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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 … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

John Best built Original Sounders

The Best There Is by Doug Thiel  / Catch up on earlier Original Sounders stories HERE. No pun intended but John Best does fit the billing. And so he was from day … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Original Sounders: Chursky’s Chicks

goalWA.net is very pleased to feature an ongoing column that allows writer Doug Thiel a forum to share his memories of our “Original Sounders,” the North American Soccer League (NASL) club that played … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Sounder legend Jimmy McAlister: 1977 NASL Rookie of the Year

Jimmy McAlister’s father had been telling his son that season tickets weren’t necessary. “Who will go anyway?” he kept repeating. The day before the Denver game Jimmy’s father died. Jimmy … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jimmy Gabriel is “All the Best” of Sounders

goalWA.net is very pleased to feature an ongoing column that allows writer Doug Thiel a forum to share his memories of our “Original Sounders,” the North American Soccer League (NASL) club that played … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

1974: How about we call them the Seattle “Sounders?”

1974: A Name & Much More by Doug Thiel But first the name. What would it be? Hal Childs, PR Director, referred to Seattle’s unnamed team as, “The team from … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Original Sounders with Doug Thiel debuts on goalWA.net

goalWA.net is very pleased to introduce a new column that allows writer Doug Thiel a forum to share his memories of our “Original Sounders,” the North American Soccer League (NASL) … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 3 Comments

Sounders break from league play to host Champions League winners Chelsea

While Seattle Sounders FC take a break from league play, English giants and Champions League winners Chelsea FC visit the Pacific Northwest for a friendly on Wednesday evening. A huge … Continue reading

July 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Countdown in History: 1978 Seattle Sounders

How would the Sounders follow-up their dynamic, cinderella season of 1977? As it turns out, with a playoff loss to the same club that beat them in Soccer Bowl ’77. … Continue reading

June 19, 2012 · 3 Comments

Countdown in History: 1975 Seattle Sounders

Let the record show that the North American Soccer League Seattle Sounders made the playoffs in their second season of existence (1975). What happened next is the stuff of rivalries.

June 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Stevie Buttle: Heart of the NASL Sounders

I just can’t seem to stop calling Steve Buttle “Stevie.” That’s the way it was back then, in the late 1970′s as the slight, talented midfielder created goals for the … Continue reading

June 6, 2012 · 4 Comments

Sounders begin latest US Open Cup drive with a 5:1 win over Atlanta of the NASL

TUKWILA, Wash. – Sounders FC began its run for a fourth straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a third-round win over the Atlanta Silverbacks, 5-1 on Wednesday evening at … Continue reading

May 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Wash: Time for Sounders FC to fully embrace their NASL roots

The successful launch of Sounders FC back in 2009 was due in part to the club following the blueprint of Toronto FC’s launch in 2007. In the latest The Wash … Continue reading

March 11, 2012 · 10 Comments

NASL Seattle Sounders gallery debuts on Facebook

goalWA.net has debuted a gallery of North American Soccer League (NASL) Seattle Sounders artifacts in a new gallery on our Facebook page.

December 16, 2011 · 2 Comments

NASL Seattle Sounders photos bring first generation back to life

Scott Butner and Jenni Conner share their North American Soccer League Seattle Sounders photos with http://www.goalWA.net, bringing the past back to life for multi-generational fans in the Northwest.

December 13, 2011 · 1 Comment

Led Zeppelin and the Seattle Sounders of 1977

It was July 17, 1977. The Seattle Sounders of the North American Soccer League had yet to make their cinderella run to the Final (Soccer Bowl ’77) against Pele and … Continue reading

September 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

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