The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
I was helping unload an ice chest before a recent Tacoma Tide FC match when a familiar, historic club crest caught my eye. Suddenly, with a mere glimpse of the haloed stick-man, I had a rush of soccer nostalgia.
Facebook and the Wayback Machine did the rest…
by David Falk
A few weeks later I remembered the moment and posted a note on the goalWA Facebook page looking for people who were a part of the Saints. Right away I got some names that I will be following up on in future articles.
The Hibernian and Caledonian Saints were an authentic football club in a time when soccer in Seattle was marked by the pre-MLS years of the United Soccer Leagues Seattle Sounders. They were talented male and female amateurs who by their play represented an era of soccer in our region.
If you were a Saint or a follower, please contact me at goalWA@gmail.com. I’d like to see what you remember about those years.
The Saints’ history is well worth preserving. Just look at the opening paragraphs when the club won the 2005 National USASA crown:
August 7, 2005 – USSF-USASA NATIONAL CUP FINAL: Seattle Hibernian &
Caledonian (1) 2 – 1 (0) Baltimore Allied
32nd minute [H&C] Ian Chursky;
63rd minute [H&C] Cam Weaver (Pat Dorn); 81st minute [BA] Roland Jesper
The long twelve year quest for national honors has now been completed. The
demons from so many countless campaigns of the past are now off and away to
trouble others. Saints are in dreamland and yet are smack-dab in reality. The
club’s Men’s Open Team (MOT’s) are finally USSF-USASA National Cup Champions,
2005 style! The MOT’s reached their Holy Grail with an emphatic 2 – 1 finals
victory over Region I finalist, Baltimore Allied.
The young MOT’s have now become fastened with the many greats of National Cup
glory, all the great teams and players, professionals and otherwise, who have
played in this venerable competition. But, more so, they have helped the club
achieve some major fame, in a class of their own. Hibs and Caley has now won
more levels of USSF-USASA National Championships than any other team or club in
the history of all competitions. Period.
This was the club’s sixth national adult outdoor championship in a little
over three years and its eighth overall, including two indoor titles since 1995,
that most certainly puts them in a class of their own.