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ECS deserves immense respect for pulling off two massive tifos in four days

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Let’s remember that they’re all volunteers.

There’s no question that Seattle Sounders fans are spoiled in many ways. One aspect that sometimes gets taken for granted is our supporters’ groups ability to design and deploy impressive pregame displays. It’s to the point that when we don’t see one for a big game there’s a general sense of disappointment.

To some degree, that’s a product of success and perfectly normal. The more you build a reputation, the higher the standards.

But last week was a good time to take a step back and just appreciate what ECS pulled off. Not only did they put together an impressive choreo for the CONCACAF Champions League match against Santa Tecla, they followed that up with an even bigger and more elaborate display for the Los Angeles FC match.

They created the double-barreled display during a 12-day marathon session that saw dozens of volunteers put in hundreds of hours designing, sewing, drawing, and painting. Many of those same volunteers then spent additional time setting up and deploying the tifos on gameday.

The individuals who do all this work are mostly anonymous and are driven by a simple desire to help build the gameday atmosphere. That shouldn’t stop us from showing them the appreciation and respect they deserve.