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By Carlos Bayne

Clad in Sounders gear, I arrived with my dad and sister to Northgate Park and Ride early.  On my shoulder, Angel Carlos says, "Ok, now be a good boy. Don't overindulge in drinking, be polite, be humble, and keep to yourself..." The Devil Carlos throat punches him and kicks him off. "Yeah right! Drink like a bastard, be loud and proud and I might think about keeping you from being injured, maimed, mugged, or killed!"

GAME ON!!  I punch the air for dramatic flair.

We scan the parking lot to figure out which bus will have a keg of beer to supplement our 6 pack of Fremont Summer Ale. We are giddy as school children as we board the Rosales #10 bus, a player we have created a drinking game to go along with his on field play.

The bus started rolling down the highway and in a hot minute we realized ALL THE BUSES HAVE KEGS, we’re in trouble! But then I see my new friends have a cooler of margarita mix. And Jell-O shots.  And strawberry moonshine.  And now we’re going to eat the strawberries that have been soaking in the moonshine?  Someone started passing food around and sharing it amongst our fellow passengers.  More No Equal in my red Solo cup and someone points out that I need a shot of Jameson in that. WTF, poured from a Cuervo bottle that's crossed out with a Sharpie? Oh my god, this is hilarious. More food: cupcakes then Salvadorian bites.  Meeting new people, making new friends, trying new things and having a good time, this is everything I’d imagined and so much more!

We stop at a rest stop and there's a mass exodus for the door. The ECS gathers its troops around the kegs for inverted drinking!! Well... I’ve never done a keg stand in my life, but this is a trip of firsts so next think I know I'm hanging upside down wondering how I do this? F it. I'll figure it out or drown trying. I draw my brew, and more brew and more. Finally, I couldn't hold myself anymore much less drink. I gracefully dismount my trusty keg and stand on my feet triumphantly. I raise my arms, WIN FOR ME! The crowd applauds the performance. Where's my family?  Did anyone get photos of that epic life milestone?

The ECS has managed to corral us drunken idiots onto buses not only once, but twice.  Our bus captains tells us that if you aren't here, raise your hand.  No one does, so we resume our northbound journey with more singing, drinking, and music.

The ECS customs negotiation experts facilitate all the buses clearing customs with no issue and we arrive at BC Place without incident.  After gathering in a plaza to collect our tickets, we marched into BC Place in full force without any issues. I tip my cap to the ECS travel monkeys.

Then the match is finally here! We came to drink, we came to sing, whoa, whoa... Whitecaps score almost immediately. C'mon Seattle!  FIGHT AND WIN!  We get to know our neighbors, who have now become our drinking buddies and the drum leads us in an endless pogo.

Beyond half time Whitecaps score again, 2-0. Doesn't seem to diminish the spirit or the singing of the ECS. I love these guys, but I hope they realize there is a match going on. I dig deep and with our tireless mentality, we will show Vancouver we can rock this for the full 90 minutes!  The scoreline doesn’t change in our favor but the atmosphere is relentless. 

After a disappointing loss we trudge back onto the bus, the energy of the ride up is nowhere to be found.  Exhausted from a full 90, an angel of mercy gave my sister and I some Advil and I passed out, waking up only when we had pull in to the Northgate P&R some 12 hours later.  

If I wasn't a Sounders FC fan or ECS fan before the trip, I definitely am now! The feeling of community, warmth and concern was outright, which I can say is something I've searching for quite some time.  Some of my new ECS family that were on the bus reached out the next day to check in and see if I had recovered from my hangover. Thankfully my migraine had subsided and one of my new friends told me about our next trip, "If you thought that was epic, you should be on the bus to Portland to chop some Timbers!"  I wouldn’t miss it, and maybe I’ll bring the moonshine blackberries!

Eternally grateful,

Carlos Bayne

 

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By Shawn Wheeler

Champions League.  Liga Campeones. 

For supporters around the world, these words bring forth great excitement.  It’s the pinnacle of club competition within each federation, and most supporters go their whole lives dreaming of seeing their club play in these competitions.  In Seattle, we’ve been extremely fortunate to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League in each our first 3 seasons in MLS.  Our results have been decent, but nothing to give the club the international respect that both ownership and supporters crave. 

The day the group stages ended the knockout stage bracket revealed the daunting task of potentially facing three Liga MX clubs on the road to Champions League glory.  Our first round opponent UANL Tigres from Monterrey, Mexico would be the first step on our path to Champions League history and earning that international respect.  And there was not a chance in hell that I’d miss it.

When the Sounders took the field March 6th in Monterrey they faced the largest crowd they had ever played in front of outside of Royal Brougham Park: 32,807 Tigres fans and 3 ECS members.  When they looked around the stadium taking in the atmosphere, we could see the look on each of their faces as they recognized us and they were not alone.  It was a look of surprise, relief and respect.  It’s a look that waters my eyes and warms my heart every time I see it.  As they smiled and applauded back to us, the coaching staff and bench players came out of the dugout to join them.  In that moment there was just us, united in our battle for Champions League glory.

The match itself is mostly a blur, a repetitive motion of our midfield losing possession and our defense making desperate clearances.  The home supporters were amazing, maintaining a high energy level for the full 90 minutes.  As the second half progressed and our defense remained stalwart, I could feel the nervous energy of the crowd building.  At several points the stadium exploded in response to a close effort or in encouragement during a prolonged attack by the home team.  When Tigres finally converted an opportunity into a goal, the whole building shook.  And yet, we had our opportunities to counter.  Eddie Johnson had some narrowly missed chances to pull even.  After their 1-0 loss, the Tigres fans were very friendly in the stadium, on the walk back to the car and around town the next day.

Though the result of the away leg may not have been what we desired escaping Northern Mexico with only a 1 goal deficit gave coaches, players and supporters a confidence that we could make history by becoming the first MLS club to eliminate a Liga MX club from CCL.  Just one week later, we returned home to Royal Brougham Park and did exactly that.  Our champions league hopes were dashed on the streets of Torreon a few weeks later.  You've missed your last chance now for CCL away, next time be sure to make the supporters dream come true by supporting the club around the world!

 

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We sing for you, fight for us

The idea behind this choreo is simple: We are here to sing for the Sounders, to support them win, lose, or draw.  We will support in full voice as long as they are on the field.  We expect the same level of passion for the entire match from the players on field.  

Fight for us, for each other, and for yourself. As we give everything for our team, do the same for us on the field.

 

 

What did it take to make this display?

The scarf is 176ft long, and 16ft tall.  The 4,000 smaller scarves are the scaled down at the same dimensions and reflect the background color of the large scarf.

Time-wise we are good at what we do.  This display was done in 20 man-hours, courtesy of the members of Emerald City Supporters.

 

Want to help with future displays?

These choreos aren't free & take many hours to complete.  Coming to a tifo session is a great chance to meet new members, and get more involved in ECS. If you want to donate time then check here http://www.weareecs.com/multimedia/tifo.  

If you'd like to make a financial donation, you can do so here: http://www.weareecs.com/join/donate

Both of which are EXTREMELY appreciated

Up the Sounders.  Up the ECS

 

Cascadia Away - On Sale on Sunday, 9 June at 8pm PST.

That's right! It's time for the first of the Cascadia Trips to go on sale! We'll be invading Canada on 6 July in the quest to return the Cascadia Cup to it's rightful home. This is the ONLY trip up there this season, and tickets will go FAST. Don't get gshut down like a forward trying to get a gshot past Gspurning!

But wait, there's MORE! Did we mention that you'll have a chance to get your hands on Portland away tickets as well?

Uh-oh. We've said too much. Naughty monkeys. But mark down the date, and make sure your 2013 membership is active and up to date! This is a members-only event, and you WON'T want to miss out!

Love and bananas,

ECS Travel Monkeys

 

April Happy Hour

When: Saturday, April 27th at 5:30pm

Where: Temple Billiards

What: Happy Hour & 2013 Mentality Launch

The Emerald City Supporters are proud to announce “2013 Mentality Gear,” the official men and women’s apparel line of the ECS. Designed to make the best looking supporters in MLS look even better, Mentality Gear is a collection of stylish apparel designed for the best male and female supporters in the league. This casual clothing line is subtle and perfect for all match days, ECS events, and social occasions. Mentality Gear can also be easily accented with your ECS scarf or Sounders FC scarf.

Come see the new Mentality line at the April Happy Hour at Temple. Limited samples will be available for you to try on and pre-ordering will begin at the event. This will be one of the few opportunities to see and order gear so don't miss out!

About the ECS Monthly Happy Hours

Many have asked, “What's the best way to get involved in ECS and really get to know the members?” Match day is usually the worst time as most of us are busy fulfilling differing roles for ECS operations (tifo, capo, street team, etc.). That is why we have created the monthly happy hours for people to come out when most of our members are really able to relax and have a drink away from the chaos. Everyone is invited to join whether you are an ECS member or not!

We encourage anyone who wants to meet new people, find out how you can get more involved, or just have a pint with friends to join us. This is the perfect opportunity to really get to know some of the leadership and other members in a very casual environment, as well as let them get to know you. Feel free to come by yourself or with other friends who might be interested in the ECS and Sounders. The happy hours will rotate every month

Mentality is now on sale!


You can preorder the new Mentality line through May in the ECS Store here: 2013 ECS Mentality Gear