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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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Photo credit: Max Aquino

As soon as we clinched the Western Conference Championship and another trip to Toronto for MLS Cup, we knew what we had to do. Going on the road in a hostile stadium against a team looking to avenge their 2016 MLS Cup loss, the Sounders were going to have to defend together. To defend our cup would require all of us, whether we played, supported in BMO Field's rafters or watched from home. For those who couldn't travel, we carried them with us on the back of the "SOUNDERS" banner. We united together in defense of our cup and gave it our best effort, but we came up short.

The 2018 season is right around the corner. Practice starts in January, Champions League starts in February, MLS starts in March, Open Cup starts in June, and MLS Cup wraps it all up in December. To get back to the top, we must remember:

We are all Sounders.
We fight for each other.
We win together.

Display stats:
The 3 text banners were 10' tall and totaled 120' wide.
Every seat in the away section had a flag, over 1100 total.
The display was transported over 2000 miles from Seattle to Toronto, with other gear arriving from around the country thanks to our regional subgroups.
The SOUNDERS banner was signed by innumerable Sounders fans and supporters throughout the week, either for themselves or family and friends who would travel to Toronto with us in that way.

We are all Sounders, we fight for each other and we defend together! And for that reason ECS is inviting all Sounders fans to be part of our tifo at the 2017 MLS Cup final. During the MLS Cup ticket pickup windows, a banner will be available for fans to sign. Whether you’re there to pick up your ticket or able to come by to sign your name, we’ll carry you with us to Toronto and you’ll be part of our support. If you’re not local but want to participate, ask a friend or tweet using #WeAreAllSounders to connect with someone to write your name! If you’re coming to sign, please check the hashtag, write a few names on the banner and let them know! 

As with the display from the previous round, this was inspired by Brian Schmetzer’s emotional letter. We love the message he shared and we wanted to include everyone in this display. With over 6400 flags throughout the Brougham End, we showed that we are all Sounders, fighting together to defend our MLS Cup. Whether you're on the field, in the stands or watching from around the world, you're part of this!

The 3 text banners are each 10' tall and 100' wide, and our ECS Tifo team produced this in 2 nights. The 6400 flags is the most we've used in a display, our volunteers set them all up in about 90 minutes. If you're interested in getting involved in producing, setting up, or deploying tifo, let us know here!

Photo Credit: Joe Towner / PNWMF

Our beloved Sounders have made it to the MLS Cup Final, and we’re going to Toronto, again!

As with 2016, ECS has been provided access to a limited allotment of tickets, which will be made available to current (read: 2017) ECS members.

Tickets will go on sale at approximately 11:30PM PT tonight. Tickets are $99. Yes, we know this is significantly more expensive than last year. ECS has, however, bought these tickets down to double digits, and is covering the credit card fees associated with each purchase. You can direct your ire at MLS and Toronto for increasing prices over the 2016 MLS Cup Final by more than 50%.

Current members can purchase one (1) ticket to the final. After 12PM PT on Friday, December 1, current members can purchase a second ticket, should there be any remaining. We are not selling any more memberships at this time, and the sales cutoff was September 30.

Tickets will be distributed in person, at one location (time TBD, expected to be Thursday, December 7) in Seattle and at least one location in Toronto on Saturday, December 9. You will need to have photo identification to pick up your ticket(s) at either location. Other specific details on the purchase of tickets can be found on the ticket purchase page in the ECS shop.

THESE TICKETS ARE NOT FOR THIRD PARTY / SECONDARY MARKET SALE. IF YOUR TICKET IS FOUND ON A SECONDARY MARKET, YOU WILL NO LONGER HAVE ACCESS TO FUTURE TICKETS FOM ECS. YES, WE TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. YES, WE WILL KNOW IT IS YOUR SPECIFIC TICKET.

We have improved the ticket buying experience to the best of our ability. Please note that we are not a massive multinational ticket vendor, so please be patient when completing your purchase process. Now is not the time to be asking our webmaster to update your email address or other contact information.

You must have a valid passport (for air, land, or sea) or Enhanced Driver’s License (for land or sea) to enter Canada. Yes, we’re reminding you of this for a reason.

See you in Toronto.