Seattle Sounders (1974–83)

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Seattle Sounders
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Full name Seattle Sounders
Nickname(s) Sounders
Founded December 11, 1973
Dissolved September 6, 1983; 33 years ago (1983-09-06)
Stadium Memorial Stadium
Ground Capacity 17,000
League NASL

The Seattle Sounders were a U.S. professional soccer team based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1974, the team belonged to the North American Soccer League where it played both indoor and outdoor soccer. The team folded after the 1983 NASL outdoor season.[1]


The franchise folded on September 6, 1983, after majority owners Frank and Vince Coluccio struggled to keep the club afloat until the team did not qualify for the playoffs.[2]


The Sounders played at Memorial Stadium for their first two seasons before moving to the Kingdome. On April 25, 1976, 58,218 watched the Seattle Sounders and the New York Cosmos in the first sports event held in the Kingdome.[3]

From 1979 to 1982, they competed in three NASL Indoor campaigns, playing their home games also at the Kingdome.


The Seattle Sounders were supported by the "Seattle Sounders Booster Club" in the 1970s and early 1980s.


Year League W L T Pts Reg. Season Playoffs Avg. Attendance
1974 NASL 10 7 3 101 3rd, Western Did not qualify 13,434
1975 NASL indoor 0 2 0 4th, Region 4 Did not qualify N/A
1975 NASL 15 7 129 2nd, Western Division Lost Quarterfinal (Portland) 16,818
1976 NASL 14 10 123 2nd, Pacific Conference, Western Division Won 1st Round (Vancouver)
Lost Division Championship (Minnesota)
1977 NASL 14 12 123 3rd, Pacific Conference, Western Division Won Division Championship (Vancouver)
Won Conference Championship (Minnesota)
Won Semifinal (Los Angeles)
Lost Soccer Bowl '77 (Cosmos)
1978 NASL 15 15 138 3rd, National Conference, Western Division Lost 1st Round (Cosmos) 22,572
1979 NASL 13 17 125 3rd, National Conference, Western Division Did not qualify 18,998
1979–80 NASL Indoor Did not enter
1980 NASL 25 7 201 1st, National Conference, Western Division Won 1st Round (Vancouver
Lost Conference Semifinals (Los Angeles)
1980–81 NASL Indoor 9 9 4th, Western Division Did not qualify 6,751
1981 NASL 15 17 137 4th, Northwest Lost 1st Round (Chicago) 18,224
1981–82 NASL Indoor 9 9 3rd, National Conference, Northwest Division Lost 1st Round (Edmonton) 6,137
1982 NASL 18 14 166 1st, Western Division Won 1st Round (Toronto)
Won Semifinal (Ft. Lauderdale)
Lost Soccer Bowl '82 (Cosmos)
1982–83 NASL Indoor Season cancelled
1983 NASL 12 18 119 3rd, Western Division Did not qualify 8,181


Team honors[edit]

NASL Championships

NASL Conference Championships

  • 1977 Pacific Conference

NASL Division Championships

  • 1977 Western Division, Pacific Conference

NASL Division Titles (regular season)

  • 1980 Western Division, National Conference
  • 1982 Western Division

Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup

  • 1981 Winner

Europac Cup

  • 1982 Winner

League MVP

Rookie of the Year

North American Player of the Year

Coach of the Year

NASL Leading Goalkeeper

Individual honors[edit]

All-Star First Team Selections

All-Star Second Team Selections

All-Star Honorable Mentions

NASL Indoor All-Stars

U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame

Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame



  1. ^ "Seattle Sounders folding". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. September 7, 1983. p. C1. 
  2. ^ Smith, Craig (September 6, 1983). "Sounders call it quits". The Seattle Times. p. D1. 
  3. ^ "The Kingdome". King County. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
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