1973
11 December.  A group of Seattle businessmen, headed by Managing General Partner Walt Daggett, are awarded a franchise in the North American Soccer League.

21 December.  John Best, a former all-star defender, is named as Seattle's head coach.

1974
22 January.  From thousands of entries, the team is called the Seattle Sounders in a "name the team" contest.

5 May.  Seattle plays its first match, losing to the Aztecs in Los Angeles 2-1.

12 May.  Before 12,132 fans in Memorial Stadium, Seattle crushes Denver Dynamo 4-0.

22 June.  The Sounders stun the rest of the NASL by recording the first sellout in league history (13,876) in a 2-0 win over Philadelphia Atoms.  It was the first of six consecutive sellouts for Seattle.

26 July.  Seattle destroys Los Angeles Aztecs 5-1, for the forst of four consecutive wins.

11 August.  Even with the Sounders' 2-1 win over Vancouver, Seattle was nosed out of the playoffs on the last weekend of the season.

1975
6 June.  Seattle was awareded a 1-0 forfeit victory over Boston Minutemen.  The victory reversed an earlier 2-1 loss, as Boston was guilty of using an ineligible player.

5 July.  17,925 fans packed Memorial Stadium as the Sounders defeated New York Cosmos 2-0.  The total was a new Sounder attendance mark, which they would match three times that season.

9 August.  Seattle played it's final match in Memorial Stadium in a 2-1 loss to San Jose Earthquake.

12 August.  An overtime goal propelled Portland Timbers to a 2-1 playoff victory in the Sounders' first playoff match.

1976
8 April.  Before 58,128 fans, the Sounders open the Kingdome, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Pele-led New York Cosmos.  Jimmy Gabriel scored the long goal for Seattle.

25 April.  Geoff Hurst's penalty kick in overtiem was the answer in an exciting 1-0 Sounder victory over Portland in the 1976 home opener.

12 June.  Davey Butler put the home side back on track with a late second-half goal in Seattle's 3-1 victory over St. Louis Stars.

24 July.  Seattle beat Philadelphia Atoms 3-2, but lost winger Jimmy Robertson for the balance of the season with a broken leg.

7 August.  Tony Chursky set a new club shutout record, collecting his ninth of the season in a 3-0 win over Portland Timbers.

17 August.  Geoff Hurst's goal at 39 minutes keyed the Sounders to their first-ever playoff win, a 1-0 triumph over Vancouver Whitecaps.

21 August.  Seattle was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Minnesota Kicks 3-0.

1977
30 April.  The Sounders, down 1-0 at halftime to Portland Timbers, rally back to win 3-2.  New coach Jimmy Gabriel inserted himself into the game at halfitme to inspire the troops and generate some offense.

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