On Sunday, October 21, the Portland Timbers defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps with a lone unopposed goal from Jack Jewsbury, ensuring the Cascadia Cup's custodial transfer to Portland. Silly pictures follow...
The tifo against the Vancouver Whitecaps was maybe not as audacious as the one against the
Portland Timbers, but it was very impressive in its own right. Love that ECS keeps coming up with
On a final note, I may be retiring on tonight, but in my heart I'll always be part of the
Seattle Sounders family. I'm really looking forward to joining you in the ranks of the Sounders'
supporters. Whether it's jumping up and down in the Brougham End with the ECS, taking in a game and
the bigger picture from the Green Zone, or sipping on Red Hook's ECS No Equal Amber Lager in a
crowded Starfire beer garden, I'll be right there with you supporting the Sounders every step of
It wasn't necessarily the easiest to read Tifo that ECS has ever done, but once it became clear,
it was a pretty creative one. The display honors Zach Scott's 10 years with the Sounders and
features the Hawaiian-born defender riding waves on a Brek Shea surfboard.
In Tumwater, the Sounders U-23 just beat the Timbers U-23, 1-0.
The Timbers had more of the play, especially in the second half. They failed to take numerous
chances, due to a couple nice saves, a couple desperate slide tackles, a few shanks high and wide,
and one clearance off the line that had Timbers calling for a handball.
In a season of excitement, disappointment and passion it is difficult to figure out which moment
is most memorable. For 2009 there was a scene in the early hours when hundreds of fans met the team
to celebrate their first trophy. In 2010 another US Open Cup win was highlighted by Sanna Nyassi's
The Sounders had a pretty amazing come from behind victory this weekend against the lowly San
Jose Earthquakes. More important than the 2-1 scoreline was the the righteousness of the send-off
of team captain and USMNT legend Kasey Keller. The C-link was rocking with over 64,000 fans and you
could hear them every time Keller made a save.
Former USL Sounder Presto Burpo Accepts Coaching Job With Montreal Impact
Preston Burpo, who spent nine seasons with the USL Seattle Sounders, will be the goalkeeper's
coach for the Montreal Impact during their inaugural MLS season. After leaving the Sounders in
2006, he played for four different MLS teams before ending his career with the New England
Revolution when a collision with Dane Richards snapped his leg.
The Seattle Sounders first made their mark on the U.S. Open Cup as a USL team by pulling some
rather impressive upsets over MLS teams. As a MLS team, they have, of course, made their mark by
becoming the first MLS team to ever repeat as champions.
On Tuesday night, they almost made a mark in an entirely different way.
People love rumors. Often times they aren't true, and in the modern era of the internet people
without a source will make claims of offers. But let's just look at Marcus Hahnemann's words to
ESPN over twitter.
"I have to talk to Sigi Schmid and the guys in Seattle to see if they actually want me
I hope everyone is dried out from the storms drenching Qwest field this weekend. The 1-1 tie
against the Portland Timbers was a bit of a let-down for sure, but it was a decent result
considering the huge hit injuries have had on the Seattle Sounders. One thing that certainly wasn't
a let down was the massive tifo put together by the ECS for the match.
If you're in Seattle ahead of Saturday night's big Sounders-Timbers steel-cage death-match, you
should make it a point to stop by Golazo HQ on Friday night. The footie-fixated energy drink
manufacturer are throwing what looks to be a proper party under the moniker of Los Fanaticos
featuring 3v3 soccer, DJ's, FIFA 11 tournaments, and complimentary (read: free for your
broke/cheap/stingy ass) Golazoritas & Brougham Bitter, the bespoke brew of the ECS.
The Academies played California's Arsenal FC this morning in the cold drizzle at Starfire, and I
thought I'd swing by to catch the U-18 match, which turned out to be a tale of two halves. It was a
good showing from the homem side, with about 20-30 ECS (complete with drum and some flags) and
about 20 other miscellaneous supporters along the sideline.
Today offered us all another insight into the potential of the Seattle Sounders Academy. With a
local "away" game it gave the Sounders crowd the opportunity for a display of passion in late
January, and the ECS the opportunity to taunt some high school kids. The U-18 game wasn't just
marred by the 2-1 result with Seattle's only goal coming from an own goal, but also marred by a
scuffle that resulted in dual Red Cards to players on each team, as well as a Yellow Card to the
When Chelsea was announced as Sounders exhibition match, the reaction seemed a measured sigh of
disappointment with the exception of Chelsea fans. Despite winning the UEFA Champions League
Chelsea was not a draw. Chelsea had been to Seattle in 2009, and with the notable exception of
Didier Drogba, Chelsea remain much the same side.
One of the biggest complaints about games at Stafire Sports Complex is that they are a pain to
get to. As someone who has been to his fair share of events there, I understand your complaints.
It's certainly not as accessible as CenturyLink Field, but I also think the problems are a bit
Watching games at Starfire is really an experience every Sounders fan should enjoy at least a
When approached to do our first ever sponsored post at Sounder at Heart, the
decision was easy. Samsung and SB Nation wanted us to present and chat about our favorite sports
highlight. This is easy. Part of it is because I never saw the home game goal (Zach Scott's goal is
the only other CenturyLink MLS goal I did not see live).
On the way out of the main stand of Starfire tonight I caught a glimpse of Sounders Women GM Amy
Carnell, and she looked delighted. It's easy to understand why. Though we never got official
attendance numbers, the stadium was clearly at capacity, with the stands on both sides of the field
full and more people spilling onto the surrounding grassy hills or watching from behind fences.
Here's ECS's tifo from last night. I'm a big fan, as I love the celebration of the
multi-cultural nature of this team. In case you need a little help in deciphering it, there are
flags representing the country of origin of each player on the team with the saying "E Pluribus
Sounders" which I guess loosely translates "From Many, Sounders"
Back in 2009 my seatmates and I decided that the four of us would have five seats. We did this
to take girlfriends/wives, but also with the knowledge that we could expose some friends to the
game who had not appreciated it live and local. While none grew into season ticket holders, several
now watch the matches on TV come to a few games a year and generally enjoy the sport.
As you know, Sounder at Heart does not have any official supporters' group affiliation. We do,
however, consider ourselves friends of most of them. If you'd like to know any of them better, we
highly recommend that you attend one of their two end-of-year parties. As it turns out, Kasey
Keller is scheduled to be at both of them.
There are few things more fun than going on a roadtrip to watch your team play. As you may
remember, I documented my experience going with ECS to Vancouver. Well, if you're looking for
something to do this weekend, ECS wants to make sure you are more than welcome to join them.
From the look of it, there is no organized bus trip, but they are organizing carpools and
helping people finding lodging.
The Alliance Council met prior to the match against the Columbus Crew. An update is now posted
over at the SoundersFC.com Alliance Council Blog (which will be getting frontpage attention soon).
The main issues resolved around voting changes, work on the Constitution/ByLaws/Charter (which will
be public for voting in Sept) and the End of Year Meeting.
They have opened up sales to non-members, so if you need a few seats act quickly. The atmosphere
at Starfire is always amazing, and this is a must win game as Seattle goes for the three-peat in
the US Open Cup.
One of the difficult parts of the whole three games in six days is trying to keep up with our
regular features. But, we're on a great network, and in this case The Bent Musket reminded me of
the Sunday 1PM game against the New England Revolution. Let's just ignore the future game for a
moment and pay some attention to the whole issue concerning their supporters' groups battling with
the front office.
The ECS wants, and expects, no issues on this match day in particular. Any individual caught
instigating altercations with Portland fans or supporters will be banned from the group –
permanently – with all membership privileges revoked. We are taking such a hard stance on this
because of what is on the line.
Once again talking beer, wine, food and maybe other beverages. Others will talk coffee - I can't
as it is my full time job.
Let's get a few things out of the way. If you are not of legal
consumption age in your place of residence do not drink alcohol. Do not drink in excess, unless you
are around people you know in a private place.