Born in '74
Posts honoring the Sounders' 40th anniversary
WA Legends Presents Olympics Series
Conversations with Jeff Stock, Brent Goulet, Kasey Keller and Hope Solo to drop daily on YouTube
Jimmy Gabriel: The Gift of the Lift
Our resident historian tells one of his favorite stories: When Gabriel went from coach to player while fighting through injury and scoring a goal against a massive rival.
What We Learned from the Pros
Sounders, NWSL locals share tips on reaching the next level
Looking back on Sounders’ first-ever trip to the championship game
Think this MLS Cup loss was painful? The 1977 loss to the New York Cosmos was probably worse.
Washington State Legends of Soccer spent 2020 making history
Although fundraisers were postponed due to the pandemic, the nonprofit pressed forward, awarding scholarships and expanding their online offerings.
What if Seattle was among the initial MLS teams in 1996?
It came closer to happening than you might think.
NASL Legend John Rowlands Stood Tall, Always Will
The late John Rowlands did much more than just score the Sounders’ first goal. For two very formative years in our community, Rowlands established a culture of playing aggressive, attacking football; making others around him better; and having fun.
A Long Overdue Ode to Billy McGrath
He was tracking toward National Soccer Hall of Fame consideration before making one last fateful decision to play just one more game.
All Salaries Aside
Fish tails and trophy tales. Some remarkable and funny final stories to wrap-up this series.
Got Game, Will Travel
For 10 years, America’s pro soccer scene grew greatly dim, if not dark. Those who wanted a life in the game had to love it – and hustle. (Third in a series)
Too Much Fun to Complain
Just when it seemed American pro soccer had a head of steam, the bottom dropped out in the mid-80s. By then, the pay was minimal, but the good times carried on.
Land of Opportunity
When it all started back in ‘74, most of the Sounders were on loan for four months. Adrian Webster was seeking to re-start his career while David Gillett viewed it as an adventure/working vacation. And how much did it pay? (first in a series)
Soccer Set Them Free
An untold tale of WW2 Italian prisoners finding refuge in playing their beloved game on the shores of Puget Sound.
Big Crowd, Big Cause
Rarely does a huge match draw the biggest of crowds. MLS Cup 2019 is the exception.
Live, Coast to Coast – and First
ESPN’s first soccer telecast was live from Seattle
Panel to Focus on Washington’s Early Influence on USWNT
1991 World Cup players to join coach Anson Dorrance for public forum Aug. 31 at The NINETY.
Everything Must Go
The tale of Seattle’s longest running soccer shop and the family behind it, the Schmetzers.
It just got easier to #KnowYourHistory
Washington State Legends of Soccer has launched a website dedicated to our history of the game at all levels
Slow starts are nothing new
Bad starts, Seattle’s had a few. From injuries to strikes to offsides, there are myriad reasons. Sometimes fortunes change, sometimes they don’t. Who could be X-factor for a Sounders turnaround this time?
Seattle Seeing Red
Sounders anecdotal history of being sent off answers to questions such as fastest exits, 1st coach to go and those never to be seen again.
View to a Kill
It was an historic match for all the wrong reasons. But life went on, and now the Sounders’ record defeat is fodder for tall tales and laughter. This is part 2 of 2.
Bury the Score
A series of missteps leading to the Seattle Sounders’ first Concacaf competition left an indelible mark. Part 1 of 2.
A Royal Visit
As the original NASL’s 50th anniversary kicks off, a look at the league’s first stop in Seattle, well before the Sounders came to town.
It was 20 years ago that the USMNT beat Brazil in real competition
Back then they were barely more than kids. Now they are veterans, Sounders.
Little feeling for the Draft
Between the growing influence of homegrown signees and clubs’ lack of interest in later rounds, maybe it’s time to re-examine the MLS SuperDraft.
Wee Willie: The First Name We Heard
Ode to the late Willie Penman, scorer of Sounders’ first home goal.
Soccer in Puget Sound: It’s Rarely a Holiday
Tales of battling winter elements to play on Christmas and New Year’s.
Brand him a Sounder
He may live in Toronto, but his former NASL Sounder Jack Brand’s heart remains in Seattle.
And sometimes they draw
What, if anything, has this 13-match unbeaten run told us about 2017 Sounders.
When Falcons Took Flight
Geographically isolated, Seattle Pacific's powerhouse program of the 1980s and '90s went to great lengths to strengthen its schedule. Road trips of 8 games and more than 3 weeks were the norm each September. And they just kept winning.