Archive for the ‘seattle’ Category

By Jake Coburn

CenturyLink Field, the home of the Seattle Sounders. Dan Perlea/mlsroadtrip.com

As we walked towards Fuel Bar to meet up with the co-president of Emerald City Supporters (ECS), we looked around to see the city full of Sounders FC jerseys as people prepared for the game against Sporting Kansas City.

The Seattle Sounders have one of the largest followings in Major League Soccer (MLS), and this is evident within their supporters groups. The biggest supporters group for the Sounders is the ECS, which was founded in 2005.

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By Evan Ream

Civ the Gorilla in all his glory. Dan Perlea/mlsroadtrip.com

Only in Seattle, can a grown man dressed up in a Gorilla suit hug you upon introduction in the middle of an Irish pub, tell you that he “pretty much exists on sexiness alone” and not seem out of place. Civ the Gorilla can be found pre-game at Fado in downtown Seattle talking, laughing, and scaring MLS Road Trip journalists from behind while they’re trying to take notes. Gorilla FC is a group so obscure with a name so obscure that their official website doesn’t even explain why they’re actually called “Gorilla FC.”

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By Evan Ream

MLS Road Trip crew and friends with Golazo employees. Dan Perlea/mlsroadtrip.com

It is impossible to be a soccer fan in the Pacific Northwest and not know what Golazo Energy is. Golazo, which means “beautiful goal” in Spanish is the self-proclaimed, “passion brand for soccer,” a two-year-old company that makes and distributes all-natural energy and hydration drinks in the Cascadia region.
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By Jake Coburn

Seattle on a rare sunny day. Dan Perlea/mlsroadtrip.com

While covering the fan support in Seattle, the team took some time to check out the city, which landed them in the middle of Pike Place Public Market located right off the Elliott Bay waterfront.

Pike Place Public Market in downtown Seattle. Dan Perlea/mlsroadtrip.com

After a quick walk through the market, the crew stopped to eat at a small restaurant nearby called Pike Place Bar and Grill. After a few laughs, some beer and a rather large amount of Belgian Waffles consumed by one member, the team returned to Pike Place to see one of the more famous attractions in the market: the tossing of a fish.

As the team stood in front of the fish market waiting for someone to purchase a fish, we were surrounded by people hoping to see the same thing. A small group began to chant, “Throw that fish, throw that fish,” as one of the workers jokingly responded, “Be quiet!” as he walked by laughing.

After a few minutes of standing around, a customer finally purchased a fish and the moment everyone had been waiting for was about to happen. Little kids pushed their way to the front hoping to get a glimpse of the action.

The worker took his position on the other side of the counter holding the three-foot long halibut, ready to toss it. After a perfect throw and catch, the spectators let out a cheer as the noise level of the market rose. The workers continued with their job along with the MLS Road Trip crew, as they left for their next destination: Golazo Energy.

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