A December to Savor

2016 – Around the World and Close to Home

Hilary Clinton becomes the first major party female candidate for the U.S. Presidency and wins the popular vote but ultimately loses the Electoral College to Donald Trump. The United Kingdom votes to quit the European Union. Music legend Prince dies at age 57. Mother Teresa is sainted. Locally, former Mariners star Ken Griffey Jr. is voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame with highest vote total in history. Sound Transit begins light-rail service to Seattle’s Capitol Hill and the University of Washington. And the Washington Huskies, behind Kelsey Plum, become the state’s first NCAA Women’s Final Four team.

A December to Savor

There is more than one way to reach the top, and 2016 was a glorious example of just that. Within a span of seven December days, Western Washington and Seattle Sounders FC won championships in distinctly different fashion.

Culminating a season-long march, Western confirmed its No. 1 billing by ending the reign of a three-time champion. Conversely, for much of the season the Sounders scarcely considered to have postseason potential, let alone become a championship contender.

Seattle's quest for its first MLS Cup was not without its casualties. Sigi Schmid, who had guided the franchise from its infancy to seven straight playoff appearances, not to mention five major trophies, was removed as head coach after 20 games. The Sounders had slumped six games below .500 for the first time and stood ninth out of 10 teams in the West.

Replacing Schmid, initially on an interim basis, was his top assistant, Brian Schmetzer. In the USL era, Schmetzer's Sounders won two championships. Still, it would be a huge task to reach the postseason.

Coinciding with Schmetzer's ascension was the arrival of Nicolas Lodeiro, an inventive and industrious export from Boca Juniors and Uruguayan international. Lodeiro proved to be a catalytic ingredient in midfield, scoring four times and assisting on eight goals in the final 13 matches. His connection to Clint Dempsey was prosperous but unfortunately short-lived. Dempsey, after a hat trick at Orlando and brace versus Portland, experienced an irregular heartbeat and pulled from the lineup with 10 games to go.

Shouldering the offensive load down the stretch would be veteran Paraguayan Nelson Valdez and homegrown rookie sensation Jordan Morris. During four straight wins Morris scored three goals, including two during a vital road victory at L.A. that put Seattle squarely in the playoff race.

After clinching a postseason berth on the final day of the regular season Valdez and Lodeiro figured prominently in wins over Kansas City and Supporters' Shield winner FC Dallas. In the Western Conference finals versus No. 2 overall seed Colorado, Morris struck twice in the 3-1 aggregate series.

Finally, in the MLS Cup Final, played in sub-freezing temperatures against a red-hot, high-powered Toronto FC, defense won the day. Stefan Frei stopped all seven shots on frame, most notably an outstretched leaping save off Jozy Altidore in extra time. Frei saved another try during the penalty phase and centerback Roman Torres struck the decisive blow to earn the trophy (0-0, 5-4). Under Schmetzer and facing seemingly a slew of must-win matches, the Sounders won 12 and drew five of their final 20 games, including postseason.

“They’ve been resilient for a very long time,” Schmetzer said of his team. “But I think at the beginning of this year, when we started off in preseason, we knew we had a good team, a veteran team. The reasons for the slow start we can pick apart. But I think the base was always there. They found a way to win and persevere in tough situations.”

A week earlier in Kansas City, the Western Washington women applied the finishing touches to a near-perfect masterpiece. Following a one-goal, losing decision in the 2015 national final, the Vikings had spent 12 months focused on getting back to that point–and then reaching the summit.

After an opening day draw, Western won out the rest of the way. Twenty-four consecutive victories, 16 of them by multiple goals, 16 by shutout. By mid-October, the Vikings earned the No. 1 ranking in NCAA Division II. They would not relinquish it.

Once in the NCAA tournament, rather than become conservative they were explosive, scoring 15 goals via 10 different players. In their long-awaited rematch with Michigan's Grand Valley State, Western struck from long-range three times – two from Caitlyn Jobanek and the 76th-minute winner from Emily Webster – to oust the Lakers from their D2 throne, 3-2.

"They have so much belief in themselves and the person next to them, and it showed up many times this season," coach Travis Connell said. "That's inside, that's who you are as a person and that's what showed up. The players just said, `we're going to go and win this thing no matter what gets in our way.'"

Western completed its quest by winning 24 straight following an opening day draw. The Vikings joined Seattle Pacific as the only two NCAA women's championship programs in the state. Pacific Lutheran won three NAIA crowns.

Year in Review
Season Record
14-14-6, MLS Cup Champion
Sigi Schmid/Brian Schmetzer
Top Scorer
Jordan Morris (12 goals)
Men's Collegiate Postseason
Washington D1, 3rd rnd Eastern Wash. D1, 1st rnd Western Wash. D2, 2nd rnd Whitworth D3, 1st rnd
Women's Collegiate Postseason
Seattle U. D1, 1st rnd Western Wash. D2, champion Central Wash. D2, 2nd rnd Seattle Pacific D2, 1st rnd Pacific Lutheran D3, 1st rnd
NWAC Men's Champion
NWAC Women's Champion
Boys Regional Champion
Seattle United 98 Copa (U17)
Girls Regional Champion
Eastside 98 Red (U17)
Member Associations
Largest Attendance
53,302, Sounders v Portland, CenturyLink Field

2016: A December to Savor

Western Washington brings home an NCAA championship, and a week later the Sounders culminate the most unlikely of title-winning tales by lifting the MLS Cup.

Dempsey Secures Passage in Copa America
June 11, 2016

Clint Dempsey's first-half goal allows the USMNT to survive DeAndre Yedlin's red card to score a 1-0 win over Paraguay in Philadelphia and reach the quarterfinal of Copa America Centenario.

Western's Shugarts Is Player of Year
December 7, 2016

Western Washington's Sierra Shugarts, a junior from Federal Way, is named NSCAA National Player of the Year, becoming only the second defender to claim the award.

Seattle United First in Line
February 11, 2016

Seattle United becomes the first youth club to partner with both the Seattle Reign and Sounders academies.

Dempsey Hat Trick Snaps Sounders' Funk
August 7, 2016

Clint Dempsey and the Sounders both snap out of a funk with his three goals supplying all the firepower in a 3-1 win at Orlando City. For Dempsey, who's scored just three times in the first 12 games, it's his second career hat trick. Seattle had gone just 2-8-2 in the previous 14 outings which resulted in a coaching change.

Legends Screen Bo66y
October 25, 2016

Washington State Legends of Soccer hosts community leaders for a screening of the documentary entitled Bo66y, featuring former Sounders star and England 1966 World Cup captain Bobby Moore at The NINETY.

Reign Launches Girls' Academy
January 14, 2016

Seattle Reign FC launches an academy in conjunction with Seattle United. Laura Harvey, head coach and general manager of Reign FC, will also serve as the academy’s executive director. Reign Academy will field teams for 13-18 year-old females.

Sounders Win MLS Cup in Shocker
December 10, 2016

Stefan Frei pulls off the save of the season in extra time and Roman Torres applies the finishing touch in penalty kicks for Sounders FC to cap the unlikeliest of comebacks to claim a first MLS Cup in sub-freezing temperatures in Toronto. Frei extends his frame to bat away Jozy Altidore's header in 108th minute of a 0-0 draw. Seattle was out-shot 19-3 with Frei saving seven, plus another in the shootout. After Justin Morrow hit the crossbar, Torres rammed his decisive penalty down the middle for a 5-4 margin.

Gala Launches Youth Foundation
September 9, 2016

Washington Youth Soccer Celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Bellevue gala and auction to support the launch of its foundation. The Soccer for Success program after-school program strives to make the game more accessible to children.

Hanson Exits UPS After 20 Seasons
January 22, 2016

Randy Hanson's immensely successful run as Puget Sound women's coach comes to a close with his retirement. Hanson leaves after taking the Loggers to 16 NCAA Division III tournaments and an overall record of 303-74-36. UPS reached the 2004 championship game and advanced to the quarterfinals or beyond four times between 2002-07. His last 13 teams won Northwest Conference crowns. Two months later, Joseph Vari is named Hanson's successor.

Reign, Crossfire Among Founders of Girls' USDA
June 30, 2016

Reign Academy and Crossfire Premier are selected as two of the 25 founding members of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. They will begin play in the fall of 2017 in age groups for U14/U15, U16/U17, and U18/U19.

Angela Huber Named USYSA Rec Coach of the Year
January 16, 2016

Rochester resident and Tumwater Soccer Club coach Angela Huber is named U.S. Youth Soccer's Girls Recreational Coach of the Year in Baltimore. Huber, who guides a TSC U15 team, emphasizes having fun and her players respond by growing more competitive. She mixes in drills she knows the girls will love, and she has an ability to relate to each individual on her team by understanding how to motivate each player.

Witzel's Four Goals End Saints' Woes
October 31, 2016

A four-goal outburst from Kyle Witzel is just what Saint Martin's requires to snap a five-game losing streak, 5-1, versus Concordia. It's Witzel's first hat trick and ties the SMU single game record. He scores twice in each half, with his fourth goal making it 4-0 in the 59th minute. The Saints had scored only four goals in their last five contests.

Morris Brace Impacts Road Win
September 25, 2016

Jordan Morris scored twice in the second half to bring Seattle from behind for a 4-2 road win over the LA Galaxy. It's the third of four straight wins which put the Sounders firmly back in the playoff hunt.

Solo Suspended for Olympic Outburst
August 24, 2016

Hope Solo is suspended by U.S. Soccer for six months following her calling Sweden a "bunch of cowards" in the wake of an Olympic Games quarterfinal loss. Three days later Solo, 35, takes indefinite leave from Seattle Reign. Seattle finishes 8-6-6 and misses the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

Schmetzer Made Permanent
November 2, 2016

Brian Schmetzer is named head coach on a permanent basis after guiding the team to an 8-2-4 record down the stretch to clinch a playoff berth and reaching the Western Conference semifinals. Schmetzer had coached the USL Sounders from 2002-08 and served as Sigi Schmid's top assistant since 2009. Initially, he was named interim successor to Schmid.

Okoli Voted USL MVP
November 4, 2016

FC Cincinnati forward and Federal Way native Sean Okoli is voted the United Soccer League's Most Valuable Player after leading the USL with 16 goals. Okoli, 23, was recognized with USL Team of the Week honors five times while helping first-year Cincinnati finish 16-8-6. After being signed as a Homegrown by the Sounders, he was traded to New England in 2015, then released.

Morris Wins MLS Rookie of Year
November 10, 2016

After setting an American rookie record for goals (12), Seattle Sounders homegrown forward Jordan Morris is named MLS Rookie of the Year.

Uruguayn Orchestrator Arrives
July 27, 2016

Sounders FC signs Uruguay international and Boca Juniors star midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro, 27, to a DP contract. He helped Boca reach the Copa Libertadores semifinal earlier in the year.

Seattle's Barnes Named Defender of the Year
October 5, 2016

Seattle Reign center back Lauren Barnes, marshal of a defense that led the league with eight shutouts, is voted NWSL Defender of the Year. Barnes has been a fixture in the backline since the Reign's 2013 inaugural season.

Stars Make Playoffs
February 26, 2016

Joey Gjertsen scores twice and Michael Ramos nails the deciding goal as Stars clinch a MASL playoff berth in their first full season by beating Ontario, 5-4, before 3,500 at ShoWare Center. Tacoma's finishes 13-7 and goes on to play San Diego in the first round.

US Beats Ecuador at CLink
June 16, 2016

Scoring the opener and setting-up the winner, Clint Dempsey stars in America's 2-1 quarterfinal win over Ecuador before 47,322 at CenturyLink Field. Brad Guzan makes two stops, notably a kick-save in first-half stoppage time. The U.S. goes on to take fourth place in Copa America Centenario.

Scott Honored for Service
October 23, 2016

Prior to his final regular season game, retiring Sounders defender Zach Scott, 36, is presented the Golden Scarf. Scott, who will go onto make 353 appearances in all competitions since 2002, is also depicted in 20,000 bobbleheads distributed to fans.

Seattle United, Eastside U17s Win Regionals
June 24, 2016

Seattle United 98 Copa beats LA Premier FC, 2-0, on goals by Brannon Jong and Vincente Aquino Contreras in Boise. Meanwhile, JoJo Harber and Alex Kirton tally for Eastside 98 Red in 2-0 win over Utah's Celtic 99 Premier. Seattle United goes on to take fourth place in U17 USYSA Nationals in Frisco, Texas.

Lodeiro's Instant Impact Recognized
November 21, 2016

Catalyst to a Seattle resurgence down the stretch, midfielder Nico Lodeiro wins MLS Newcomer of the Year. Lodeiro scored four goals and assisted on eight in 13 games and the Sounders went 7-2-4.

Dempsey Shut Down
August 26, 2016

Detection of an irregular heartbeat ends Clint Dempsey's season. Dempsey had scored eight goals in 17 games for the Sounders, including a hat trick at Orlando City three weeks earlier.

Interlake Repeats in 3A Boys
May 28, 2016

Bellevue's Saints become the first repeat state 3A titleist in 17 years behind Sam Dawson's seven saves and an early goal from Austin Bell to pip Mercer Island, 1-0, at Puyallup's Sparks Stadium. Interlake went 10-2 in its final 12 games. The Islanders had beaten Interlake two times and out-shot Interlake, 19-3 in the final.

Empowering Players, Serving Community
December 16, 2016

Woodinville's Joe Matthews is named 2016 USYSA Girls Recreational Coach of the Year. Matthews stresses player safety, having fun and developing soccer skills while empowering players to make decisions and communicate among themselves during a match. In addition, Matthews and his team volunteer at the local community kitchen.

Little Leaves for Arsenal
October 17, 2016

Former NWSL MVP Kim Little announces she's leaving the Seattle Reign after three seasons to join Arsenal Ladies. Little, a Scottish international, scored 33 times for Seattle including a club record 17 in 2014 regular season and playoffs.

Yedlin Moves to Newcastle
August 24, 2016

Seattle's DeAndre Yedlin is transferred from Tottenham to Newcastle of the Championship for £5 million and a five-year contract. Yedlin had spent the previous season on loan to Sunderland in the Premiership.

Lutes Ends Loggers' Run, Clinch Berth
November 2, 2016

Takara Mitsui makes two saves to earn her 15th shutout of the season as Pacific Lutheran punches its first ticket to the NCAA Division III women's tournament by beating rival Puget Sound, 2-0, at Parkland. Kaylie Rozell and Machaela Graddy score in the second half to snap the Loggers' string of 14 consecutive Northwest Conference titles. The Lutes proceed to finish the regular season undefeated and Mitsui totals 39 career shutouts.

Central Wins First NCAA Tournament Game
November 10, 2016

Whitney Lowe's two goals power Central Washington to victory in the Wildcats' first-ever national tournament appearance, 2-1 over Seattle Pacific at Bellingham. Lowe, who had scored just twice during the regular season, hits the target in the ninth and 52nd minutes. Scoring in her fifth straight game, Hannah Huesers scores her 13th of the year at 60:05. Huesers finishes her career with 48, one shy of the Falcons' record.

Martins Exits to Asia
February 25, 2016

Obafemi Martins is sold to Shanghai Shenhua for a reported $2M. Martins had scored 40 goals in 72 MLS games since joining Seattle in 2013. He was 2014 league MVP runner-up.

Morris Clinches MLS Cup Berth
November 27, 2016

Behind Stefan Frei's shutout and second-half strike from Jordan Morris, Sounders clinch berth in MLS Cup final with 1-0 win in Colorado (3-1 aggregate).

Schmid Fired Mid-Season
July 26, 2016

Sigi Schmid's 8-year tenure as the only coach in Sounders FC history comes to an end with his dismissal. Seattle is 6-12-2 and has won just once in seven league games. In the club’s first 7-plus seasons, Schmid had gone 115-79-56 and won four U.S Open Cups and a Supporters’ Shield. He was runner-up for 2014 MLS Coach of the Year. Brian Schmetzer is named interim head coach. It's the first time any Seattle pro club has fired a coach during the season.

Seattle Soccer Icon Denzil Dies
October 26, 2016

For generations his name was synonymous with deals on soccer gear in Seattle, but on this day came news of the untimely passing of Denzil Miskell. For 33 years Denzil was proprietor of Sports Specialties, Puget Sound's original soccer shop, located in Belltown. But he was much, much more than that, sharing stories and sound advice to parents and players alike. Throughout the 70s and 80s, the shop was the hub, the barbershop of the local soccer community.

Vikings Win NCAA D2 Women's Title
December 3, 2016

Three long-range blasts lift Western Washington to a 3-2 victory over three-time defending champion Grand Valley State (Mich.) at Kansas City. Caitlyn Jobanek scores twice for the Vikings, who finished the season with 24 consecutive wins. But it's Emily Webster's 76th-minute free kick that proved the difference. Western becomes the state's second NCAA women's champion Seattle Pacific won in 2008.

Lodeiro Leads Way in Upset
October 30, 2016

Nico Lodeiro scores two of the Sounders' three goals in an 8-minute outburst and Seattle takes command of the West semifinal playoff series by beating Supporters Shield winner FC Dallas, 3-0, in the first leg.

Reign's Winters Retires
September 10, 2016

Reign captain and midfield stalwart Keelin Winters announces her retirement, effective at the end of the season. Winters, 27, has anchored Seattle's defensive midfield for four seasons and, before that, the Sounders Women.

Seattle United '00s Win Again
February 21, 2016

Seattle United boys 00 Copa win their third straight Washington State Youth Championship, this time at the U15 level, beating Eastside FC 00 Red, 1-0, at Starfire.

Morris Stays Home, Signs Deal
January 21, 2016

Mercer Island's Jordan Morris spurns an opportunity at Werder Bremen to sign a record MLS Homegrown Player contract with the Sounders. Morris, 21, is coming off 23 goals and 16 assists in three seasons with Stanford, winning an NCAA championship and the Hermann Trophy as a junior. He already has seven caps for the USMNT.

It's more than just a player signing. It's someone who has grown up in the Sounders family.
Adrian Hanauer, Sounders majority owner, on the signing of Jordan Morris
They showed a ton of character, performed well, and every time a very good Grand Valley State team got back into the game, we had an answer. And it's because of the character of this team.
Travis Connell, Western Washington women's coach, after his team won the NCAA title
My players know that everyone isn’t going to win, but that happens in life, and I think the harder you work the farther you are going to get. I don’t want them to just get together and kick the ball around. It is nice in kindergarten, but when you get a little older it’s different. I tell them if they work hard in soccer then they will work hard in other things later in life to become a better co-worker and a better person.
Tumwater's Angela Huber, U.S. Youth Soccer Rec Coach of the Year
It's been a long-term passion of mine for Sounders FC to bring free, accessible soccer to underserved communities in the Seattle area, so we're very excited as an organization to finally launch the RAVE Foundation. Soccer is a game that brings joy and opportunity to so many people around the world. We see it as an obligation to make sure that no one in our community is excluded from experiencing everything that the beautiful game affords.
Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer in announcing the launch of the club's charitable arm on July 31, 2016
That's the best save I've ever seen in person. It was unbelievable.
Chad Marshall, Sounders defender, of Stefan Frei's MLS Cup final save on Jozy Altidore
I want to be a club idol. At every club I've been to, I've been a champion. I want to be a champion with Seattle.
Nicolas Lodeiro, newly-signed Sounders midfielder
College & High School All-America (USC)
Player (Hometown) School (Div/Team/Pos)
Foster Langsdorf (Vancouver) Stanford (D1/2nd/F)
Ashley Homer (Puyallup) Western Washington D2/3rd/G)
Sierra Shugarts (Federal Way) Western Washington (D2/1st/D)
Emily Webster (Bellingham) Western Washington (D2/2nd/M)
Takara Mitsui (Lynnwood) Pacific Lutheran (D3/2nd/G)
Collegiate Men's Records
Evergreen 9-2-4
Gonzaga 8-8-2
Northwest 11-8-0
Pacific Lutheran 10-8-2
Puget Sound 11-5-2
Saint Martin's 3-13-1
Seattle University 11-6-2
Seattle Pacific 6-6-5
Washington 14-7-0
Western Washington 10-5-5
Whitman 8-7-5
Whitworth 12-4-3
Collegiate Women's Records
Central Washington 14-6-1
Eastern Washington 13-5-4
Evergreen 3-8-3
Gonzaga 6-10-2
Northwest 12-6-2
Pacific Lutheran 16-1-4
Puget Sound 13-4-3
Saint Martin's 3-14-1
Seattle University 14-6-1
Seattle Pacific 11-5-4
Washington 7-12-1
Washington State 8-9-2
Western Washington 24-0-1
Whitman 3-15-2
Whitworth 10-10-0
Founders Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 BIFC B04 BlueBYSC Select G11 Robinson
U12 NSC Galaxy B03Pacific FC G03 Breakers
U13 Crossfire Select B02-O'MeliaBYSC Select GU13 Robinson
U14 Kent United B01 Green 1Crossfire Select G01-Wilkinson
U15 Seattle United West B00 Blue not awarded
U16 Crossfire Select B99-Taylornot awarded
U17 Crossfire Select B98-Melenot awarded
U19 Seattle United NE B97 Bluenot awarded
PDL, WPSL Records
Issaquah SC Gunners 6-2-1, 2nd Div.
Kitsap Pumas 5-4-5, 4th Div.
Pac NW-OSA 5-4-1, 4th Div.
Seattle Sounders U23s 8-6-0, 2nd Div.
Seattle Sounders Women 10-0-0, 1st Div.
Washington Crossfire 5-4-5, 3rd Div.
Professional All-League
Player (Pos) Team (Lg-Tm)
Lauren Barnes (D) Reign (NWSL-1st)
Jessica Fishlock (M) Reign (NWSL-2nd)
Kim Little (F) Reign (NWSL-2nd)
Nathan Aune (D) Crossfire (PDL-NW)
State Youth Presidents Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U10 6v6 Eastside FC 05 BlueSeattle United 06 Tango B
U10 Crossfire Premier 05 AEastside FC 05 Red A
U11 Crossfire Premier 04 ACrossfire Premier 04 A
U12 Rainier Valley Slammers 03 OrangeSpokane Shadow 03 A
U13 Pac NW 02 Blue BCrossfire Premier 02 B
U14 Washington Premier FC 01 White BEastside FC 01 White B
U15 Snohomish United Black ASpokane Shadow 00 B
U16 Federal Way FC 99 BlueEastside FC 99 White B
U17 Washington Premier FC 98 WhiteWashington Premier FC 98 Black B
U18/19 Spokane Shadow 97 ABlackhills FC 97 Black A
State Youth Recreational Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 SWYSA VW Ninjas (D5)LSDSC Flash (D3)
U12 Norpoint Renegades B05 (D3)VUSA Thunderbirds (D5)
U13 LSDSC Lakewood United 04 (D3)GHFYSA MYSC Lightning (D7)
U14 CFSC B03 Howard (D3)LWYSA Kirkland 03 Inferno (D2)
U15 EYSA Redmond The Wolves (D2)LSDSC Ladybugs (D3)
U16 NCYSA Silver Lake Browne (D1)SnYSA Snohomish Fox (D1)
U17 WS Fury 00-Fraser (D3)LWYSA Juanita 00 Breakaway (D2)
U19 Vashon Riptide (D3)LSDSC Avanti United FC G99 (D3)
Washington State Youth Champions
Age BoysGirls
U12 Crossfire Premier 03 (LWYSA)Washington Prem 03 Black (TPCJSA)
U13 FC Alliance 02 (NSYSA))Crossfire Premier 02 (LWYSA)
U14 Eastside FC 01 Red (EYSA)Seattle United 01 Copa (SYSA)
U15 Seattle United 00 Copa (SYSA)Washington Rush 00 (NCYSA)
U16 Washington Premier 99 Black (TPCJSA)Crossfire Premier 99 (LWYSA)
U17 Seattle United 98 Copa (SYSA)Eastside FC 98 Red (EYSA)
U18 Crossfire Premier 97 (LWYSA)PacNW 97 Maroon (GRJSA)
WIAA Championship Games
Boys 4A Wenatchee 1Tahoma 0
Boys 3A Interlake 1Mercer Island 0
Boys 2A Archbishop Murphy 1 (4-3)Quincy 1
Boys 1A Seattle Academy 3Connell 2
Boys 1B-2B St. George's 2Crosspoint 0
Girls 4A Camas 3West Valley (Yakima) 0
Girls 3A Bellevue 1Southridge 0
Girls 2A Columbia River 3Liberty 2
Girls 1A Overlake 3La Salle 0
Girls 1B-2B St. George's 1Kalama 0
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On this Day in History
July 10, 2012
A three-goal, first-half barrage takes Seattle Sounders U23s to the top of the Northwest Division with a 3-0 win over North Sound SeaWolves on the final day of the regular season at Franklin Pierce High School. Sean Morris, Aodhan Quinn and Sean Okoli combine to make it 3-nil after 40 minutes. Winners of six straight, Seattle finishes four points in front of Portland and Kitsap. Four days earlier, the U23s staged a late, 2-1 comeback to beat the Pumas in Bremerton. A year earlier, as Tacoma Tide, they were dead last in the division.
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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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April 7, 1963
Loyal Realty follows its state league title with a win over the surprising University of Washington A team in the Five-a-Side final at West Seattle Stadium. Matti Niemela scores the final's only goal. Twenty teams played 19 15-minute games. Washington’s team consisted of young players from Turkey, England, Israel, Spain and Mexico, with Dick Aguirre, a UW football star, being the latter.
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September 11, 1997
A U.S. professional women’s league, the National Soccer Alliance, plans to begin play in 1998 in eight markets, including Seattle. Plans call for the yet-to-be-named team to play home games at Husky Soccer Stadium, which will be boosted to 4,000 capacity with 1,500 additional bleachers. Other cities awarded franchises were San Francisco/San Jose, Boston, Raleigh, N.C., Dallas, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Former Gov. Booth Gardner is the NSA commissioner, and Shoreline’s Michelle Akers has committed to play. Player salaries are projected to range from $15,000-$30,000.
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