|Full name||Seattle Sounders|
|Founded||December 11, 1973|
|Dissolved||September 6, 1983|
|Ground||Memorial Stadium |
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.
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 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. The Coluccio family bought the franchise in 1979.
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.
|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|
NASL Conference Championships
NASL Division Championships
NASL Division Titles (regular season)
Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup
- 1981 Winner
- 1982 Winner
Rookie of the Year
- 1977 Jim McAlister
North American Player of the Year
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
- 1981–82 Alan Hudson (Pacific Conference)
U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame
- 2006 Al Trost
Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame
- "Seattle Sounders folding". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. September 7, 1983. p. C1.
- Zimmerman, Hy (September 6, 1973). "Soccer to get succor in L. A.". The Seattle Times. p. E2.
- Zimmerman, Hy (December 11, 1973). "Seattle business elite back pro soccer team". The Seattle Times. p. E1.
- "What name do you like?". The Seattle Times. January 13, 1974. p. H6.
- "Sounders is the new name, soccer's the name of the game". The Seattle Times. January 22, 1974. p. D3.
- Smith, Craig (September 6, 1983). "Sounders call it quits". The Seattle Times. p. D1.
- Garnick, Coral (April 12, 2014). "Frank Coluccio dies; founder of construction company that began in 1953". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
- "The Kingdome". King County. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
- "The Year in American Soccer - 1977". Sover.net.
- Mudry, Richard (September 18, 1983). "Rookie Thompson captures NASL honors". Tampa Tribune. p. 15-D. Retrieved 15 December 2017 – via newspapers.com.