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.

Today continues a daily count-up of our Museum pages of Seattle soccer history! We are covering the three incarnations of the Sounders as well as FC Seattle. Be sure to check back everyday until we catch up to the current season! It all began for Seattle pro soccer back in 1974…now we are up to…1975.

The Museum Lobby is located HERE, or select “Museum” from the menu above.

We have plenty of dead links in the place right now, but we will be fixing them as we count up to today’s Sounders.

>>> The 1975 Seattle Sounders Museum Archive Page is HERE.

The Sounders were developing a full-blown love affair with the Seattle public, and matches sold out in 1975 even with the addition of seats to Memorial Stadium raising capacity to nearly 18,000. The club made the playoffs and then ran into an expansion side —the Portland Timbers—who were causing their own ruckus in the Rose City. The result was a wild overtime triumph for Portland at old Civic Stadium. The Timbers went on to lose Soccer Bowl ’75 in their only Finals appearance in their history.

The Sounders went 15-7 in 1975, with leading scorer John Rowlands adding ten goals for the second straight season. Barry Watling (see top photo) posted six shut-outs.


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