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2002 News Archive

Dec 19 - Seattle will host the USA-Japan match Saturday March 29, 1:00 pm at Seahawks Stadium. Details from US Soccer: United States to meet Asian Champions Japan on March 29 in Seattle.

Dec 18 - The A-League held their annual draft early this season, meaning before the MLS draft. The Sounders drafted a pair of local defenders: Zac Tallman, 6'0", 180 lb, University of Washington, Seattle Sounders Select, from Gig Harbor; and Michael Pardini, 6'0", Seattle Pacific University, Yakima Reds, from Pasco.

Dec 10 - Manchester United's opponent for their friendly in Seattle will be Glasgow Celtic. The match will be Tuesday July 22, 8:00 pm at Seahawks Stadium. Tickets will go on sale March 15 at Ticketmaster and Seahawks Stadium. Updates may be found at the match promoters' website.

Dec 3 - Seattle figures prominently in the "Best of 2002" polls being run by US Soccer:

Nov 25 - First signing announced for next season: Andrew Gregor. That's good news -- he makes free kicks and corner kicks from the right side interesting. Our challenge to Gregor -- a limit of 5 yellow cards and zero reds this season! We'd much rather see him on the pitch than on the bench.

Nov 8 - The United Soccer Leagues has announced that it will use the international standard 3-1-0 point scheme. The bogus point for scoring three or more goals in a match is eliminated. There is no change in the overtime rule. Details at a-league.com.

Nov 6 - Ex-Sounder Craig Waibel and MLS rookie Billy Sleeth (formerly with UW and Sounders Select) were among 26 MLS players on the waiver list and also among just 3 players picked up in the waiver draft. Waibel moves from MLS champions LA Galaxy to the San Jose Earthquakes, and Sleeth moves from the Chicago Fire to the Colorado Rapids. Both are Spokane natives.

Oct 24 - Coverage of the good news:

For ticket prices, season ticket packages, and a seating chart, click here!

Oct 23 - The Sounders today announced that they will play their 2003 home matches in Seahawks Stadium. More in the news release.

Sep 30 - The Seattle Sounders have moved their front office. The new mailing address is PO BOX 80966, Seattle, WA 98124. The new physical address is 1964 4th Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98134. That is about a quarter mile from the southeast corner of Safeco Field.

Sep 27 - In a vote of the league coaches, Sounders' midfielder Leighton O'Brien was named the league's Most Valuable Player for the 2002 season. O'Brien becomes the third A-League Sounder to win the award, following Peter Hattrup in 1995 and Mark Baena in 1998. Details at Seattle Times and a-league.com.

Sep 18 - Sounders' first-year coach Brian Schmetzer was named A-League Coach of the Year for 2002. Schmetzer follows in the footsteps of former Sounder Coaches of the Year Alan Hinton (1994) and Neil Megson (2000). More: Sounders news release.

Sep 15 - The Seattle Sounders lost both ends of the playoff series with the Vancouver Whitecaps and are done for the season. Vancouver advance convincingly to face the Milwaukee Rampage in the Western Conference finals.

An article in today's Seattle Times focuses on the team's leading goal scorer, Brian Ching: Sounder takes his knocks in stride.

Sep 10 - All A-League Team honors: Brian Ching, Leighton O'Brien and Andrew Gregor were named to the first team, and Preston Burpo was named to the second team. The USL news release lists the complete teams. Ex-Sounders Dusty Hudock and Mark Watson join Ching, Gregor and O'Brien on the first team.

The Seattle Times has an overview of local college teams.

Aug 31 - The Sounders finished the regular season with a record high water mark at 23-1-4 (W-D-L), tops in the A-League.

Aug 23 - Ex-Sounders defender Craig Waibel will join the Sounders for their last three matches in the regular season, filling in for the injured Dick McCormick, who suffered a hairline fracture in his right leg during the Aug 14 El Paso match. Waibel is on loan from the LA Galaxy.

Aug 21 - For details on how the A-League playoffs will be contested, see 2002 A-LEAGUE PLAYOFF STRUCTURE, a Word document from the league. The Sounders get a bye in the first round as division champions. Second round matches (conference semifinals) will take place Sep 11-15.

Aug 17 - Dick McCormick is out with a fractured tibia, thanks to a vicious foul last match by El Paso's Edu Silva. From the Times: Sounders' McCormick out with broken leg.

Aug 14 - Preston Burpo is featured in today's P-I: Sounders goalie among league's best.

Aug 10 - More from Nate Daligcon in today's Times: Daligcon gets title feeling.

Aug 9 - Nice press today:

More pics from the Jul 28 match at Seahawks Stadium have been posted by Allison Andrews.

Jul 31 - The Seattle P-I staff today put words to our sentiments (are you paying attention, front office?):

Yes, the new toys in Seahawks Stadium's $3 million production studio are tempting. But please, please, please -- stop blaring "techno" music over the natural sounds of a soccer game, including the boisterous fans behind the south goal who brought their own horns and drums.

The contrived music from the audio engineers is OK for touchdowns and tackles, but not for corner kicks and throw-ins.

Jul 30 - Just published are two reports from Portland Timbers fan (and Seahawks fan) Allison Andrews that showcase her amazing photography skills: match report and stadium opening day report. Somehow, Allison just knows when to click the shutter. She captured the opening goal, Vancouver's goal, and two yellow cards being earned. Many of the photos can be enlarged by clicking on them. Thanks, Allison!

And Loretta from the Pod sent in three nice Pod pics from the Seahawks Stadium opener.

Jul 28 - The Sounders opened the new Seahawks Stadium with a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Andrew Gregor was the first professional player to score a goal in the stadium.

In the first half of a double header in the new Seahawks Stadium, the Sounders Select Women turned in an exciting performance, beating the Vancouver Breakers 4-3 after extra time. Jodi Campbell opened the scoring in the second minute and closed it with a golden goal three minutes into extra time.

Additional reports on the evening's matches:

Prematch coverage of tonight's historic opener for the new Seahawks Stadium:

Leighton O'Brien is quoted in today's article in the Seattle P-I, and his dad Fran is mentioned as well: Sounders will break in new stadium

Jul 25 - The Sounders have clinched first place in the Pacific Division and a playoff berth.

Jul 23 - The Sounders have added Dick McCormick to their roster. McCormick has been serving as assistant coach for the A-League Sounders and head coach for the W-League Sounders Select Women. McCormick has played for the Sounders in five previous seasons.

Jul 20 - The Seattle Times match report discusses how midfielder Andrew Gregor was interested in playing for the Timbers this year because he's from Beaverton, a Portland suburb, but coach Bobby Howe didn't return his call. We're sure glad to have Gregor playing for the Sounders!

Jul 17 - US Open Cup, 3rd Round: Seattle Sounders 3 - 4 San Jose Earthquakes (AET). The Sounders played well, but were unlucky. San Jose advance to the quarterfinals to face the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Jul 12 - The Sounders practiced yesterday at the new Seahawks Stadium, which they will christen on July 28 with a league match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Nice coverage from the daily rags:

Jul 10 - Opponents can't beat Sounders' new system: in the Seattle Times, Matt Massey writes about the Sounders' successful strategy.

Jul 9 - Cup has not run over for Sounders, an article in the Seattle Pee-Eye by Laura Vecsey, with some thoughts on the future from Sounder GM Adrian Hanauer.

Sawatzky has Sounders on top: from the P-I, Sounders leading scorer Darren Sawatzky is featured.

Jun 27 - Soccer on Rise in Seattle: The Seattle PI's Angelo Bruscas takes a look at plans for future matches at the new stadium and talks to Sounders' Neil Farnsworth.

Seattle's Nguyen becoming scoring machine: From the South County Journal, Viet Nguyen is featured.

Jun 21 - From the Seattle P-I: 9-1 Sounders scrambling to replace two key players
Namely, sweeper Kieran Barton, who has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Gonzaga women's soccer program, and rookie Zach Kingsley, called up by the Colorado Rapids. Barton expects to still be available part time. Ex-Husky forward Jason Boyce was in camp this week as a possible addition.

May 28 - Ex-Sounder Greg Howes has signed with the Portland Timbers.

May 24 - The league will take over management of the Vancouver Whitecaps as owner David Stadnyk has bowed out. More from the Vancouver Sun.

May 22 - The US Women will play at Safeco Field on Nov 2 during a tournament that will qualify the top two for the 2003 Women's World Cup. The Nov 2 match will be a double header, with Mexico in the first match. Nov 6 will feature another double header, the semifinals, with the winners qualifying for the Women's World Cup. Details per US Soccer.

May 17 - The Sounders women and men will play the first matches in the new Seahawk Stadium on July 28! The NASL Sounders had played the first match in the Kingdome when it opened in 1976. The opponents for both matches on July 28 will be the Vancouver Breakers (women) and Whitecaps (men). The Seahawks play their first match in the new stadium on August 10. News articles: Seattle Times, Sounders.

Apr 10 - The Sounders have signed midfielder Andrew Gregor. Gregor played with the Sounders in 2002 and the MLS Kansas City Wizards in 2001.

Mar 24 - Sounders midfielder Leighton O'Brien just returned from a three-city stop with the United States Futsal National Team (indoor).

Mar 22 - Sounders draft choice Billy Sleeth has made the roster with the Chicago Fire.

Mar 19 - The Sounders announced the return of Preston Burpo, Scott Jenkins, Viet Nguyen, Kieran Barton, Chad Brown, Kyle Smith, Ryan Edwards, Jason Farrell, Leighton O’Brien and Craig Tomlinson.

Mar 14 - The Sounders signed forward Brian Ching, who played several matches for the Sounders last season on loan from MLS LA Galaxy.

Mar 8 - The Sounders announced that forward Rees Bettinger has been released.

Feb 13 - Sounders draft picks, all from the University of Washington:

Feb 7 - Ex-Sounder Dick McCormick will serve as an assistant coach on the staff of Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer.

Feb 5 - Darren Sawatzky has signed with the Sounders after playing last season with the Portland Timbers.

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