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When the Sounders signed Osvaldo Alonso in 2008, he was a 23 year-old with one year of professional experience in the United States. He was relatively unknown at the time, but over the 8+ seasons he has played for the Sounders, Ozzie has earned the reputation for being one of the best defensive midfielders in MLS history. Earlier this year, he surpassed 20,000 minutes (about 14 DAYS) played in his MLS career, and on Saturday in Yankee Stadium he played in his 300th Sounders match. In that time, he's filled his personal trophy case with 4 US Open Cups, a Supporters Shield, and an MLS Cup.

This display celebrates Ozzie’s 300th match and plays off the nickname earned by his fierce gameplay and leadership of the team: "El Corazon de los Sounders" (The Heart of the Sounders). The display is 3 panels, each one 34’x15’ and our tifo production team completed this in 3 days. In a fun twist, due to the uncertainty of when Ozzie would reach 300, this display was designed and produced with flexibility to be deployed at either Starfire or RBP.

Photo Credit: Brendan Vaughn

The Sounders 2016 MLS Cup championship makes things right in the world. For the previous year, the most successful club in Cascadia had been usurped by an imposter. But Brian Schmetzer’s Rave Green Army reclaimed the throne for the Rightful King and claimed the MLS Cup as a spoil of war. The king sits upon his throne in the Emerald City and looks out upon his realm, the waves in the northern waters and the happy little trees in the southern forest.

The Rightful King

We chose Brian Schmetzer to represent the Sounders on the throne because of his lifetime of contributions to the club. Brian’s career with the Sounders started at the age of 17 when he signed for the NASL Sounders directly out of high school. His professional playing career took him across the country before he returned to Seattle as the head coach of the USL Sounders in 2002. After serving as an assistant coach for the MLS squad starting in 2009, Brian was named head coach in July 2016 and led the club on an amazing run to the 2016 MLS Cup.

This display is 12,500 sq feet of material and used about 70 gallons of paint. With sewing and painting, our choreo production team knocked this out in about a week.

Tifo projects like this aren’t possible without the help of our volunteers and we’d love your help. For more information, check the tifo production box on our volunteer form!

Photo Credit: Joe Towner/PNWMF

Over the last few days, our city has felt the loss of one of our most talented sons in Chris Cornell. The possibility that he may have taken his own life drives that pain a little deeper.

Some of you may have also heard that one of our own, a veteran and member of ASG, lost the battle with his own demons. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts, and beg of you - if you feel like you have no other option - to recognize that we're all here for you. Talk to anyone here, reach out to a crisis line, but do not feel like you are alone. For many of our veterans in Seattle and beyond, this sport, this club, and this group are their family, their informal support group, their therapy. For them, for us all, let's come together as one voice. Eternal blue, forever green, Sounders 'til we die.

For anyone reading this - we ask that if you see someone, anyone, that might need a shoulder to lean on, or you think you could be of assistance to someone, please do so. We're all brothers, sisters, family, no matter what. We're proud to share that for Saturday's Military Appreciation Match, ECS / ASG had 22 members participate on the field to help with an on field display and to honor our fallen ASG member.

Thank you for supporting the Sounders and your fellow members in any way you can.

Sometimes you just gotta talk shit. And your first home game against the team you defeated to win the championship is one of those times. You may remember the arrogance of Toronto FC leading up to MLS Cup and their tifo claiming that their time had come. We all know how well that worked out for them, but just in case they may have pushed them from memory, we wanted to remind them that their trophy case still sits empty while ours has grown yet again. The design of this display started in a conversation late in the night after Roman Torres buried the game winning penalty kick, as we rode the train back to the Loose Moose to celebrate. 2016 was a roller coaster, but no one can deny that it was our time. 2017 is a celebration, and we’re here to remind the league that nothing is more powerful than Seattle Sounders.

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This display included our first card switch, as we started with red cards to create Toronto’s empty trophy case and then changed to green cards to create our trophy case with the MLS cup in it. The display also included painting 3 MLS Cups, bringing the season total to 4. Being insufferable isn’t easy, that cup is curvy!

Image from Max Aquino Photography

"Soccer for All" is more than just about ticket prices. It's also a mentality which firmly believes that soccer needs to be available to people to play, regardless of age, body type, gender, or skill level. ECS Pub League embraces this concept.
 
The league, currently entering its tenth season, originally started to in 2012 with around 40 people, and has grown into a league of over 120 players spanning two divisions and eight teams. The Championship (Lower) division is designed for beginners and promotes the idea that an adult who has never touched a soccer ball can learn the game in an environment which promotes development, team play, and fun over results. The Premier (Upper) division is designed for players who are ready to take the next step and embrace a more competitive environment but are not quite ready to make the jump to ECS FC's GSSL or indoor teams. The games are played Saturday mornings at the Rainier Boys and Girls Club in the Rainier Valley, and the spring season kicks off on Saturday, April 1 at 11AM.
 
ECS Premier (Upper Division)

Premier Jerseys

Meeseeks FC - Sponsored by Flatstick Pub, coached by Bart Leslie and Ben Fox
Scum and Villainy - Sponsored by Hellbent Brewing, coached by Nicholaus Biela and Tom Biro
Inter Redonk - Sponsored by #WeAreKyle, coached by Kyle Gassler and Shane Porcincula
Benchwarmers United - Sponsored by ErnieCorp, coached by Anton and Andrew Erne

2016 Fall Champions: Die-Hoff Mannschaft

ECS Championship (Lower Division)

Championship Jerseys

Space Balls: The Pub League Team - Sponsored by Constellation and Co., coached by Molly Wagner and Jacob Bush
Sea of Green - Sponsored by Atlantic Crossing, coached by Bob Uhlenkott and Greg Potter
Go to Ale FC - Sponsored by Hellbent Brewing, coached by Ian Tucker
WWFC - Sponsored by Jake, coached by Kelsey Gallo

2016 Fall Champions: Mr. Potter's Fantastic Beasts