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On March 14, ECS and Hellbent Brewing Company unveiled a brand new beer to enjoy on match days (and beyond), Take 'Em All Pale Ale. It's the first beer we've brewed with Hellbent, and it's currently available at the brewery, The Atlantic Crossing, Temple Billiards, Fuel Sports Bar, and inside CenturyLink Field at the craft beer stand near section 119. They're working on additional distribution to partner and subgroup partner pubs, and feel free to let your local pub know to contact the brewery if they'd be interested in putting it on tap.

If you're counting at home, the beer's stats are as follows: 5.3% ABV, 38 IBUs, and the hops are Mosaic, Cascade, Eukanot, Amarillo, Bravo. 

A very special shout out to Gareth and The Atlantic Crossing for hosting our event that night, and to the Sounders' Cristian Roldan, who poured the first Take 'Em All Pale Ale. Additionally, Cristian stopped by to accept his 2016 Jon Glyer Memorial Player of the Year Award, which is awarded to the player who embodies the mentality of ECS throughout the season. Congratulations to Cristian, and enjoy the beer!

 

 

December 10, 2016. Thousands of Brougham Faithful descended on Toronto, devouring every memory of the weekend they could. One local watering hole might have run dry of nearly all kegged beverages. It was a wild time. When one tries to sit back and recall MLS Cup weekend 2016, there are a few distinct memories, and many more clouded in a fog of delirium.

One memory will never fade. When it was all over, our boys in famous green, were standing on the podium hoisting MLS Cup for the first time. It's a snapshot that is sure to never fade from the memories of the almost two thousand Sounders who froze for 120 minutes singing away the ice trying to form in their lungs, nor from the hundreds of Sounders who waited in an airport parking lot to welcome home their heroes, nor from the tens of thousands of Sounders who marched victorious down 4th Avenue on a Tuesday afternoon.  
Today's display attempts to capture that feeling in time: The boys raising the Cup, the confetti falling, surrounded by their faithful with the knowledge that after what started as the worst season we've ever had, our heroes fought and brought home that star for our crest.  
Champions at last. 

Fast Facts:
- The curtain and text banner combine to make 4,800 square feet of painted fabric. 
- Around 40 volunteers worked for roughly 700 combined hours to build and deploy this display.
- 1300 cards formed the star and starburst in the lower section.
- 15 pounds of confetti were released from the upper deck level.

Wednesday night's Zach Scott Testimonial was a huge success, with 2,620 people coming to Memorial Stadium to say Farewell and Thank You to Mr. Sounder, Zach Scott. Between ticket sales, the auction, and donations, we raised $65,000 and increased awareness for charities important for Zach and his family. An event such as this requires a lot of work, and as such we have a lot of thanks to give today.

First and foremost, thank you to Zach Scott for being a player and a man who deserved this. Zach and his family were so gracious in working with us on this event, and their commitment to helping the community is an inspiration for us all. He will always be Mr. Sounder to us!

Thank you to all the players, it was great to see so many Sounders legends come back to help us honor Zach and show off what they’ve still got in the tank. Soccer in the Seattle area is strong because of guys like this who still care so much about each other, the Sounders, and the sport.

Thank you to all the ECS volunteers who helped make this happen. From tifo crew to our ticket sellers in the box office, to ticket scanners and the gameday crew leading the atmosphere, we couldn’t have done this without you. As a volunteer organization, everything we do is powered by the members who step up when asked.

Thank you to the Sounders FC! As partners on this project, we created a great event. From ticket launch and marketing to gameday operations, we came together to create and execute a plan to make this a special night for everyone. 

Thank you to the RAVE Foundation, for helping raise money by organizing and hosting the auction and scarves. It was a special opportunity for Sounders fans to get their hands on some rare and special memorabilia while helping raise funds for important causes!

A MASSIVE thank you to the Seattle Reign FC, for helping with the logistics of hosting a match at Memorial Stadium! From sharing experiences to sharing equipment, we could not have pulled this event off without the staff from the Reign.

Thank you to Ceres Roasting Company for doing all of the catering for the event and donating generously from the profits of the night to help further the charitable cause of the evening. It’s not a soccer match in Seattle without beer and meat pies!

Thank you to Hellbent Brewing Co for helping make the beer garden happen and keeping everyone warm with the magical powers of alcohol. We have high hopes for a long partnership!

Thank you to Bootstrapper Studios for making it possible to stream the match for the Sounders fans who were unable to attend. Thank you to Gregr and Manley for announcing, it was a lot of fun!

Last, and certainly not least, thank you to everyone who attended, donated, or participated in the online auction. Without you, we couldn’t have presented that check to Zach. It’s amazing what we can do together!

The ECS is happy to announce a livestream of tonight's Zach Scott Testimonial, thanks to our friends at Bootstrapper Studios! There is also an online silent auction and donation website open now, and ending after halftime. If you're unable to make it to Memorial Stadium to honor Zach's legacy and career with the Sounders, we hope you'll watch the stream and bid generously in the auction!

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVESTREAM

CLICK HERE FOR THE AUCTION

Today, the opposing head coaches of the Zach Scott Testimonial teams gathered in the hotel conference room in Charleston to draft their teams. They recorded the whole draft on Facebook Live, you can check it out below! Both teams include a few players added since the roster release earlier this week!

Team Ozzie
Defenders: Zach Scott, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Scott Jenkins
Midfielders: Chad Brown, Chris Henderson, Gonzalo Pineda, Hugo Alcaraz Cuellar, Nate Sturgis, Steve Zakuani, Michael Tetteh, Jake Sagare, Santa Maria Rivera
Forwards: Nate Jaqua, Roger Levesque, Viet Nguyen
Goalkeepers: Ben Dragavon, Chris Eylander

Team Brad
Defenders: Daniel Scott, Djimi Traore, Ezra Hendrickson, Kevin Sakuda, Ryan Edwards
Midfielders: Ben Somoza, Darren Sawatzky, Jacob Waxman, Jason Farrell, Leighton O'Brien, Sean Henderson
Forwards: Cam Weaver, Craig Tomlinson, Colin Rigby, Kevin Forrest, Kalei Scott
Goalkeepers: Kasey Keller, Jimmy Ward

At Zach's request, 100% of the proceeds from the match will be given to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund, the Seattle Sounders RAVE Foundation, and a college fund for his 3 children. Get your tickets now at MrSounder.com!