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At the start of the 2017 playoffs, Sounders fans were read a letter by Head Coach Brian Schmetzer about the defense of our 2016 MLS Cup Championship. This resonated with us, so for our first home playoff match we joined the Sounders lineup announcement with a large text banner celebrating the words coach shared with us. 

Photo Credit: Max Aquino Photography

Once again we find ourselves nearing the end of a roller-coaster season. The past season has been full of ups and downs. The future is uncertain. But one thing has been constant. A force that drives every chant, every pogo, every extra ounce of passion in our hearts- our players have time and time again shown us their worth, and it’s about more than just kicking a ball around a field. They embody values that we as supporters connect to on a fundamental level. It’s what makes soccer so universally relatable and what makes the Seattle Sounders so special.

Photo credit Joe Towner / PNWMF

The Brougham Cathedral display celebrates the values that we see our boys live for day in and day out, both on and off the field. We’ve chosen seven players that demonstrate what it means to be a Sounder, each personifying a particular value in his own way. These are our patron saints that we look to in times of struggle and lift up in thanks in times of glory. Our love for them, for all of the Sounders, is deep and profound -  a love that only the gods can understand!

For this display we constructed curtains that span 7 sections, a text overhead in GA and 7500 cards covering the Brougham End, including the 300 level, to frame our image. This expansion in footprint makes this the largest choreo in ECS history! All of this was produced in 12 days by our 100% volunteer choreo production team, totaling about 500 hours of hard labor.

Tifo projects like this aren’t possible without the help of our volunteers and we’d love your help. For more information and email updates on how to help, check the tifo production box on our [volunteer form]( https://www.weareecs.com/join/help-needed) and follow ECSTifo on twitter.

Photo Credit Max Aquino Photo

Reference photo credits for design: Dean Rutz (Ozzie), Lindsey Wasson (Frei, Nico), Charis Wilson (Dempsey), Ted S. Warren (Jordan, Cristian), Dan Poss (Jones)

To: Adrian Hanauer, Joe Roth, Paul Allen, and Drew Carey, owners of Seattle Sounders Football Club

As Seattleites, we know the devastation of watching a new owner take our team to a new town. They take our players. They take our records. They take our trust.

As Sounders, our club is defined by the relationship between the fans and the players. And we believe, as Brian Schmetzer likes to say, that our coaches and owners are stewards of the Seattle Sounders, entrusted with the care taking of our club.

As Emerald City Supporters, our commitment to this club knows no bounds. We love our city, our colors, our players with fierce intensity and passionate expression. As Emerald City Supporters, we are also very aware that calling a franchise "our club" in a single-entity league is a choice. It’s a choice of trust in you, the owners, and we make that choice every day.

That is why the potential move of an original franchise, which seems to have the support of the league, shakes us.

For us, it’s not about saving that fanbase. We’re writing to you today to save our ideals. That our sport can be different. That soccer in North America can be about more than profit margins and business metrics. It *is* more. Soccer is a fabric made up of players, fans, sponsors, city pride, and national hope, all woven together.

But this move tears at that fabric. And if it is not stopped, it will be the unravelling of our collective trust as fans in the owners of our clubs.

Please deny this move. Trust us. It’s the right thing to do.

Emerald City Supporters

 

For the Cascadia Cup match against Vancouver on September 27th, we brought back a tifo medium we hadn't used in years: small colored flags! We used these to create a Cascadia flag the size of the ECS section both pre-game and at times throughout the match when our capos called for it!

Photo Credit: Joe Towner / PNWMF

To our members and fellow fans:

We are aware of the serious allegations and issues which occurred at our last home match as well as the inconsistencies many of us have experienced at entry gates throughout this season. We, too, are disappointed with the unsatisfactory responses from the front office and stadium.

Our intent is to ensure that all fans are treated fairly and respectfully during the ingress process. Therefore, anyone who experiences an issue should demand the attendance of a supervisor to address the issue, making note of the location and names of parties involved. Any issue can be reported to ECS on our forums.

Most importantly, we encourage everyone to assist wherever they witness anyone - ECS or not - being unfairly treated including using your phone to record the issue so we can provide real examples of incidents.

Collectively, our members have an extraordinary amount of experience entering stadiums throughout North and Central America to support the Sounders. We call upon our members to help those with less experience and to lead by example when interacting with security and stadium staff.

Our goal as always is to support the Sounders. So let’s take care of each other, get through the gates, and push our boys to Victory.

Up the Sounders! Up the ECS!