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Soccer in Puget Sound: It’s Rarely a Holiday

If your idea of a perfect winter holiday is to while away the hours watching live top-class soccer, you best not live near Seattle.

Among native Puget Sounders, perhaps only octogenarians can speak of such an experience in their lifetime. As we take a view to scores of frigid, rain-swept Premier League matches pressed into a cramped calendar, we can only surmise that long ago someone came to their senses and simply said, No more.

Most state league games through 1920 were played on playfields with little grass and no seating for spectators, who ringed the pitch.

Who knows, someday MLS may conform to the FIFA time table. But a look back at the last century or so illustrates why playing through the winter is problematic in Cascadia and downright impossible in the majority of MLS markets. New Year’s Day 2018 forecasts 12 of those cities mired in sub-freezing temperatures. Montreal’s high is predicted to reach minus-6 degrees F.

But enough about MLS. This is more a story of the hardened souls (masochists, some might say) in Seattle’s long-ago past who truly played for the love of the game and the sense of community it fosters, and did so in some of the most trying of circumstances. This is a tale of how and why our forefathers once tread the less-than-firma terra during the short, bleak and, yes, festive days of winter.

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SEATTLE VS VANCOUVER: BY THE NUMBERS (MLS ERA, 2011 – )

MLS Era – Sounders vs Whitecaps (2009 – 11/3/2017)

League

Home (form): 4-4-1 GD: 13-14 [DWWLLLLWW]

Away: 4-2-4 GD: 16-12 [WDDLDLWWWLD]

Total: 8-7-5 GD: 29-26 [DWDWDWLLDLLWLWLWWLDW]

Playoffs – 0 Meetings

Home (form): 1-0-0 [W] GD: 2-0

Away: 0-0-1 [D] GD: 0-0

Total: 1-0-1 [DW] GD: 2-0

CCL – 2 Meetings

Home: 1-0-0 GD: 3-0 [W]

Away: 0-0-1 GD: 1-1 [D]

Total: 1-0-1 GD: 4-1 [DW]

Extremes

Record Win: 3-0, BC Place, 9/19/2015; CenturyLink Field, 9/23/2015 (CCL); CenturyLink Field, 9/27/17

Record Defeat: 4-1, CenturyLink Field, 10/9/2013; 3-0, CenturyLink Field, 8/1/2015

Record Total Goals:  5, Seattle 3:2 Vancouver 2, 6/8/2013; Seattle 1:4 Vancouver, 10/9/2013

Regular Season Doubles (win home & away same season): 1/2

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SEATTLE VS VANCOUVER: BY THE NUMBERS (USL ERA, 1994-2008)

A-League/USL Era – Sounders vs 86ers/Whitecaps (1994-08)

League – 73 Meetings

Home (form):19-8-9 GD: 59-29 [WWWLWWL(TW)LWLWWWL(TW)DWWLWWWDWDDWDDWWLWDL]

Away: 16-12-9 GD: 61- 52 [(TL)LWW(TW)WW(TL)WWWLLWW(TW)LWLWLWLWWDLLLWDDDLLDW]

Total: 35-20-18 GD: 120-81 [(TL)WLWWWW(TW)LWWWW(TL)L(TW)WLWWWLL(TW)LLLWWWWW(TW)L(TWLWDWLWWLLWLWWWWWDDWLDLLDWWDDDDDWWLLLWDWDL]

Playoffs – 10 Meetings

Home: 1-1-3 GD: 3-6 [(TW)(TW)LDW]

Away: 1-2-2 GD: 3-7 [WLL(TW)D]

Total: 2-3-5 GD: 6-13 []

Extremes

Record Win: 5-0, Tacoma Dome, 7/30/1994; 5-0, Memorial Stadium, 9/8/2001

Record Defeat: 5-0, Swangard Stadium, 9/4/2000

Record Total Goals: 8, Seattle 2:6 Vancouver, 9/15/2002

Doubles (win home & away same season): 9/1

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Seattle vs Vancouver: By the Numbers (WSL Era, 1984-90)

Western Soccer Alliance/League Era – FC Seattle Storm vs Whitecaps/86ers (1984-90)

League – 0 Meetings

Home (form): None

Away: None

Total: None

Playoffs – 0 Meetings

Home (form): None

Away: None

Total: None

Friendlies – 8 Meetings

Home (form): 2-1-2 GD: 8-7 [DL(TW)WW]

Away: 1-2-0 GD: 5-8 [WLL]

Total: 3-3-2 GD: 13-15 [DWL(TW)WLLW]

Extremes

Record Win: Three 1-goal win, most recent 2-1, Memorial Stadium, 8/8/1990

Record Defeat: 2-0, Swangard Stadium, 8/27/1989; 5-3, Swangard Stadium, 8/5/1990

Record Total Goals: 8, Vancouver 5:3 Seattle, 8/5/1990

Doubles (win home & away same season): 0/0

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Seattle vs Vancouver: By the Numbers (NASL Era, 1974-82)

NASL Era – Sounders vs Whitecaps (1974-83)

League – 25 Meetings

Home (form): 5-6-1 GD: 17-16 [WWWWLLWLLLL(TL)]

Away: 2-10-1 GD: 14-28 [WLLLLLL(TL)WLLLL]

Total: 7-16-2 GD: 31-44 [WWLLWWLLWLLLL(TL)WWLLLLLLL(TL)L]

 

Playoffs – 4 Meetings

Home: 2-0-0 GD 4-1 [WW]

Away: 2-0-0 GD: 4-1 [WW]

Total: 4-0-0 GD: 8-2 [WWWW]

 

Other – 2 Meetings (EuroPac Cup)

Home: None

Away: 1-0-1 GD: 3-2 [DW]

Total: 1-0-1 GD: 3-2 [DW]

 

Extremes

Record Win: 3-0, Memorial Stadium, 7/19/1975

Record Defeat: 5-0, Empire Stadium, 8/12/1981

Record Total Goals: 5, Vancouver 3:2 Seattle, 8/13/1976; Vancouver 2:3 Seattle, 5/2/1981; Vancouver 5:0 Seattle, 8/12/1981; Vancouver 3:2 Seattle, 8/28/1983

Doubles (win home & away same season): 1/5

 

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Seattle vs Portland: By The Numbers (MLS Era, 2009- )

MLS Era – Sounders vs Timbers (2009- ) [as of August 28, 2017]

League

Home (form): 7-0-3 GD: 16-5 [DWDWWWWWWD]

Away: 2-5-3 GD: 19-25 [WLDLDWLLLD]

Total: 9-5-6 GD: 35-30  [DWLDWDWLDWWWLWLWLWDD]

Playoffs

Home: 0-1-0 GD: 1-2 [L]

Away: 0-1-0 GD: 2-3 [L]

Total: 0-2-0 GD: 3-5 [LL]

Open Cup

Home: 2-1-0 GD: 6-5 [WLW]

Away: 1-0-1 GD: 3-2 [WD]

Total: 3-1-1 GD: 9-7 [WDWLW]

Extremes

Record Win: 3-0, CenturyLink Field, 10/7/2012

Record Defeat: 4-1, Providence Park, 6/28/2015

Record Total Goals:  8, Portland 4:4 Seattle, 4/5/2014

Doubles (win home & away same season): 1/0

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Seattle vs Portland: By The Numbers (WSL Era, 1985-90)

Western Soccer Alliance/League Era – FC Seattle Storm vs FC Portland/Timbers (1985-90)

League – 12 meetings

Home (form): 2-2-2 GD: 7-9 [DDWWLL]

Away: 3-3-0 GD:12-6 [WWLWLL]

Total: 5-5-2 GD: 19-15 [WDWDLWWWLLLL]

Playoffs

Home: None

Away: None

Total: None

Other – 1 Friendly

Home: 0-1-0 GD: 0-2 [L]

Away: None

Total: 0-1-0 GD: 0-2 [L]

Extremes

Record Win: 6-1, Civic Stadium, 7/3/1985

Record Defeat: 3-0, Memorial Stadium, 7/18/1990

Record Total Goals: 7, Portland 1:6 Seattle, 7/3/1985

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Seattle vs Portland: By The Numbers (USL Era, 2001-08)

A-League/USL Era – Sounders vs Timbers (2001-08)

League – 32 Meetings

Home (form): 9-4-3 GD: 26-16 [WDWWWWLLLLWDWWWD]

Away: 7-7-2 GD: 15-16 [LWWLWWLLWLDLWDLW]

Total: 16-11-5 GD: 41-32 [LWDWWWLWWWWWLLLLLWLWLDDLWWWDWLDW]

Playoffs – 4 Meetings

Home: 2-0-0 GD: 4-0 [WW]

Away: 1-1-0 GD: 2-2 [LW]

Total: 3-1-0 GD: 6-2 [LWWW]

Open Cup – 2 Meetings

Home: 1-0-0 GD: 2-1 [W]

Away: 0-1-0 GD: 0-2 [L]

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Seattle vs Portland: By the Numbers (NASL Era, 1975-82)

NASL Era – Sounders vs Timbers (1975-82)

League – 20 Meetings

Home (form): 7-2-1 GD: 21-11 [WWWWWW(TW)LLW]

Away: 4-4-2 GD: 12-10 [WLWL(TL)L(TW)LWW]

Total: 11-6-3 GD: 33-21 [WLWWWWL(TL)WLWW(TW)(TW)LLLWWW]

Playoffs – 1 Meeting

Home: None

Away: 0-1-0 GD: 1-2 [L]

Total: 0-1-0 GD: 1-2 [L]

Extremes

Record Win: 5-1, Kingdome, 6/30/1979

Record Defeat: 0-3, Civic Stadium, 6/11/1977

Record Total Goals: 6, Seattle 5:1 Portland, 6/30/1979

Doubles (win home & away same season): 3/1

Portland’s Chris Dangerfield, left, and Mike England battle for the ball in the Timbers’ first visit to Seattle, in 1975.

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