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Clint Dempsey: Captain America, Deuce Face, Robert Green Abuser.

SEATTLE SOUNDER.

In the offseason Sounders business review meeting, general manager Adrian Hanauer told Alliance Members “We’re willing to spend more money if it means an MLS cup.”  Owner Joe Roth told us that money wouldn’t be an issue in signing a big DP, “If there is a player like Keane available, we will get him.” Today, these men have put their money where their mouth is.

Rumors put the transfer fee at $9 million and salary at $8 million per year for 4 years and for that price, on a pitch near you, Clint Dempsey will be wearing rave green.  He’ll be assisting on Oba-Goals, playing alongside his long-time friend, the league’s biggest Johnson, USMNT teammate Brad Evans and US U-20 player DeAndre Yedlin.  He’ll be abusing MLS keepers and giving opposing supporters across the MLS a new view of the Deuce Face. 

The Emerald City Supporters welcomes you to Seattle Clint, you’ll find that the skies are the bluest, the grass is the greenest and the salmon are the biggest.  We trust you’ll be quite at home here. 

 

And yes, you can borrow the ECS yacht any time you want to go fishing.

 

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By Greg Mockos

This is part two of a five part series about different styles of supporter culture from around the world.  If you missed part one on the English style of support, you can get caught up here.

The Continental European Style

The continental European style emerged slightly after the English style and added several components to supporter groups. Initially the continental European style was very similar to the English style, but traveling support had yet to catch on mainly due to the difficulty of travel in most European countries due to under developed rail systems. This changed drastically in the 50s and 60s as the infrastructure in European countries was vastly improved after the war. These improvements allowed for easier travel and shorter travel times resulting in growing away supporter travel.

The single largest contribution that the continental European style brought to supporter groups was the need for a more structure organization as the introduction of capo led-chants and tifo require coordination and management. These two components led to groups that had highly developed structure with defined roles for individuals. This process began in the 60s. The emergence of tifo in the continental European style occurred in the late 60s and early 70s as politics made their way into football. It is no secret that groups in most European countries had political ties- either to the left or the right. This is the direct consequence of the thesis stated at the beginning of this article, meaning that supporter groups in the 70s largely aligned themselves politically as a result of the predominant political trends in their respective countries, regions, or cities. Tifo emerged as way to communicate between rival groups and political factions within groups. At this point in time it is when you see the first rail banners and text banners emerge in the European terraces, better known as curves (from the Italian word “curva” which means round end of stadium where the supporter groups congregates in the cheap seats). Tifo was a communication tool initially between supporter groups and then evolved into somewhat of an art form with the goal of either demoralizing the rival supporters/team or inspiring the home team.

The Three Types of Supporter Style

By Greg Mockos

Football support is a global phenomenon whose expression deeply reflects the culture in the country, region, or even city the supported football club is located. Football support, as intended in this article, is defined as the collection of actions that supporters do on any given game day as part of an organized group of individuals. This includes chanting, singing, pogoing, waving flags, tifo, and anything that elevates your beloved team’s performance on the field. How supporter groups around the world enact each one of those actions is greatly determined by the local culture. This point would lead to say that, since there are tens of thousands of football clubs around the world, then there ought to be tens of thousands of supporting styles. This is largely true as each supporter group has its own ways of supporting and its own idiosyncrasies. However, supporting styles can be clumped generally into categories of styles. There are three major established styles of support: the English style, the continental European style, and the South American style. Most groups, whether they fall into the aforementioned regions or not, largely follow these styles or mimic certain components of each style. Over the next few weeks we're going to discuss each style type, starting today with the English style.

 

   

 

For Immediate Release

October 7, 2014

Cascadia Supporters Groups and Major League Soccer Reach Agreement on

Cascadia Cup Trademark

Portland, OR., Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, WA. —  Ahead of Friday’s Cascadia Cup match between the Sounders and the Whitecaps, the Emerald City Supporters, Timbers Army, and Vancouver Southsiders are pleased to announce we have reached an agreement with Major League Soccer in regards to the Cascadia Cup Trademark and its use around all MLS matches concerning the three Cascadian teams. The agreement was reached after a productive negotiation between the league and the Cascadia Cup Council (CCC) representatives, and the three supporter groups are pleased with the end result of the agreement.

The Cascadia Cup Council is encouraged by the fact that Major League Soccer recognizes the importance of the supporter-owned Cascadia Cup for the growth of soccer in the Cascadia Region. This agreement ensures that the Cascadia Cup will remain a supporter-owned cup.

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About the Cascadia Cup Council:  The Cascadia Cup Council is a recognized non-profit entrusted with the management of the Cascadia Cup.  The Council is made up of one representative from each of the three founding Cascadia Cup supporters groups.  For the 2014 season those individuals were Jeremy Wright - Timbers Army, Greg Mockos - Emerald City Supporters, Brett Bird -Vancouver Southsiders.

By Eric G

Portland away is for most ECS that I talk to the one away day that gets circled on the calendar when the new fixture list comes out before each season. For those of us that weren't really a part of the NASL or A-League/USL-1 days, it's pretty easy to see why, given that this derby is currently the fiercest, both on and off the pitch, in the league. It also features arguably the two best supporters groups in the league in terms of numbers, atmosphere, and tifo. And then there's the non-issue of dealing with border crossings and the post-9/11 ramifications of international travel that complicate travel to Vancouver for those with certain types of infractions on their records.

Back in the NASL days, Vancouver was by far the bigger deal in Cascadia, with hundreds of away supporters present and the visual senses stimulated by flags galore. Portland had a good start in 1975 but quickly petered out and honestly I don't remember much in the way of organized fan support from them, especially not compared to Vancouver. Unfortunately, being a wee lad back then, away travel wasn't in the cards (my parents didn't quite get the notion then of travelling to see the local team away from home, and certainly weren't going to send me off alone at that age!), so I didn't get to experience it other than seeing it on TV.