Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, BC, April 18 2021

As the 2021 MLS season begins, representatives of the Cascadia Cup Council are still working through the details on how to award the 2021 Cascadia Cup, given pandemic restrictions in Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver. At this time, many MLS teams (including Seattle and Portland) are not allocating tickets to away supporters or promoting away travel, and Vancouver will, at least temporarily, play “home” games at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT with no fans in attendance. The Emerald City Supporters, Timbers Army, and Vancouver Southsiders continue to evaluate options on how to properly award the supporter-owned and -driven Cup using the most fair methodology, and expect to make an updated announcement in, or before, July 2021.

Tonight is Brian Schmetzer's 400th match as head coach of the Seattle Sounders. Across 2 different eras, the stats are impressive: over 200 wins, 2 USL regular season championships, 2 USL League championships, 2 MLS Cup championships, 4 Cascadia Cup championships. But Schmetz's contribution to the club is much deeper than the on-field accomplishments, he's been part of the fabric of the club since he signed with the club as a player in 1980. His commitment to the club, love for the city and its people, and passion for the relationship between the club and fans show that he is more than a head coach, he is our steward. We'll proudly sing for Schmetz for hundreds more (and hopefully a few more championships), but his position in our club's history is secure:
We're the Seattle Freakin' Sounders, we are Brian Schmetzer's Rave Green Army.

Photo Credit: Brian Schmetzer

The Emerald City Supporters are committed to supporting our players and our club. With home matches resuming without fans our in-stadium support is limited. The most important thing we can do is support the fight for social justice and Black Lives Matter. Last Wednesday in LA our players showed their commitment to this fight, and we are proud to stand with them against systemic racism.

Learn more about Black Players for Change, listen as they Say It Loud, then follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


While ECS is opposed to the MLS is Back tournament, our support for our players is unwavering. During this pandemic, we have not been able to do all that we love as supporters, but we did not let that stop us from showing our support for our boys. So until we are all able to paint and sew together, sing to the glory of our club, and raise a beer to victory, we hope this raises the spirits of our boys.

As always we remain Eternal Blue, Forever Green.

Para Ganar Los Sounders!

[Photos: @SoundersFC]

On April 22, 2020, ECS called for the continued suspension of the MLS season. We expressed concerns about a variety of elements, the most important of which is the safety of players and staff. On June 10, Major League Soccer announced the #MLSisBack tournament, set to take place behind closed doors just outside of Orlando, Florida in July and August.

Since that announcement, the state of Florida has seen an alarming increase in the positive cases of COVID-19 and reversed a number of "re-opening" efforts across the state, including the area surrounding this tournament. We believe that sending our players, coaches, and staff to “quarantine” within the confines of the Walt Disney World resort is putting their careers, if not lives, in harm’s way. As of this week, MLS has announced 20 players and 6 staff have tested positive for COVID-19, which can only be expected to increase as teams co-locate in the hotel, training facilities, and matches. Additionally, the hotel staff, food delivery workers, media and broadcast production teams, and others allowed access in and out of the #MLSisBack “quarantine” are all potential vectors for communication of COVID-19, and simply having them work for this tournament creates potentially unhealthy scenarios for everyone involved.

Major League Soccer has stated that they prioritized their commitment to media partners and sponsors in the creation of this tournament, and that is evident with the unacceptable risks they are putting on the players and staff. We continue our call for the suspension of the MLS season until matches can be played in a manner that is safe for players, team personnel, and fans.

We encourage fans and supporters of Seattle Sounders FC (and all MLS clubs) to contemplate the risks being forced upon their teams. The league and their media partners are assuming we will tune in to their broadcasts and other content. Entertainment is not worth the health and careers of the players and teams we support, and we encourage all fans and supporters to reach out to club and league officials and social media outlets to put an end to this dangerous tournament.