Seattle Sounders (1974–1983)

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Seattle Sounders
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Full nameSeattle Sounders
FoundedDecember 11, 1973
DissolvedSeptember 6, 1983;37 years ago (1983-09-06)
Stadium Memorial Stadium
League NASL

The Seattle Sounders were a U.S. professional soccer team based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1974, the team belonged to the North American Soccer League where it played both indoor and outdoor soccer. The team folded after the 1983 NASL outdoor season. [1]



A Seattle expansion team for the North American Soccer League was proposed in early 1973 as part of a new Western Division that would include Los Angeles, San Jose, and Vancouver. [2] On December 11, 1973, the league awarded an expansion team to Seattle that would be owned by a group of local businessmen led by Walter Daggatt of the Alpac Corporation; the team would play at Memorial Stadium in the Western Division alongside new teams in Los Angeles, San Francisco (later moved to San Jose), and Vancouver. [3] A naming contest was held in January 1974, with a shortlist of six finalists: Cascades, Evergreens, Mariners, Schooners, Sockeyes, and Sounders. [4] "Sounders" was announced as the winner of the contest on January 21, having been chosen in 32 percent of the 3,735 votes cast by the public. [5]

The franchise folded on September 6, 1983, after majority owners Frank and Vince Coluccio struggled to keep the club afloat until the team did not qualify for the playoffs. [6] The Coluccio family bought the franchise in 1979. [7]


The Sounders played at Memorial Stadium for their first two seasons before moving to the Kingdome. On April 25, 1976, 58,218 watched the Seattle Sounders and the New York Cosmos in the first sports event held in the Kingdome. [8]

From 1979 to 1982, they competed in three NASL Indoor campaigns, playing their home games also at the Kingdome.


The Seattle Sounders were supported by the "Seattle Sounders Booster Club" in the 1970s and early 1980s.


This is a complete list of seasons for the NASL club. For a season-by-season history including the current Seattle Sounders FC MLS franchise, see List of Seattle Sounders FC seasons.

Season League Position Playoffs USOC Continental Average attendance Top goalscorer(s)
1974 1 NASL 2010733717+201015.053rd5thDNQDNEIneligible13,434 Flag of England.svg John Rowlands [9] 10
1975 NASL 2215704228+141295.862nd3rd QF 16,818 Flag of England.svg John Rowlands [10] 9
1976 NASL 24141004031+91235.133rd8th QF 23,828 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Gordon Wallace 13
1977 NASL 26141204334+91234.735th8th RU 24,226 Flag of England.svg Micky Cave [11] 12
1978 NASL 30151505045+51384.607th12th R1 22,572 Flag of England.svg Micky Cave [12] 13
1979 NASL 30131705852+61254.1710th17thDNQ18,998 Flag of England.svg John Ryan [13] 12
1980 NASL 3225707431+432016.282nd2nd QF 24,246 Flag of England.svg Roger Davies [14] 25
1981 NASL 32151706062−21374.284th15th R1 18,224 Flag of England.svg Kevin Bond 16
1982 NASL 32181407248+241665.191st2nd RU 12,359 Flag of England.svg Peter Ward 18
1983 NASL 30121806261+11193.973rd9thDNQ8,181 Flag of the United States.svg Mark Peterson
Flag of England.svg Peter Ward

^ 1. Avg. Attendance include statistics from league matches only.
^ 2. Top Goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in League, League Cup, U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and other competitive continental matches.


SeasonLeaguePositionPlayoffsAverage attendanceTop goalscorer(s)
1975 NASL 202823–154th16thDNQN/AUnknownX
1980–81 NASL 189910698+84th11th6,751UnknownX
1981–82 NASL 18999597–24th7th QF 6,137UnknownX


Team honors

NASL Championships

NASL Conference Championships

NASL Division Championships

NASL Division Titles(regular season)

Trans-Atlantic Challenge Cup

Europac Cup

League MVP

Rookie of the Year

North American Player of the Year

Coach of the Year

NASL Leading Goalkeeper

Individual honors

All-Star First Team Selections

All-Star Second Team Selections

All-Star Honorable Mentions

NASL Indoor All-Stars

U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame

Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame


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