ECS Tifo 2019

The Seattle Sounders are and always have been a club of the greatest ambitions, and history reflects that. That ambition defines the club, we have won trophies by making the shirt sweat and we’ve won them with beauty and goals. We’ve challenged for every trophy available when we were a USL team taking on giants and when we were the giants. When we made the move to the top flight, we weren’t simply happy to be there, we went after silverware and brought it home. Even our youngest Sounders are not content to be with the best, they defeat the best. Success is our legacy and also our expectation, one that we hold for our current players as well as our future, that we will continue to strive for the best with every opportunity and do what we have to to win. 

Portland can't say that, because ambition doesn’t grow on trees.

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This display had the most painted area of any display we’ve produced. The three curtains and overhead totaled 26,500 square feet (0.6 acres), requiring over 1.2 miles of seams to assemble. Our production team constructed and painted the four banners over a 30-day working session. Overall, over 100 ECS members contributed to production, setup and deployment of the display. 

Ambition is an expectation we hold for ourselves as well, always in support of our team’s highest achievements. Displays like this require commitment from our members and we are always looking for more people to contribute. [To learn more and sign up for the next production session, visit our tifo forum here.]

Pride of Cascadia JTPNWMF

For many of us, pride is a safe and easy experience. We can feel pride in ourselves, our city, our club, and our supporters group with no risk to ourselves. For our LGBTQ+ friends and comrades, however, the simple act of being proud to be themselves is a radical and often dangerous act, risking erasure, discrimination, abuse, and violence.

Our message, “Pride of Cascadia, Pride of the Sound,” celebrates both the pride we feel in supporting the best club in Cascadia and the pride of our LGBTQ+ siblings to be themselves, help create space for others, and flourish in our football community.

Pride of the Sound is a loud and proud subgroup of the ECS open to LGBTQ supporters and allies to foster and inclusive community within our supporter culture. Learn more about becoming a member of Pride of the Sound here

Photo Credit: Joe Towner [PNWMF]

We truly stand on the shoulders of a giant. For eight years, Sigi Schmid built our team, our expectations, and helped forge the club we are today. He taught us to strive to be the very best, that we go for every win, that we compete for every trophy, that we always go all in.

Who we are, because of you.

Thank you for your stewardship, Sigi. You are missed but will never be forgotten.

Photo Credit: Joe Towner (PNWMF) and Jill Peck

The Sounders warriors set out today on the heroic journey of the 2019 season. Over the next 9 months, they will fight for our city, our people and our crest, home or away, hot or cold, rain or shine. On the front curtain of this display, we depicted 9 of our warriors dressed for this journey that started on March 2nd and won’t end until November 10th.

But heroic journeys are never taken alone. Wherever the Sounders go, we are behind them. On Wednesdays in Montreal and the Houston heat in July, the Emerald City Supporters will be there, joining our warriors. Our supporters bring something different to the battle, an intangible, immeasurable, element that can only be felt and not understood. On the back curtain, we showed supporters marching into battle with our warriors. When we stand together, our enemies will fall before us. When the front curtain was struck, it revealed the bottom of the back curtain covered in our fallen enemies. 

This display was a massive undertaking, with a detailed design and 2 curtains to rig and deploy. Over 30 volunteers spent over 600 hours designing, sewing and painting this display, overcoming the epic snowmageddon to finish it. Join us in our next projects so we can continue to raise the bar for tifo in North America! ECS members can get more information and sign-up to help HERE, and follow ECSTifo on twitter for updates!

Photo Credit: Joe Towner / PNWMF

ECS is best known for its support in Seattle, but our love for the Sounders extends throughout the nation and across the Atlantic through our subgroups!

To kick off the 2019 season, we wanted to show our boys that our support for them covers the planet. “It’s a Sounders Unity” is the inspiration for this work, with subgroups from across the US and Europe coming together to independently design and paint their own section of this display. Each of the designs is inspired by our support for the boys and highlights the unique perspective and passion each subgroup brings to ECS. Together, we are stronger!

When it's us vs. them, it's a Sounders unity.