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January 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Sounders FC’s top 40 stories of 2013

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Photo credit: Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

This is a very unspecific list and I’ve certainly forgot some things — if not many. I threw in a few crazy ones toward the end, just for fun.

The intention was to stay Sounders related, so things like the USA-Panama qualifier and news involving Reign FC or local college soccer weren’t included:

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1. Clint Dempsey comes to Seattle in stunning return to MLS
2. Sounders suffer epic late-season collapse after climb to first place
3. Ownership elects to retain head coach Sigi Schmid
4. Team undergoing massive roster overhaul, including several high-profile departures
5. Balance of power shifts in rivalry with Portland Timbers, capped by playoff series
6. Obafemi Martins arrives after wild saga, buyout of Levante contract
7. Local boys Lamar Neagle, DeAndre Yedlin thrive for hometown team
8. Sounders become first MLS club to eliminate Mexican opponent in CCL
9. Brad Evans, Eddie Johnson prove USMNT worth ahead of World Cup
10. Four-time team MVP Osvaldo Alonso rewarded with DP deal
11. U.S. Open Cup disaster in Florida, both a horrid draw and first-round defeat
12. Amazing fans set yet another record for MLS attendance
13. Fredy Montero loaned to Millonarios, then effectively sold to Sporting Lisbon
14. Cascadia Cup slips out of team’s grasp amid late swoon
15. “Pay me!” goal celebration serves as centerpiece for EJ controversy
16. Injuries, call-ups and red-cards suspension lead to 33 lineups in 34 MLS games
17. Steve Zakuani misses most of year again due to injury complications
18. Team holds closed-door meeting after 0-3-1 start, goes on 15-5-3 run
19. Christian Tiffert/Adam Johansson among surprise departures in preseason
20. Shalrie Joseph shows up at practice with no warning, joins team a while after
21. Alonso sees no resolution in USMNT hopes, Cuban federation unlikely to comply
22. Marcus Hahnemann pushes for starting job in final chapters of career
23. Mario Martinez/Sammy Ochoa/Servando Carrasco amid midseason departures
24. Book, documentary, TV specials feature team on national level
25. Sounders on field for Robbie Rogers’ return to field as openly gay athlete
26. GM Adrian Hanauer honored as Seattle Sports Star executive of the year
27. Liverpool (Traore) and Manchester United (Silvestre) veterans join preseason camp
28. New jerseys unveiled, including the popular new Cascade Shale look
29. Homegrown prospects waiting in the wings: Morris, Kovar, Okoli, Jones
30. Dispute over Cascadia Cup trademark reaches resolution
31. Evans/Hurtado reach 100 MLS games for Sounders, Dempsey gets 100 with USMNT
32. Herculez Gomez brings banter along with goals to CCL matchup, gets a pillow
33. Brian Schmetzer in mix for head coaching job, interviews with FC Dallas
34. Q13 FOX becomes new TV partner, Xbox stays jersey sponsor for 2014
35. Handheld metal detectors lead to massive issues in first game after implementation
36. Brad Evans holds standing offer to be King County Sherriff for a day
37. Sounders trade up in SuperDraft to acquire Indiana star Eriq Zavaleta
38. All five goalkeepers from 2012 reunite as Andrew Weber, Bryan Meredith visit
39. Tottenham Hotspur set for Seattle visit as a friendly returns in 2014
40. Harlem Shake video is a surprising hit

What did I miss? Feel free to sound off in the comments section.

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