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  • PDX Away 6/25 Logistics

    With the schedule change for the Away Match at Portland on 6/25/17, this page will be the most up-to-date source for logistics for transportation and ingress / egress. Please keep an eye on this page for future updates, which will all be timestamped to provide you the most recent information. 

    Our Travel Monkeys are looking into the possibility of an additional bus for ticketholders whose other transportation methods will now not work with the new match time. 

    6/23/17 2:54PM PT - Tickets have been sent to anyone who purchased through ECS. 

    6/23/17 2:16PM PT - Monkey Mail will go out this afternoon to all of you who purchased tickets.

    6/23/17 11:03AM PT - Word on the street is that the dedicated cameras on the supporters' sections are gonzo. Back to supporting. Be on the lookout for your Monkey Mail, travelers. 

    6/23/17 9:48AM PT - Many of you have written, texted, tweeted, and waved semaphore flags indicating that you had not received your Monkey Mail and tickets as of yet. This is correct. You can blame ESPN and MLS for choosing to place dedicated cameras pointed at the supporters' sections (both Seattle and Portland) that can be streamed online for the entirety of the match. We promise we'll have an update on the delivery of your wildly overpriced tickets to a match that a beer company is literally drooling to create content from soon, so stay tuned. 

    6/22/17 12:03PM PT - The buses are currently expected to depart Tukwila at 1PM and Tacoma at 1:45PM on Sunday afternoon. All passengers should arrive 30 minutes prior to expected departures to avoid delays.

    6/22/17 9:45AM PT - SSFC has generously secured a third bus with limited seats available to anyone attending the match, ECS members or not. Get in!

    6/22/17 7:31AM PT - A little bit more detail on how things should work on the Ticket Exchange.

    6/21/17 4:01PM PT - ECS and the Sounders have secured one additional bus that will run to / from the match. Tickets for this bus will go live tomorrow morning at 10AM PT. More details to follow, including timing.

    6/21/17 1:40PM PT - We know that a number of those with tickets will now be unable to attend, and our Members Only Ticket Exchange has been temporarily opened for non-members (likely until Sunday afternoon, 6/25). 

    6/21/17 1:14PM PT - The match has been moved to 7:30PM PT

  • One Community United

    It’s the one year anniversary of the Pulse Massacre, where dozens of Latinx LGBTQIA  (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual/Agender) lives were tragically taken. We look forward to our boys in green playing against the home of the 49 Rainbow seats. Nuestra Comunidad seeks to pull ourselves together to heal our hearts and honor them with full lives.  We ensured our message spoke in two languages, to speak to the moment in which we find ourselves, and to speak to our hispanophone Sounders. The skyline as a heartbeat represents how the Rave Green flows thru our veins, the rhythm the Sounders give our city, and to the events of last year. The rainbow splits out, welcoming all who seek to find a home in this sport. Come cheer for the Eternal Blue Forever Green and know that Wherever We May Roam, there’s a home for you when you see the Emerald City Supporters assemble. We are one community, una comunidad.

    A special thank you to Anders Mac and Pride of the Sound for helping design and produce this display and doing this writeup!  

    Photo Credit: Max Aquino Photography

  • El Corazon de los Sounders

    When the Sounders signed Osvaldo Alonso in 2008, he was a 23 year-old with one year of professional experience in the United States. He was relatively unknown at the time, but over the 8+ seasons he has played for the Sounders, Ozzie has earned the reputation for being one of the best defensive midfielders in MLS history. Earlier this year, he surpassed 20,000 minutes (about 14 DAYS) played in his MLS career, and on Saturday in Yankee Stadium he played in his 300th Sounders match. In that time, he's filled his personal trophy case with 4 US Open Cups, a Supporters Shield, and an MLS Cup.

    This display celebrates Ozzie’s 300th match and plays off the nickname earned by his fierce gameplay and leadership of the team: "El Corazon de los Sounders" (The Heart of the Sounders). The display is 3 panels, each one 34’x15’ and our tifo production team completed this in 3 days. In a fun twist, due to the uncertainty of when Ozzie would reach 300, this display was designed and produced with flexibility to be deployed at either Starfire or RBP.

    Photo Credit: Brendan Vaughn

  • The Rightful King Reclaims the Throne

    The Sounders 2016 MLS Cup championship makes things right in the world. For the previous year, the most successful club in Cascadia had been usurped by an imposter. But Brian Schmetzer’s Rave Green Army reclaimed the throne for the Rightful King and claimed the MLS Cup as a spoil of war. The king sits upon his throne in the Emerald City and looks out upon his realm, the waves in the northern waters and the happy little trees in the southern forest.

    The Rightful King

    We chose Brian Schmetzer to represent the Sounders on the throne because of his lifetime of contributions to the club. Brian’s career with the Sounders started at the age of 17 when he signed for the NASL Sounders directly out of high school. His professional playing career took him across the country before he returned to Seattle as the head coach of the USL Sounders in 2002. After serving as an assistant coach for the MLS squad starting in 2009, Brian was named head coach in July 2016 and led the club on an amazing run to the 2016 MLS Cup.

    This display is 12,500 sq feet of material and used about 70 gallons of paint. With sewing and painting, our choreo production team knocked this out in about a week.

    Tifo projects like this aren’t possible without the help of our volunteers and we’d love your help. For more information, check the tifo production box on our volunteer form!

    Photo Credit: Joe Towner/PNWMF

  • Supporting our ASG family

    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.

  • Nothing Is More Powerful Than Seattle Sounders

    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.

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    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

  • Spring 2017 Pub League Begins This Weekend

    "Soccer for All" is more than just about ticket prices. It's also a mentality which firmly believes that soccer needs to be available to people to play, regardless of age, body type, gender, or skill level. ECS Pub League embraces this concept.
     
    The league, currently entering its tenth season, originally started to in 2012 with around 40 people, and has grown into a league of over 120 players spanning two divisions and eight teams. The Championship (Lower) division is designed for beginners and promotes the idea that an adult who has never touched a soccer ball can learn the game in an environment which promotes development, team play, and fun over results. The Premier (Upper) division is designed for players who are ready to take the next step and embrace a more competitive environment but are not quite ready to make the jump to ECS FC's GSSL or indoor teams. The games are played Saturday mornings at the Rainier Boys and Girls Club in the Rainier Valley, and the spring season kicks off on Saturday, April 1 at 11AM.
     
    ECS Premier (Upper Division)

    Premier Jerseys

    Meeseeks FC - Sponsored by Flatstick Pub, coached by Bart Leslie and Ben Fox
    Scum and Villainy - Sponsored by Hellbent Brewing, coached by Nicholaus Biela and Tom Biro
    Inter Redonk - Sponsored by #WeAreKyle, coached by Kyle Gassler and Shane Porcincula
    Benchwarmers United - Sponsored by ErnieCorp, coached by Anton and Andrew Erne

    2016 Fall Champions: Die-Hoff Mannschaft

    ECS Championship (Lower Division)

    Championship Jerseys

    Space Balls: The Pub League Team - Sponsored by Constellation and Co., coached by Molly Wagner and Jacob Bush
    Sea of Green - Sponsored by Atlantic Crossing, coached by Bob Uhlenkott and Greg Potter
    Go to Ale FC - Sponsored by Hellbent Brewing, coached by Ian Tucker
    WWFC - Sponsored by Jake, coached by Kelsey Gallo

    2016 Fall Champions: Mr. Potter's Fantastic Beasts
  • Take 'Em All Pale Ale, Now On Tap

    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!

  • CHAMPIONS

     

     

    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.

    One memory will never fade. When it was all over, our boys in famous green, were standing on the podium hoisting MLS Cup for the first time. It's a snapshot that is sure to never fade from the memories of the almost two thousand Sounders who froze for 120 minutes singing away the ice trying to form in their lungs, nor from the hundreds of Sounders who waited in an airport parking lot to welcome home their heroes, nor from the tens of thousands of Sounders who marched victorious down 4th Avenue on a Tuesday afternoon.  
    Today's display attempts to capture that feeling in time: The boys raising the Cup, the confetti falling, surrounded by their faithful with the knowledge that after what started as the worst season we've ever had, our heroes fought and brought home that star for our crest.  
    Champions at last. 

    Fast Facts:
    - The curtain and text banner combine to make 4,800 square feet of painted fabric. 
    - Around 40 volunteers worked for roughly 700 combined hours to build and deploy this display.
    - 1300 cards formed the star and starburst in the lower section.
    - 15 pounds of confetti were released from the upper deck level.
  • Farewell Zach and Thank You(s)

    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!

    Thank you to Bootstrapper Studios for making it possible to stream the match for the Sounders fans who were unable to attend. Thank you to Gregr and Manley for announcing, it was a lot of fun!

    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!

  • It's Matchday!!! Zach Scott Testimonial

    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!

    CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVESTREAM

    CLICK HERE FOR THE AUCTION

  • Zach Scott Testimonial Draft

    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!

    Team Ozzie
    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

    Team Brad
    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!

  • Zach Scott Testimonial Roster

    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: 

    • 21 A League USL Commissioner’s Cup winners (1995, 1996, 2002, 2007)
    • 12 A League Western Conference champions (2004)
    • 19 USL champions (2005, 2007)
    • 27 US open cup champions (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014)
    • 4 MLS Supporters Shield winners (2014)
    • 2 MLS Western Conference Champions (2016) 
    • 2 MLS Cup Champions (2016)
    • 28 Cascadia Cup champions (2006, 2007, 2011, 2015)

    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!

  • You Want Me On That Wall. You Need Me On That Wall.

     

    If you have a wall that needs filling, Zach Scott can do the job. Download a copy for your favorite watering hole, cubicle, or office fridge.  And, grab your tickets now at mrsounder.com

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  • The 2017 ECS Pub League Spring Season Is Here!

    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.

    Sign-ups will take place on the ECS shop. If you are unsure of which division you belong in, please contact Pub League Management at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before registering.

    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!

    Kyle Anderson
    ECS FC Pub League Director

  • Happy New Year

     

  • MLS Cup 2016 - Official ECS Subgroup Viewing Events

    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.

    Washington State

    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
    Wild Buffalo
    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
    Geno's
    1414 N Hamilton St
    Spokane, WA 99202 

    Arizona

    Tempe - Sonoran Sounder Alliance
    Wasted Grain Tempe
    526 Mill Street
    Tempe, AZ 85281

    California

    Mountain View - FOG CITY FAITHFUL
    Stephens Green
    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  

    Colorado

    Denver - Green Mile High Club
    Three Lions Pub
    2239 E. Colfax Ave
    Denver, CO 80206

    Idaho

    Boise - DRY SIDE SUPPORTERS
    NorthEnd Pizza
    1513 N. 13th St.
    Boise, ID 83702  

    Louisiana

    Ruston - BOURBON SQUAD / HEARTLAND HORDE
    Roma’s Italian Bistro
    102 N Monroe St
    Ruston, Louisiana 71270

    Massachusetts

    Boston - SEATTLE SOUNDERS EAST
    The Field Pub
    20 Prospect St
    Cambridge, MA 02139  District of Columbia

    Nebraska

    Omaha - HEARTLAND HORDE
    DJ's Dugout
    2102 S. 67th Street
    Omaha, NE 68106  

    New York

    New York City - SEATTLE SOUNDERS EAST
    Carlow East
    1254 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10028

    Ohio 

    Cleveland - HEARTLAND HORDE
    Merry Arts Pub & Grill
    15607 Detroit Ave
    Lakewood, Ohio 44107  

    Oklahoma

    Tulsa - HEARTLAND HORDE
    Elgin Park Brew Pub
    325 East M.B. Brady
    Tulsa, OK 74120  

    Oregon

    Portland - ANCHOR-N-ROSE 48S
    Jolly Roger
    1340 SE 12th Ave
    Portland, Oregon 97214  

    Tigard - ANCHOR-N-ROSE 48S
    Bull Mountain
    13727 SW Pacific Hwy
    Tigard, OR 97223  

    Bend - ANCHOR-N-ROSE 48S
    Pour House Pub
    1085 SE 3rd St.
    Bend, OR 97702  

    Washington, D.C.

    SEATTLE SOUNDERS EAST
    Lou's City Bar
    1400 Irving St NW 
    Washington, District of Columbia 20010 

    Wisconsin

    Plattsville - HEARTLAND HORDE
    Steve's Pizza Palace, Inc.
    175 W Main St
    Platteville, Wisconsin 53818  

  • FEED THE FIRE

    Photo credit: Joe Towner, @PNWMF

    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.

    FAST FACTS:

    • The display is two pieces. A 100 ft long by 40 ft tall curtain and a 100 ft long by 65 ft tall overhead.
    • 2000 feet of rope was necessary to lift this curtain.
    • Production of this display took 20 or so volunteers around 260 man-hours to complete, in the span of four days.
  • The Phoenix

    Photo Credit: Max Aquino, @maxaquinophoto

    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.

    Fast Facts:

    • While aggressive, we decided to start work on this display at the same time as we did “Mahalo Zach”. We finished roughly half of it as we were unable to complete production yet. We did not yet know who would make the playoffs and who would be on the outside looking in.
    • The second half of the display was finished on Monday night by roughly 10 people. This mostly consisted of final detailing work and drawing and painting the names of the four clubs who were not able to climb from the bottom.
    • The original designer and one of our newest designers bravely combined on the finished design.
  • MAHALO, ZACH

    Photo credit: Joe Towner, @PNWMF

    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.

    Fast Facts:

    • The Mahalo Curtain is 100 feet wide and 60 feet tall. It took 23 gallons of paint to complete.
    • The Zach portrait was 36 feet tall by 36 feet wide. It was drawn, painted, and completed in 3 hours by eight highly motivated ECS members.
    • In the lower level of the Supporters Section, our members held up their ECS scarves from the year they joined the group, symbolizing the number of years they have enjoyed and appreciated Zach's play.

    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.

    Mahalo, Zach.

  • Zach Scott Testimonial Ticket Information

    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.

  • WE ARE THE WATCHERS ON THE WALL

    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.

    Facts:

    • The display is comprised of a 100'x55' curtain, a 100'x70' overhead, and approximately 2,500 cards.
    • About 80 volunteers put in approximately 800 hours of work during production
    • We used 24 gallons of paint on the image. Despite the large amount of whitespace, painting was very labor intensive due to the amount of detail on the Night King and supporters silhouette.

    All ECS members are invited and encouraged to come meet their fellow supporters and participate in a tifo making session. Follow @ECSTifo for more information or you can email your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please also like Emerald City Supporters on Facebook to stay up to date with ECS events including tifo.

    Tifo projects such as this are supported by the sale of our membership kits and by donations.

  • The Zach Scott Testimonial - 3/1/2017

    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.

  • Match Preview: SSFC @ SJ Quakes 9/10/16

    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!

  • The Rickroll

    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.