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Mike Ryan, Seattle soccer pioneer, dies at 77

Ryan paved the way for the sport's popularity here.

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Mike Ryan, one of the pioneers for soccer in Washington, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake City after a long illness. He was 77.

Before Seattle was considered a hotbed for American soccer, Ryan helped organize youth programs and built a struggling Washington men's soccer program. The native of Dublin was the first U.S. National women's coach before coaching high-school soccer for Bush, Garfield and Nathan Hale. He was awarded a Golden Scarf by Sounders FC in 2009.

"He was one of — if not the — principal pioneer for soccer in this area," said Cliff McCrath, longtime Seattle Pacific men's coach.

Memorial services are pending.

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Drew Snider, who attended O'Dea High before leading Maryland to back-to-back NCAA title games, signed a one-year deal to play for the Washington Stealth in Everett. Snider, a 6-foot, 175-pounder, played professionally last season with Denver and had 10 goals in 10 games.

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Collin Chiverton and Venky Jois each scored 19 points to lead Eastern Washington (1-4) to a 75-70 men's basketball victory over South Carolina-Upstate (1-4) in Santa Clara, Calif.

• Washington senior Lindsay Flanagan and junior Megan Goethals were named to the second team of the All-Pac-12 women's cross-country team.

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