Original Sounders: And Here Is Cliff (Uncle Nubby) McCrath
Original Sounders with Doug Thiel

Original Sounders: And Here Is Cliff (Uncle Nubby) McCrath

Stories like this one never start at the beginning because there isn’t one. More likely we’re looking at a series of somewhat purposeful, kind of ambiguous happenings fortunately directed by intellect, purpose and money. The very ingredients of success. Lasting Sounder success seemed to surface 29 years later from the ashes of trial and error … Continue reading

Original Sounders: OMG! Pepe Fernandez, AstroTurf and a broken leg
Original Sounders with Doug Thiel / Seattle Sounders FC

Original Sounders: OMG! Pepe Fernandez, AstroTurf and a broken leg

1974 was a marvelous year filled with OMG’s. Even before the first ball was booted OMG’s were happening. But you knew that. We lost the league season opener 2-1 on May 5th to LA: 4,107 fans. OMG. In LA? Right. Dear Lord what’s it going to be in Seattle? Ominous clouds and so soon. It’s worthy to … Continue reading

Original Sounders: Soccer Bowl ’77 memories remain in Technicolor
Original Sounders with Doug Thiel / Seattle Sounders FC

Original Sounders: Soccer Bowl ’77 memories remain in Technicolor

by Doug Thiel  / Catch up on earlier Original Sounders stories HERE. The Seattle Sounders, now ending their fourth season, were about to face off against the New York Cosmos. And it was raining. The Cosmos were the Greek god Zeus of the NASL. The Sounders were Goldilocks according to East Coast wags. Pele, Beckenbauer, Chinaglia. Brazil, … Continue reading

Original Sounders: US “style” quest has roots in NASL
Original Sounders with Doug Thiel

Original Sounders: US “style” quest has roots in NASL

by Doug Thiel / Catch up on earlier Original Sounders stories HERE. Writing All the Best became a series of surprises. The first was, “Why should I write a book about the Sounders?” says I to Dr. Marty Kushner, team physician to the Sounders and the Sonics. We’d just finished lunch. “Because someone should. You write well … Continue reading