Supporters & Alliance

Alliance Council

Council members are elected to Council on a biennial basis, with terms extending up to two years. Alliance Members interested in participating on Council must receive a minimum of 25 votes from other members of the Alliance.

The Alliance Council will meet monthly as well as planning and hosting the End of the Year Sounders FC Business Meeting in cooperation with the Club.

Each Council member will serve as a liaison between Alliance members and the ownership group.

A select number of Council members will also be chosen by ownership to serve on the Sounders FC Advisory Board – a board made up of ownership, technical staff, corporate partners, and members of the soccer community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Member Responsibilities

Attend Council Meetings

Members of the Alliance Council are required to attend monthly meetings during their term.

Attend Annual Meeting

Council members will be required to attend the annual business meeting at the conclusion of each season.

Represent Other Alliance Members

Serve as the voice for Alliance members, other fans, and match attendees. Council members will be responsible for gathering comments, suggestions and criticisms from Alliance members and present them to the ownership.

Report To Ownership

Report to the ownership on the pulse of the Alliance.

Be In-Tune

Be tuned into the match-day environment in your seating section.

Desire

Have a desire to see the Alliance succeed and become the cornerstone of other sports teams wanting to see their fans have a more pronounced voice.

Nomination Procedures

Only members of the Alliance may be nominated as prospective Council members.

Alliance members wishing to be elected to  Council must first nominate   themselves on the Council ballot. A minimum of 25 votes must be received for the prospective Council member to be elected to Council.

Each Alliance member may vote only one person to Council each year. You will not be allowed to vote for multiple Council members. In addition, you may only submit one vote per prospective Council member.

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Meeting Minutes

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Council Members

 Danni Blue

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? To assist in the preservation of the amazing atmosphere for the fans of Seattle; as well as extending the sense of community I feel between the club and myself to others. I cherish the fact that I am passionate about this organization and wholeheartedly believe in it.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? To help maintain the extraordinary game day experience not only for members, but all SSFC fans and guests that visit our Sounders home, while making efforts to enhance and grow that experience to be the best it can be. Further, to reach out to the many members who are unaware of the Alliance Council and their role in providing the voice of the members to the club.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' End of the first season. I started planning life around the season.

PERSONAL

  • Hometown: Tacoma, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Liverpool FC
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Pepe Reina
  • Favorite Sounder player: The whole team, but if I had to pick one that would be Ozzie!!!
  • Where is your seat?: Previous years 123 -- above the walkway -- new home 120.
 Angeline Bounds

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? I have been a Sounders supporter and member of the Emerald City Supporters (ECS) since 2007. I have rarely missed a home match, even when I lived 100 miles away. When I heard that the Alliance Council would give supporters the opportunity to be heard, I knew that it was something that I wanted to be involved in. It’s amazing to be able to have a voice and participate in something that has become such a big part of my life.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? I want to enhance the supporters’ culture and match day experience for all Sounders supporters, at home and away matches. Match day is something that I look forward to all week, throughout the season, and I’d like to be able to pass that feeling and emotion on to everyone else that comes to support the Sounders.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' When Montero scored that first goal on March 11, 2009. The energy, emotion, and excitement that I felt in that stadiumwas unlike any that I had experienced and at that moment, I knew this would be huge!

PERSONAL

  • Age: 29
  • Hometown: Redmond, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): USMNT
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Landon Donovan, but only when he’s not playing SSFC!
  • Favorite Sounder player: That’s a tough one. I love them all! Although, if I had to pick, I’d choose Roger Levesque, James Riley, Kasey Keller, and Brad Evans. (In no particular order.)
  • Where is your seat?: Section 122, the best seats in the house!
 Samuel Chesneau

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? I wanted to find an additional outlet to express my passion for supporting the Sounders organization, use my skills and ideas to make it better as well as continue to build community and meet folks with those intersecting interests.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? To continue to build and grow community, learn more from others and help make sure the Council has relevance in the Sounders community, everywhere from the supporters to the front office. I also hope to work towards continuing to ensure that a diverse representation of Sounders fans are represented with my voice and the voice of my peers.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' Impeccable timing given the Seattle sports landscape at the time. It felt like it was a divine sign, the Sounders were the medicine to rid this city of our ills

PERSONAL

  • Age: 33
  • Hometown: Rota, Cadiz (Spain)/Woodinville, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Spanish National team
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Isco Alarcon (Malaga)
  • Favorite Sounder player: Osvaldo Alonso
  • Where is your seat?: Section 114 Row K
 Andy Cole

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? I love the Sounders and wanted to be involved on some way. I’ve been a season ticket holder since day 1 but I’ve never done the march to the match (I hope to someday) and I am not a member of a supporters group. I hope to represent the interests of the average fan who is not in a supporters group. The supporters groups are great and bring so much to the team and game day experience but not all of us are able to dedicate ourselves to the team at that level.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? My goals are to be a positive influence within the Alliance Council to help the Sounders stay the best sports club in town.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' I had no idea they would be this big of a deal until the first game. What a great surprise to see Seattle embrace this team like we have.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 47
  • Hometown: Simsbury, CT
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Manchester United
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Roy Keane
  • Favorite Sounder player: Kasey Keller
  • Where is your seat?: Sec 126 Row J Seat 4
 Cameron Collins

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? To be even more involved in the club that has become such a large part of my life. I put up the Gorilla FC banner before every game, and by the time I take the banner down after the game and get home, the game day experience is a 5 hour experience.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? For the council to become even more important in the eyes of the club.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' Upon the announcement of a club. Growing up in Seattle, I knew soccer was huge, and I was expecting it to fill the void left by the Sonics being stolen away.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 33
  • Hometown: Seattle, Washington
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Paris-St. Germain and Chelsea
  • Favorite Sounder player: Steve Zakuani...have to choose my client of my former law firm.
  • Where is your seat?: Section 120
 Paul Cox

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? I grew up in Enumclaw playing two sports- baseball and soccer. I proudly wore the see-it-from-space orange of the "Blazers", in the Cascade Foothills Soccer Club. I was a skinny goalie on a good team so my biggest challenge was avoiding frostbite as I stood, shivering in the rain. Somehow, despite this initiation, I grew to love soccer. The Beautiful Game can put a hold on you like no other. I'm proud to be a card-carrying member of the Emerald City Supporters, who are my friends and brethren. Serving on the Council to work on behalf of the ECS is a privlege and my honor. I love soccer and I wanted to be on the Council to represent the ECS, the fans, and to support and build the game of soccer in Seattle. Working on the Council offers me the opportunity to serve my fellow fans.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? My goals as a Council member are first and foremost to serve as a voice for the ECS and for the supporters and fans of the Sounders. All too often in today's sports world, the voice of the fan is ignored, but the fans should always be on the minds of those involved in our team and league. Players, owners, managers, stadiums, even leagues come and go, but the fans are always there- and if we do not take the best interests of the fans into account, the sport suffers. Working on the Council fits in with the things I do to help build the support for our team- helping to organize our away travel for ECS (non-ECS fans are welcome to join us- see www.WeAreECS.com/travel for more info!), attending as many games as possible, lending and blending my voice with that of the fellow supporters in the Brougham End to encourage and uplift our team to victory.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' When Seattle was granted an MLS franchise and it became evident that they would be properly supported and marketed by ownership.. Seattle has historically been a very enthusiastic city for soccer and we just needed to get the top level of the game here with a good ownership group. The owners have been pretty good thus far about realizing that the success of the club depends on working in partnership with the fans. A more concrete answer would be that during the March to the Match for the first game, I looked over and found myself walking alongside Joe Roth- who at that point was just another fan, heading to the stadium and excited about seeing our team. When your majority owner is still "in touch" enough with regular folks to join that kind of thing, you're going to be just fine. Sure enough, in Houston, Adrian, Joe, and Drew were hanging with us at the tailgate prior to what turned out to be our last game of the year in the playoffs.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 41
  • Hometown: Enumclaw, Washington
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): FC Nuremberg
  • Favorite Sounder player: Leo Gonzalez
  • Where is your seat?: Majority of my time is in GA, but I watch some games from my seats in section 130 as well
 Mike Dollard

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? I have been involved with soccer for many years as a player, youth coach, and enthusiast spectator. Joining the Council allows me to continue my involvement with soccer and join with like-minded individuals and contribute to the soccer community.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? My goals include offering fan opinions to the Sounder Organization to ensure that Sounders events remain a great experience for Seattle soccer fans.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' Before Seattle had been awarded a MLS franchise I expected a team would be successful in Seattle. However this was confirmed when I experienced and witnessed fan exuberance during the Sounders 2009 inaugural game victory.

PERSONAL

  • Hometown: Bellevue, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Barcelona
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Clint Dempsey
  • Favorite Sounder player: Osvaldo Alonso
  • Where is your seat? Section 107
 Woody Favinger

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member?: Bill Simmons once said, “Of the 75 greatest moments of my life, sports were involved in at least 20 of them.” To a lot of people, that might sound like a joke. Or hyperbole. Or maybe just someone with really warped priorities. But to me it sounds about right.

    For fans, sports define our lives in more ways than we’d like to admit. We can all remember the hysteria when Steve Zakuani was subbed on against Colorado following a year-long recovery from a devastating broken leg. And we still feel the gut-wrenching pain of coming so close to an historic comeback against LA in the playoffs in 2012, only to have our souls crushed with that PK call in the 68th minute. These memories are permanently etched into our hearts in a way sports-cynics can never understand. But it’s this common bond, an irrational love for the Sounders, that brings us together.

    I want our collective passion for our club to be reflected by the front office, and that’s why I wanted to be on the council. To make sure they care as much as we do.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member?: Make sure the club never stops trying to improve fan engagement and involvement.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal?’: There have been a lot of ‘big deal’ milestones. One of my favorite was #DempseyWatch. Seeing an entire city go insane and track the movements of a player from England to LA to Seattle was amazing. That doesn’t happen in many places, or for many players. Soccer is in this city’s DNA.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 28
  • Hometown: Seattle
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): There’s no such thing as a 2nd favorite club
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Gspurning
  • Favorite Sounder player: Alonso
  • Where is your seat?: CLB206
 Kevin Hughbanks

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member?:  I wanted to be more involved with the Sounders and the Seattle soccer community. To help it grow for the general public to be more knowledgeable about soccer and the Sounders community.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member?: To help be a voice for all fans around me (Season Ticket Holders, Supporter Groups, and Non-Season Ticket Holders) to improve their game day experience and make it the best experience for anyone that walks into a Sounders game.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal?’:  When they announced that they were bringing a professional team back to Seattle, but the kicker was when they announced that Sounders would be the team name due to the write ins.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 34
  • Hometown: Spokane, Washington
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Close call between Borussia Dortmund and Dynamo Kiev
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Lionel Messi
  • Favorite Sounder player: Lamar Neagle
  • Where is your seat?: Section 119 Row I
 Leann Johnson

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? I grew up in Seattle going to NASL Sounders games as a Jr. Booster member. I fell in love with the club when I was 10 years old. Becoming a part of the first ever Alliance Council was my way of showing my support for the club. I wanted to do more than just be a fan. I'm eager to represent the season ticket holders and fans to help make this be the model for other teams.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? Since the Council and Alliance are new ideas, my first goal is to contribute to the formation of the Council by making it successful. Keeping a fair and honest ear available to the season ticket holders and bringing their concerns to the Front Office/owners in an effective way.

    The biggest issue that I'm hearing about from fans is the lack of quality beer . I know this is a tricky one with Qwest contracts, but Seattleites expect good beer at the pubs/restaurants they frequent. Sounders matches should be no different. A topic my constituents and I believe needs attention.
    As a more personal goal, I would love to help initiate a Sounders Jr. Alliance... sort of like the NASL Jr. Booster Club I was in as a child.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' I knew it would be a big deal for me and my friends who love the game, as I’ve been waiting since a kid for MLS... but I guess I didn't realize it was going to be this BIG. Acquiring Freddie Ljungberg, Sigi Schmid, and Kasey Keller were all indicators that the owners weren't going to skimp on the team. Our owners are soccer fans as well. Having that respect for the game and the team, starting at the top, just radiates to the players, the fans, and even the city. It's been so terrific to see and experience! GO SOUNDERS!

PERSONAL

  • Age: 43
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Arsenal, FC Barcelona
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Fabio Cannavaro, Lionel Messi
  • Favorite Sounder player: Hard to choose! (Current favorites) Osvaldo Alonso & Tyrone Marshall... but I love them all!! Ljungberg, Keller, Seba... !
  • Where is your seat? Section 139
 Matthew Goecks

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? To hopefully provide another voice for military service members, veterans, and their families. Have personally worked 1on 1 with the Seattle Sounders FC organization for the past 4 seasons representing the Armed Services Group of the Emerald City Supporters in our shared partnership with the Warrior Transition Battalion. Tickets donated by the SSFC and from individual donations with in the Emerald City Supporters are used to provide a game day experience for service members. Starting with simple education of the SSFC and the ECS, pre game with the ECS, to the March to the Match, ending with their participation with the ECS in the supporters section giving their full 90.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? Increase military participation through expanding the knowledge of the military service member of the Seattle Sounders FC organization. Hopefull introduction of providing the option for season ticket holders the option between outside competitions and mid season friendlies as part of their season ticket purchase options.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' 1974 to present.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 37
  • Hometown: Bonney Lake, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): US National Teams
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Clint Dempsey
  • Favorite Sounder player: Kasey Keller
  • Where is your seat? Section 123
 Roberta King

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? I was impressed that Sounders FC created a member association to involve fans in its decisions and listen to our ideas. I felt this would be a unique opportunity to share my passion for the beautiful game, to contribute to the success of the Sounders, to help define ‘democracy in sports’ and to represent other fans.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? Be a voice for Sounders fans - encourage their participation and relay their interests to the club. Raise fan awareness about the Alliance, how the council and club are working together, and what is being accomplished. Collaborate with the council to enhance match day atmosphere – whether it’s filling the stadium with songs and chants, or adding new local microbrews. Encourage a positive and exciting experience for fans and visitors. Help maintain Seattle’s status as having the best soccer fans, and increase the number of fans supporting the Sounders and soccer in Seattle.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' The early hints: season ticket members’ choosing the Sounders name even though it wasn’t on the ballot; signing the first 4 players (Le Toux, Nyassi, Keller, Ljungberg,) and Sigi; the ‘scarfing’ of Seattle. But the inaugural game exceeded all my expectations, with an energized stadium that reminded me of the best games I’d seen in Europe.

PERSONAL

  • Hometown: Seattle
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Manchester United, FC Barcelona
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Giggs, Messi, Puyol
  • Favorite Sounder player: Osvaldo Alonso
  • Where is your seat? Section 107
 Greg Mockos

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? I want to ensure that supporter group culture is an integral part of the growth of the Seattle Sounders Football Club. I also want to make sure that the club listened to its fans in a productive and efficient manner so that the Sounders fan base may become one of the most loyal in world soccer.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? Retain the authenticity of the game of soccer and conveying to the American sports fan that a soccer match is a unique and different sporting experience with respect to the other big sports.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' When I saw the style of play on the field and the style of support in the Brougham End.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 30
  • Hometown: Brougham End
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Juventus Football Club
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Alex DelPiero
  • Favorite Sounder player: Osvaldo Alonso
  • Where is your seat?: Supporters Section
 Paul Lower

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? Because of my love for soccer, both as a player and a spectator. Also to be a part of my hometown club.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? Like most, to improve the fan experience by improving the way the club interacts with the fans.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' After the first MLS regular season game and seeing the turnout and excitement of the crowd.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 34
  • Hometown: Renton, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Liverpool FC
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Steven Gerrard
  • Favorite Sounder player: Osvaldo Alonso
  • Where is your seat?: Section 334
 Angelica Mendoza

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? I am not one to shy away from opportunities to contribute to a greater effort. Fútbol is unique in that it transcends differences in gender, race, you name it, and allows fans to come together as a unified force. I believe that I am mindful of, may appeal to, and would humbly represent diverse groups. Alliance Council allows one to shape the evolution of our Club, and continues bringing communities together for the love of the sport.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? I seek open communication, strong relationships and collaboration with the Front Office and among the supporter groups. Outreach and diversification of our fan base are essential in ensuring our Club, and fútbol as a whole, are more accessible to all despite financial limitations, language barriers or distance. The pitch should been seen as a safe haven where all SSFC supporters are heard, welcomed and encouraged to be themselves. Such a gathering has an incredible potential to create positive change when given the tools and inspiration to do and be more.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' I first believed that even greater things were in store when fans aptly named the Club in 2008.

PERSONAL

  • Hometown: Issaquah, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): A.C. Milan
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Antonio Nocerino
  • Favorite Sounder player: Mauro Rosales
  • Where can we find you at the stadium (what section)? Lower 121 GA
 Pablo Mendoza

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? As a member of la Barra Fuerza Verde (BFV), one of the newer supporter groups and a subgroup of Emerald City Supporters (ECS), I aim to bridge Latinos and all communities alike with the Club. I have a passion for soccer and love my community, and being part of the Alliance Council allows me to represent both
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? My goal as a Council Member is to proudly represent ECS, BFV and my fellow Latinos by providing a voice to those who may go unheard. I would like to raise thoughts and concerns on behalf of others who may not have such an opportunity
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a big deal? I knew that the Sounders were a “big deal” at the first kick of the inaugural season. It isn’t just the players on the pitch that proved this, but also the intense support by the fans. Our support of the Club is second to none.

PERSONAL

  • Hometown: Arica, Chile
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): FC Barcelona
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Alexis Sanchez
  • Favorite Sounder player: Osvaldo Alonso
  • Where can we find you at the stadium (what section)? GA 121 with BFV and ECS
 Rachel Molloy

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? Thousands of recreational soccer fans (couples, kids and families) play soccer across our city every night. As an active member in this soccer-loving community, I want to help ensure that the Sounders remain welcoming, positive and energized behind our team and sport.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? I plan to continue to work to strengthen a strong foundation for the future growth of the Council. We need to make sure we are always finding ways to make ourselves available to hear from the Alliance, so we can act on their behalf. I'd also like to find more ways to get more of the Alliance membership actively involved in decisions affecting them as fans.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' This is a soccer region with thousands of kids and adults playing year round on recreational teams, and there was already a lot of excitement surrounding the MLS expansion. But it wasn't until the team name vote came around, that I really knew it was going to be big. There was this intense energy and protective enthusiasm coming from the fans. I knew then that we'd embraced the Sounders as our team.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 30
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): US National
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Natasha Kia
  • Favorite Sounder player: Sebastien Le Toux
  • Where can we find you at the stadium (what section)? Section 130
 Kris Mydske

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? When I first heard about Drew Carey’s plan to have a structure in place in the Sounders organization for better fan input, I was excited. I knew I wanted to be a part of that and to lend my voice into helping to make sure fans had more input into the game day experience. I’m excited about opportunities to further invest in the Sounders.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? I’m thankful to the Eastside Supporters for providing the votes to be on council, and hope to help shape the game-day experience for the better for all fans. My other goal would be to see more fan input on some decisions by the club such as Season Ticket Holder Scarves, and perhaps at least a voice in kit selection.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal?’: As soon as they opened up the name to an online fan-vote and hearing about the number of write-in votes for ‘Sounders’ it sent chills down my spine.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 28
  • Hometown: Bothell, Washington
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Tough choice, would probably have to go with Tottenham.
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Alex Morgan
  • Favorite Sounder player: Mauro "HoneyBadger" Gspurning?
  • Where is your seat?: Section 150, Above the Mighty 405 banner. You can probably hear me yelling at someone to cut their hair (I’m looking at you, Beckerman!).
 Jerry Neil

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member?: I have been a supporter of the Sounders since mid - 09, and a soccer fan all my life.  and have wanted to do something more to help out. I wanna make sure we continue to accomplish what we set out to do every year, and then some.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member?: I want to continue the work of the previous Council members. We have a truly unique opportunity here with our club. I would like to get it to where we can actually vote on more stuff, and not just the GM vote every 4 years.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal?’: Walking into the stadium in 09, a match vs San Jose got halfway through the tunnel and got goosebumps like never before. (still get that same feeling every time I walk into the stadium on matchdays)

PERSONAL

  • Age: 30
  • Hometown: Seattle
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Manchester City, Marseille
  • Favorite player (outside of the Sounders): Sydney Leroux
  • Favorite Sounder player: Any player who puts on the crest is my favorite (current player: OBA)
  • Where is your seat?: somewhere in 122
 Randy Nuñez

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member?: I was interested in seeing how the Alliance Council could attract more fans to the Sounders, fans more representative of local communities.  And to keep Season Ticket Prices down.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member?: The above.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal?’: My first match a couple games into the MLS inaugural season.  The passion of the fans caught my attention, and especially the Supporter Groups.  The club felt more tied to our local community than other professional sports teams.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 36
    Hometown: Yakima, WA
    Favorite Sounder player: Osvaldo Alonso
    Where is your seat?: GA
 Matt Oak

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member?: Primarily to do what I can to give back a little to the club that’s provided me with so much thus far.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member?: To bridge the gap between the priorities and points of view of Supporter Groups and non-SG supporters and fans.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal?’: The pre-opening match gatherings made it clear that this club would stick, that people would show up, and that those people would support passionately.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 26
  • Hometown: Seattle
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Arsenal FC
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Robin van Persie
  • Favorite Sounder player: Lamar Neagle
  • Where is your seat?: GA/122
 Keith Osterhoudt

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? To give Alliance members a voice. The whole democracy in sports idea intrigued me and I very much wanted to be a part of such a wonderful thing.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? To enrich the atmosphere, at both home and away matches, for the fans, because ultimately it is the fans that fuel the match.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal?’ When I placed my season ticket deposit, I had an alarm set for the date and time that deposits were being accepted and despite logging in immediately to place a deposit I was still depositor #550ish, not even a minute into sales. I knew that we were going to be big!! It only got better on opening night with the thousands of scarves tied all over Seattle, and then I knew we’d be huge!

PERSONAL

  • Age: 35
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): KNVB
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Dirk Kuyt
  • Favorite Sounder player: I like them all equally, seems the ones I like the most though get traded away.
  • Where is your seat?: 134 (behind the team bench)
 Likkit Pocinwong

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? Watching the NASL Sounders as a child ignited my life-long passion for the beautiful game. Ever since I heard that the Sounders were to be a MLS franchise, I have been searched for ways to participate and be involved with the club. Joining supporters groups, donating time for charity events, and supporting our boys on match day were just the start. Becoming a Council Member will help direct my passion and drive for the team in a direction that hopefully will benefit every supporter.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? The Council gives us a unique opportunity not always seen in professional sports where the fan actually has say in the club that they love and follow. I want to represent supporters groups and independent season ticket holders alike -- helping to shape our club's present and future.

PERSONAL

  • Hometown: Edmonds, Washington
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Liverpool
  • Favorite Sounder player: Pepe Fernandez
  • Where is your seat?: The fabulous Section 131 and GA
 Derek Pells

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member?: This is my club, and I want to make sure it continues to be my club
  • What are your goals as a Council Member?: To help the Sounders continue to be a healthy club and encourage better players to put Seattle on their list of clubs they would be willing to play for.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal?’: The first game I went to match back in 1995.

PERSONAL

  • Hometown: Kent
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): There are other clubs?
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Fredy Montero
  • Favorite Sounder player: Gspurning.
  • Where is your seat?: What seat? I don’t have one of those.
 Brian Prouty

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? Democracy in sports provides an incredible platform for the fan and the consumer and I believe that we have a tremendous privilege to hold ourselves accountable when we serve as a liaison between the fan and the ownership. I feel that there are so many types of fans but we all have similar expectations and that is to make Game Day and the Game Day Experience as great as it can be. I wanted to have a say and a voice and serve as an advocate to fans like me.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? I want to work with all fans, consumers, and supporter groups to ensure that the culture of Sounders remains true. Experiencing Sounders game day is unique to each person; some go to each game while others are coming to their first match. I want to see that each game is as great as it can be and that it creates a fan for life.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal?’ I have been impressed over and over again with this organization. There was the introduction of the ownership group and seeing that these guys knew what they were doing and meant business…bringing Kasey home…the massive (and brilliant) marketing campaign that lead to 22,000+ season ticket holders right off the bat…opening night and NO ONE sat down…

PERSONAL

  • Age: Qualify for the over 40 league
  • Hometown: Issaquah, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Liverpool
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Steven Gerrard for overall play, Messi for the wow
  • Favorite Sounder player: Osvaldo Alonso
  • Where is your seat?: section 109
 Jeff Randle

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? What are your goals as a Council Member?: As a council member I hope to provide a voice that section I sit in, the supporter group I am part of, friends at the pub who are just as rabid fans as myself, or members I meet here and there, can listen to and communicate with.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' July 21, 2009; US Open Cup semi-final at Starfire vs the Houston Dynamo

PERSONAL

  • Age: 39
  • Hometown: Eugene, OR
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Swansea
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Ballotelli
  • Favorite Sounder player: Who ever wears the 15
  • Where is your seat?: Section 139
 Daniel Roe

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? One of my passions in life is sports, especially soccer. When I heard that Seattle was getting an MLS team, I couldn’t wait to become a ticket holder. I was very excited when I heard about the Seattle Sounders FC Alliance. It provides a unique opportunity for the fans to make a real impact on the direction of the franchise. I wanted to have a bigger role in the Alliance and that’s why I ran for Council. I want to make sure the Alliance succeeds and that the Sounders remain the greatest football club in MLS.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? My goal is to see that every fan that comes out to Qwest Field has an amazing experience. I will achieve this goal by making sure that the concerns of fans are heard by the ownership group.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' I had a feeling that the Sounders would be a big deal when the inaugural home opener sold out and more tickets had to be released. It was solidified for me when more seats had to be opened up for the rest of the inaugural season and all the single game tickets were sold out months in advance. After two regular seasons of sell outs, two trips to the playoffs, and two Open Cup trophies, the Sounders are still the big deal in Seattle.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 26
  • Hometown: Issaquah, Washington
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Norwich City FC
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Grant Holt
  • Favorite Sounder player: Steve Zakuani
  • Where is your seat?: Up top in Section 330
 Stephanie Steiner

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? I wanted to make a contribution to the whole Sounders community. That’s the official answer. The unofficial answer is that I was really frustrated trying to contact the council, and couldn’t find a way to do so. Well, I’d rather make a difference than complain, so I took it on. Sounders had no capacity for a suite owner to vote, let alone run in an election. When I walked around the stadium to talk with season ticket holders, I found that most of them hadn’t a clue that there even was a council. So at that point I was determined. Three seasons later, my efforts paid off. I got to vote, and I got elected.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? I adore the supporter clubs, and I love sitting in the North End where I can see the tifos so well. But we’ve got tons of kids in the North End – I really want to get photographs of them and their posters, painted faces, and other North End supportive efforts recognized, photographed, and posted online.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' The very first time I stood for ninety minutes – girly shoes, blisters, and all.

PERSONAL

  • Age: Old enough to be offended by this question
  • Hometown: Podunk gold rush town in California
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Sheldon Ladybugs (they’re tougher than they sound!)
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Madison Steiner – kick-butt keeper!
  • Favorite Sounder player:I’m supposed to choose one? Are you kidding me?
  • Where is your seat?: RedZone
 Dylan Vanderhoof

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? My role in ECS is largely related to our large Tifo displays and the logistics surrounding them. Since the Council has some ability to affect things regarding matchday environment and operations, I wanted to lend a voice to the people behind the large displays. Additionally, I wanted to provide additional representation on the Alliance Council for my section.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal?’: I’m one of the few people for whom the “Superclub Friendlies” did their job. I attended the 2009 friendly against Chelsea FC (my longtime European club) and realized that the matchday atmosphere was far more fun than simply watching football on TV. Since then, my interest in European football has waned significantly as my interest and involvement in what’s happening here in Seattle has increased. I hope we see more people coming to that conclusion as the years pass.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 32
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Chelsea FC
    Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Didier Drogba
  • Favorite Sounder player: Michael Gspurning
  • Where is your seat?: General Admission/Supporters Section
 Brendan Vaughn

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member?
  • I’ve gone to 23 away matches (in which the Sounders are 11-6-6, +11 GD), I've spent countless hours reading and commenting on Sounder at Heart, attending (almost) every home match and a handful of reserve/academy matches, I've been to the America SCORES auction (yes, I am the proud owner of a pair of signed Freddie Ljungberg cleats), and my favorite memory was probably the Colorado v Washington Special Olympics match held after the 2012 Rapids/Sounders tie-up in Denver. But with all of that, I still wanted something more, something where I can help shape the future of our club and help be a part of "Democracy in Sports".
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? There are three major topics that I have a passion for and wanted to ensure received the appropriate discussion:
    • Ensuring a positive away fan experience (specifically non-Cascadia matches, both for SG- and non-SG associated fans)
    • Providing feedback on the CRM program that the Front Office has begun to roll out
    • Better engagement of young fans and Sounders fans outside the Puget Sound area
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal? When the team was announced I thought back to the July 2003 match between Manchester United and Celtic in Seahawks Stadium and the roar that rose up after Ruud van Nistelrooy’s goal. I knew then soccer was big in Seattle and it was only a matter of time until we’d have a top-flight team of our own to cheer.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 32
  • Hometown: Ballard, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Fulham
    Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Herculez Gomez or Clint Dempsey
  • Favorite Sounder player: Kasey keller
  • Where is your seat?: Section 108, row D
 Kristina Vaughn

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member?: To become more involved in and learn more of an organization the way not many sports fans can be.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member?: To make Alliance members more aware of what the Council does and
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal?’: When I came home from college and attended a game with a friend, we got season tickets the next season.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 27
  • Hometown: Issaquah, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): USMNT (does that count?)
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Mia Hamm
  • Favorite Sounder player: Osvaldo Alonso
  • Where is your seat?: Section 145
 Kelly Weiler

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member?:  I love this amazing opportunity that the Sounders have given us, and I want to be a bigger part of the greatest franchise in MLS.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member?: To be a voice for the fans and supporters, particularly those members of the ECS that do not stand in GA.; to protect and further the good reputation of the Sounders and the best fanbase in the country; and maybe to help make a difference in the way future MLS clubs look at fan/front office partnerships.

PERSONAL

  • Age: I’m old enough to drink and young enough to pogo.
  • Hometown:  Harrisburg, PA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Aston Villa FC
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Fredy Montero
  • Favorite Sounder player: Brad Evans
  • Where is your seat?: 239
 Brian Winchester

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member?: I want to be a part of the democracy in sports and help to influence the front office in ways that improve the overall experience of attending matches for the fans. I want to represent the supporters culture to the FO and help both the supporters and the fans understand each other better.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member?: I hope to be a part of improving the atmosphere. I want to become involved with charities and to increase local Veteran and Military personnel participation in enjoying the Sounders experience at home and away.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a ‘big deal?’: 1976 at the Soccer Bowl

PERSONAL

  • Age: 50
  • Hometown: Renton, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Manchester United
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Wayne Rooney
  • Favorite Sounder player: Fredy Montero
  • Where is your seat?: I stand with the ASG in section 123
 Mark Winchester

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? I love this sport and want to see it grow anyway it can. I thought about running in 2009 than some people told me I should so hopefully I can try and help fans get more info to the Sounders Front Office and vice versa and provide input to the club on what fans would like to see happen on game days and in certain directions OUR Club goes.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? To help the Sounders be the Biggest and Best club in the USA. Who knows someday even bigger than that! Being on the council provides opportunities to try and help supporters and fans achieve this with the Front Office and ownerships help. “Also let’s not forget to get Fans Cheaper beer at the Stadium.”
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' As soon as we got a club back in Seattle at the Pro level and everyone wanted to call it the “SOUNDERS”

PERSONAL

  • Age: 44
  • Hometown: Renton
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): Fortuna Dusseldorf 1895
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Miraslov Klose Favorite US Player: Clint Dempsey
  • Favorite Sounder player: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
  • Where is your seat?: GA usually with family other ECS/ASG 10 rows up in 123
 Kenneth Wyatt

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? For the love of the game! I have been a player, a fan, and I'm amongst the leadership of the North End Faithful (NEF). This was the next step I could take to be a part of my club.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? As a Council Member my main goal is to help fuel the supporters’ culture to ensure that our already established fan base knows how they can be involved and that supporters do help the outcome of a game.
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' Only seeing big crowds and support at International matches here in the states, I sure wasn't expecting what I saw on first kick. Then I knew.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 32
  • Hometown: Ballard, WA
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): FC Bayern Munchen
  • Favorite Sounder player: Of all time, Kasey Keller. On the first team currently Ozzie.
  • Where is your seat?: Sec. 145 behind the "Welcome to Green Hell" banner.
 Kevin Zelko

PROFESSIONAL

  • Why did you want to be a Council Member? To be apart of one of the coolest realities in American Sports! Democracy in Sports. A mixture of two of my favorite things.
  • What are your goals as a Council Member? Bring my organization skills and strengths to support Sounders fans in Seattle and around the world. To keep this momentum lasting beyond the first season!
  • When did you know that the Sounders would be a 'big deal?' When the first ticket launch came, and there was such an amazing response. As a member of Gorilla FC, I get to hear from a broad spectrum of Sounders fans. Lets use this democratic tool to make the Sounders a stronger force.

PERSONAL

  • Age: 38
  • Hometown: Seattle and Kansas City
  • Favorite club (outside of Seattle): FC St. Pauli
  • Favorite player (outside of Seattle): Henrik Larsson
  • Favorite Sounder player: Steve Zakuani
  • Where is your seat? I stand in Section 120 with Gorilla FC.

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