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Last week the Emerald City Supporters lost one of our own, Seth Ringling. Seth was a tifo crew volunteer on our weekday match crew, helping fill the Brougham End with color and he was always there for all hands tifo crew setups for big display days. Seth enjoyed traveling to support the Sounders, making friends along the way with his smile, laughter and sense of humor. We honored Seth yesterday with a banner on the capo stand and a moment of silence with all the flags up. Stefan Frei and Cristian Roldan came over after the match to pay their respects, signing the banner and giving the shirts off their back to help raise funds for Seth's final expenses. A fundraiser has been created to help, if you're interested in donating.
 
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 7th at 5:00 pm at Mt Baker Rowing & Sailing Center, 3800 Lake Washington Blvd South, Seattle WA 98118. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Caitlyn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Following the memorial, Fuel Sports Bar will be hosting an event for anyone wishing to gather, have a drink and honor Seth. Will Bruin will be there at 7:30 to join us in this difficult time. Fuel will donate a portion of proceeds from every Hellbent Capo's Choice, Jameson shot and "Bruin Shooter" to help with Seth's final expenses.
 
RIP Seth, Eternally Blue, Forever Green

Clint's legacy with the Sounders will never be forgotten. From the days of Dempsey Watch to the amazing connection with Oba. Winning the double in 2014 with the US Open Cup and Supporters Shield, the goals, the assists, the amount of shit he tried. The heartbreak of his broken heart, the triumph of the MLS Cup Championship. His handshakes and coaching of the club's youth.

To honor his retirement our tifo features Clint's face on 75 foot diameter circle. He is surrounded by laurels, like the Texas state seal. The star at the bottom represents the 2016 MLS Cup that Clint won with the Sounders. And you counted the laurel leaves, right? Over 6000 cards filled the Brougham End to surround Clint in a field of blue and green.

We had just 76 hours from the time of the retirement announcement (Wednesday 9am) to kickoff (Saturday 1pm), and we were all out to get this project designed and produced. Production took about 8 hours, with over 50 volunteers coming out to participate.

As always, tifo projects like this aren’t possible without the help of our volunteers and we’d love you to get involved. For more information and email updates, check the tifo production box on our volunteer form and follow ECSTifo on twitter.

Photo credit: Max Aquino

There is no way around it, the first half of this season has been dark. We were dismissed from Champions League. We were bounced out of the US Open Cup by a minor league team. We spent much of the time looking up at the Western Conference from the bottom of the table. We lost to Portland twice, including at home. We’ve watched injuries and red cards tear apart the lineup. The team has struggled for goals, and points, and our position on the table is bleak.

But now the boys are returning home, with 5 points from a 3 match road trip. Gustav and Roman are back with the team after representing their nations at the world cup. Nico and Victor are healthy and starting to click. We’ve signed one of the best goal scorers in Liga MX.

We support a powerful club, a powerful team, a powerful group of individuals. Their power is turning what has been dark times in Seattle and dawn is upon us.

This 5000 square foot curtain was produced in just a few days by our ECS tifo production team. We always need more volunteers to help make projects like this happen, find out how you can get involvedhere!

Photo credit: Max Aquino

Always Seattle

No matter which Sounders are on the field, the opponent we face, or where we’re at in the standings, we support and play for our city, our club, our crest.

Always Seattle.

This display is 6,000 sq. ft. and was sewn, drawn, and painted during more than 600 hours of work by our volunteers.

These displays don‘t happen without the amazing commitment of our members. Join us for the next one! Sign up to receive more information here.

Photo Credit: Max Aquino

The World Cup is always a great reminder that soccer by any name is the one sport in the world that belongs to everyone, and there is a real unity in the love we have for the beautiful game. It brings together strangers and friends, neighbors and classmates, coworkers and families.

And yet, at times we are reminded that it can also be a force for exclusion. Players who feel they have to retire rather than live honestly amongst their fellow players and fans. Slurs hurled from the stands as chants. Hostile hosting cities. This violence keeps some of us out. It prevents everyone from being able to exalt in the joy and the solidarity of heartbreak we have for our club, our crest, and our community.

In that spirit, it is up to all of us to be a constant voice of support not just for our players but equally for each other.

To our lesbian, gay, bi, pan, trans, queer, non-binary, non-conforming, and definition-defying sisters, brothers, and siblings —

You are Sounders. You belong on the pitch. You belong in the stands. You belong here.

*This display consists of 1,195 cards, three crests totaling 5,000 sq. ft of overhead, a 1,000 sq. ft. text banner, and a lot of love. Happy Pride, y’all.

Displays like this aren’t possible without the help of our volunteers, and we would love to have your help. Sign up to receive information on the next opportunity by checking the tifo production box on our volunteer form!

Photo Credit: Max Aquino