it really, and great backdrop, and everything around it is fantastic.
Reign coach Laura Harvey on moving from Starfire to Memorial Stadium
I honestly think the Supporters’ Shield is more important than an MLS Cup championship. In terms of the best team, this is the best team over a full season.
Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin said of the regular-season championship trophy
He could make you like the (Tacoma) Stars even if you hated soccer. He was that good of a speaker...Soccer in the Northwest wouldn’t be like it is today if it wasn’t for John Best. There’s a few guys that it wouldn’t be the same if they weren’t here, and he’s one of them.
Jimmy McAlister on John Best's effect on soccer's growth in Washington
When (Obafemi) plays with Clint, it provides something that I don’t think any other team has, other than maybe when (Los Angeles’ Landon) Donovan and (Robbie) Keane are playing at their best — maybe then. Otherwise, probably the best combo in MLS.
Sounders veteran Brad Evans on the magic created by the combination of Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins
We realized that your lower-level college guy, blue-collar soccer player, maybe even a non-college type of guy needed to be able to compete at the highest level they could. The D-II, D-III guys needed somewhere to play to get their level up so they could improve.
South Sound FC owner John Crouch on the impetus for founding the Evergreen Premier League
There is a certain level of integrity and professionalism that we, as players, take very seriously. We feel that with the daily chaos, firing of our coaches, firing of staff, release of the dance team, poor treatment of players and the polluted media surrounding Dion's sexual assault, bullying, and harassment charges, our reputations are being tarnished and compromised.
Letter undersigned by 22 Seattle Impact players who refuse to play for owner/coach Dion Earl
(John) Best, crucially, understood the importance of connecting club with community and recruited players who shared his vision. They made visits to local schools and passed out flowers to fans before matches.
Seattle Times reporter Matt Pentz on how John Best helped forge the connection between the Sounders and the city
This experience has been amazing. It's one of the things that every soccer player dreams of, so to be able to be here now at a young age and to be able to compete with some of the best players in the world, it's a dream come true.
Seattle native and Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin, 20, on his rapidly ascending career and World Cup experience
The team needed something that said, "This is our space."
Amy Wall, recalling the inspiration to paint 'Cashmere Soccer' mural which became the Chelan County city's hub for youth soccer
The cool part is that I got to start off my career as a Sounder, and I got to end it as a Sounder. Back then, we had four or five thousand in the stands, then for the playoffs we’d get 10,000 at Memorial Stadium. It’s incredible now to have 30,000-40,000 for every game. It’s unbelievable how it’s taken off and all of the right moves the ownership has made.
Retiring Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann reflecting on his coming full circle
It’s not a sob story. Nobody passed away. It’s part of the game. My career’s not over, I’m not leaving the game. I just signed a new three-year contract. I’ve got nothing else but to be proud of what I accomplished and what we continue to do here in Seattle.
Sounders defender Brad Evans after being among the final cuts for the U.S. World Cup squad
It felt like a proper cup final, which is good (but) no one will have a season like we did. It won’t happen again.
Laura Harvey, Reign coach, after setting a NWSL record for points but falling in the final
Kim Little blows me away. I think she blows everyone away. I give her the ball with the utmost confidence that she is going to do something good with it and create something for us.
Reign captain Keelin Winters on NWSL Golden Boot and MVP Kim Little
It’s unreal. My best friends are over there and I went to and hugged my best friends. That’s the unreal part. With the national team you just don’t have that. It’s not that feeling. I cried. I don’t cry with the national team. I was beyond excited to make them, but the opportunity to represent your school and the people that you know, and then win, it’s a huge deal for me.
Maddy Schultz, Edmonds-Woodway U17international, on winning a state prep championship
The fact that (the United States) hasn't had a sustainable league is a shame. I think it's everybody's responsibility to make sure that happens.
Reign coach Laura Harvey on the commitment by all NWSL clubs to make certain they succeed
I hate to break it to you, but the boom has already happened. Soccer has infiltrated its way into the American sporting consciousness to such an extent that it doesn’t need to be validated, or accelerated, by a spectacle like the World Cup.
Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone at the outset of the 2014 World Cup
The World Cup gives soccer, all over the world, a bit of rocket fuel every four years, and our rocket fuel is having more of those players playing in the World Cup, which legitimizes our league more and more, which makes it a better place for people to come to from all over the world, and makes it a better league for fans to support from all over the world.
Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer on having two Sounders and 20 MLS players altogether on 2014 World Cup squads
Our vision is to grow our business to unprecedented levels both domestically and abroad. This move will position us to achieve that goal. The Seahawks have been vital to our early success and we thank Paul Allen and his organization for their support.
Sounders majority owner Joe Roth on the club becoming independent from the NFL franchise
This season was different. This season was magical at times. From beginning to end, the Sounders were as consistent and cohesive as they’ve been in their six years.
Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer on the Sounders' 2014 double of the Supporters' Shield and Open Cup
The basics were to play for the fans and form a link...That’s what John envisioned 40 years ago. You could build a club with tradition and history and one that made the fans a part of the team.
David Gillett, eulogizing his first Sounders coach, John Best
That’s how everything works. You get that one little chance and all of a sudden, you’ve got big clubs looking at you. It’d be great for DeAndre, to go to a really big club and test himself.
Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, who spent more than a decade playing in England himself, referring Tottenham signing DeAndre Yedlin.
The PDL is a great path to whatever the next thing is. I think it put about 14, maybe more, 15 players into paid contracts in the last two and a half years. Not all MLS some in USL-Pro. With the USL Pro and MLS now much tighter, that’s another steppingstone.
Sounders U23 owner Lane Smith on the PDL's role in developing players
The Supporters' Shield is a reflection of what you've done, it's work over a period of time. It's 34 weeks of training, it's 34 weeks of games. Put all that together, and it shows that we were able to come out on top.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on winning the Supporters’ Shield
I think it felt more like a win, and it's a little bit of a momentum-builder...I think our fans appreciated the character that we showed in fighting back and saving face in terms of getting a point - especially coming from two goals back with a mountain to climb.
Clint Dempsey after his hat trick spurred the Sounders to rally from two goals down at Portland
We’re getting lots of phone calls. DeAndre is going to have a lot of opportunities, and there’s always the potential for a change of scenery. But we’d like to keep DeAndre here. We would like to keep good young Americans in our league. But again, there are certain realities to our sport, and this issue comes up for every team on the planet.
Sounders owner/GM Adrian Hanauer, confirming that Yedlin’s World Cup performance has prompted interest from clubs around the world
We're six years in, and now we've won four Open Cups and a Supporters' Shield. That's five trophies in six years. Salt Lake hasn't done that. Kansas City hasn't done that. The other new franchises haven't done that. I think it's a reflection of our consistency. And I hope our fans appreciate that as to what we're doing. There’s nothing I want to do more than bring an MLS Cup to Seattle because the fans are deserving.
Sigi Schmid on his Sounders’ growing collection of trophies
I’ve been waiting for that moment since I was a little kid. It kind of gives me chills to think about, it was something I dreamed about playing with my brother in the backyard. It’s such an honor. To step on the field and represent my country is such an amazing experience.
Jordan Morris, on making his U.S. National Team debut at Ireland
That is what I am most proud of. The players loved the game enough to give back.
Lance McCoy, whose Bremerton Chuggers played youth through adult for 27 years, with over 60 becoming coaches or officials
All-Time FC Seattle Selection (*First Team)
Name PositionYears
Jeff Koch* GK1986-89
Bill Crook* DF1988
Bernie James* DF1988-89
Grant Gibbs* DF1988-90
Jeff Stock* DF1987-89
Fran O'Brien* MF1988-90
Rick Blubaugh* MF1984, 86-89
Peter Fewing* MF1986-90
Chris Henderson* MF1989
Eddie Henderson* FW1988-90
Chance Fry* FW1987-90
Sergio Soriano GK1984
Dennis Gunnell DF1985-88
Doug Backous DF1984
Wade Webber DF1990
Robbie Zipp DF1984-85
Bob Bruch MF1986-88
Peter Hattrup MF1984, 86, 88-89
Eddie Krueger MF1984, 87
Tad Willoughby MF1984, 86-89
Brent Goulet FW1987, 89-90
Scott Benedetti FW1990
All-Time NASL Sounders Selections (*First Team)
Name PosYears
Tony Chursky* GK1976-78
Ray Evans* DF1982-83
Mike England* DF1975-79
David Gillett* DF1974-78
Jeff Stock* DF1979-83
Jimmy Gabriel* MF1974-79
Alan Hudson* MF1979-83
Steve Buttle* MF1977-82
Bruce Rioch* MF1980-81
Jimmy Robertson* FW1976-77
Roger Davies* FW1980-82
Tommy Hutchison* FW1980
Jack Brand GK1980-81
Mel Machin DF1977
Ian Bridge DF1979-83
David Nish DF1980-81
Jimmy McAlister DF1976-79
Adrian Webster MF1974-79
Arfon Griffiths MF1975
Harry Redknapp MF1976-79
Peter Ward FW1982-83
John Rowlands FW1974-75
Micky Cave FW1977-80
Mark Peterson FW1979-83
Gordon Wallace FW1976, 78
All-Time USL Sounders (*First Team)
Name PosYears
Marcus Hahnemann* GK1994-96
Wade Webber* DF1994-96
Bill Crook* DF1994-96
Scott Jenkins* DF1997-05
Craig Waibel* DF1999-02
Brandon Prideaux* MF1998
Jason Farrell* MF1994-96, 01-04
Andrew Gregor* MF2000, 02-03, 05-06
Leighton O'Brien* MF2001-02, 05-08
Peter Hattrup* MF1994-95, 97-99, 01
Brian Ching* FW2001-02
Chance Fry* FW1994-97
Preston Burpo GK1997-05
Taylor Graham DF2005, 07-08
Neil Megson DF1994-98
Zach Scott DF2002-08
Mark Watson DF1997
Dick McCormick MF1994-96, 98, 00-02
Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar MF2007-08
Geoff Aunger MF1997
Roger Levesque FW2003-08
Mark Baena FW1998-99
Sebastien Le Toux FW2007-08
College & High School All-America (USC)
Player (Hometown) School (Div/Team/Pos)
Jordan Morris (Mercer Island) Stanford (D1/1st/F)
Cristian Roldan (Pico Rivera, Ca.) Washington (D1/3rd/M)
Andy Thoma (Los Alamos, N.M.) Washington (D1/3rd/M)
Stephanie Verdoia (Salt Lake City, Ut.) Seattle University (D1/3rd/F)
Isabell Farrell (Bellevue) Seattle Pacific (D2/2nd/F)
Brianna Jones (Bonney Lake) Western Washington (D2/3rd/D)
Davis Karaica (Snoqualmie) Seattle Pacific (D2/2nd/D)
Stephen MacDonald (Phoenix, Az.) Seattle Pacific (D2/3rd/F)
Bryson Pavel (Boise, Id.) Seattle Pacific (D2/3rd/D)
Collegiate Men's Records
Evergreen 9-8-1
Gonzaga 5-12-1
Northwest 15-5-0
Pacific Lutheran 10-10-0
Puget Sound 13-5-2
Saint Martin's 3-14-1
Seattle University 11-5-3
Seattle Pacific 16-2-2
Washington 12-5-3
Western Washington 9-8-1
Whitman 10-10-0
Whitworth 17-2-3
Collegiate Women's Records
Central Washington 8-8-3
Eastern Washington 8-9-0
Evergreen 5-10-1
Gonzaga 9-9-1
Northwest 11-6-2
Pacific Lutheran 14-5-1
Puget Sound 16-4-1
Saint Martin's 3-13-2
Seattle University 15-4-3
Seattle Pacific 12-5-3
Washington 14-7-2
Washington State 10-5-4
Western Washington 16-1-4
Whitman 9-7-4
Whitworth 8-11-1
Founders Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 Mercer Island FC United 02 005/GiampapaFC Edmonds Black Ice
U12 Seattle United NE 01 BlueNorthshore SC Velocity 01
U13 Seattle United West 00 BlueLake Hills Pumas 00
U14 Lake Hills Synergy 99Seattle United NE 99 Blue
U15 Seattle United South 98 BlackFME Blue Flame
U16 Seattle United NE 97 Blue
U17 South Whidbey ReignBellevue YSC Select Ravens Mack (16/17)
U18/19 Seattle United Shoreline 95 BlueSeattle United Shoreline 95 Blue
PDL, W-League Records
Puget Sound Gunners 3-9-2, 7th Div.
Kitsap Pumas 9-1-4, 1st Div.
Seattle Sounders U23s 5-7-2, 5th Div.
Seattle Sounders Women 7-4-1, 3rd Div.
Washington Crossfire 3-6-5, 6th Div.
Professional All-League
Player (Pos) Team (Lg-Tm)
Chad Marshall (D) Sounders (MLS-1st)
Obafemi Martins (F) Sounders (MLS-1st)
Kendall Fletcher (D) Reign (NWSL-1st)
Jessica Fishlock (M) Reign (NWSL-1st)
Naho Kawasumi (F) Reign (NWSL-1st)
Kim Little (F) Reign (NWSL-1st)
Hope Solo (G) Reign (NWSL-2nd)
Lauren Barnes (D) Reign (NWSL-2nd)
Stephanie Cox (D) Reign (NWSL-2nd)
Anna Maria Picarelli (G) Sounders Women (WL-NW)
Cory Keitz (D) Kitsap (PDL-NW)
State Youth Challenge Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U10 Crossfire Premier 03 B James AWashington Premier 03 Black
U11 Seattle United 02 Copa ASeattle United 02 Copa A
U12 Pac NW 01 Blue BSpokane SC Shadow 01 A
U13 Nortac Colibri ReneFC Alliance 00 A
U14 Seattle United 99 Tango BCrossfire Premier 99 Crum B
U15 Tacoma United ChelseaEastside FC 98 White B
U16 Federal Way FC 97 BlueWashington Timbers Green 97
U17 Crossfire Select 96 GonzalezCrossfire Select 96 Farzeen
U18/19 Bainbridge Island FC 95Spokane SC Shadow 95 B
State Youth Recreational Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 Lakewood UnitedLakewood Phoenix FC
U12 Federal Way SA LionsAuburn Blast
U13 Federal Way FC ThunderbirdsMYSC Mavericks
U14 Goal RushSC Warriors
U15 Eastlake 99 Sammamish ThunderEastlake 99 Wizards
U16 VUSA CheetahsNorth Bend SAS
U17 Juanita 97 Lightning FCNCYSA PSA Strike Force
U18/19 Camas-Washougal Wolves
Washington State Youth Champions
Age BoysGirls
U12 PacNW 01 Maroon (GRJSA)Washington Premier 01 Black (TPCJSA)
U13 Seattle United 00 Copa (SYSA)NW Nationals 00 Red (SSCYSA)
U14 Seattle United 99 Copa (SYSA)NW Nationals 99 Red (SSCYSA)
U15 Crossfire Premier 98 James (LWYSA)Eastside FC 98 Red (EYSA)
U16 Crossfire Premier 97 Schmetzer (LWYSA)PacNW 97 Maroon (GRJSA)
U17 Eastside FC 96 Red (EYSA)NW Nationals 96 Red (SSCYSA)
U18 Washington Timbers 95 Red (SWYSA)NW Nationals 95 Red (SSCYSA)
WIAA Championship Games
Boys 4A Snohomish 4Ferris 1
Boys 3A Lakeside 1Mercer Island 0
Boys 2A Squalicum 4Capital 0
Boys 1A Quincy 1University Prep 0
Boys 1B-2B Bear Creek 2Grace Academy 0
Girls 4A Central Valley 5Jackson 2
Girls 3A Edmonds-Woodway 2Southridge 1
Girls 2A Squalicum 2Shorecrest 1
Girls 1A Klahowya 1King's 0
Girls 1B-2B Crosspoint 5Liberty Bell 1
Seattle Reign vs Portland Thorns

VIDEO: Seattle Reign vs Portland Thorns

2014 Seattle Reign at Houston Dash

VIDEO: 2014 Seattle Reign at Houston Dash

Kim Little's goals from 2014

VIDEO: Kim Little's goals from 2014

2014 World Cup match - USA vs Ghana

VIDEO: 2014 World Cup match - USA vs Ghana

Obafemi Martins' goals from 2014

VIDEO: Obafemi Martins' goals from 2014

Obafemi 2014 Goal of the Year

VIDEO: Obafemi 2014 Goal of the Year

US Open Cup Final - Sounders vs. Union

VIDEO: US Open Cup Final - Sounders vs. Union

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