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1997 News Archive

Dec 28 - The Seattle Sunday Times reports that former Sounder keeper (and Seattle Pitch favorite) Marcus Hahnemann will begin training in January with English Premier League side Aston Villa.

Dec 23 - This is how the A-League shapes up for 1998:

Dec 22 - Three UW players, forward Jason Boyce, midfielder Joe Franchino, and goalkeeper Bill May will take part in the Umbro All-star games 31 January in Fort Lauderdale. These matches will feature the nation's top seniors. Franchino was also selected to the Elite 16 Men's College Soccer All-star team, which will face the A-League/USISL Select team, comprised of the best players in the second division. Boyce and May were named to the 16-member Diuvision 1 All-star team that will compete against an all-star team of players from NCAA Divisions 2 and 3 and the NAIA. MLS will hold its annual college player draft as part of the events in Fort Lauderdale.

Dec 16 - A letter from MLS commissioner Doug Logan promises that, "... with the passage of the initiative, Major League Soccer will be in Seattle beginning with the 2002 or 2003 season."

Midfielder David Hoggan re-inked a contract for the 1998 season, with the club retaining the option for 1999. He will also be an assistant coach for the midfielders and forwards. No word about Chance Fry, who was last year's forwards coach. Players known to be under contract: Megson, James, Hoggan, Watson (under contract to Seattle, on loan to Swedish club), Jenkins, Figueroa.

Nov 4 - It looks like there will be a team in Vancouver after all. A buyer has stepped in and rescued the 86ers, with league approval expected by the end of the week. Good news for them! Bad news for us in that there are some 86ers that would look good in a Sounder kit.

Oct 22 - The Sounders announced that player-coach Neil Megson re-signed for 1998, with the club holding the option for 1999.

Oct 19 - The Vancouver 86ers announced they will be ceasing operations at the end of the month. The two ownership groups' bids, from the University of BC athletic department and a group headed by former Sounder/Whitecap Alan Hinton, fell through.

Sep 26 - Dusty Hudock was named goalkeeper of the year and a first team all-star along with defender Mark Watson. Mike Gailey was named second-team forward. The Sounders also announced that they loaned Dusty to the Columbus Crew of MLS (1st Division) for the balance of their season, where he will certainly serve as a backup to Brad Friedel.

Sep 1 - California won in Atlanta with a golden goal, clinching 1st place in the Pacific Division. The Sounders finish 2nd and will play Colorado, who edged out Vancouver for 3rd place, in the First Round of the playoffs.

Aug 28 - Mark Watson was loaned by the Sounders to Swedish club Oester IF.

Aug 14 - Both Seattle and Rochester papers are reporting that Daligcon and Stoddard are going to Rochester in an exchange for Henry Gutierrez. In other personnel moves, the club released Derek Crothers.

Aug 8 - Adair underwent successful surgery August 5 to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee, and is expected to be out 4 weeks.

Watson and Aunger will miss the Orange County and Minnesota matches due to international duty for Canada. They also stand to miss the first round of the A-League playoffs.

Esmundo Rodriguez, a 20-year-old, 6-4, 205-lb forward, has been loaned from the MLS San Jose Clash to the Sounders to replace the injured Adair. Oscar Draguicevich, a 28-year-old, 6-1, 180-lb defender, has also been loaned from San Jose to the Sounders to replace Watson during his duties with the Canadian national team.

Jul 28 - Chugger Adair will be out 4-6 weeks with a strained left knee.

Jul 15 - All-star match: East 3 - 5 West. Geoff Aunger scored once, Mike Gailey scored twice and won Man of the Match.

Jul 11 - Sounders ink radio contract!

Jul 7 - Niall Thompson's request for work visa was refused by the State Department.

Jun 21 - Peter Hattrup may rejoin the team as early as Monday and the club is still working to re-sign Niall Thompson.

Jun 17 - All signs indicate that Referendum 48 (stadium bill) will pass! Thanks to all who cast their ballots. First division, here we come!

Jun 16 - During a phone call to the club, Seattle Pitch discovered that Chilo was released about two weeks ago.

Jun 13 - Dion Earl released.

Jun 6 - The club announced that it is waiving "Pedro" Amusu.

May 29 - The club re-signed Niall Thompson from Zulte of the Belgian Second Division.

May 23 - The club has signed MF Paul Galvezon to a two-week trial contract.

May 5 - A good article in the Seattle Times about the new stadium.

May 3 - The Seattle Times reported that former Sounders Billy Crook and Dick McCormick have signed with the non-outdoor team in Seattle. They also picked up a wire service report that former Sounder Marco Rizi was signed by the MetroStars of the First Division (MLS).

Apr 21 - Chugger Adair and Mike Gailey were signed.

James Dunn to Carolina?

Apr 11 - The club has re-signed Derek Crothers.

Apr 7 - Goalkeeper Dusty Hudock returns to Sounders.

Sounders Pledge Support for New Stadium

Apr 1 - The Sounders have signed ex-MLS, ex-A-Leaguers Geoff Aunger and Mark Watson, both of whom have been playing for the Canadians in WC qualifiers.

Mar 27 - Sounders Sign Kei Kinoshita, first Japanese professional player in the US.

Sounders today announced the signing of forward Isidro Andrade ("Chilo") Tafolla to a one-year contract.

Mar 26 - Our favorite disco-panted hero is gone! The Sounders have acquired Dion Earl and lost Jason Dunn! Although we love him, Jason has not amazed us since his brilliant 1994 season. He will now play the aberration called indoor soccer for the Sea Dogs. In his honor I will sing his praises one last time. To the tune of Stars and Stripes Forever:

Jason Dunn's disco pants are the best!
Cause they stretch from his arse to his chest.
They are cooler than Adam and the Ants.
Jason Dunn's disco pants!

Mar 24 - The two-time defending A-League Seattle Sounders today announced the signing of 25-year-old Croatian midfielder Davor Delic to a one-year contract.

Mar 17 - Gregory "Pedro" Amusu, formerly of the Nigerian junior national team, has agreed to contract terms with the Seattle Sounders. Amusu, a 6-2, 180 pound forward from Lagos, Nigeria, has played for Elegolo of the Greek second division since 1992.

Mar 11 - David Hoggan signed a one year contract with the Sounders on the 7th. He returned to help the Sounders down the stretch last year after having hung up his boots at the end of the 1995 season. Great to have you back Mr. Hoggan!

The Japanese player from Vissel Kobe (Kei Kinoshita), is returning to Seattle today which tells us that the Sounders are serious about making him an offer.

Feb 28 - Finally some solid news regarding a new NFL and MLS stadium in Seattle!

Feb 10 - Our beloved Marcus Hahnemann is leaving us to play with the Colorado Rapids :-( Congratulations Chewy!

Feb 5 - The kick-in rule (kick-ins allowed instead of throw-ins within 35 yards of the opponent's goal line) was kicked out! USISL commissioner Marcos had recommended the rule to the A-League owners, but the owners voted it down.

Feb 3 - Wade Webber went as the second pick overall in the supplemental draft, going to Dallas. (Congratulations metalhead! We're gonna miss you.) Columbus took Jason Farrell as their second pick (thirteenth overall). Ricci Greenwood (ex-SPU) was chosen by Kansas City in the second round (seventeenth overall).

Tampa Bay has traded forward Peter Hattrup to Dallas.

Joey Leonetti injured his anterior cruciate ligament at the MLS combine. Unfortunately this means he probably won't be drafted.

Jan 2 - It looks like Chance Fry will not only play next season, but also serve as an assistant coach for the forwards.

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