Descriptive words fail to capture the magic that exists in that first step onto a professional sports surface. The air smells different, the ground feels... spongy yet firm. The sight of the stands from ground level is empowering. The moment is etched on the mind, and for just a second, you feel immortal.
Steve is looking like he's back and ready to take on the game!
Ozzy gettin in some ball time before the game.
Leaving the pitch to ready for the first half, Zakuani raises a hand for the fans.
The players march onto the pitch in the opening ceremony.
The starting 11 line-up.
The ECS (Emerald City Supporters) start to unfurl their first home-field Tifo of the Cascadia Cup.
The giant two-section-wide Tifo continues to roll across the fans.
The Tifo is finally spread out, showing a fan in a hoodie, the ECS logo tattooed on his throat, and "BROU" "GHAM" on his nuckles, over the Cascadia trophy on a field of blue, silver, and green.
A few last words of wisdom from Coach Sigi Schmid, some words of encouragement from the captain...
Well, we can't ALL have a giant Sounders-esque huddle, now can we?
Fan banner, draped over the rails at the North end.
"Beware Cerberus" (roughly translated).