Born: November 20, 1993 – CISL expansion franchise.
Died: December 23, 1997 – The CISL ceases operations.
Owner: Barry Ackerley
The Seattle SeaDogs were a three-season entry in the Continental Indoor Soccer League (1993-1997), a summertime league that attracted investment from a number of NBA franchise owners. The SeaDogs were backed by Seattle Sonics owner and billboard magnate Barry Ackerley and shared much of their front office infrastructure with the Sonics.
Former U.S. National Team midfielder Fernando Clavijo coached the team through all three of its seasons. The SeaDogs were also-rans for their first two seasons, finishing with losing records in 1995 (12-16) and 1996 (11-17). The ‘Dogs were also a poor draw at the box office. In their first season, played at the old Mercer Arena, the club averaged 2,341 fans per match, which was the worst figure in the 15-team CISL. In 1996, the team moved to modern KeyArena, the home of the Sonics, and attendance bumped up to 3,812 per game.
In 1997 the SeaDog surged to a league-best 21-7 regular season record and then defeated the Houston Hotshots in the CISL championship series. Clavijo was named the CISL’s Coach-of-the-Year and goalkeeper Juan de la O was named Goalkeeper-of-the-Year and MVP of the championship series.
Unfortunately that would be all she wrote for the Seattle SeaDogs. Internal dissension killed off the CISL in the winter of 1997. The league folded on December 23, 1997.
- Ralph Black
- Jean Harbor
- Juan de la O
- Brian Schmetzer
Former SeaDogs owner Barry Ackerley passed away on March 21, 2011 at age 76.
Grainy footage of the Seadogs 1996 home opener against the Portland Pride, via the guys at GoalWA.net