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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!

This heated derby was here long before MLS came to Cascadia. It was here long before they attempted to copyright The Cup out from under the supporter groups who started it. And, it was here long before it's "media partners" hyped it and packaged it for voyeuristic consumption.

This league continues its attempts to push the false hype, and to monetize it in any way it can. What used to be two fierce meetings per year - one home and one away - has now turned into 3 or 5 clashes within 6 weeks, across all competitions. And with those extra meetings comes higher and higher ticket prices, more and more travel costs for fans, and bigger and bigger demands for supporter groups to perform for the cameras.

So, to those demands, we say, click here.

Because you see, this derby isn't about the onlookers, the cameras, or league marketers.

Because you see, for the Emerald City Supporters, this derby is about the players who wear our Club's crest and who play for the pride of their supporters.

Because you see, beyond still being an internet meme 30 years later, Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" is a love song. It is an anthem of deep commitment and devotion. The lyrics speak to the same themes that every supporter from around the world sings to his or her club.

So, just like the derby itself, we are taking back this love song and giving it directly to our players:

Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

This derby is one of the few authentic things in this manufactured league. And it is so only because of a handful of players, coaches, front office executives, and fans who get it and who have guarded it.

And long may it live. Up the Sounders. Up the ECS.

Up the Sounders. Up the ECS.

Since its creation in 2012 after the first ECS FC Adult Academy, Pub League has consisted of four teams of beginner soccer players. After all these years, Pub League has grown into a league that cannot support the number of players that wish to play. The skill level of these players has also been steadily increasing. With both of these in mind, Pub League is proud to announce Pub League Premier! With the creation of Premier, Pub League will be adding four higher level teams to our league structure.

Premier is being designed for our players that have proven to be either too skilled, too fit, or too competitive for regular Pub League. This league will also welcome back former players that originally had been removed from the league because of these issues. This league will consist of four teams and will play nine weeks and Playoffs in the time slot before Pub League.

Pub League, on the other hand, is now being directed at the novice/beginner players ONLY as a way to learn the game, increase skill, and have fun playing soccer with other supporters. We ask anyone that is of a higher skill level than novice, or has a high fitness level, to please consider playing in Premier and allowing the new players to join this lower division.

The Signup process will happen over two days with Pub League being put up in the ECS Store on Friday 8/19/16 at 8PM and Premier going up on Saturday 8/20/16 at 8PM. The cost will be $80 for non-ECS Members and $70 for paid ECS Members.

The Combine and Drunken Draft will take place the following week. Time and Place TBA.

Premier will have eight player coaches that will compete in the drunken draft to craft the best team that they are able to. While Pub League will have the four teams crafted by the four managers, the managers will be randomly placed on a team to help avoid any stacking of teams. If you would like to volunteer as a Player-coach for Premier, or a referee for either league or a manager for Pub League please let Pub League management know. For future announcements please follow the ECS FC Pub League Facebook page. Kyle Anderson Executive Director of Pub League Overlord Relations

Kyle Anderson Executive Director of Pub League Overlord Relations

Executive Director of Pub League Overlord Relations