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It's that time again! Lace up those shoes, dig out your best golf clothes, find your lucky ball, and get on out to Jefferson Golf Links for the 3rd annual ECS FC Footgolf Open!

This year's event will be held on Sept 10th with a 4:00 PM shotgun start time. The open will be hosted this year at Jefferson Park Golf Course on Beacon Hill. All proceeds will benefit Emerald City Supporters FC, the amateur soccer club of the Emerald City Supporters! Proceeds will help to purchase equipment, field time, and uniforms and will also support hosting of the 2017 Supporters' Cup matches between ECS FC and Timbers Army FC at Starfire. Just like last year,

Just like last year, entry fee for the ECS FC Footgolf Open will be $30 per player. The tournament will consist of a beginners division and competitive division, and is open to everyone of all ages. Bring your family and friends, and don't worry about playing ability! Children under 10 years old play FREE with a paid playing adult accompanying them.

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Tickets are available here, and we've shared more over on Facebook.

In seeing today’s news that the club parted ways with Sigi Schmid, our only coach in the MLS era, our collective feelings are a mixture of optimism and nostalgia. Sigi’s legacy here will always be how he turned an expansion team into a permanent, above-typical power in MLS, under the pressure of demanding Sounders supporters. It’s no secret the Sounders have been an ambitious club propped up and supported both home and away by a very ambitious fan base. During his tenure here in Seattle, Sigi had managed to live up to those expectations, however.

Sure, the news of Sigi’s departure is still fresh off the presses, but one cannot avoid thinking of the amazingly positive and good times we have had with him at the helm. We always can point to the 2014 Supporters’ Shield, four USOC trophies, Cascadia Cups and multiple winning seasons. Don’t forget some of the smaller, yet important achievements and records broken in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Remember vividly when Sigi, in an interview, claimed that the Cascadia Cup belonged to the fans. This was at the same time that MLS was trying to pry it from the hands of supporters that were the very same ones that created the Cup. Sigi understood it. Sigi understood supporter culture and made sure the players that played for him understood it as well. We should never forget that.

Remember the post-match interview after the thrashing of our rivals to the South. In this match we had made an inspirational tifo that is still regarded as one of the all-time best in MLS. Sigi’s emotional press conference after that match showed just how much he wanted to bring the MLS Cup to Seattle. After all, in his own words, coaching the Sounders was a dream come true. Soccer in Seattle is the way all “old school” soccer folks always dreamed it would be.

We salute you, Sigi, for your love of this team and its fans.

This move from our club is also a courageous one. There are all sorts of theories about how dangerous a mid-season coaching change can be in MLS, when it comes to the fate of the season. We are pleased to see the team recognize the challenges of this season and be willing to make a change. Whether you agree with it or not, this was a pivotal move for the club, bringing in a new era. Let’s embrace this change with optimism, because we always believe that the best days for our beloved club are ahead of us.

We don’t just sing songs for anyone. We don’t just do tifo for anyone. We express our utmost gratitude towards a coach that has allowed ECS and fellow supporters to share amazing memories with each other, home or away. The foundation of soccer culture that was laid here in Seattle owes much to Sigi’s winning ways. It will serve our club for decades to come as it pushes to become a top echelon club in the world.

Thank you, Sigi.

Everyone reading this for one last time, join us in bidding farewell to the Sounders coaching legend: Sigi Sigi Sigi, Oi! Oi! Oi!

Up the Sounders, Up the ECS.

Greg Mockos
ECS Past President


Let's thank Sigi in person

On Thursday, July 28, we're going to gather together where it all started, Fuel Sports Bar, to celebrate our time with Sigi Schmid leading our beloved club on the field. Please join ECS in thanking Sigi, in person, starting at 6PM. 

You can RSVP here for the event. Bring your memories, handshakes, and well-wishes this Thursday night, they'll be appreciated. If you're looking for an opportunity to take anyone to task, this isn't the time to do so. We look forward to seeing you there.

Heather Satterberg & Tom Biro
ECS Co-presidents

What a weird week so far.

Saturday featured an extremely annoyed captain Brad Evans taking his teammates to task both on and off the field. Tuesday featured a monster performance from goalkeeper Tyler Miller to push the Sounders one more round forward in this year's US Open Cup.

So now, the boys travel to Toronto to face a depleted squad that will be without Michael Bradley, Will Johnson, Jozy Altidore and Clint Irwin. Will we see a pissed off, motivated club reeling from a home loss or more of the same? Do the captain's words take hold on the players and make this past week the "moment" from which the season rebounds? We'll know on Saturday evening.

As supporters, we find ourselves in a constant state of anguish and ecstasy, and this week is a perfect example of what that feels like. Chants of "we're gonna win the US Open Cup" fill the stands after a victory just as often as our opinions about Frank Lampard's limbs did on Saturday. That's why it was almost perfect that "Pride" was the theme of Saturday's match, result aside. Win or lose, we do what we do for the pride we have in our club, each other, and our fair city.

We'll express that pride again this weekend, as 33 travelers make their way to BMO Field to support the Sounders. As many others will at Hellbent, the Jolly Roger, Danny Coyle's, the Berliner and dozens of other pubs to watch the on Saturday. 

We take this seriously, win or lose. It's what we do. Let's bring three points home this weekend.

Photo © Tepid00

The Emerald City Supporters will not be supporting the “Friendly” on Tuesday, July 5th. All game day operations divisions including tifo crews, capos, drummers, and security personnel have the day off. There will be no color posted, no capo stands installed, and no amplification provided.

The ECS organization is itself a season ticket holder, and we make 50 tickets available for purchase to our members for each home match. As an organization, we have elected to donate those 50 tickets to the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.

If any ECS member wishes to donate their tickets to the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, you may do so by emailing your tickets to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. In order to give them enough time to organize a user for your tickets, please email them before Thursday, June 30. The organization has asked that any member who is interested in donating tickets to download the PDF and email them to the above address. 

This is not a protest. The Emerald City Supporters have always been vocal about our disapproval of friendlies during an already congested schedule. Since the club insists on fielding a squad, we hope these donated tickets may inspire a youngster in the Brougham End to become our next DeAndre Yedlin.

 

Photo © Mike Russell Photo. Used with Permission.

Saturday’s Pride display “Emerald City, We are Here” comes at a time when many in the LGBT community feel afraid. Reeling from a recent event in Orlando, many of us feel that it’s time to hide away. Not so, says the ECS. We are here! From the stands in upper 122 holding up cards to make the pride flag, we see support. From the stands in the lower 122 flying the rainbow ECS crest, we know that ECS signals its love for the LGBT community. Throughout 121 and 123, our family raises rainbow scarves to show their team their love. Somewhere, over the rainbow, we’ve found our home. After all, don’t all Friends of Dorothy want to be in the Emerald City?

It also sends a message to the team. We are here. It has been a tumultuous season, and it’s time to turn our luck around. The Copa America Centenario break is over. We sing for you, you fight for us. It sends a message to the opposing team, that we are here. You will hear us as you play. The home field advantage is a force to be reckoned with, in our Royal Brougham Pitch.

This Pride display joins the Sounders Pride display on the field, showing that ECS approves of the inclusion of LGBT support. We are a unified club, team and supporters, ready to take on the challenges of the second-half of this year.

Display Facts:

  • The display has three elements, a card display, a text banner, and a fabric overhead.
  • We’ve improved on our card cutting, and cut the twelve rolls of cards in a little over an hour
  • The overhead and text banners were painted in two nights, with the support of a little over sixty volunteers.

If you are LGBT, questioning, or never feel like you belong, know that there is room under the ECS crest for you. As we scream together, we energize our team, and change the conditions on the pitch for our boys.

- Kevin Hope

 

Photo © Max Aquino Photography. Used with permission.