Seattle Sounders (1974–1983)
|Full name||Seattle Sounders|
|Founded||December 11, 1973|
|Dissolved||September 6, 1983|
|Stadium||Memorial Stadium |
The Seattle Sounders were an American 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.
A Seattle expansion team for the North American Soccer League was proposed in early 1973 as part of a new Western Division that would include Los Angeles, San Jose, and Vancouver. On December 11, 1973, the league awarded an expansion team to Seattle that would be owned by a group of local businessmen led by Walter Daggatt of the Alpac Corporation; the team would play at Memorial Stadium in the Western Division alongside new teams in Los Angeles, San Francisco (later moved to San Jose), and Vancouver. A naming contest was held in January 1974, with a shortlist of six finalists: Cascades, Evergreens, Mariners, Schooners, Sockeyes, and Sounders. "Sounders" was announced as the winner of the contest on January 21, having been chosen in 32 percent of the 3,735 votes cast by the public.
The Sounders made their debut on May 5, 1974, against hosts Los Angeles Aztecs; the team lost 2–1. Their home debut, a week later at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, was a 4–0 victory against the Denver Dynamos in front of 12,132 spectators. The club played the first sporting event at the new Kingdome on April 9, 1976, hosting the New York Cosmos in an exhibition match that they lost 3–1 with 58,128 in attendance. The Sounders went on to play in two Soccer Bowls, losing in 1977 and 1982 to the Cosmos. From 1975 to 1982, the Sounders had an average attendance of over 20,000 per match at the Kingdome and Memorial Stadium.
Frank and Vince Coluccio bought a majority stake in the Sounders franchise in 1979. The team folded on September 6, 1983, after the Coluccios struggled to keep the club afloat through the regular season; the team did not qualify for the playoffs. The Sounders lost an estimated $7 million in their final years of operation and the rights to the team's name were sold to former coach Alan Hinton. The NASL folded a year later and a new team, F.C. Seattle Storm, was formed to continue playing outdoor professional soccer in the city. The Storm later played in the American Professional Soccer League in 1990, but folded two years later. A new Sounders team formed in 1994 and played in the American Professional Soccer League (later the A-League and USL First Division). They were replaced by a Major League Soccer team, named Seattle Sounders FC in honor of both predecessors, which debuted on March 19, 2009.
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.
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.
This is a complete list of seasons for the NASL club. For a season-by-season history including the current Seattle Sounders FC MLS franchise, see List of Seattle Sounders FC seasons.
|Season||League||Position||Playoffs||USOC||Continental||Average attendance||Top goalscorer(s)|
|1983||NASL||30||12||18||0||62||61||+1||119||3.97||3rd||9th||DNQ||8,181|| Mark Peterson
^ 1. Avg. attendance include statistics from league matches only.
^ 2. Top goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in League, League Cup, U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and other competitive continental matches.
|Season||League||Position||Playoffs||Average attendance||Top goalscorer(s)|
NASL Conference championships
NASL Division championships
NASL Division Titles (regular season)
- 1981 Winner
- 1982 Winner
- 1980 Roger Davies
- 1982 Peter Ward
Rookie of the Year
- 1977 Jim McAlister
North American Player of the Year
- 1980 Jack Brand
- 1982 Mark Peterson
Coach of the Year
- 1980 Alan Hinton
NASL Leading Goalkeeper
- 1974 Barry Watling (GAA: 0.80)
- 1976 Tony Chursky (GAA: 0.91, SO: 9)
- 1980 Jack Brand (GAA: 0.91, SO: 15)
All-Star first team selections
- 1974 Barry Watling, John Rowlands
- 1975 Mike England, Arfon Griffiths
- 1976 Mike England
- 1977 Mike England
- 1978 Mike England
- 1980 Roger Davies, Bruce Rioch
- 1982 Peter Ward
All-Star second team selections
- 1974 Jimmy Gabriel, Hank Liotart
- 1980 Jack Brand, Alan Hudson, John Ryan
- 1981 Kevin Bond, Alan Hudson
- 1982 Steve Daley, Ray Evans
- 1983 Steve Daley, Ray Evans
All-Star honorable mentions
- 1974 Roy Sinclair
- 1975 Dave Gillett, Barry Watling
- 1976 Dave Gillett, Jimmy Robertson
- 1977 Tony Chursky, Jim McAlister, Jimmy Robertson
- 1979 Alan Hudson
- 1980 Tommy Hutchison, David Nish
- 1983 Peter Ward
NASL Indoor All-Stars
- 1980–81 Alan Hudson (All-West)
- 1981–82 Alan Hudson (Pacific Conference)
U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame
- 2006 Al Trost
Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame
- 2003 Ian Bridge
- 2004 Tony Chursky
- 2008 Jack Brand
- 2014 Chris Bennett
- John Best 1974–1976
- Jimmy Gabriel 1977–1979
- Alan Hinton 1980–1982
- Laurie Calloway 1983
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- ^ Smith, Craig (September 6, 1983). "Sounders call it quits". The Seattle Times. p. D1.
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- ^ Smith, Craig (April 7, 1994). "Hinton answers call to coach soccer again". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
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- ^ "Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum Website > Hall of Fame > Hall Of Fame Inductee Announcements > 2014 Inductees". www.thesoccerhalloffame.ca. Archived from the original on 2014-08-02.
- Seattle Sounders (1974–1983)
- 1974 establishments in Washington (state)
- 1983 disestablishments in Washington (state)
- Association football clubs established in 1974
- Association football clubs disestablished in 1983
- Defunct indoor soccer clubs in the United States
- Defunct soccer clubs in Washington (state)
- North American Soccer League (1968–1984) teams