The 253 Defiance is a loud and proud sub group of the ECS representing Sounders supporters in the South Sound area.
Who We Are
253 Defiance is a subgroup of Emerald City Supporters representing members from the South Puget Sound area. Our first and foremost purpose is to support the Seattle Sounders FC in every way. It is at the forefront of everything we do. We are proud to represent ECS in the South Puget Sound and do so passionately with our voices and tifo. 253D has our own style that defines us. “Loyalty & Defiance” is our creed. We are loyal to the club, ECS and our members. We are defiant towards anybody that wishes to disrupt or hinder our goal of supporting Sounders FC. Above all, we want to spread a positive example of support and just as we support Sounders FC, we support each other.
Founded in 2009 by our President, Paul Rosa and a handful of friends, we have members that come from all over the South Sound area. 253D calls the South Sound home, but we’re open to all who are interested in being a Sounders FC supporter regardless of where they’re from. Whereas Tacoma is the hub of our region and is named the “City of Destiny” we call ourselves the “Supporters of Destiny”.
One of our goals is to promote football in the South Puget Sound. This is our community and we want to see the sport grow and thrive where we live. We believe that everyone should have fair access to the sport and we encourage everyone to be involved in it. Whether it be playing or supporting, we love football and want others to get excited about it as well!
We regularly get together and hold tifo parties where we paint 2poles and banners to display at matches. Our belief is the more color on the terraces the better!
What We Do
Before Sounders FC home matches you will find us at Temple Billiards in Pioneer Square. Then we gather at Occidental Park for the ECS March to the Match. (Temple Billiards: 126 S Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104)
During the match we are in Section 123 passionately displaying our flags and singing boisterously to lift up our boys on the pitch at Royal Brougham Park. After each match we gather for a group photo on the concourse behind Sec. 122.
For away matches, we hold viewing parties at The Twisted Kilt in Puyallup. We sing, chant and create an atmosphere that feels just like being at a home match. It’s a great way to meet fellow 253D members in a more personal setting. ECS members get a 20% discount year round and we always have 253D merch available. (The TK Irish Pub: 109 South Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371)
253 Football Club
253 Defiance also has our own FC. We play both indoor and outdoor leagues in Tacoma and host weekly kickarounds. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. Whether you’ve never played before or you’re the next Lamar Neagle, we want you on our team!
253D Facebook page: www.facebook.com/253Defiance
253D Facebook communication group: www.facebook.com/groups/253Dcommunicationgroup
253D Twitter: @253Defiance
253D email: 253Defiance@gmail.com
ECS/253D membership info: www.weareecs.com (Designate “253D” as your subgroup when purchasing your membership)
The Emerald City Supporters have a number of recognized sub-groups that you can join with a membership.