Add news
Король и Шут - Девушка и граф (English/Japanese cover by Even Blurry Videos feat. ICHIGO TANUKI)
Moscow.media
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021May 2021June 2021July 2021
News Every Day |

Seattle soccer legend Jimmy Gabriel passes away

The Scotsman was connected to just about every facet of the local soccer scene.

For all the people with hands in the success of the Seattle Sounders since they first began play in 1974, few could claim quite the level of involvement as Jimmy Gabriel. The Scottish defensive midfielder came to the Sounders as a player/assistant coach in their first NASL season with an impressive resume that included lengthy stops in Everton and Southampton. He would eventually have some direct connection to virtually every high-level soccer team that has played in the region and is considered a mentor by just every important figure involved the local soccer scene has ever produced.

Gabriel’s family announced on Saturday that the legendary player and coach passed away at the age of 80, but the mark he left on the region will last for generations to come.

Gabriel took over as manager of the Sounders in 1977, while still playing occasionally. Among his notable achievements were scoring the first goal in Kingdome history and leading the Sounders to their first appearance in the Soccer Bowl, during that first season in charge, no less. He later moved to the San Jose Earthquakes, where he continued to do the player/coach thing on both the indoor and outdoor teams for a few more seasons before finding his way back to Seattle.

After the demise of the NASL, he kept soccer going in the region by managing the Seattle Storm, a semi-professional team that bridged the gap between the NASL and the USL. Chris Henderson, Bernie James, Brian Schmetzer and Wade Webber were among the notable alumni on that team.

Gabriel would also coach at the University of Washington, serve as an assistant for both James and Schmetzer for the USL Sounders and continued to be a fixture around the club during the early years of MLS.

Here’s what some of the current Sounders brain trust had to say about him:

SOUNDERS FC OWNER ADRIAN HANAUER

“Today’s news is a heavy blow for anyone that loves soccer in our community. Jimmy Gabriel was beloved in this region, and our sport would not be where it is here today without his influence. Jimmy was integral to those early NASL Sounders teams, which inspired me in my youth and played a major role in my own journey with this club. Jimmy embodied all that is great about our game: he was passionate in everything he did surrounding the sport, but was always humble and a joy to be around. We will miss him dearly, but his legacy lives on here in this community.”

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

“I am saddened to learn of Jimmy’s passing. Today we lost an incredible mentor and friend. Jimmy’s influence on my overall view of life through the game is vast, and there’s no doubt that without his counsel I would not be the same person and coach. I am better in life having known Jimmy, and he will be missed by so many people he touched. I am thinking of his family today and wish them peace in knowing that Jimmy’s impact will never be forgotten.”

SOUNDERS FC GENERAL MANAGER & PRESIDENT OF SOCCER GARTH LAGERWEY

“Jimmy Gabriel is immensely respected in our soccer community, and learning of his passing today is deeply saddening. I know Jimmy was a man of high character and integrity, and from everyone I’ve encountered in Seattle that worked with him over the years, it’s clear that his impact will be felt for generations. On behalf of our organization, I’d like to extend our deepest condolences to his family.”

SOUNDERS FC SVP OF SOCCER OPERATIONS & SPORTING DIRECTOR CRAIG WAIBEL

“I had the honor of playing for Jimmy Gabriel at the University of Washington, and he was much more than a coach. He was someone that made his players better people in everyday life, and I will never forget the lessons he taught. In addition to being a leader and mentor, Jimmy was simply a kind person. He made an impression that has stayed with me long after my playing days. He will be missed.”





Read also

Seven local teams into the semifinals of U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships

West Ham receive concerning update over Declan Rice’s contract stance amid Chelsea links

Lagarde tames her biggest ECB rebellion through compromise and attrition





News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro



Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here
News Every Day

Cheese Market Revenue Growth Defined by Heightened Product Innovation