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Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, B.C.  — The representatives of the Cascadia Cup Council in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver have jointly agreed that the results of the following regular season matches will count toward awarding of the Cascadia Cup in 2018:

  • Saturday, June 30th, Sounders v Timbers
  • Saturday, July 21st, Sounders v Whitecaps
  • Saturday, August 11th, Timbers v Whitecaps
  • Sunday, August 26th, Timbers v Sounders
  • Saturday, September 15th, Whitecaps v Sounders
  • Sunday, October 28th, Whitecaps v Timbers

As in past years, the Cascadia Cup rules and tiebreakers for these six matches are as follows:

  • 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw
  • The team with the most points after all six Cascadia Cup matches is the winner

Tiebreakers are, in order:

  1. Greater number of points earned in matches between the teams concerned
  2. Greater goal difference in matches between the teams concerned
  3. Greater number of goals scored in matches between the teams concerned
  4. Re-apply first three criteria if two or more teams are still tied
  5. Greater goal difference in all cup matches
  6. Greater number of goals scored in all cup matches
  7. Smaller number of disciplinary points in all cup matches (yellow = 1 point, red = 2 points)

The result of the Sunday, May 13th match between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders will not be considered toward awarding the Cascadia Cup.

The Cascadia Cup Council regrets that Major League Soccer made this decision necessary by scheduling an unbalanced number of matches among the three teams. Supporters of all three Cascadia Cup teams prefer a balanced schedule going forward, meaning that making such determinations would not be required.

About the Cascadia Cup Council: The Cascadia Cup Council is a recognized not-for-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. The current Cascadia Cup Council representatives are: Fernando Machicado - Timbers Army; Heather Satterberg - Emerald City Supporters; and Peter Czimmermann - Vancouver Southsiders.

 

 

The Sounders set sail from Seattle in a storm, disappointed with how last season ended and a clear goal this season to host MLS Cup. Our ship is battle worn and shows the scars of previous seasons. But with those battles comes experience and the crew has celebrated the start of the MLS 10th season with a new hashmark on the bow. This ship is ready for war: we want all the plunder and we will take no prisoners.

TakeNoPrisoners

This 3 piece display is 9,500 square feet of fabric sewn together with over 2000 feet of seams, used over 40 gallons of paint and includes 700 small flags to extend the waves from the curtain into the ECS section. It was produced in one session of 12 days with Thursday’s CCL display by dozens of ECS members totaling approximately 500 hours of work. Tifo projects like this aren’t possible without the help of our volunteers and we need your help. For more information on how to get involved check the tifo production box on our volunteer form, visit the tifo forum and follow ECSTifo on twitter. We have lots of opportunities throughout the year!

Photo Credit: Joe Towner / PNWMF

The 2018 Sounders season starts with a return to CONCACAF Champions League play and the opportunity to climb to new heights. By winning the 2016 MLS Cup, the Sounders qualified for this Champions League campaign and completed their collection of domestic trophies. The display draws inspiration from the Cascade mountain range with each of our US Open Cup, Supporters Shield and MLS Cup trophies atop a peak, and sun behind Mt Rainier shows our aspirations of claiming Champions League glory.

Tifo ClimbHigher

Tifo projects like this aren’t possible without the help of our volunteers and we’d love your help. For more information and email updates on how to help, check the tifo production box on our volunteer form and follow ECSTifo on twitter.

Photo Credit: Joe Towner / PNWMF

The Emerald City Supporters are always looking for volunteers to help out with various facets of the organization, and right now we're looking to grow our merch and tifo crews. These teams offer both matchday and non-matchday roles, and there are all sorts of great ways to get involved.

Merch Team

Our Merch Team is responsible for designing, shipping, and selling all of our gear. From pint glasses and membership kits to bags and clutches made from recycled tifo displays, this team ensures you have a variety of options to represent the boys where ever you go.

In 2018 we have easy ways for you to get involved, with a wide range of time commitments! We need volunteers to:

  • join us for merch shipping nights
  • sell merch in the concourse prior to home matches
  • work our table at block parties, away viewings, or away trips
  • collaborate with our Design Team to create new items.

Without volunteers, we're not able to provide fresh designs and deliver your orders, and we appreciate the time you can offer!

Come join us for our first informational session of the year on Saturday, January 13, and stick around to help us make a dent in packing 2018 membership kits! Can't make it on Saturday? Watch the forums for more information about upcoming shipping events and other opportunities!

Tifo Crew

The ECS tifo team needs your help to continue to do what we do and to push to new levels! With the 2018 season coming fast, planning for our matchday crews and choreo design and production teams is underway. WE NEED YOU!

  • Matchday tifo crews are responsible for the transportation, setup, and tear down of our flags, capo stands, drums, rail banners, etc on matchday. We are having a meeting soon for new members and we need your help! Visit the forum for more information.

  • The ECS design team works on everything from stickers to the biggest choreos. We need your ideas and your skills to continue to raise the bar on everything we do! Please reach out to us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Twitter!

  • Our choreo production team does the sewing, drawing and painting of the displays that fill the Brougham End. The team works hard in short sprints to accomplish this work, often going 5 hours a day for 2 weeks straight in the evenings and on weekends. There’s no skills required - everything can be taught! We often have security lists for certain sessions, so even if you think you might be able to come, you should always sign up. A few hours per person goes a long way in helping us finish each job. If you can commit to just ONE DAY out of the whole year, it will be an immense help. We need a lot more volunteers just to maintain the standards we’ve set and to continue to become bigger and better in the years to come.

Our first production sessions of the year are upcoming on January 21st and January 28th-February 10th. For information on production sessions throughout the year, get on the tifo production email list by checking the box on our volunteer form and look for details on the forum.

40 years is a great milestone for any club, and we wanted to celebrate the beginning of our 40th year with something that reminded our players of the history of the Sounders, and inspired them to add their time with the club to that history.

The Concept
A multi staged deployment consisting first of a bookshelf with notable players named on the bindings, and small trophies celebrating our 4 championships.  Second, a book of Sounders history with pages for each era, NASL, USL, and MLS, and a blank page with a quill and ink suggesting to continue the Sounders legacy.

Players
Choosing players we wanted a combination of different types of players and what they meant to the club.  NASL was filled with a number of legendary players like Geoff Hurst and Bobby Moore.  We thought a reminder of the caliber of player that put on the jersey was fitting for this era. 

For USL we wanted to acknowledge the work horses of the club, the players that would give their all for the crest and, while may not have had the name recognition as their NASL counterparts, were just a vital to the club’s history.

For MLS we decided to do a mixture of both of the previous eras, along with something acknowledging each ECS Player of the Year for their commitment to the supporters and the city. 

Production
We started sewing the material together in early February. Over the course of two days we sewed together all 28,000sqft which was over 1.5 miles of seams. We used up to four sewing machines at a time, each with a team of 3 or 4 to complete the assembly.

Painting the display took 3 weeks, with over 40 volunteers puting in as much time as they could afford, usually working about 8hrs a night. Fun (totally coincidental) fact, this display took 74 gallons of paint. The card portion of the display took 2 nights to prep with each of the 7,500 cards hand cut by volunteer ECS members.

The level of ingenuity, creativity, and efficiency our volunteers bring is something to behold. We’re truly grateful for all their help. These couldn’t happen with their loyal support and love for the Sounders.

Deployment

Pulleys, ropes, and brute strength were required to raise the bookcase and open the book to show the club's history.  We'll let the display speak for itself.

 

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