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.
- The curtain and text banner combine to make 4,800 square feet of painted fabric.
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:
- 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!