I just realized I will be turning 30 shortly. And of those 30 years, I have spent the last 4-5 years supporting, socializing, and making friendships within our ranks and I have loved every bit of it. What I also realized was that, albeit young, the Sounders are in year 4 of MLS presence and that the ECS has a bit of its own history in the MLS era that newer members may not be aware of. So, I want to take you on a bit of a historical journey of where the ECS was in 2008 (yes officially the season started in 2009, but a lot was going on in 2008) and how far it has come until now. I will be dividing the historical journey into installments based on years. The first one, for 2008, is included below with the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and beyond stories to follow in the following newsletters.