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: Chursky’s Chicks
Original Sounders with Doug Thiel / Seattle Sounders FC

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 in the Emerald City from 1974 through 1983. Doug is the author of the 1977 Sounders season highlight book “All the Best,” as well as two new … Continue reading

Sounder legend Jimmy McAlister: 1977 NASL Rookie of the Year
Original Sounders with Doug Thiel / Seattle Sounders FC

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 had season tickets and went anyway. SELLOUT. The first ever North American Soccer League sellout took place on June 22nd, 1974 against Philadelphia in Memorial … Continue reading

Jimmy Gabriel is “All the Best” of Sounders
Original Sounders with Doug Thiel

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 in the Emerald City from 1974 through 1983. Doug is the author of the 1977 Sounders season highlight book “All the Best,” as well as two new … Continue reading