ECS Tifo 2018

There is no way around it, the first half of this season has been dark. We were dismissed from Champions League. We were bounced out of the US Open Cup by a minor league team. We spent much of the time looking up at the Western Conference from the bottom of the table. We lost to Portland twice, including at home. We’ve watched injuries and red cards tear apart the lineup. The team has struggled for goals, and points, and our position on the table is bleak.

But now the boys are returning home, with 5 points from a 3 match road trip. Gustav and Roman are back with the team after representing their nations at the world cup. Nico and Victor are healthy and starting to click. We’ve signed one of the best goal scorers in Liga MX.

We support a powerful club, a powerful team, a powerful group of individuals. Their power is turning what has been dark times in Seattle and dawn is upon us.

This 5000 square foot curtain was produced in just a few days by our ECS tifo production team. We always need more volunteers to help make projects like this happen, find out how you can get involved here!

Photo credit: Max Aquino

The World Cup is always a great reminder that soccer by any name is the one sport in the world that belongs to everyone, and there is a real unity in the love we have for the beautiful game. It brings together strangers and friends, neighbors and classmates, coworkers and families.

And yet, at times we are reminded that it can also be a force for exclusion. Players who feel they have to retire rather than live honestly amongst their fellow players and fans. Slurs hurled from the stands as chants. Hostile hosting cities. This violence keeps some of us out. It prevents everyone from being able to exalt in the joy and the solidarity of heartbreak we have for our club, our crest, and our community.

In that spirit, it is up to all of us to be a constant voice of support not just for our players but equally for each other.

To our lesbian, gay, bi, pan, trans, queer, non-binary, non-conforming, and definition-defying sisters, brothers, and siblings —

You are Sounders. You belong on the pitch. You belong in the stands. You belong here.

*This display consists of 1,195 cards, three crests totaling 5,000 sq. ft of overhead, a 1,000 sq. ft. text banner, and a lot of love. Happy Pride, y’all.

Displays like this aren’t possible without the help of our volunteers, and we would love to have your help. Sign up to receive information on the next opportunity by checking the tifo production box on our volunteer form!

Photo Credit: Max Aquino

Always Seattle

No matter which Sounders are on the field, the opponent we face, or where we’re at in the standings, we support and play for our city, our club, our crest.

Always Seattle.

This display is 6,000 sq. ft. and was sewn, drawn, and painted during more than 600 hours of work by our volunteers.

These displays don‘t happen without the amazing commitment of our members. Join us for the next one! Sign up to receive more information here.

Photo Credit: Max Aquino

For the 100th all time Sounders vs Timbers match we wanted to remind everyone how Seattle feels about Portland, and always has. If you don’t get it yet, study up on the International maritime signal flags.

Here's a better angle to see the flags!

This small display includes a 400 sq ft ECS skull and 16 two poles. Let’s take a walk down memory lane of some of our other tifo displays against Portland.

It Takes a Sounder

Decades of Dominance

All In

Build a Bonfire

Cascadian Masters

The Rightful King

Tifo projects like this aren’t possible without the help of our volunteers and we’d love your help. For more information, check the tifo production box on our volunteer form!

Photo credit: Jeremiah Oshan / SounderAtHeart

The year was 1909, and Seattle was hosting the Alaska-Yukon Exposition. Along the shores of Lake Union, a 20-foot-tall sign was illuminated declaring “You’ll like Tacoma”. The City of Tacoma was enticing businessmen from around the world to live and do business in the City of Destiny.

Fast forward to 2018. Supporters from the South Sound got together to create a welcome message for our S2 boys as they transitioned from Tukwila to their new home in Tacoma. This tifo was unveiled on March 16, 2018 at the inaugural S2 match at Cheney Stadium in front of a full house. The boys went on to win the match against their rivals 2 to 1. 109 years later, the message still rings true, you’ll like Tacoma.

This display was painted over a weekend and used over 350 square feet of fabric and 7 gallons of paint.

S2 is back in action this Wednesday, March 28th at 7pm. Come down to Cheney Stadium and help push the Boys from Tacoma to victory, you'll like Tacoma too!

Photo credit: Max Aquino

The Sounders set sail from Seattle in a storm, disappointed with how last season ended and a clear goal this season to host MLS Cup. Our ship is battle worn and shows the scars of previous seasons. But with those battles comes experience and the crew has celebrated the start of the MLS 10th season with a new hashmark on the bow. This ship is ready for war: we want all the plunder and we will take no prisoners.

TakeNoPrisoners

This 3 piece display is 9,500 square feet of fabric sewn together with over 2000 feet of seams, used over 40 gallons of paint and includes 700 small flags to extend the waves from the curtain into the ECS section. It was produced in one session of 12 days with Thursday’s CCL display by dozens of ECS members totaling approximately 500 hours of work. Tifo projects like this aren’t possible without the help of our volunteers and we need your help. For more information on how to get involved check the tifo production box on our volunteer form, visit the tifo forum and follow ECSTifo on twitter. We have lots of opportunities throughout the year!

Photo Credit: Joe Towner / PNWMF

The 2018 Sounders season starts with a return to CONCACAF Champions League play and the opportunity to climb to new heights. By winning the 2016 MLS Cup, the Sounders qualified for this Champions League campaign and completed their collection of domestic trophies. The display draws inspiration from the Cascade mountain range with each of our US Open Cup, Supporters Shield and MLS Cup trophies atop a peak, and sun behind Mt Rainier shows our aspirations of claiming Champions League glory.

Tifo ClimbHigher

Tifo projects like this aren’t possible without the help of our volunteers and we’d love your help. For more information and email updates on how to help, check the tifo production box on our volunteer form and follow ECSTifo on twitter.

Photo Credit: Joe Towner / PNWMF