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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

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.