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We truly stand on the shoulders of a giant. For eight years, Sigi Schmid built our team, our expectations, and helped forge the club we are today. He taught us to strive to be the very best, that we go for every win, that we compete for every trophy, that we always go all in.

Who we are, because of you.

Thank you for your stewardship, Sigi. You are missed but will never be forgotten.

Photo Credit: Joe Towner (PNWMF) and Jill Peck

The Sounders warriors set out today on the heroic journey of the 2019 season. Over the next 9 months, they will fight for our city, our people and our crest, home or away, hot or cold, rain or shine. On the front curtain of this display, we depicted 9 of our warriors dressed for this journey that started on March 2nd and won’t end until November 10th.

But heroic journeys are never taken alone. Wherever the Sounders go, we are behind them. On Wednesdays in Montreal and the Houston heat in July, the Emerald City Supporters will be there, joining our warriors. Our supporters bring something different to the battle, an intangible, immeasurable, element that can only be felt and not understood. On the back curtain, we showed supporters marching into battle with our warriors. When we stand together, our enemies will fall before us. When the front curtain was struck, it revealed the bottom of the back curtain covered in our fallen enemies. 

This display was a massive undertaking, with a detailed design and 2 curtains to rig and deploy. Over 30 volunteers spent over 600 hours designing, sewing and painting this display, overcoming the epic snowmageddon to finish it. Join us in our next projects so we can continue to raise the bar for tifo in North America! ECS members can get more information and sign-up to help HERE, and follow ECSTifo on twitter for updates!

Photo Credit: Joe Towner / PNWMF

ECS is best known for its support in Seattle, but our love for the Sounders extends throughout the nation and across the Atlantic through our subgroups!

To kick off the 2019 season, we wanted to show our boys that our support for them covers the planet. “It’s a Sounders Unity” is the inspiration for this work, with subgroups from across the US and Europe coming together to independently design and paint their own section of this display. Each of the designs is inspired by our support for the boys and highlights the unique perspective and passion each subgroup brings to ECS. Together, we are stronger!

When it's us vs. them, it's a Sounders unity.