What better way is there to prepare for next season than by reflecting on the previous ones? 

What went well in 2012 (almost everything). What could use some improvement (not much).  Let’s face it, the ECS has consistently had the best tifo in MLS since 2009. The question is why. Well, our superiority can be summed up in three words: structure, talent, and support. 

The overall Tifo structure within the ECS has evolved over the last 4 seasons. In the old days, there were different individuals responsible for Tifo crews, FO communication, match day gear transportation and set up, and large scale choreo creation and deployment. There wasn’t even an official Tifo lead until the final choreo of the 2009 season. 

In 2010, we got a little more organized. Tifo crews were still picked by way of conversations through threads on the boards. The Sweatshop was responsible for getting everything to and from RBP on match day (a responsibility carried over from the previous season). And the Tifo Director took over FO communication and large scale choreo creation and execution. This was a landmark season for our Tifo. This was the season we pioneered the techniques that we still use to this day. This was the season we truly set ourselves apart from the rest of MLS. 

2011 was the season the rest of the world took notice. Because of that, credit must be given to our structure, our talent, and, most importantly, our support. This was the first time that we held a pre-season meeting to discuss match day set up crews and to bring in new crew members. Transportation and inventory responsibilities changed hands. And the Tifo Director took over managing tifo crews and maintained FO communication and choreo responsibilities. Our choreos took a monumental leap forward; not only in quantity but also in quality. Not only did we make almost as many choreos that season as we did in the two previous seasons combined, but the level of detail and execution we reached surpassed even our wildest dreams. Never would we have guessed that we would be deploying 26,000sqft choreos, a feat still unmatched by any MLS supporters group to date. In a word, dominance.

At the very beginning of the 2012 season, the tifo leads knew that they had their work cut out for them. They knew that to be successful and to maintain the high levels of excellence to which the ECS has become accustomed that they must stay focused. They were going to have to push themselves and not simply rest on their laurels. We had another pre-season meeting to pick match day setup crews. We recruited multiple artists to add new flavor to our choreos. We developed new deployment techniques. The problem was that we had already set the bar so high with our Decades of Dominance, We Predict a Riot, and Open Cup choreos (just to name a few) from the previous season, surpassing 2011 would prove challenging. 

How would we do this you ask? Again, talent and support. Thankfully, the ECS has an abundance of talented and supportive members. We just needed to identify them and utilize their strengths. You’d be amazed at how much help you can find when you ask for it. Sewing and drawing and painting, OH MY! Have you ever sewn together acres of fabric? We have. We put miles of thread through our poor sergers. We drew sharpies down to their roots. And countless (Literally. We didn’t count them.) gallons of paint were used to bring our beautiful choreos to life. These Herculean feats wouldn’t have been possible without the numerous man-hours selflessly volunteered by our membership. The most valuable resource that the ECS has at its disposal is our members. You can have all the structure and talent in the world, but unless you have the support to bring your visions to fruition, it won’t amount to anything.

That being said, we can always use more help. ANY current ECS member is welcome to help us make our large choreos. We typically work on weeknights late into the evening with the occasional Saturday/Sunday thrown in if needed. If you’ve ever wanted to get involved more with the ECS, then these Tifo parties are, by far, one of the best ways to do this. Artistic ability is not a prerequisite. All that is asked is a willingness to help and to learn. If you can put paint to fabric, then you’re already a pro. For more information, check out

Bring on 2013!

Written by  Tallguy

Why do we march? Why do we gather in Pioneer Square each matchday? Simple enough questions with simple enough answers.

We march for our club. It’s matchday after all. We sing for our lads from the terraces, why hesitate to gather and sing for them in the streets of our own city? You either bought season tickets and planned on being there anyway, or scrambled to barely get one for today. You wrote songs and you painted tifo. When it’s us versus them, it’s all for the club.

We march for our city. You can’t tell me that the Emerald City is not the most beautiful in Cascadia- if not the world. That skyline as you’re coming into town on I-5 or the ferry? Others can have a different opinion, but it’s wrong and my money is on Seattle. Ballard. Queen Anne. Cap Hill. Even Pike Place Market and those damn flying fish. I love this city, and I know you do, too.

We march for each other. Who else is going to be there when we “get to know our neighbor?” Who else pogos with you until you can’t jump anymore? Who do you grab a hold of in celebration as the boys put yet another one in the back of the net? But it’s more than just what we do on the terraces. We hangout together. Party together. Drink a shit-ton together. Why would you not want to be counted amongst your friends?

We march for tradition. The Emerald City Supporters have marched to Sounders home- and many away- matches since the founding of the ECS. Back in the USL days, twelve at times and twenty at others, we would drink our beers, gather our flags, and start singing on our way out the door. Oh, yeah, we got odd looks in Pioneer Square, but nobody knew we were trendsetters!

From the streets to the terraces, the March is our way to rally support from the pubs and bars. It’s how we announce who we are and why we’re here. It’s where we’ve been and where we’re going. It gets your voice warm and your blood pumping. Just in time for kick-off.

See you at the March!


For Immediate Release

Jan 10, 2013

Cascadia Supporters Groups Jointly Oppose Major League Soccer’s Claim of Ownership of Cascadia Cup Trademark

Portland, OR., Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, WA. — January 10, 2013 — The supporters groups in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver jointly oppose Major League Soccer’s claim of ownership of the Cascadia Cup trademark. The three supporters groups have jointly used the Cascadia Cup mark for many years and have been the rightful owners of the mark.

In response to recent statements and actions by MLS, the supporters groups recently formed a new entity, the Cascadia Cup Council, which acquired the supporters’ groups trademark rights in the Cascadia Cup mark.The Cascadia Cup Council will ensure that the mark remains in the hands of the very supporters who created it.

The Cascadia Cup Council recently filed a U.S. federal trademark registration application for the Cascadia Cup mark, and a registration application will likely be filed in Canada as well. The Cascadia Cup Council also intends to formally oppose Major League Soccer’s attempt to register the trademark that the public recognizes as a fan-created competition that predates Major League Soccer in Vancouver, Portland or Seattle.

Not only does the Cascadia Cup Council believe they rightfully own the trademark to Cascadia Cup but they also are of the belief they are the appropriate entity to protect the mark from third parties that are unaffiliated with the supporters groups in the Pacific Northwest.

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