Over the last few days, our city has felt the loss of one of our most talented sons in Chris Cornell. The possibility that he may have taken his own life drives that pain a little deeper.
Some of you may have also heard that one of our own, a veteran and member of ASG, lost the battle with his own demons. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts, and beg of you - if you feel like you have no other option - to recognize that we're all here for you. Talk to anyone here, reach out to a crisis line, but do not feel like you are alone. For many of our veterans in Seattle and beyond, this sport, this club, and this group are their family, their informal support group, their therapy. For them, for us all, let's come together as one voice. Eternal blue, forever green, Sounders 'til we die.
For anyone reading this - we ask that if you see someone, anyone, that might need a shoulder to lean on, or you think you could be of assistance to someone, please do so. We're all brothers, sisters, family, no matter what. We're proud to share that for Saturday's Military Appreciation Match, ECS / ASG had 22 members participate on the field to help with an on field display and to honor our fallen ASG member.
Thank you for supporting the Sounders and your fellow members in any way you can.
Sometimes you just gotta talk shit. And your first home game against the team you defeated to win the championship is one of those times. You may remember the arrogance of Toronto FC leading up to MLS Cup and their tifo claiming that their time had come. We all know how well that worked out for them, but just in case they may have pushed them from memory, we wanted to remind them that their trophy case still sits empty while ours has grown yet again. The design of this display started in a conversation late in the night after Roman Torres buried the game winning penalty kick, as we rode the train back to the Loose Moose to celebrate. 2016 was a roller coaster, but no one can deny that it was our time. 2017 is a celebration, and we’re here to remind the league that nothing is more powerful than Seattle Sounders.
This display included our first card switch, as we started with red cards to create Toronto’s empty trophy case and then changed to green cards to create our trophy case with the MLS cup in it. The display also included painting 3 MLS Cups, bringing the season total to 4. Being insufferable isn’t easy, that cup is curvy!
Image from Max Aquino Photography
On March 14, ECS and Hellbent Brewing Company unveiled a brand new beer to enjoy on match days (and beyond), Take 'Em All Pale Ale. It's the first beer we've brewed with Hellbent, and it's currently available at the brewery, The Atlantic Crossing, Temple Billiards, Fuel Sports Bar, and inside CenturyLink Field at the craft beer stand near section 119. They're working on additional distribution to partner and subgroup partner pubs, and feel free to let your local pub know to contact the brewery if they'd be interested in putting it on tap.
If you're counting at home, the beer's stats are as follows: 5.3% ABV, 38 IBUs, and the hops are Mosaic, Cascade, Eukanot, Amarillo, Bravo.
A very special shout out to Gareth and The Atlantic Crossing for hosting our event that night, and to the Sounders' Cristian Roldan, who poured the first Take 'Em All Pale Ale. Additionally, Cristian stopped by to accept his 2016 Jon Glyer Memorial Player of the Year Award, which is awarded to the player who embodies the mentality of ECS throughout the season. Congratulations to Cristian, and enjoy the beer!
December 10, 2016. Thousands of Brougham Faithful descended on Toronto, devouring every memory of the weekend they could. One local watering hole might have run dry of nearly all kegged beverages. It was a wild time. When one tries to sit back and recall MLS Cup weekend 2016, there are a few distinct memories, and many more clouded in a fog of delirium.
Wednesday night's Zach Scott Testimonial was a huge success, with 2,620 people coming to Memorial Stadium to say Farewell and Thank You to Mr. Sounder, Zach Scott. Between ticket sales, the auction, and donations, we raised $65,000 and increased awareness for charities important for Zach and his family. An event such as this requires a lot of work, and as such we have a lot of thanks to give today.
First and foremost, thank you to Zach Scott for being a player and a man who deserved this. Zach and his family were so gracious in working with us on this event, and their commitment to helping the community is an inspiration for us all. He will always be Mr. Sounder to us!
Thank you to all the players, it was great to see so many Sounders legends come back to help us honor Zach and show off what they’ve still got in the tank. Soccer in the Seattle area is strong because of guys like this who still care so much about each other, the Sounders, and the sport.
Thank you to all the ECS volunteers who helped make this happen. From tifo crew to our ticket sellers in the box office, to ticket scanners and the gameday crew leading the atmosphere, we couldn’t have done this without you. As a volunteer organization, everything we do is powered by the members who step up when asked.
Thank you to the Sounders FC! As partners on this project, we created a great event. From ticket launch and marketing to gameday operations, we came together to create and execute a plan to make this a special night for everyone.
Thank you to the RAVE Foundation, for helping raise money by organizing and hosting the auction and scarves. It was a special opportunity for Sounders fans to get their hands on some rare and special memorabilia while helping raise funds for important causes!
A MASSIVE thank you to the Seattle Reign FC, for helping with the logistics of hosting a match at Memorial Stadium! From sharing experiences to sharing equipment, we could not have pulled this event off without the staff from the Reign.
Thank you to Ceres Roasting Company for doing all of the catering for the event and donating generously from the profits of the night to help further the charitable cause of the evening. It’s not a soccer match in Seattle without beer and meat pies!
Thank you to Hellbent Brewing Co for helping make the beer garden happen and keeping everyone warm with the magical powers of alcohol. We have high hopes for a long partnership!
Last, and certainly not least, thank you to everyone who attended, donated, or participated in the online auction. Without you, we couldn’t have presented that check to Zach. It’s amazing what we can do together!
The ECS is happy to announce a livestream of tonight's Zach Scott Testimonial, thanks to our friends at Bootstrapper Studios! There is also an online silent auction and donation website open now, and ending after halftime. If you're unable to make it to Memorial Stadium to honor Zach's legacy and career with the Sounders, we hope you'll watch the stream and bid generously in the auction!
Today, the opposing head coaches of the Zach Scott Testimonial teams gathered in the hotel conference room in Charleston to draft their teams. They recorded the whole draft on Facebook Live, you can check it out below! Both teams include a few players added since the roster release earlier this week!
Defenders: Zach Scott, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Scott Jenkins
Midfielders: Chad Brown, Chris Henderson, Gonzalo Pineda, Hugo Alcaraz Cuellar, Nate Sturgis, Steve Zakuani, Michael Tetteh, Jake Sagare, Santa Maria Rivera
Forwards: Nate Jaqua, Roger Levesque, Viet Nguyen
Goalkeepers: Ben Dragavon, Chris Eylander
Defenders: Daniel Scott, Djimi Traore, Ezra Hendrickson, Kevin Sakuda, Ryan Edwards
Midfielders: Ben Somoza, Darren Sawatzky, Jacob Waxman, Jason Farrell, Leighton O'Brien, Sean Henderson
Forwards: Cam Weaver, Craig Tomlinson, Colin Rigby, Kevin Forrest, Kalei Scott
Goalkeepers: Kasey Keller, Jimmy Ward
At Zach's request, 100% of the proceeds from the match will be given to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund, the Seattle Sounders RAVE Foundation, and a college fund for his 3 children. Get your tickets now at MrSounder.com!
One of the fun traditions of a testimonial is former teammates coming together to play in the match. A player with a career as long as Zach’s comes with a lot of former teammates, and the list of players for the testimonial is a regular who’s who of Sounders history in the last 15 years.
The players participating in the testimonial are champions 113 115 times with the Sounders:
Defenders: Zach Scott, Daniel Scott, Djimi Traore, Ezra Hendrickson, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Kevin Sakuda, Ryan Edwards, Scott Jenkins
Midfielders: Ben Somoza, Chad Brown, Chris Henderson, Darren Sawatzky, Gonzalo Pineda, Hugo Alcaraz Cuellar, Jacob Waxman, Jason Farrell, Leighton O'Brien, Nate Sturgis, Sean Henderson, Steve Zakuani, Michael Tetteh
Forwards: Cam Weaver, Craig Tomlinson, Nate Jaqua, Roger Levesque, Viet Nguyen
Goalkeepers: Ben Dragavon, Chris Eylander, Jimmy Ward, Kasey Keller
By the numbers
1,234: These players have a combined 1,234 appearances in matches with Zach (973 USL, 261 MLS)
144: Roger Levesque leads the participants with 144 matches in which both he and Zach appeared (116 USL, 28 MLS)
142: Kevin Sakuda takes that title from the USL era, with 143 matches played with Zach
74: Chris Eylander has been in goal behind Zach for 74 matches
59: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado leads the MLS era, with 59 matches played with Zach
30: Daniel Scott has been Zach's little brother for 30 years
12: Jacob Waxman is Zach's longest running teammate, the 2 played together from age 6 all the way through elementary, middle and high school - a total of 12 years playing together! Go Haiku Knighthawks andMaui Sabres!
The Zach Scott Testimonial is Wednesday, March 1st at Memorial Stadium. Tickets can be purchased now at MrSounder.com! At Zach's request, all proceeds from the testimonial will be given Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund, the Seattle Sounders RAVE Foundation and a college fund for his three children.
Update, 2/20, 9am: Michael Tetteh has been added!
credit @mightyfarley. all rights reserved.
Pub League is returning for its Spring Session, and we are proud to announce that our two-league format will be back. Last fall, Premier brought a new competitive level for our more experienced players, while Championship focused on enabling our beginner players to learn the game and have fun.
With that in mind, it's time to sign up for new and returning players, and this season we've split up sign-ups between the two levels. The Championship division will go on sale on Saturday, Feb. 11th at 8PM PT, and the Premier division will follow on Monday, Feb. 13th at 8PM PT. Pub League management will evaluate the Championship signups, and if any players are deemed inappropriate for that level, they will be notified of their status in Pub League.
2017 Spring Session schedule:
Pub League Combine: Feb. 25th from 11:00AM-4PM
Week one: April 1st from 11AM-4:30PM
Week two: April 8th from 9:00AM-2:30PM
Week three: April 15th from 9AM-2:30PM
Week five: April 29th from 9AM-2:30PM
Week six: May 13th from 9AM-2:30PM
Week seven: June 3rd from 9AM-2:30PM
Week eight: June 10th from 9AM-2:30PM
Week nine: June 17th from 9AM-2:30PM
Playoffs: June 24th from 9AM-2:30PM
We look forward to seeing everyone out for this upcoming session!
ECS FC Pub League Director
Can't make it to Toronto for the Final? Show your support by joining your fellow ECS at one of our official viewing events hosted all over the country and around the Puget Sound. Below you'll find a list of linked viewing events by state, city and subgroup where you can watch our boys take the final step towards eternal glory.
Seattle (Pioneer Square) - OFFICIAL ECS VIEWING
Fuel Sports Beats & Eats
164 S. Washington Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle (Capitol Hill) - PRIDE OF THE SOUND
Modera Capitol Hill
1427 11th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122
Bellingham - 542 BRIGADE
208 W Holly St
Bellingham, Washington 98225
University Place - ARMED SERVICES GROUP & 253 DEFIANCE
The Ale House Pub and Eatery
2122 Mildred St W
University Place, Washington 98466
Renton - BARRA FUERZA VERDE
The Berliner Pub
221 Main Ave S
Renton, Washington 98057
Olympia - BLACK HILLS MILITIA
Three Magnets Brewing Co.
600 Franklin St SE, Ste 105
Olympia, Washington 98501
Silverdale - WEST SOUND ARMADA
Cash Brewing Co
3388 NW Byron St
Silverdale WA 97383
Yakima - DRY SIDE SUPPORTERS
Sports Center - All Ages
214 E Yakima Ave
Yakima, WA 98901
Kennewick - DRY SIDE SUPPORTERS
Uncle Sam's Saloon
8378 W Gage Blvd
Kennewick, WA 99336
Spokane - DRY SIDE SUPPORTERS
1414 N Hamilton St
Spokane, WA 99202
Tempe - Sonoran Sounder Alliance
Wasted Grain Tempe
526 Mill Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Mountain View - FOG CITY FAITHFUL
223 Castro St
Mountain View, California 94041
San Francisco - FOG CITY FAITHFUL
San Francisco Athletic Club
Viewing Party to benefit StreetSoccerUSA
1750 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Costa Mesa - SOCAL SOUND
55 Tavern and Bowl
1875 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA
Long Beach - SOCAL SOUND
Shannons on Pine
209 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles - SOCAL SOUND
The Fox and Hounds
11100 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91604-3133
San Diego - SOCAL SOUND
The Brew Project - 4pm - Family Friendly || SSFC Shot Specials!
3683 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA
Denver - Green Mile High Club
Three Lions Pub
2239 E. Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
Boise - DRY SIDE SUPPORTERS
1513 N. 13th St.
Boise, ID 83702
Ruston - BOURBON SQUAD / HEARTLAND HORDE
Roma’s Italian Bistro
102 N Monroe St
Ruston, Louisiana 71270
Boston - SEATTLE SOUNDERS EAST
The Field Pub
20 Prospect St
Cambridge, MA 02139 District of Columbia
Omaha - HEARTLAND HORDE
2102 S. 67th Street
Omaha, NE 68106
New York City - SEATTLE SOUNDERS EAST
1254 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Cleveland - HEARTLAND HORDE
Merry Arts Pub & Grill
15607 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
Tulsa - HEARTLAND HORDE
Elgin Park Brew Pub
325 East M.B. Brady
Tulsa, OK 74120
Portland - ANCHOR-N-ROSE 48S
1340 SE 12th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97214
Tigard - ANCHOR-N-ROSE 48S
13727 SW Pacific Hwy
Tigard, OR 97223
Bend - ANCHOR-N-ROSE 48S
Pour House Pub
1085 SE 3rd St.
Bend, OR 97702
SEATTLE SOUNDERS EAST
Lou's City Bar
1400 Irving St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20010
Plattsville - HEARTLAND HORDE
Steve's Pizza Palace, Inc.
175 W Main St
Platteville, Wisconsin 53818
To start a fire, you need a spark, something to burn, and oxygen. Back in August, our boys had no room to breathe. The club was suffocating and the fire our season nearly went out. All that was left was smoke. Then the Summer Transfer Window opened, and near the end of that window, the Sounders secured Nico Lodeiro’s services. Then, Román Torres returned from his season ending injury the year before. Suddenly, the weak flame of our 2016 campaign had gotten a bit of oxygen, and it grew. Match after match, week after week, the dying embers of the season were stoked to life again. We finished the season in a respectable fourth position in the Western Conference.
We got to the playoffs and the knockout round versus Kansas City by keeping that fire burning. The funny thing about keeping a fire going is if you give up, all your work is lost and you have to start all over in building it. Our boys fought to the bitter end of that match and were rewarded, and our small flame started to grow. Next, we had the Supporter Shield winners from Dallas. Our boys, still rolling from the knockout round, made quick work of the league leaders at home, and held the line away to move on.
The fire is raging, but it’s consumed everyone in its path so far. It requires us to march on. It requires fuel and oxygen. Let our voice be that oxygen and let Colorado be that fuel. It’s time to feed the fire.
To be the Phoenix who has risen from the ashes, you must first have been among the ashes. The first half of this season, we were in the trash heap. In August, we were in ninth place in the Western Conference. Everyone said we were done, finished. Until we weren’t. We began to rise. We said goodbye to Sigi, entered the second Schmetzer era of our club’s history, and signed Lodeiro, Morris found his left foot, Torres returned, and everything came together. We were born anew. It was inspiring to experience. Mid-September, it started looking like Playoffs were a real possibility and our concept team started kicking around ideas for a playoff choreo and eventually decided on the Phoenix display we deployed today.
What can be said about Zach Scott that hasn’t been said in his career? The epitome of what it means to be a Sounder. 15 years for our boys in famous green. No other club but that of Seattle. From Gonzaga to USL to MLS, Zach has sacrificed blood, sweat, and well, we can’t say tears because legend has it, a single tear from his eye would cause mass flooding across the globe.
We’ve sung about Sounders Legends in the past, but Zach is in his own category. 349 appearances for the club. He is always proving the naysayers wrong. Quiet off the field, always deflecting any praise sent to him back to his teammates and coaching staff. He doesn’t want the limelight, he wants to compete, do his job, and secure glory for this club.
Upon hearing rumors of Zach’s retirement, we immediately decided we had to honor him with one more display. ECS has paid tribute to Mr Sounder twice before (Hang 10 and 300 matches). This time, simply a thank you for years of dedication to our club.
One club men are extremely rare. Nearly unheard of in modern sports. We're going to miss Zach's hard nosed, take no prisoners style of play in years to come. But he is family. He is Ohana. He will always be a Sounder.
We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at the Zach Scott Testimonial on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $10.20.
Tickets for the Zach Scott Testimonial on March 1st, 2017 will be available on Monday, October 24th at 9am. Tickets will be sold via Brown Paper Tickets at zachscotttestimonial.brownpapertickets.com.
Tickets start at $10.20 (a nod to Zach’s MLS jersey number) for the upper grandstands and $20 for the lower grandstand. Current (2016 or 2017) members of the Emerald City Supporters will have exclusive access to South Grandstand Lower level tickets via an access code provided in the forum. A premium field level standing area behind the East goal will be available for $50 and includes non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.
In order to ensure all fans and supporters are able to attend this event, and because of our belief in soccer for all, we’ve kept ticket prices very low. All proceeds from the match will be disbursed at the request of Zach Scott and his family. If you’d like to make an additional financial contribution, you can change the price of your tickets when purchasing. If you’re unable to attend but would like to donate to the cause, you can do so HERE.
For more information about the testimonial, check out the announcement from September 15.
The story of today's choreo begins with the 5/24/2014 away trip to BC Place. Looking out at the skyline from our bus on the way home, we noticed a resemblance between the sinister silhouette of BC Place's masts and the thorny crown of the Night King from Game of Thrones. As we talked about the idea, we realized that the analogy was a great fit: our city, our club, and our boys are the final point of defense against against an old, white-clad threat from across our Northern border, and we are Sounders 'till we die, just as a crow's watch ends only at death.
We designed the concrete aspects of the image to support this conceptual foundation: supporters at the top of the wall along with the text "We Are the Watchers On the Wall", to emphasize our connection with and commitment to our boys on the pitch, and a Sounders ranger of the Night's Watch defeating the BC-Place-throned monster as a representation of our boys defeating our northern Cascadian foe.
Of course, the value of an idea lies in using it, and we had great work from our volunteers, starting with the excellent (and challenging!) artwork created by our designer, to the work done by our team to sew, draw, and paint the banners, and finally from our 30-person deployment team.
Tifo projects such as this are supported by the sale of our membership kits and by donations.
Zach Scott has embodied the spirit of the Seattle Sounders for a decade and a half. He’s never been the most talented or highest paid player on the roster, but his seemingly tireless effort and commitment to doing whatever the team needs has earned him a permanent spot in the hearts of fans, supporters and even his fellow players. In an era and league where players regularly move between teams, Zach has bled Rave Green (and some blue and white, too) his entire career. With 348 (and counting!) appearances for the Seattle Sounders over his 15 year career, we have many memories of Zach making crunching tackles or scoring critical goals. With that in mind, let’s all join together to make one more grand memory for Mr. Sounder, Zach Scott.
As there are not enough words to express our admiration, respect, and thanks for Zach’s time with the club, we’ve decided to take a different approach as he hangs up his boots from his playing career.
For the first time in our history, the Emerald City Supporters have teamed up with the Seattle Sounders to host a testimonial match for Zach on March 1, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. Tickets will start at $10.20 and will be available for sale on October 24, 2016. More information on ticket availability and other details will be published on weareecs.com or our social media channels in the near future.
It's true. Saturday's match in San Jose is an important one when it comes to the Sounders' chances of making the playoffs this season. Just a couple months ago, the basement of the standings was more of a good bet for us.
Since then, we've had a bunch of ups and a couple of downs. Mostly ups, thankfully. Our newest designated player, Nico Lodeiro, was named player of the month for August. The boys beat Portland at home. Román Torres is back. However, Clint Dempsey is on the shelf with a heart condition, and the boys dropped points in Portland two weeks ago.
It's safe to say that a rested team with the bulk of its firepower back in action shows promise, though. It's also safe to say that the group of travelers heading to San Jose don't need a massive bar or a Shirt Free Zone to be tempted into going to a soccer match. They're there for one thing - to support the Sounders.
For the Quakes, this match is just as critical. While they currently hold the sixth and final playoff spot in the West, they stand just one point ahead of Seattle after 26 matches played. Both clubs will be looking to gain ground on (or catch up to) Vancouver and Portland, who have played 28 matches to date, as the regular season comes to a close.
Forget what the "experts" say for a moment. Forget what the Sounders looked like two or three months ago. Focus on the here and now, the fact that the club has turned a major corner since Brian Schmetzer took the helm, and the fact that we still don't care about the Heritage Cup, but will gladly take it away from San Jose.
On Saturday evening, you could be in San Jose, might have footgolf-worn feet, or a belly full of tacos from the BarraQ you just attended, but one thing will be for certain. You'll be supporting the boys from wherever you stand, sit or recline (we heard you ate too many tacos!). Do what you do best, ECS, wherever you are.
Up the Sounders!
Up the ECS!
This heated derby was here long before MLS came to Cascadia. It was here long before they attempted to copyright The Cup out from under the supporter groups who started it. And, it was here long before it's "media partners" hyped it and packaged it for voyeuristic consumption.
This league continues its attempts to push the false hype, and to monetize it in any way it can. What used to be two fierce meetings per year - one home and one away - has now turned into 3 or 5 clashes within 6 weeks, across all competitions. And with those extra meetings comes higher and higher ticket prices, more and more travel costs for fans, and bigger and bigger demands for supporter groups to perform for the cameras.
So, to those demands, we say, click here.
Because you see, this derby isn't about the onlookers, the cameras, or league marketers.
Because you see, for the Emerald City Supporters, this derby is about the players who wear our Club's crest and who play for the pride of their supporters.
Because you see, beyond still being an internet meme 30 years later, Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" is a love song. It is an anthem of deep commitment and devotion. The lyrics speak to the same themes that every supporter from around the world sings to his or her club.
So, just like the derby itself, we are taking back this love song and giving it directly to our players:
Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you
This derby is one of the few authentic things in this manufactured league. And it is so only because of a handful of players, coaches, front office executives, and fans who get it and who have guarded it.
And long may it live. Up the Sounders. Up the ECS.
Up the Sounders. Up the ECS.
Since its creation in 2012 after the first ECS FC Adult Academy, Pub League has consisted of four teams of beginner soccer players. After all these years, Pub League has grown into a league that cannot support the number of players that wish to play. The skill level of these players has also been steadily increasing. With both of these in mind, Pub League is proud to announce Pub League Premier! With the creation of Premier, Pub League will be adding four higher level teams to our league structure.
Premier is being designed for our players that have proven to be either too skilled, too fit, or too competitive for regular Pub League. This league will also welcome back former players that originally had been removed from the league because of these issues. This league will consist of four teams and will play nine weeks and Playoffs in the time slot before Pub League.
Pub League, on the other hand, is now being directed at the novice/beginner players ONLY as a way to learn the game, increase skill, and have fun playing soccer with other supporters. We ask anyone that is of a higher skill level than novice, or has a high fitness level, to please consider playing in Premier and allowing the new players to join this lower division.
The Signup process will happen over two days with Pub League being put up in the ECS Store on Friday 8/19/16 at 8PM and Premier going up on Saturday 8/20/16 at 8PM. The cost will be $80 for non-ECS Members and $70 for paid ECS Members.
The Combine and Drunken Draft will take place the following week. Time and Place TBA.
Premier will have eight player coaches that will compete in the drunken draft to craft the best team that they are able to. While Pub League will have the four teams crafted by the four managers, the managers will be randomly placed on a team to help avoid any stacking of teams. If you would like to volunteer as a Player-coach for Premier, or a referee for either league or a manager for Pub League please let Pub League management know. For future announcements please follow the ECS FC Pub League Facebook page. Kyle Anderson Executive Director of Pub League Overlord Relations
Kyle Anderson Executive Director of Pub League Overlord Relations
Executive Director of Pub League Overlord Relations
It's that time again! Lace up those shoes, dig out your best golf clothes, find your lucky ball, and get on out to Jefferson Golf Links for the 3rd annual ECS FC Footgolf Open!
This year's event will be held on Sept 10th with a 4:00 PM shotgun start time. The open will be hosted this year at Jefferson Park Golf Course on Beacon Hill. All proceeds will benefit Emerald City Supporters FC, the amateur soccer club of the Emerald City Supporters! Proceeds will help to purchase equipment, field time, and uniforms and will also support hosting of the 2017 Supporters' Cup matches between ECS FC and Timbers Army FC at Starfire. Just like last year,
Just like last year, entry fee for the ECS FC Footgolf Open will be $30 per player. The tournament will consist of a beginners division and competitive division, and is open to everyone of all ages. Bring your family and friends, and don't worry about playing ability! Children under 10 years old play FREE with a paid playing adult accompanying them.
New to Footgolf? Check this out.
In seeing today’s news that the club parted ways with Sigi Schmid, our only coach in the MLS era, our collective feelings are a mixture of optimism and nostalgia. Sigi’s legacy here will always be how he turned an expansion team into a permanent, above-typical power in MLS, under the pressure of demanding Sounders supporters. It’s no secret the Sounders have been an ambitious club propped up and supported both home and away by a very ambitious fan base. During his tenure here in Seattle, Sigi had managed to live up to those expectations, however.
Sure, the news of Sigi’s departure is still fresh off the presses, but one cannot avoid thinking of the amazingly positive and good times we have had with him at the helm. We always can point to the 2014 Supporters’ Shield, four USOC trophies, Cascadia Cups and multiple winning seasons. Don’t forget some of the smaller, yet important achievements and records broken in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Remember vividly when Sigi, in an interview, claimed that the Cascadia Cup belonged to the fans. This was at the same time that MLS was trying to pry it from the hands of supporters that were the very same ones that created the Cup. Sigi understood it. Sigi understood supporter culture and made sure the players that played for him understood it as well. We should never forget that.
Remember the post-match interview after the thrashing of our rivals to the South. In this match we had made an inspirational tifo that is still regarded as one of the all-time best in MLS. Sigi’s emotional press conference after that match showed just how much he wanted to bring the MLS Cup to Seattle. After all, in his own words, coaching the Sounders was a dream come true. Soccer in Seattle is the way all “old school” soccer folks always dreamed it would be.
We salute you, Sigi, for your love of this team and its fans.
This move from our club is also a courageous one. There are all sorts of theories about how dangerous a mid-season coaching change can be in MLS, when it comes to the fate of the season. We are pleased to see the team recognize the challenges of this season and be willing to make a change. Whether you agree with it or not, this was a pivotal move for the club, bringing in a new era. Let’s embrace this change with optimism, because we always believe that the best days for our beloved club are ahead of us.
We don’t just sing songs for anyone. We don’t just do tifo for anyone. We express our utmost gratitude towards a coach that has allowed ECS and fellow supporters to share amazing memories with each other, home or away. The foundation of soccer culture that was laid here in Seattle owes much to Sigi’s winning ways. It will serve our club for decades to come as it pushes to become a top echelon club in the world.
Thank you, Sigi.
Everyone reading this for one last time, join us in bidding farewell to the Sounders coaching legend: Sigi Sigi Sigi, Oi! Oi! Oi!
Up the Sounders, Up the ECS.
ECS Past President
Let's thank Sigi in person
On Thursday, July 28, we're going to gather together where it all started, Fuel Sports Bar, to celebrate our time with Sigi Schmid leading our beloved club on the field. Please join ECS in thanking Sigi, in person, starting at 6PM.
You can RSVP here for the event. Bring your memories, handshakes, and well-wishes this Thursday night, they'll be appreciated. If you're looking for an opportunity to take anyone to task, this isn't the time to do so. We look forward to seeing you there.
Heather Satterberg & Tom Biro
What a weird week so far.
Saturday featured an extremely annoyed captain Brad Evans taking his teammates to task both on and off the field. Tuesday featured a monster performance from goalkeeper Tyler Miller to push the Sounders one more round forward in this year's US Open Cup.
So now, the boys travel to Toronto to face a depleted squad that will be without Michael Bradley, Will Johnson, Jozy Altidore and Clint Irwin. Will we see a pissed off, motivated club reeling from a home loss or more of the same? Do the captain's words take hold on the players and make this past week the "moment" from which the season rebounds? We'll know on Saturday evening.
As supporters, we find ourselves in a constant state of anguish and ecstasy, and this week is a perfect example of what that feels like. Chants of "we're gonna win the US Open Cup" fill the stands after a victory just as often as our opinions about Frank Lampard's limbs did on Saturday. That's why it was almost perfect that "Pride" was the theme of Saturday's match, result aside. Win or lose, we do what we do for the pride we have in our club, each other, and our fair city.
We'll express that pride again this weekend, as 33 travelers make their way to BMO Field to support the Sounders. As many others will at Hellbent, the Jolly Roger, Danny Coyle's, the Berliner and dozens of other pubs to watch the on Saturday.
We take this seriously, win or lose. It's what we do. Let's bring three points home this weekend.