Tag: Original Sounders with Doug Thiel

Checking in with NASL Sounders legend Jocky Scott

Checking in with NASL Sounders legend Jocky Scott

by David Falk Jocky Scott (wiki) scored what could still be considered one of the biggest goals by any Sounder back in 1977 when his glancing header carried Seattle to a 1:0 win over the Los Angeles Aztecs and George Best before 57,000 fans in the Kingdome. The strike earned Seattle a berth in Soccer … Continue reading Checking in with NASL Sounders legend Jocky Scott

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

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: And Here Is Cliff (Uncle Nubby) McCrath

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

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: OMG! Pepe Fernandez, AstroTurf and a broken leg

John Best built Original Sounders

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 one. And won he did with a brand new team. We’d been waiting some time for this to happen. Now was that time and no … Continue reading John Best built Original Sounders

Original Sounders: Soccer Bowl ’77 memories remain in Technicolor

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: Soccer Bowl ’77 memories remain in Technicolor

Original Sounders: (Mike) England is Forever

Original Sounders: (Mike) England is Forever

by Doug Thiel / Catch up on earlier Original Sounders stories HERE. During the first few minutes of a match it’s common for players to test one another. True in soccer and other sports. Who has the grit and who doesn’t. Watching Mike England and an opposing player lift off for a header was a … Continue reading Original Sounders: (Mike) England is Forever

Sounder legend Jimmy McAlister: 1977 NASL Rookie of the Year

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 Sounder legend Jimmy McAlister: 1977 NASL Rookie of the Year