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.