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To: Adrian Hanauer, Joe Roth, Paul Allen, and Drew Carey, owners of Seattle Sounders Football Club

As Seattleites, we know the devastation of watching a new owner take our team to a new town. They take our players. They take our records. They take our trust.

As Sounders, our club is defined by the relationship between the fans and the players. And we believe, as Brian Schmetzer likes to say, that our coaches and owners are stewards of the Seattle Sounders, entrusted with the care taking of our club.

As Emerald City Supporters, our commitment to this club knows no bounds. We love our city, our colors, our players with fierce intensity and passionate expression. As Emerald City Supporters, we are also very aware that calling a franchise "our club" in a single-entity league is a choice. It’s a choice of trust in you, the owners, and we make that choice every day.

That is why the potential move of an original franchise, which seems to have the support of the league, shakes us.

For us, it’s not about saving that fanbase. We’re writing to you today to save our ideals. That our sport can be different. That soccer in North America can be about more than profit margins and business metrics. It *is* more. Soccer is a fabric made up of players, fans, sponsors, city pride, and national hope, all woven together.

But this move tears at that fabric. And if it is not stopped, it will be the unravelling of our collective trust as fans in the owners of our clubs.

Please deny this move. Trust us. It’s the right thing to do.

Emerald City Supporters

 

For the Cascadia Cup match against Vancouver on September 27th, we brought back a tifo medium we hadn't used in years: small colored flags! We used these to create a Cascadia flag the size of the ECS section both pre-game and at times throughout the match when our capos called for it!

Photo Credit: Joe Towner / PNWMF

To our members and fellow fans:

We are aware of the serious allegations and issues which occurred at our last home match as well as the inconsistencies many of us have experienced at entry gates throughout this season. We, too, are disappointed with the unsatisfactory responses from the front office and stadium.

Our intent is to ensure that all fans are treated fairly and respectfully during the ingress process. Therefore, anyone who experiences an issue should demand the attendance of a supervisor to address the issue, making note of the location and names of parties involved. Any issue can be reported to ECS on our forums.

Most importantly, we encourage everyone to assist wherever they witness anyone - ECS or not - being unfairly treated including using your phone to record the issue so we can provide real examples of incidents.

Collectively, our members have an extraordinary amount of experience entering stadiums throughout North and Central America to support the Sounders. We call upon our members to help those with less experience and to lead by example when interacting with security and stadium staff.

Our goal as always is to support the Sounders. So let’s take care of each other, get through the gates, and push our boys to Victory.

Up the Sounders! Up the ECS!

The Sounders won MLS Cup and we'll never forget it, or let anyone else. We've celebrated being Champions, bragged about our trophy case, declared Brian Schmetzer the Rightful King and now we're celebrating that this star is eternal by raising it while we sing Sounders Til I Die in the 74th minute. This championship is for all Sounders fans, so we're passing it around the stadium so everyone can get in on the fun!

Star

Photo credit: TrueBlueImages

With the schedule change for the Away Match at Portland on 6/25/17, this page will be the most up-to-date source for logistics for transportation and ingress / egress. Please keep an eye on this page for future updates, which will all be timestamped to provide you the most recent information. 

Our Travel Monkeys are looking into the possibility of an additional bus for ticketholders whose other transportation methods will now not work with the new match time. 

6/23/17 2:54PM PT - Tickets have been sent to anyone who purchased through ECS. 

6/23/17 2:16PM PT - Monkey Mail will go out this afternoon to all of you who purchased tickets.

6/23/17 11:03AM PT - Word on the street is that the dedicated cameras on the supporters' sections are gonzo. Back to supporting. Be on the lookout for your Monkey Mail, travelers. 

6/23/17 9:48AM PT - Many of you have written, texted, tweeted, and waved semaphore flags indicating that you had not received your Monkey Mail and tickets as of yet. This is correct. You can blame ESPN and MLS for choosing to place dedicated cameras pointed at the supporters' sections (both Seattle and Portland) that can be streamed online for the entirety of the match. We promise we'll have an update on the delivery of your wildly overpriced tickets to a match that a beer company is literally drooling to create content from soon, so stay tuned. 

6/22/17 12:03PM PT - The buses are currently expected to depart Tukwila at 1PM and Tacoma at 1:45PM on Sunday afternoon. All passengers should arrive 30 minutes prior to expected departures to avoid delays.

6/22/17 9:45AM PT - SSFC has generously secured a third bus with limited seats available to anyone attending the match, ECS members or not. Get in!

6/22/17 7:31AM PT - A little bit more detail on how things should work on the Ticket Exchange.

6/21/17 4:01PM PT - ECS and the Sounders have secured one additional bus that will run to / from the match. Tickets for this bus will go live tomorrow morning at 10AM PT. More details to follow, including timing.

6/21/17 1:40PM PT - We know that a number of those with tickets will now be unable to attend, and our Members Only Ticket Exchange has been temporarily opened for non-members (likely until Sunday afternoon, 6/25). 

6/21/17 1:14PM PT - The match has been moved to 7:30PM PT