By Justin Adair

Over the last 6 years I have spent a lot of time behind the scenes running many areas of ECS, but one thing that a lot of people don't understand is why we do what we do. Most people are so caught up in "what" we are doing, or "how" it is supposed to be done. Which at the end of the day, are completely secondary to why we are doing it. So, I wanted to spend a little time talking about this and pose the question, do you know why you are here?


By Greg Mockos

This is part four of a five part series about different styles of supporter culture from around the world.  If you missed them, get caught up with part one on the English style, part two on the Continental European style and part three on the South American style.

The North American supporter style is fusion of the three traditional supporter styles: the English, the continental European, and the South American. These three style can be summarized as follows.

AO Seattle's 10 section Tifo display before the USA vs Panama Match

By Dylan Vanderhoof

"Club Over Country" 

That's the mantra of many club supporters, and the ECS is hardly an exception with a huge portion of our membership espousing a "No Sounders, No Care" attitude towards other teams.  Nothing wrong with that, it plays in perfectly to the ECS's stated goal of being an independent supporters group of Seattle Sounders FC. 


In light of this, when it came time for Seattle to host the US Men's National Team in their World Cup Qualifying match against Panama, we frequently heard the question asked, "What is the ECS going to be doing for this match?"  The answer, of course, was nothing.  ECS isn't about the US National Team, or ANY national team.  For starters, our colors clash rather horribly with Red, White and Blue.  Aesthetics aside, ECS is made up of members from all over the world.  We have people who support England, Poland, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Argentina, the list goes on.  Why should these members have to have the time, effort and resources that the ECS has available diverted to supporting a national team that they may not even like?  (Or, in the case of Mexico supporters, may actively hate.)  Between those who support other countries, and those who could care less about international football in general, ECS Leadership made a conscious decision to have nothing to do with the USMNT when they came to town. 

By Greg Mockos

This is the final part of our series on supporter cultures from around the world, starting with the English, Continental European and South American styles and then the MLS style, a blend of the three.  So the next obvious question is what support style do the Emerald City Supporters embrace?


By Greg Mockos


This is part three of a five part series about different styles of supporter culture from around the world.  You can get caught up with part one on the English style and part two on the Continental European style of support.

The South American Style

The South American style ofsupport is in all essence very similar to the continental European style described above and developed in mostly the same fashion. South American support developed mostly in the 70s and 80s and was influenced less by politics than continental European support. The uniqueness of South American support is the extent to which chanting, singing and tifo are displayed during games and leading up to games. The most distinguishing factors about South American support are the incessant songs, some of which lasting entire halves of matches, and the continuous display of tifo in the supporter section, better known as la barra.