What an absolutely fantastic weekend!
Beating your rivals in the two mens' matches is a fantastic achievement, but to do so in such dramatic fashion in PK shootouts made the whole day that much more memorable. Just as exciting for our club, 2014 marked a new tradition with our first-ever women's game. We were all so anxious to see it come to fruition, and although the result didn't bounce in our favor, we are so pleased that we were able to make this match happen and are so excited for the future of the game. We're already all eagerly awaiting all of the matches in Seattle in 2015!
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone that helped make this day happen. Thank you to our players, who worked so hard to prepare for the matches and were heroes for all of ECS. Thank you to our wonderful fans, who traveled down early to lend their support and their voices for the cause. Thank you to our photographers and videographers, who spent hours working hard and providing these amazing photos and footage that everyone loves. Thanks to our live-tweeters, who helped us to hit trending status in Seattle on Twitter during our tense penalty shootouts. Thank you to those who brought supplies, toted gear around, ran errands, and helped to plan and facilitate everything from start to finish. Thank you to Redhook Ale Brewery and Golazo who were gracious and generous sponsors for the day. Thanks to the Anchor and Rose 48s for joining us and helping to plan the fantastic afterparty at Spirit of 77. Thanks to our hosts, Timbers Army FC, who may be our rivals on the field but have always been great partners in setting up this event and making these matches so special. And thanks to everyone who came out for our Footgolf Open earlier this month - fundraisers such as that are what helps to sustain our club and make days like this possible!
As seen in the photo above, we were honored to have our first team trophy photo displayed on the CenturyLink Field big-screen prior to the Sounders v Colorado match on the weekend following the Supporters' Derby match.
Our friends over at Radio Cascadia featured the match in a segment of their eight episode, which you can listen to here.
Finally, we are also incredibly excited and honored to announce a very special edition of "In The 18" covering the supporter matches. "In The 18" is produced by "American Football" creator and ECS member Scott Levy. The 20-minute film features stunning footage of the matches and is a special treat, especially if you played in the game or were there to watch. I highly recommend this film for all players and fans of ECS FC, as it so perfectly captures the emotion and tension of the day.
Take em all!
Anthony De Simone
ECS FC Director