By ECS Leadership

You’ve seen them, they’ve blocked your view, you’ve heard people complain about them. The BFFs (AKA big fucking flags) are an integral part of ECS support. BFFs are a very impactful element of color and add a fluid dynamic to the Brougham End. BFFs first made their appearance in the ECS section back in 2008 season of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) season. The first one was made of cotton, a mistake as it weighed a ton and did not wave well. The next batch of flags was three silk flags that you can still see waived in the Brougham End today. Sewn by hand, these flags in 2008 added a great visual impact to a group that typically relied on smaller personal flags and two poles.


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 Steve Collins and Rob Scott

Designing Build a Bonfire:

The design of this display started as it always does, tossing ideas around a table. After the initial concept of the Four Horsemen, the extra touches of a burning forest and torches being wielded by our players was added.

We wanted to challenge ourselves with this display by taking things a step further with the detail, size, and production techniques. We used spray paint for the first time on a large display, which gave the design another layer and helped bring it to life, which paid off in the final result.

The selection of players to include in the design was also an easy choice. We wanted to pick a group of players that represented different qualities on our team. Eddie Johnson and his finishing ability, Mike Gspurning and his solid presence in the net, Ozzie Alonso and his relentless defensive tenacity, and Brad Evans for his versatility and tireless play.

Build a bonfire production:

This choreo took 3 weeks to “make”. And that is just the sewing, drawing, and painting. The conceptual phase took much longer. In truth, we were kicking around this idea for months, constantly revising the image, before we started production. Anywhere from 10-20 people helped each day we sewed/drew/painted. Over 25 people helped set up the choreo and almost 50 helped with deployment. 

The total size is approximately 37,000 sqft. Around 70 gallons of paint were used for 100% coverage of all 6 segments. Almost 3,000 cards were used in the wing sections of the Brougham End to help “blank” those sections and focus attention back on the display. We used 35 ropes to hoist the curtains.

Tifo is a labor of love. Tifo nights are very long and they bleed together into very longs weeks. Typically everyone goes and makes a living at their day job, and then we all meet up around 5pm and work until 10pm or later each weekday, weekends we usually start at noon.

We can't say enough about all the ECS members who selflessly and tirelessly offer up their free time to help bring these choreos to life. But rather then rambling on and heaping sappy piles of praise on everyone I’ll simply say this: Up the Sounders and Up the ECS!

If you want to be involved in Brougham End tifo displays in the future, we can help you get your season tickets in the Brougham End! Fill out our season ticket form and we'll work with the Sounders ticket staff to get you moved to the Brougham End.  As always, our members get priority for these types of perks, so make sure your membership is current!