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What can be said about Zach Scott that hasn’t been said in his career? The epitome of what it means to be a Sounder. 15 years for our boys in famous green. No other club but that of Seattle. From Gonzaga to USL to MLS, Zach has sacrificed blood, sweat, and well, we can’t say tears because legend has it, a single tear from his eye would cause mass flooding across the globe.

We’ve sung about Sounders Legends in the past, but Zach is in his own category. 349 appearances for the club. He is always proving the naysayers wrong. Quiet off the field, always deflecting any praise sent to him back to his teammates and coaching staff. He doesn’t want the limelight, he wants to compete, do his job, and secure glory for this club.

Upon hearing rumors of Zach’s retirement, we immediately decided we had to honor him with one more display. ECS has paid tribute to Mr Sounder twice before (Hang 10 and 300 matches). This time, simply a thank you for years of dedication to our club.

Fast Facts:

  • The Mahalo Curtain is 100 feet wide and 60 feet tall. It took 23 gallons of paint to complete.
  • The Zach portrait was 36 feet tall by 36 feet wide. It was drawn, painted, and completed in 3 hours by eight highly motivated ECS members.
  • In the lower level of the Supporters Section, our members held up their ECS scarves from the year they joined the group, symbolizing the number of years they have enjoyed and appreciated Zach's play.

One club men are extremely rare. Nearly unheard of in modern sports. We're going to miss Zach's hard nosed, take no prisoners style of play in years to come. But he is family. He is Ohana. He will always be a Sounder.

We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at the Zach Scott Testimonial on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $10.20.

Mahalo, Zach.

Tickets for the Zach Scott Testimonial on March 1st, 2017 will be available on Monday, October 24th at 9am. Tickets will be sold via Brown Paper Tickets at zachscotttestimonial.brownpapertickets.com.

Tickets start at $10.20 (a nod to Zach’s MLS jersey number) for the upper grandstands and $20 for the lower grandstand. Current (2016 or 2017) members of the Emerald City Supporters will have exclusive access to South Grandstand Lower level tickets via an access code provided in the forum. A premium field level standing area behind the East goal will be available for $50 and includes non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

In order to ensure all fans and supporters are able to attend this event, and because of our belief in soccer for all, we’ve kept ticket prices very low. All proceeds from the match will be disbursed at the request of Zach Scott and his family. If you’d like to make an additional financial contribution, you can change the price of your tickets when purchasing. If you’re unable to attend but would like to donate to the cause, you can do so HERE.

For more information about the testimonial, check out the announcement from September 15.

The story of today's choreo begins with the 5/24/2014 away trip to BC Place. Looking out at the skyline from our bus on the way home, we noticed a resemblance between the sinister silhouette of BC Place's masts and the thorny crown of the Night King from Game of Thrones. As we talked about the idea, we realized that the analogy was a great fit: our city, our club, and our boys are the final point of defense against against an old, white-clad threat from across our Northern border, and we are Sounders 'till we die, just as a crow's watch ends only at death.

We designed the concrete aspects of the image to support this conceptual foundation: supporters at the top of the wall along with the text "We Are the Watchers On the Wall", to emphasize our connection with and commitment to our boys on the pitch, and a Sounders ranger of the Night's Watch defeating the BC-Place-throned monster as a representation of our boys defeating our northern Cascadian foe.

Of course, the value of an idea lies in using it, and we had great work from our volunteers, starting with the excellent (and challenging!) artwork created by our designer, to the work done by our team to sew, draw, and paint the banners, and finally from our 30-person deployment team.

Facts:

  • The display is comprised of a 100'x55' curtain, a 100'x70' overhead, and approximately 2,500 cards.
  • About 80 volunteers put in approximately 800 hours of work during production
  • We used 24 gallons of paint on the image. Despite the large amount of whitespace, painting was very labor intensive due to the amount of detail on the Night King and supporters silhouette.

All ECS members are invited and encouraged to come meet their fellow supporters and participate in a tifo making session. Follow @ECSTifo for more information or you can email your questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please also like Emerald City Supporters on Facebook to stay up to date with ECS events including tifo.

Tifo projects such as this are supported by the sale of our membership kits and by donations.

Zach Scott has embodied the spirit of the Seattle Sounders for a decade and a half. He’s never been the most talented or highest paid player on the roster, but his seemingly tireless effort and commitment to doing whatever the team needs has earned him a permanent spot in the hearts of fans, supporters and even his fellow players. In an era and league where players regularly move between teams, Zach has bled Rave Green (and some blue and white, too) his entire career. With 348 (and counting!) appearances for the Seattle Sounders over his 15 year career, we have many memories of Zach making crunching tackles or scoring critical goals. With that in mind, let’s all join together to make one more grand memory for Mr. Sounder, Zach Scott.

As there are not enough words to express our admiration, respect, and thanks for Zach’s time with the club, we’ve decided to take a different approach as he hangs up his boots from his playing career.

For the first time in our history, the Emerald City Supporters have teamed up with the Seattle Sounders to host a testimonial match for Zach on March 1, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. Tickets will start at $10.20 and will be available for sale on October 24, 2016. More information on ticket availability and other details will be published on weareecs.com or our social media channels in the near future.

It's true. Saturday's match in San Jose is an important one when it comes to the Sounders' chances of making the playoffs this season. Just a couple months ago, the basement of the standings was more of a good bet for us.

Since then, we've had a bunch of ups and a couple of downs. Mostly ups, thankfully. Our newest designated player, Nico Lodeiro, was named player of the month for August. The boys beat Portland at home. Román Torres is back. However, Clint Dempsey is on the shelf with a heart condition, and the boys dropped points in Portland two weeks ago.

It's safe to say that a rested team with the bulk of its firepower back in action shows promise, though. It's also safe to say that the group of travelers heading to San Jose don't need a massive bar or a Shirt Free Zone to be tempted into going to a soccer match. They're there for one thing - to support the Sounders.

For the Quakes, this match is just as critical. While they currently hold the sixth and final playoff spot in the West, they stand just one point ahead of Seattle after 26 matches played. Both clubs will be looking to gain ground on (or catch up to) Vancouver and Portland, who have played 28 matches to date, as the regular season comes to a close.

Forget what the "experts" say for a moment. Forget what the Sounders looked like two or three months ago. Focus on the here and now, the fact that the club has turned a major corner since Brian Schmetzer took the helm, and the fact that we still don't care about the Heritage Cup, but will gladly take it away from San Jose.

On Saturday evening, you could be in San Jose, might have footgolf-worn feet, or a belly full of tacos from the BarraQ you just attended, but one thing will be for certain. You'll be supporting the boys from wherever you stand, sit or recline (we heard you ate too many tacos!). Do what you do best, ECS, wherever you are.

Up the Sounders!

Up the ECS!