Seeking the Secret Sauce

2018 – Around the World and Close to Home

Deadly, expansive wildfires, sever hurricanes and other major natural disasters around the world increase attention to climate change. Special counsel Robert Mueller investigates whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia. Midterm elections flip the House of Representatives in favor of the Democrats for the first time in eight years. France wins the FIFA World Cup by defeating Croatia, 4-2, in the final in Moscow. Seattle is awarded an NHL franchise for $650 million and receives 10,000 season ticket deposits in the first 12 minutes and eventually more than 33,000 overall. Behind MVP Breanna Stewart, the Seattle Storm win their third WNBA title, sweeping Washington.

Seeking the Secret Sauce There’s an adage that occasionally makes the rounds: How does a multi-millionaire become a millionaire? Answer: Buy a soccer team.

While the state’s centerpiece has long been the Sounders, there have been dozens of other professional and semipro clubs, from Bellingham to Bremerton to Yakima and Spokane. And the similarity for each of those cities and the ones in-between, including Seattle, is they’ve all seen a hometown club come and go.

In 2018, while the Sounders were on firm footing and averaging over 40,000 in attendance, circumstances were much more fluid for every other club around Washington. The Sounders’ feed team, known as Sounders 2 or S2, had moved from Tukwila to Tacoma. The Reign, seeking to find a larger audience and perhaps share a future home with S2, would depart Seattle several months later and also land at Cheney Stadium.

Sixteen clubs operating around the state at the semipro and senior amateur level were competing in four national leagues and the Evergreen Premier League to widely varying levels of success. In Kent, the Tacoma Stars were consistently pulling over 2,500 to watch indoor during the winter. Meanwhile, the Kitsap Pumas called it quits after 10 seasons in Bremerton.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that around 20 percent of new businesses fail during the first two years of opening, 45 percent in the first five years and 65 percent flop in the first 10 years. Only 25 percent make it to their 15th anniversary. In the six decades since a semipro club was first launched in Washington, those percentages largely prove to be true.

Bill Hurme, a real estate developer, already owned a stake in the A-League Sounders when he purchased a USL Premier Development League (PDL) franchise in 1995. Within a few months of the acquisition, Hurme’s BigFoot began playing games in Everett. The on-field product and fan support were respectable the BigFoot made the playoffs, and attendance at Everett Memorial was around 600-700, with a couple crowds in excess of 2,000 those two seasons.

“Those first couple years were the best,” concluded Hurme some 25 years later. “With perfect hindsight, we should have folded sooner than we did.” In reality, he funded the team for five seasons, rebranding it and moving it south to facilities around Seattle – and together with his partner losing some $500,000. It had been a family business, with his daughter administering and his son coaching. But, he said, that was enough.

If Hurme could do it over again and start a second- or third-division club, his metrics would lead him far away from Puget Sound. “The best market in the northwest for minor league soccer is Spokane,” he claimed. “Perfect size, it has its own media,” and proven past community support for baseball, hockey and soccer. Hurme says the PDL Shadow (1995-2005) broke even at Joe Albi Stadium, twice averaging around 2,000. Spokane, a metro area that has swelled to 560,00 by 2020, will open a new downtown stadium in 2023, with a League 1 team as a tenant.

“The problem with Everett, Tacoma or Olympia is getting the Seattle media. It makes it tough,” he said, drawing from his own experience. Vancouver, because of its proximity to Portland, would also be challenging. “Spokane is a great market for a USL team.”

Tri-Cities or Yakima, in his estimation, could support USL League 1 or 2. The Reds were a Yakima fixture for 14 seasons (1997-2010).

Bellingham is another city with proven support. The Bellingham Orcas attracted a sizable following from 1996-97. In 2012, Jeff McIntyre founded Bellingham United, which played in the Pacific Coast League, again pulling enthusiastic and respectable-sized crowds.

“For me, Bellingham was the only place that made sense,” explained McIntyre. “You need a sizable city with no other competing team in the immediate vicinity a venue that the locals will want to come to for matches and, also, a talent pool of players to draw from, such as a university team. In Bellingham we had Western and Whatcom players, Civic Stadium, and we were far enough away from the Sounders and any other semipro teams, so we could foster our own local support.”

Given reasonable rent at an adequate facility, sponsorships can defray the next-biggest expenses. Hurme announced the arrival of the BigFoot barely three months before first kick. “We should have done much more preparatory work in terms of outreach to the soccer community, including sponsors,” he admitted. “To break even, you need sponsorships.”

Many owners project bigger crowds and fewer expenses in their initial planning. Mike Jennings both owned and coached the PDL Tacoma Tide. Jennings was approached by neighboring PDL owners when the Shadow folded. Fortunately, his existing connections with businesses, not to mention his own sports medicine company, paid off. After three seasons, Jennings brought on Lane Smith and Cliff McElroy as co-owners. The Tide rebranded as the Sounders U23s and added the Sounders Women in 2009. The synergy was maximized by adding the MASL Tacoma Stars in 2015.

For Jennings, taking good care of the players and coaches is paramount. Whether it’s playing gear, travel accommodations or per diem, they affect the product and the club’s most visible ambassadors. They often have choices where to play, with up to a half-dozen PDL and PCL teams across the state at a given time since 1995. Hurme recalls 250 attending the initial BigFoot tryout session.

Below the top level of USL, most teams utilize amateur players, usually those with remaining collegiate eligibility. Kitsap and Everett were among those that paid. Hurme paid his top players $500 a month, and everyone got $50 per game.

“What surprised me is that the salaried players, even with those small salaries, they took great pride in it,” he noticed. “It wasn’t the amount. It was the fact they were getting paid to do something they loved and had dreams of doing. It made a difference.”

Year in Review
SEATTLE SOUNDERS
Season Record
18-11-5, 4th West (4th MLS, 1st rnd)
Coach
Brian Schmetzer (3rd year)
Best XI
Chad Marshall
Top Scorer
Raul Ruidiaz (10 goals)
REIGN FC
Season Record
11-5-8, 3rd NWSL (1st rnd)
Coach
Vlatko Andonovski (1st year)
All-League
Megan Rapinoe
Top Scorer
Jodie Taylor (9 goals)
SOUNDERS 2
6-21-7, 16th West (31st USL)
COLLEGIATE
Men's Collegiate Postseason
Washington D1, 1st rnd Pacific Lutheran D3, 1st rnd
Women's Collegiate Postseason
Washington State D1 , 2nd rnd Seattle U D1, 1st rnd Western Washington D2, 3rd rnd Seattle Pacific D2, 1st rnd Puget Sound D3, 1st rnd
Men's Conference Champions
Pacific Lutheran (T-NWC), Whitman (T-NWC)
Women's Conference Champions
Pacific Lutheran (T-NWC), Puget Sound (T-NWC), Seattle University (WAC tournament), Western Washington (GNAC reg)
NWAC Men's Champion
Tacoma d Whatcom, 2-0
NWAC Women's Champion
Peninsula 2, Clark 0
YOUTH
Boys National Champion
Seattle Sounders Academy (U17), USDA champion
Boys Regional Champion
Washington Premier 02 (U16), national semifinal Washington Premier 00 (U18), national semifinal
Largest Attendance
47,521, Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers, CenturyLink Field

2018: Seeking the Secret Sauce

For decades, owners of minor league soccer clubs have been searching for the right combination of location, population base and support.

Leyva, 15, Signs with Sounders 2
October 16, 2018

Sounders Academy midfielder Danny Leyva, 15, signs with Seattle Sounders 2, becoming the seventh member of the national-championship winning U17 side to sign with the club’s USL team. Leyva split time between the Sounders Academy U15s and U17s throughout the 2017-18 season, playing in every playoff match for the U17s as they secured the club’s first ever U.S. Soccer Development Academy national championship in July. A well-rounded, box-to-box midfielder, Leyva totaled 11 goals and 13 assists across all competitions.

Sounders Hit Bottom (Or Close to It)
June 30, 2018

Seattle seemingly hits bottom before a big home crowd and at the feet of their fiercest rival. The Sounders (3-9-3) sink to 10th in the MLS West following a 3-2 loss to Portland before 47,521. Larrys Mabiala scores off of two corner kicks, the second the winner in the 74th minute. Diego Valeri assists on all three goals for the Timbers, unbeaten in 10 games. After introducing new $7M signing Raul Ruidiaz pregame, Seattle (3-9-3) twice comes from behind to tie it. However, headers by Victor Rodriguez (60') and Chad Marshall (68') are wiped out by Mabiala's second.

Epic But Ultimately Disappointing Finish for Sounders
November 8, 2018

It made for compelling theater, but ultimately the Sounders season ends after 120 exhausting minutes, plus penalties, against Portland. The Timbers lose the second leg of the MLS West semifinal, 3-2, but prevail on penalties, 4-2, after the aggregate ends 3-3. Raul Ruidiaz rescues Seattle in the third minute of regulation stoppage time with his third goal of the series. Nico Lodeiro's penalty in extra time again pulls the Rave even. But Dairon Asprilla, who scored first in overtime, later gets the decisive penalty conversion.

Sounders Women Win Playoff Opener
July 14, 2018

Bethany Balcer continues her fine, late-season form with a brace in a WPSL playoff-opening victory for Seattle Sounders Women at Starfire. Balcer scores in the 49th and 63rd minutes of a 4-3 win over L.A. Villa. Sounders Women had won the divisional title by going 6-0-1.

World Cup Matches Could Cost Seattle
October 22, 2018

Hosting 2026 World Cup matches in Seattle could cost the city over $10 million, according to estimates from Mayor Jenny Durkan's office. However, the estimates of $10.5M for five games would almost entirely offset by reimbursements from FIFA. Stadium security is the biggest expense, at $1.3M per game.

Bruin Brace Gives Seattle Vital Win
July 4, 2018

Will Bruin's brace lifts Seattle Sounders out of their doldrums and into the win column for only the second time in eight matches for an Independence Day victory at Colorado, 2-1, to start a three-game road trip. Bruin bags the game-winner in the 59th minute, beating Tim Howard following a Rapids turnover. Stefan Frei returns from injury to make a spectacular save on Shkëlzen Gashi in the final minutes.

Gonzaga Women Get First Win at Seattle U
September 21, 2018

India Jencks breaks open a scoreless stalemate to give Gonzaga its first away win over Seattle University at Championship Field. After outshooting the Redhawks 9-1 in the first half, the Zags finally go in front in the 75th minute when Jencks collects the rebound of a blocked shot for her fourth goal of the young season. The Bulldogs, who have not allowed a goal over the last 277 minutes, get a two-save shutout from Isabel Jones.

Hiatt Captains U.S. U20s
August 6, 2018

Sam Hiatt of Newcastle leads the United States out to its first match at the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup. Hiatt, a junior at Stanford, is the captain of the squad, which falls to Japan, 1-0, in Concarneau, France. The U.S. takes third in its group and does not advance.

S2's Leyva, 15, Starts USL Match
September 29, 2018

At 15, Danny Leyva becomes the youngest player in Sounders 2 history to start a USL match, topping the record set by his teammate, Ray Serrano, earlier in the season. A member of the Sounders Academy, Leyva is also the second-youngest player in USL history to start a match, behind Los Dos player Efrain Alvarez. He goes the full 90 in a 3-1 loss to San Antonio. Leyva is among six teenagers starting that night. The next youngest is Alec Diaz, 16. Azriel Gonzalez, who scores the S2 goal, is 17.

Sounders 2 Promotes Hutchinson
January 30, 2018

The first coaching change in the four-year existence of Sounders 2 sees Ezra Hendrickson resign and his replacement is John Hutchinson, his assistant. Hendrickson is off to rejoin Sigi Schmid at the L.A. Galaxy. Hutchinson, a 10-year pro in Australia's A-League, names Sounders Academy coach Wade Webber as his top aide.

Sell-Out Greets S2 in Tacoma
March 16, 2018

A sold-out Cheney Stadium roars approval of Sounders 2's arrival in Tacoma, and the team responds with a 2-1 win over Portland Timbers 2. The visitors strike first, but goals two minutes apart from Felix Chenkam and Nick Hinds bring the crowd of 6,049 to its feet at the halftime whistle. Calle Brown's three saves preserve the 2-1, season-opening victory.

Rapinoe Skippers USWNT, Scores
October 14, 2018

Megan Rapinoe wears the captain's armband and scores her seventh international goal of the year as the U.S. beats Jamaica, 6-0, in the Concacaf semifinal in Frisco, Tx. The USWNT goes on to win the final and finish the year 18-0-2. Rapinoe leads the team with 12 assists, tying her career best.

Seattle U Takes Different Route to WAC Title
November 4, 2018

Seattle University takes an unusual path to claim its fourth WAC tournament championship, upsetting top seed UM Kansas City in the title game at Orem, Ut. Kelsey Vogel scores the game's only goal a penalty kick late in the first half after Mikaela Morey is taken down in the box. The third-seeded Redhawks had won their first three WAC titles as the top seed. Each championship has come at UMKC's expense.

Northwest Upsets Vanguard
November 17, 2018

A golden goal from Makenna Wheeler sends Northwest University past No. 5-ranked Vanguard, 1-0, in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament in Costa Mesa, Ca. A Jaclyn Metz corner kick reaches Wheeler in the fourth minute of extra time.

Western Men Shock No. 1 Simon Fraser
November 1, 2018

Western Washington celebrates a Senior Night takedown of Simon Fraser, the No. 1-ranked team in NCAA Division II, at Harrington Field. The Vikings, blanked by the Clan, 3-0, on Nov. 14 in Burnaby, B.C., never trail in their 2-1 upset. Senior defender Stephen Jinneman puts WWU up in the 27th minute by sliding into Drew Barker's corner kick to the far post. Western doubles the lead in the 70th minute when Christian Rotter beats a defender and fires home from 11 yards. Simon Fraser entered the game 16-0-0 while outscoring opponents 59-7.

Long Road Stretch Ends with Reign Win
May 5, 2018

After scoring just twice in three outings, Seattle Reign packs plenty of punch in winning before over 16,000 fans in Portland. The visitors, on the East Coast for their last three games, come west and never trail during a 3-2 win over their rivals. Beverly Yanez and Jodie Taylor twice put the Reign ahead. But after Lindsey Horan brings the defending champion Thorns level in the 70th minute, Rumi Utsugi unleashes a 25-yard drive to win it in the 75th.

SPU Men Mark 50 Years
September 15, 2018

Seattle Pacific celebrates 50 seasons of men's play with 5-0 win over Hawaii Hilo at Interbay Stadium. Freshman Alden Massey nets three first-half goals before alumni are honored at midfield during halftime. A book is published to detail each of the 50 seasons and five NCAA Division II championships. One week later, the Falcons play their 1,000th match at Concordia.

WSU Opens Fire in NCAA First Round
November 9, 2018

A close contest erupts into a one-sided blowout for Washington State in its NCAA first round game against Montana. The Cougars shell the Grizzlies for four second-half goals, twice scoring three minutes apart, in a 5-1 win in Pullman. Morgan Weaver scores in her fourth straight contest and totals 13 for the year. Maddy Haro picks up her 14th and 15th assists of the season to extend her single-season record. WSU falls to No. 2-seeded Georgetown, 1-0, in the second round.

Late Goals Give Sounders Women WPSL West
July 15, 2018

Seattle Sounders Women wait until late to snap a tie and move past FC Tucson for the WPSL Western Conference champions ship at Starfire Stadium. Bethany Balcer puts the Sounders in front, 3-2, in the 75th minute, and a Celia Delgado penalty kick at 87' cements matters.

For the Hundredth Time: Sounders-Timbers
May 13, 2018

Rooted in the NASL era, the most heated and celebrated rivalry in MLS celebrates a golden milestone as the Sounders visit PGE Park for the 100th meeting. It is nearly 43 years to the day – May 2, 1975 – since the two teams first met on the professional level. Seattle won that round on the same ground. This time around, the Timbers prevail, 1-0, after which Seattle leads the all-time series 50-36-14 across all competitions.

Pasco Returns to Final, Nips Skyline
May 26, 2018

Runner-up the year before, Pasco returns to the state boys' 4A championship game and goes the distance to defeat Skyline at Sparks Stadium. Ivan Ceja comes forward from defense to take possession and then hit the match-winning strike in the fourth minute of overtime of a 1-0 victory. Ceja's shot comes just moments after the Spartans' Emmet Bowler hits the underside of the crossbar and bounces in front of the goal line.

Wazzu Draws with No. 1 Stanford
October 28, 2018

A gutsy performance from Washington State earns a hard-fought draw, 1-1, with undefeated and No. 1 Stanford in Pullman. It's the first WSU result vs. a top-ranked team in nine contests all-time. Short-handed Wazzu nearly weathers a punishing attack (19 shots) by the Cardinal in the opening half while falling behind 1-nil. In the 76th minute, Morgan Weaver intercepts a pass just outside the 18 and scores the equalizer. Stanford had not allowed a goal in more than a month. Rachel Thompson stops nine shots and her defense clears another three shots on goal.

Kirkland's Northwest Reaches NAIA Quarterfinal
November 26, 2018

Kirkland's Northwest University moves on to the NAIA women's quarterfinals by blanking Cardinal Stritch, 1-0, in Orange Beach, Al. Kat Sanchez makes seven saves before Bailey Travis heads home a feed from Stephanie Wilson in the 81st minute. The Eagles fall to Keiser (Fl.), 4-0, two days later. It ends the most successful season since the program started in 2006.

Fewing Gets 300th Seattle U Win
October 26, 2018

Goals from Hal Uderitz and Noe Meza lift Seattle University to a come-from-behind, 2-1 win over Texas-Rio Grande Valley at Championship Field. It marks Peter Fewing's 300th career coaching win and part of a six-game win streak. After going a goal down, Julian Avila-Good finds Udertiz for a 10th-minute equalizer. In the 65th minute, Meza curls in a free kick, dipping just below the crossbar.

Taylor Brace Puts Reign Back in Playoffs
August 21, 2018

Jodie Taylor bags her first brace on this side of the Atlantic to put Seattle Reign back into the NWSL playoffs. The Reign beats Houston, 2-0, on a night thick with haze from wildfires in British Columbia and California. Taylor strikes twice, three minutes apart, early in the second half. She has nine goals, including four during the current four-game unbeaten run.

Dempsey Retires in Mid-Season
August 29, 2018

Sounders and U.S. National Team star Clint Dempsey stuns some by announcing he's retiring at age 35 after 15 years of playing professionally. Suffering from a lower back injury, Dempsey had only made three appearances since June, all as a substitute. Dempsey scored 57 goals for Seattle across all competitions since his 2013 arrival, including nine vs. Portland. He finished his international career tied with Landon Donovan with 57 goals. After missing the second half of 2016 with a heart condition that put his career in jeopardy, Dempsey was cleared by doctors and was the 2017 MLS Comeback Player of the Year with 15 total goals.

Whitman Ends 37-Year Title Drought
November 3, 2018

David Chavarin's goal early in the second half proves to be the winner, and Whitman earns a share of its first Northwest League title in 37 years by defeating Whitworth, 3-1, in Walla Walla. Two minutes after the Pirates eras an 1-nil deficit, Chavarin shoots low and firm inside the right post to put the Blues back in front at 53 minutes. Oscar Harding seals with a third goal just before full time. By virtue of head-to-head records, Pacific Lutheran receives the league's automatic NCAA tournament berth. The NWC title is the first for Whitman since winning it outright in 1981. The Blues finish on a 4-0-2 run after starting 1-3-0.

Huskies Beat Beavs, Reach Tournament
November 9, 2018

Ending a month-long scoring drought, Blake Bodily scores and Ethan Bartlow notches his first collegiate tally as No. 25 Washington beats No. 22 Oregon State, 2-0, in the regular-season finale for both teams at Husky Soccer Stadium. A four-match win string lifts UW to 12-7-0, and a day later Washington gets its third straight NCAA bid.

Gonzaga Finally Beats Portland Women
November 3, 2018

Gonzaga claims its first-ever women's victory over Portland to complete their second straight 10-win season. On a cold, rainy night at Luger Field, the Zags break through in the 54th minute. India Jencks scores from a feed from Jodi Ulkekul. Drew Williams gets the shutout. The Bulldogs were picked eighth in the WCC Preseason Poll and ended the season going 5-1-2 over the final eight. They had been 0-25-1 vs. the Pilots since the program's inception.

Ocampo Chavez Scores in Defeat of Brazil
October 14, 2018

Sounders Academy forward Alfonso Ocampo scores the equalizer during a United States comeback win over Brazil at the 2018 International U17 Youth Tournament in Nantwich, England. The U.S. comes from 2-nil behind for their first win in the tournament. Ocampo Chavez ties it at 2-2 and Joseph Scally's penalty later wins it. Ocampo Chavez finishes the year with four goals, including an August 6 winner vs. Mexico.

Chivas Second-Half Halts Sounders
March 14, 2018

Mexican champion Chivas pulls away in the second half of their CCL second leg quarterfinal with Seattle Sounders in Guadalajara, winning 3-0 (3-1 on aggregate). Playing without playmaker Nico Lodeiro, Seattle then loses Will Bruin and Chad Marshall to injuries. Oswaldo Alanis hits a free kick in the 50th minute to cancel out Clint Dempsey's first-leg goal. Five minutes later, Javier Lopez puts the Goats ahead and Jose Godinez ensures matters in the 80th minute. Chivas goes on to win the Champions League on penalties.

Kitsap Owner Calls Full Time
July 20, 2018

With attendance on the decline, Kitsap Pumas owner Robin Waite ceases club operations after 10 seasons. The Bremerton club had begun as a USL Premier Development League franchise, then moved to the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in 2017. Waite said Kitsap needed to average crowds of 1,000-1,500, but only 150 attended the final home game.

Three Locals in Year's First U.S. Match
January 28, 2018

Both Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan of Seattle Sounders are among the starters in the first U.S. National Team match of 2018, a 0-0 draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina in Carson, Ca. Federal Way's Kelyn Rowe comes on as a substitute. DeAndre Yedlin leads Washingtonians with five caps for the year, including his 50th international appearance March 27 vs. Paraguay.

Western Women Beat Another Top 10 Foe
September 19, 2018

Western Washington gets its second win in 11 days over a top-10 opponent with a 2-1 result vs. No. 7 Colorado School of Mines in Bellingham. Senior Gabriela Pelogi scores to put the 15th-ranked Vikings ahead in the 15th minute, and freshman Dayana Diaz converts a penalty kick. Western had beaten then-No. 7 MSU Denver on Sept. 8.

Rapinoe Returns, Brace Beats Blues
May 12, 2018

Back after missing three games due to injury, Megan Rapinoe hits Sky Blue for a brace to move the Reign (4-1-1) up to second in the NWSL table. After Jess Fishlock is celebrated for her 100th club appearance, Steph Catley puts a ball in the box for Jodie Taylor to head home in the fifth minute. Rapinoe scores the next two, the first from the edge of the box, then a chip to make it 3-nil. Allie Long gets the fourth with five minutes left.

Northwest Wins Cascade Crown
November 10, 2018

Northwest University's third straight appearance in the Cascade Conference championship game finally pays off with a title as the Eagles upset top-seeded Eastern Oregon, 1-0, in Eugene. It earns Northwest an automatic berth in the NAIA national tournament. Senior Sharaya Roberts scores the game's only goal in the 61st minute, finishing a corner kick by Jaclyn Metz. It's the sixth in seven games for the Eagles, who started the season 0-5-0. Katie Michkiosky had scored her record 20th goal in 4-0 semifinal win over College of Idaho, her fifth straight game with a goal.

Weaver Hat Trick Wins Apple Cup
November 2, 2018

Morgan Weaver's hat trick extends Washington State's mastery of the Apple Cup with a 3-1 victory over Washington in Pullman. The Cougars extend their unbeaten streak to 15 games against the Huskies. Weaver sets things in motion in the 11th minute, gets the eventual winner in the 62nd and seals the deal in the 88th. On the latter she is sprung by Maddy Haro's long ball upfield. Weaver outruns the UW defense, latches onto it and rounds the keeper to score.

Sounders Academy Wins Generation adidas Cup
April 1, 2018

Despite playing a man down for the final hour, Seattle Sounders Academy comes from behind to take the U17 Generation adidas Cup Premier Division at Frisco, Tx., 2-1 over New York Red Bulls. In the eighth minute, NYRB goes on top on a penalty kick. Seattle responds with sustained pressure and levels it in the 13th minute. Left back Connor Drought comes forward, going to the endline before a cut-back to Marlon Vargas for his fourth goal of the tournament. In the 29th minute a midfield tackle results in a red card for Ray Serrano. Yet in the 61st minute substitute Alec Diaz breaks down the right side. From a tight angle Diaz finds the far post for the lead. Vargas wins the Premier Division Golden Ball, totaling four goals and five assists.

Yedlin Scores His First Premier League Goal
September 1, 2018

Seattle's DeAndre Yedlin, three years into his play in England, scores his first Premier League goal for Newcastle. Yedlin comes forward from his right back position to finish a cross from Salomón Rondón in the 30th minute of a 2-1 loss at Manchester City. It is the first Premier League goal by a U.S. international in four years. In his previous outing, Yedlin figured both ways in a 2-1 loss to Chelsea, assisting on one goal and committing an own goal.

Cougars' Blazing Start Continues at UCLA
September 21, 2018

Washington State's perfect start continues as the 14th-ranked Cougars open Pac-12 play with a 1-0 win at No. 8 UCLA. A strike in the 61st minute by junior Morgan Weaver is the difference. Rachel Thompson's makes a career-best nine saves. WSU is off to its best-ever start at 8-0-0 while also breaking the record for consecutive wins. The Cougs eventually get to 10-0-0.

Falcons' Travis Stops 16 in Shutout
September 16, 2018

Freshman goalkeeper Riley Travis shatters the Seattle Pacific single-game record with 16 saves in backstopping a 0-0 draw at Chico State. Travis faces the Wildcats' 31-shot barrage to extend the season-opening scoreless run to 290 minutes. She surpasses the previous record, set by Molly Stinson in 2016, by three saves.

Skagit Valley Field Honors Sigmar
September 30, 2018

Skagit Valley College's newly-renovated soccer facility is rededicated as Wally Sigmar Field to honor the Cardinals' founding coach. Sigmar died in 2000. A marker with his image is unveiled in Mount Vernon. The turf field replaces an often soggy pitch which Sigmar dealt with since the early days of the men's program during the Seventies. Sigmar started the SVC program in 1974 and coached them for 11 years, winning five NWAACC championships. He also served as SVC Dean of Administration and Student Services.

Othello Unified Wins Special Olympics USA
July 5, 2018

Othello Unified wins the Division I (five-on-five) gold medal at the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Othello, competing as Washington Huskies, avenges a pool play loss to Northern California, 1-0 at Championship Field. Josh Lembeke gets the game's only goal. Lembeke also scored in the semifinal win over Washington Titians, 3-2, in overtime. The state champions had 11 qualifying students ranging in age from 15-21 years. Joining Lembeke are Dusty Carlson, Hilario Murillo, Natasha Montejano, Vincent Montejano, Giselle Monroy, Rilee Heist, Carlos Murillo, Christian Quiroz, Candace Montejano and Hunter Sparks. with a 1-nil victory over that same team on Thursday. Division I Washington state champions had 11 qualifying students ranging in age from 15-21 years. The team includes Lembcke, Dusty Carlson, Hilario Murillo, Natasha Montejano, Vincent Montejano, Giselle Monroy, Rilee Heist, Carlos Murillo, Christian Quiroz, Candace Montejano and Hunter Sparks.But on Thursday, on the biggest stage he's ever played on, the day belonged to Lembcke

Vikings Rally Late for NCAA Advancement
November 10, 2018

A golden goal caps a furious comeback and propels Western Washington past host Concordia, 3-2, in a second-round NCAA women's match in Portland. The Vikings trail 2-nil with less than five minutes remaining in regulation but score twice in 63 seconds to force overtime. The rally begins with senior defender Hattie North connecting with net from 23 yards out at 85:20. With the Vikings pressing after the ensuing kickoff, Gabriela Pelogi gains possession and beats the keeper from 18 yards at 86:23 with her 45th career goal. In the eighth minute of sudden death, Emily Bunnell heads home the improbable winner.

Solo Blasts Cordeiro Before Election
February 10, 2018

Hope Solo finishes a distant fifth in the U.S. Soccer Federation presidential election, held in Orlando. Carlos Cordeiro is elected on the third ballot with 68.6 percent. None of the challengers gets more than 11 percent, with Solo at 1.4. However, the recently retired USWMNT and Reign goalkeeper takes aim at Cordeiro, a USSF director since 2007 and vice president since 2016, for being part of the ineffective establishment.

Redhawks Yield Lead, Season's Hopes
November 8, 2018

A three-goal lead is squandered and Seattle University's postseason hopes are dashed with a WAC semifinal exit. San Jose State storms back to oust the Redhawks on their home field, 3-3 (6-5). Noe Meza, Kees Westra and Connor Noblat score to put SU up 3-0 early in the second half before the Spartans respond. First they score twice in 44 seconds, then force overtime with 2:24 remaining before prevailing on penalties.

Estrada Bolsters S2 Attack
March 14, 2018

David Estrada, whose pro career started with the Sounders, returns and signs to bolster the S2 attack. Estrada, 30, will also be an assistant coach in the Sounders Academy. Since playing in Seattle from 2010-14, he has been with D.C. United, plus three USL clubs.

Sounders 2 Win, Finally, on Final Day
October 13, 2018

Finally ending a win drought of more than two months, Sounders 2 finishes the season with a 4-1 win at Tulsa. David Estrada scores his 11th goal of the season early for the visitors to go in front in the second half. Antonee Burke-Gilroy and David Olsen pile on in the final half-hour in the battle of West cellar dwellers. S2 had entered the game winless (0-7-5) in 12.

Sounders Win Record Ninth Straight
September 15, 2018

Raul Ruidiaz and the Sounders continue on their tear at Vancouver while claiming Seattle's first Cascadia Cup since 2015. Ruidiaz tallies twice in the first half before an MLS franchise record-breaking crowd of 27,863 at BC Place. He finishes a quick combination involving Kelvin Leerdam and Cristian Roldan in the 21st minute, then catches the Whitecaps keeper outside his box and taps into an open net three minutes before half. It's a record ninth straight win (2-1) for the Sounders, now unbeaten in 12 (10-0-2) and up to fifth in the West following a disastrous start.

Late Heroics Extends Sounders Streak
August 4, 2018

Added-time goals by Nicolas Lodeiro and Will Bruin deliver Seattle from certain defeat at Minnesota and extend the win streak to four games with a 2-1 win. After United handball, Lodeiro converts from the spot in the 91st minute. Bruin's improbable winner comes on a chip in the seventh minute of stoppage time Seattle is riding a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2). Lodeiro and Bruin have combined to score seven of the team's last 11 goals during the run.

Sigi Schmid Dies, Age 65.
December 25, 2018

Sigi Schmid, coach of Sounders FC for its first six and a half seasons, dies in Los Angeles. He was 65. Schmid passes three weeks after being hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center in need of a heart transplant. He was the winningest coach in MLS history (266 in regular season and playoffs) and won MLS Cup titles in Los Angeles and Columbus before coming to Seattle. Under Schmid, the Sounders won four U.S. Open Cups and a Supporters' Shield.

Sounders Erupt, Advance in CCL
March 1, 2018

Forty-five minutes from an embarrassing elimination, Seattle erupts for four second-half goals to eliminate Santa Tecla, 4-0 (5-2 on aggregate), in the Champions League Round of 16. Will Bruin opens the floodgates a minute after intermission, and Clint Dempsey serves up a rare Nico Lodeiro for the go-ahead goal in the 69th minute. Chad Marshall and Magnus Wolff Eikrem tack-on goals in the final 10 minutes.

Thorns Thwart Reign in NWSL Semifinal
September 15, 2018

For the second time in eight days, Seattle Reign strikes first in Portland, only to have the Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and the Thorns overtake them. After finishing the regular season against their rivals, the Reign return for their NWSL semifinal and fall, 2-1. Jasmyne Spencer stakes Seattle to a lead, but Heath replies just before the interval. Horan, the league MVP, scores her fourth goal of the season vs. the Reign in the 77th minute. Christine Sinclair's cross meets Horan's forehead and the ball deflects off the post and into the net.

Tacoma Beats San Diego in Playoff Opener
March 8, 2018

Dominating the final quarter, the Tacoma Stars open the MASL playoffs by beating San Diego, 5-2, at ShoWare Center. It's the Stars' fourth straight win and ends a six-game losing streak against the perennial power Sockers. Taylor Bond's goal with 11:19 left puts Tacoma ahead, 3-2. Jamael Cox and Raphael Cox close out the scoring. Two nights later in San Diego, the Sockers win Game 2, 9-3, and the deciding mini game, 6-2.

Skyline Comes Back, Beats Camas in Girls 4A Girls
November 17, 2018

Goals from Saskia Slater on either side of halftime lift Skyline to a 2-1 triumph over Camas in the girls' 4A title match at Sparks Stadium. The Spartans, who started the season 4-6-1, rally after the Papermakers go in front. Jazzlyn Paulson finds the left corner from 10 yards in the 36th minute. Slater ties it three minutes later, pouncing on a rebound. Her winner in the 56th minute comes off a Calvert Lee feed. Skyline finishes the season on an 11-1-0 run for its fifth crown – tying Bellarmine – and first since 2012.

New-Look Reign Starts with Win
March 24, 2018

Seattle's new-look Reign gets out of the gate with a 2-1 home win over Washington at Memorial Stadium. It's the club's first game under Vlatko Andonovski after five seasons under Laura Harvey. Megan Rapinoe wastes no time scoring the season's first goal in the seventh minute. Rapinoe also assists on the second. England international Jodie Taylor debuts with what proves to be the game-winner in the 35th minute.

Reign Acquires USWNT's Long
January 11, 2018

Seattle Reign FC acquires U.S. international midfielder Allie Long from Portland as part of a three-way trade involving Sky Blue FC. It's the first trade during Vlatko Andonovski's coaching tenure. Long totaled 30 goals and 13 assists in five season with the Thorns, making two NWSL Best XIs while winning two championships.

Seattle Native Leads Barry to NCAA Title
December 1, 2018

Steve McCrath, a Seattle native and former Seattle Pacific player, guides Miami's Barry University to the NCAA Division II men's championship, 2-1 over West Chester in frigid Pittsburgh. It's the first national title for the Buccaneers, who score their two goals six minutes apart in the second half. In his third season, McCrath had taken Barry to the 2000 final, which the Bucs lost in four overtimes. Barry finishes with 16 wins, more than tripling the total from 5-6-2 in 2017.

Late Goal Gives Gig Harbor First Girls Title
November 17, 2018

Gig Harbor rallies for its first girls' 3A championship, finishing the season undefeated following a 2-1 win over Holy Names at Sparks Stadium. The Cougars, playing in their first final since 1999, find the net first, taking the lead on Julie Causbie's drive to the upper left corner from 19 yards in the 23rd minute. Alyssa Gray pulls the Tides level on the hour on a deflected shot. The deciding goal is a 13-yard effort by freshman Ashley Wright with four minutes left in regulation. Gig Harbor, a four-time runner-ip in the 90s, goes 23-0-0.

UW's Bond-Flasza Lifts Jamaica
October 17, 2018

Dominique Bond-Flasza, a former Washington Husky, converts the decisive penalty kick to send Jamaica to its first FIFA Women's World Cup. The Reggae Girlz earn third place in Concacaf qualifying with a 2-2 (4-2) result against Panama in the third-place game at Frisco, Tx. Jamaica becomes the first Caribbean nation to qualify for the World Cup. Bond-Flasza, 22, and Mireya Grey, 19, teammates at both UW and Sounders Women, are both named to World Cup squad, along with former Reign midfielder Havana Solaun.

Sounders Lose – and Lose Morris
February 22, 2018

It's a very costly Seattle Sounders loss to start the season. In the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League match, the Sounders fall, 2-1, at Santa Tecla, El Salvador. They also lose forward Jordan Morris to a season-ending knee injury. Morris crumples untouched in the 85th minute, sustaining a torn ACL in his right knee.

Sounders Women Win National Title
July 21, 2018

Second-half goals from Celia Delgado and Pascale Dumensil deliver the WPSL championship to Seattle Sounders Women in oppressively hot Norman, Ok. After Pensacola FC cancels out Jenna Holtz's opener, Georgia Cloepfil finds Celia for the go-ahead header in the 55th minute. In the waning minutes of added time Dumensil makes it 3-1. Mireya Grey's goal had beaten Fire & Ice, 1-0, in the previous day's semifinal, when temperatures soared past 100. Seattle finishes undefeated (10-0-1).

Seattle Caps Best Second Half in MLS History
October 28, 2018

Seattle caps a furious four-month comeback by earning a first-round playoff bye on Decision Day. Before 42,617, red-hot Raul Ruidiaz scores twice in the final 11 minutes for a 2-1 victory over San Jose. An own goal spots the Quakes the lead, but Ruidiaz responds. He redirects a cross from Cristian Roldan in the 79th minute to tie it, then finishes a three-way passing movement with Nico Lodeiro and Victor Rodriguez in the fourth minute of stoppage time. Seattle's 14-2-1 mark in the second half is the best in MLS history. Ruidiaz finishes with 10 goals in his first 14 appearances.

Seattle Among Finalists for 2026 Venues
March 15, 2018

Seattle is included in the list of 23 finalist cities chosen as potential hosts for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Seventeen of the venues are in the United States, with the others in Canada and Mexico. The Sounders led MLS in overall attendance their first eight years of operation before falling to No. 2 behind Atlanta last season. Seattle did not rank among the finalist for the 1994 World Cup.

Stars Surge Clinches Playoff Berth
March 2, 2018

The last kick of the regular season sends the Tacoma Stars into the MASL playoffs. Raphael Cox scores in overtime to defeat Kansas City, 7-6, in front of 3,320 at Kent's ShoWare Center. With three straight wins to end the season, the Stars finish 11-11. Down 4-3, Tacoma gets two goals from Cox and one by Vince McCluskey in the fourth quarter to finished knotted with the Comets, 6-6, at the end of regulation. The Stars begin overtime period on the power play, and it takes just 67 seconds for Cox to find the winner.

Garfield Rallies, Dethrones Roosevelt
May 26, 2018

Garfield comes from a goal down in the final 12 minutes to dethrone Metro League rival Roosevelt for the boys' 3A championship at Sparks Stadium. A corner kick from Avery Jacobson finds Hayden Barnow near the left post for the Roughriders in the fifth minute. Not until the 68th does Tommy Tolgu tie it for the Bulldogs. With two minutes left in regulation, Josh Chestnut hits a header from Oscar Harding's long free kick for the winner. Brian Doherty makes six second-half saves to help Garfield win its first crown.

Redhawks Beat Huskies in WAC/1010 Cup
September 23, 2018

Before an overflow crowd on Montlake, Seattle University knocks off No. 16 Washington, 2-0, in the WAC/101 Cup. Noe Meza and Declan McGlynn score in the second half as the Redhawks stun the Huskies in front of 2,994 fans – the third-largest UW crowd since Husky Soccer Stadium opened in 1997.

Spokane Finishes Division Undefeated
June 30, 2018

Spokane Shadow completes an undefeated regular season by drawing at home with Kitsap Pumas, 1-1. Chase Reidt's volley from 30 yards puts Spokane ahead in the 66th minute. Tomas Jamett levels it with two minutes to go. It turns out to be the Pumas final outing. The Shadow win the NPSL Northwest Division at 7-0-5.

UW Men Down No. 15 Akron
September 9, 2018

A fast start fueled by Jaret Townsend results in No. 23 Washington nipping No. 14 Akron, 2-0, at Husky Soccer Stadium. Townsend scores a goal and adds an assist in the first 12 minutes for the Huskies' third straight win.

Seattle's Koroleva to Ref FIFA U17s
September 4, 2018

Seattle-based referee Ekaterina Koroleva is named one of three U.S. officials at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, which begins November 13 in Uruguay. Koroleva is one of 15 referees. Koroleva goes on to call one group stage match and the Japan-New Zealand quarterfinal.

Vikings' Unbeaten Run Reaches Nine
October 8, 2018

Stretching its unbeaten run to nine games, No. 18 Western Washington defeats No. 6 and GNAC rival Concordia, 2-1, at Harrington Field. The Vikings strike first in the 38th minute through sophomore Alice Hiebert. After the visitors tie it, sophomore Grace Eversaul nods in the game-winner from Peyton Chick. WWU is 8-0-1 since a loss to Concordia in Portland and goes on to clinch the conference regular season title by one point over the Cavaliers.

Reign Nearly Knocks Off Carolina
August 25, 2018

Seattle Reign nearly pulls off an upset of faraway NWSL leading North Carolina before settling for a draw. It what proves to be the final game at Memorial Stadium after five seasons, the Reign draw, 1-1, before 4,455. Although the once-beaten Courage dominate possession and chances, a corner kick from Jessica Fishlock finds the head of Theresa Nielsen for a 1-nil lead in the 67th minute. Lydia Williams and the defense keep its tight until the sixth minute of stoppage time. Lynn Williams scores on Carolina's 29th shot.

Estrada, Neagle Help Snap S2 Skid
July 26, 2018

Sounders 2 heats up on a hot night and delivers a 3-0 beating to Las Vegas Lights to snap a six-game losing skid at Cheney Stadium. It's still 90 degrees when Antonee Burke-Gilroy breaks through with a brilliant solo effort at 74 seconds. David Estrada, a 60th minute substitute, buries a penalty kick at 68’ and, four minutes later, he chips a through ball to Lamar Neagle, who's on loan from Seattle.

Shadow's First Loss is Costly
July 7, 2018

FC Mulhouse of Portland finally solves the Spokane Shadow, winning their NPSL West Region quarterfinal, 2-1, at Spokane Falls CC. It's the first loss of the year for the Shadow, who had been 1-0-2 vs. FCM during the regular season. Spokane takes the on a goal from Mike Ramos, but the visitors tied it in the 10th minute and got the winner just before halftime.

Rapinoe Goal Beats Germany
March 1, 2018

Seattle Reign's Megan Rapinoe tallies the game-winner in the United States's 1-0 victory over Germany in the She Believes Cup in Columbus. Seventeen minutes in, Rapinoe runs onto a long, upfield ball at the top of the box and tucks it away on her first touch. On March 7, her cross is bundled into the net by England for an own goal in another 1-nil U.S. tournament win.

During one of our state meetings, we were told the state got a grant and they are trying to promote walk soccer. There are a lot of people out here. We see them all the time — (they) are hurt, they can't play anymore, they got a knee injury. Walking is not as pounding, so I think this is going to bring a lot of people out.
Snohomish County Adult Soccer Association secretary Naomi Johnson on starting a Walk Soccer program
The dust in the air made it harder to always scream and yell. It helped that there were two breaks in each half where we could squirt a water bottle and wipe away whatever was on your face.
Reign goalkeeper Lydia Williams on coping with smokey air during a home win over Houston
In baseball, so much of our game is experience. People aren't necessarily dying on wins and losses. This (S2) crowd cares about that...I think these fans are pretty die-hard.
Tacoma Rainiers president Aaron Artman, who runs Sounders 2's business side, on the difference in fan bases
We're excited to play in front of 6,000 people. That's everything you want. Every player wants to play in front of a good crowd, and on top of that, try to mimic a little bit of what we do at CenturyLink Field with the first team. All those things are important for our team.
S2 team captain Ray Saari on the bigger crowds awaiting the team in Tacoma
I don’t have any regrets coming back. I missed being able to play with my best friends. Representing your school is something really special. I take a ton of pride in my school and being able to play for Prep...It was something I wanted for my last year of high school. It’s a ton of fun.
Helena Reischling, a UW-commit, who left Crossfire Premier to return to Seattle Prep and play her senior season
They wanted to end this season on a positive note for their mentality, their never-say-die mentality. That’s why this team is capable of winning a championship.
Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer applauding his team's record second-half performance in 2018
Seattle soccer is on the rise, and I’ve said it before that a lot of it has to do with the unified club we have now in Seattle with Seattle United starting back in 2009. That’s developed a lot, and it’s definitely showing in the high-school league.
Garfield boys' coach Carlos Enriquez on his team becoming the second straight Metro school to win the 3A title after a 31-year drought
If you can get academy players coming in and contributing to your first team, it's worth about half a million dollars a player. And that's every season. That's money you don't have to go spend on another player, that you can use on a player that's in your organization. So, that's a huge benefit competitively.
Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey on the value of developing homegrown players
From the moment we hired Sigi, I knew it was the right decision and that he was the right man for this particular club feel that even more strongly today. Sigi was someone I respected immensely, not only for his success as a coach and dedication to his craft, but more importantly as a man and someone that truly left a positive mark on the people he encountered every day. He will be missed greatly by a lot of people, and on behalf of the soccer community here in Seattle, I can say that we would not be where we are now without him.
Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer on the passing of Sigi Schmid
He was part of a federation that generated millions of dollars on the backs of its players, and much of it on the backs of its women’s players, who have been the economic engine in this federation for years, yet treated like second-class citizens. In 2015, as the best goalkeeper in the world, I had to play 23 games, win a World Cup, and win the golden glove only to make $40,000 dollars less than Tim Howard, who only had to play eight games and win nothing in his World Cup year. He was part of a federation that could have been the first in the history of the sport to pay its women equally. Instead, that honor goes to Norway while the U.S. women, the most successful team ever, has to force it through the court system.
Hope Solo criticizing Carlos Cordeiro just before his election as U.S. Soccer president
What Rapinoe can do, not many players in this world can do, and we always said as a team that we are going to adjust and adapt around Rapinoe, because her creativity is something we cannot withhold.
Reign coach Vlatko Andonovski on Megan Rapinoe's role
It’s horrible when you lose. It’s horrible when you come so close because we were close in the game. And then, having your arch-rivals celebrate like they did on your home field, that hurts. So, there’s a lot of emotion there, within the game. Some of the highs and lows make it a tough loss. You’re up, you’re down. You’re up, you’re down. It’s definitely a draining situation.
Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer on the emotionally-draining playoff vs. Portland
College & High School All-America (USC)
Player (Hometown) School (Div/Team/Pos)
Natalie Dierickx (Kirkland) Western Washington (D2/2nd/G)
Gabriela Pelogi (Federal Way) Western Washington (D2/2nd/F)
Megan Barwick (Seattle) William Smith (D3/2nd/M)
Bryce Ikeda (Tacoma) Rochester (D3/1st/M)
Sydney Tomlinson (Bellevue) Occidental (D3/3rd/G)
Collegiate Men's Records
Evergreen 8-5-4
Gonzaga 2-14-2
Northwest 3-9-4
Pacific Lutheran 13-6-2
Puget Sound 9-5-4
Saint Martin's 9-9-0
Seattle University 13-6-1
Seattle Pacific 8-11-0
Washington 12-7-1
Western Washington 11-6-1
Whitman 10-6-2
Whitworth 5-11-4
Collegiate Women's Records
Central Washington 5-8-4
Eastern Washington 8-8-3
Evergreen 3-14-0
Gonzaga 10-4-4
Northwest 13-9-2
Pacific Lutheran 13-3-4
Puget Sound 13-6-2
Saint Martin's 5-12-1
Seattle University 10-8-3
Seattle Pacific 12-6-2
Washington 8-10-1
Washington State 13-6-1
Western Washington 18-3-2
Whitman 4-14-2
Whitworth 12-5-3
Founders Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U10 Newport FC 08STU Evolution 08 Lemus
U11 Bainbridge Island FC 07 BlueNorthshore SC Xtreme 07 Green
U12 Northshore SC Knights 06 GreenNorthshore SC Genesis 06 Green
U13 Northshore SC Sharks 05 GreenBellevue United FC 05 Robinson
U14 CFS 04 Gold PomnboNorthshore SC Dash 04 Green
U15 Seattle United 03 Blue
U16 Seattle United West 02 Blue
U17 Seattle United Sound 01 Blue
U19 Bainbridge Island FC 99 Blue
NPSL, WPSL Records
Issaquah SC Gunners 3-3-1, 4th Div.
Kitsap SC 4-5-3, 3rd Div.
Pac NW-OSA 5-1-1, 2nd Div.
Seattle OSA 3-7-2, 4th Div.
Seattle Sounders U23s 6-3-5, 2nd Div.
Seattle Sounders Women 6-0-1, 1st Div.
Spokane Shadow 7-0-5, 1st Div.
Professional All-League
Player (Pos) Team (Lg-Tm)
Chad Marshall (D) Sounders (MLS-1st)
Megan Rapinoe (F) Reign (NWSL-1st)
Lydia Williams (G) Reign (NWSL-2nd)
Stephanie Caley (D) Reign (NWSL-2nd)
Denso Ulysse (D) Sounders 2 (USL-2nd)
State Youth Presidents Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U9 Crossfire Premier 09Seattle United 09
U10 Seattle United 08Crossfire Premier 08
U11 Washington Premier FC 07Seattle United 07
U12 Crossfire YakimaSpokane Shadow
U13 Kitsap Alliance FCRainier Valley Slammers
U14 Washington Timbers FCWashington Rush SC
U15 Eastside FC 03 White BFederal Way FC
U16 STU Chelsea Academy 02Seattle United
U17 Pac NW SC 01 BlueThree Rivers SC
U18 Washington Premier FC 00 WhitePacific FC
U19 Greater Seattle Surf SC 99 BHarbor SC
State Youth Recreational Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 VW Elite FeetMercer Island Flame
U12 Southlake Rec B07 HectorRapids FC
U13 SL/Seattle Stars FCNorth Mason Jaguars
U14 LVR Strikers (SYSA)Vashon Orcas
U15 Woodland Cougars (SYSA)HYSC Gators
U16 LKA Torres/MeadeTSC Fire Tigers
U17 Mukilteo Warriors FCFire and Ice Brunelle/Tomsali
U18/19 Goal Rush (NYSA)Snohomish Force
Washington State Youth Champions
Age BoysGirls
U12 Three Rivers 06 BlackSeattle United 06 Copa (SYSA)
U13 PacNW 05 MaroonCrossfire Prem 05 (LWYSA)
U14 Crossfire Yakima 04Pac NW 04 Maroon (GRJSA)
U15 Seattle United 03 Copa (SYSA)Eastside Reign 03 (EYSA)
U16 Pac Northwest 02 Maroon (GRJSA)PacNW 02 Maroon (GRJSA)
U17 Washington Rush 01 (NCYSA)Spokane Sounders 01
U18 Washington Premier 00 BlackGS Surf 00
U19 Seattle United 99 Copa A (SYSA)Eastside Reign 99 (EYSA)
WIAA Championship Games
Boys 4A Pasco 1Skyline 0
Boys 3A Garfield 2Roosevelt 1
Boys 2A Columbia River 2Burlington Edison 0
Boys 1A Vashon 3Winlock/Toledo 1
Boys 2B Prescott 2Orcas Island 0
Girls 4A Skyline 2Camas 1
Girls 3A Gig Harbor 2Holy Names 1
Girls 2A Liberty 4Sehome 1
Girls 1A La Salle 1King's Way 1 (2-1)
Girls 2B St. George's 2Kalama 0
Highlights - Sounders U-17 vs Red Bulls U-17

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Sounders vs San Jose 10/28

VIDEO: Sounders vs San Jose 10/28

Sounders vs LAG 8/18

VIDEO: Sounders vs LAG 8/18

Will Bruin GotW v Minnesota

VIDEO: Will Bruin GotW v Minnesota

Rapinoe brace, Reign 4:1 Sky Blue

VIDEO: Rapinoe brace, Reign 4:1 Sky Blue

Utsugi late, Reign win 3-2 at Portland

VIDEO: Utsugi late, Reign win 3-2 at Portland

On this Day in History
May 22, 2006
Randy Hanson is returning to his old post at Puget Sound after a one-year hiatus. Hanson left the program after 10 successful seasons in December 2004 to become the director of soccer training of Manchester United Soccer Schools at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. His responsibilities will increase since the Loggers recently made women's soccer coach a full-time position for the first time. Dan Keene, who replaced Hanson for 2005, will be Hanson's assistant.
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September 11, 2001
High school and youth athletic competition throughout the state experiences a relatively brief interruption due to the 9/11 attacks. Some leagues postponed action immediately, others carried on. By Sept. 15 most competition resumes. Washington State ferries were limited to passenger-only service over concerns about car bombs after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
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December 2, 1977
Skagit Valley College becomes the first unbeaten NWAACC champion by defeating Edmonds Community College, 1-0, at Memorial Stadium. Mark Kaufman scores in the 50th minute and Mark Thompson earns the shutout for the Cardinal, who go 13-0-3 through the regular season and playoffs.
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November 2, 2002
Tiffeny Milbrett erupts for a record-tying five goals – all in the first half – as a crowd of 21,522 celebrates the first USWNT appearance in Seattle, a 9-0 Gold Cup win over Panama. Milbrett, raised in Portland and a collegiate standout there, achieves a hat trick in the first nine minutes as the outcome is never in doubt. The five goals ties a record first set by Seattle's Michelle Akers and equaled by Brandi Chastain. Milbrett never has a chance to break the record. She twists her left knee landing after heading the ball in the 56th minute and leaves the game.
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