2012 MLS Tifo of the Week – Week 19 Thursday August 2nd, 2012 20:04

This week’s MLS Tifo of the Week goes to the folks up in San Jose, with their great message to Don Garber. Garber really stuck his foot in his mouth in his All Star Game interview, and it’s nice to see supporters reminding him that the fans should not be taken for granted.

8 Comments on “2012 MLS Tifo of the Week – Week 19”

  • Magowan August 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    And the fans should not take an MLS franchise for granted and be sour that an immature, unclever chant done by numerous teams was looked down upon. It goes both ways, San Jose.

    Many MLS fans also see this sign as in bad taste:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/MLS/comments/xbsnh/garber_its_a_gift_to_have_fans_and_with_that/

  • SJU August 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Magowan you obviously missed the point completely. The banner had nothing to do with the YSA chant. 1906 Ultras does not do that chant, and hates it as much as Garber. The banner was a response to his statement “Being a fan is a gift and with that comes some responsibility”. When you run a business, you cannot tell customers that your business is a gift to them. MLS fans without MLS would be just fine. They would find other teams, or other things to do. MLS without fans would not exist.
    The link you shared Magowan shows that a lot of people posting there are idiots who either didn’t get it, or simply liked to be puppets and be slapped around. Garber disrespects the fans in general, and out of all of them, the only ones responding are the Ultras from San Jose. If everybody else likes to get disrespected good for them. SJ Ultras don’t put up with that shit.

  • Bobby August 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Exactly, that’s why we don’t and have never used the YSA chant! Were Ultras, were more clever than that!

  • Mikey August 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Magnificent. No one wants YSA going on all the time, and certainly there has to be dialog at all times between FO’s and supporter groups to make sure things run smoothly. But the comments by Garber, combined with the hostile, or at best dismissive, attitude of certain clubs is very poor business. You get nowhere in any business by alienating your most loyal customers. So, while clubs have a duty to keep a certain level of public order at matches, they must remember do so in a spirit of cooperation, rather than looking at supporters as the enemy. This is especially true in light of the fact that most clubs employ their supporter groups not only as ambassadors of the team but as free marketing, by using pictures and videos of their supporters groups’ singing and tifos in their advertising campaigns. We are making them money, and paying out of our own pockets for doing so. We don’t begrudge that, because we love our team, but we do demand that the loyalty we give be returned with an equal amount of loyalty from ownership groups in the league, and that problems be solved in a spirit of cooperation rather than hostility or authoritarianism.

  • 1906 August 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Ultras didn’t have any recent problems with the league or their FO. It was mostly the groups doing the YSA chant, or Houston after the smoke bombs incidents at the MLS Cup Final, that Garber was talking about in his interview. So Ultras didn’t do this banner for themselves, but rather to defend the rest of the fans in the league, who apparently didn’t have any intention to protest Garber’s statements. Except a few individual signs and some internet forum posts, the rest of the SGs, and especially the newly created supporter association didn’t even get behind the Montoya guy from Colorado who got a life long ban for…profanity. This type of passive attitude is bad for the future of the MLS Supporter Groups. When the league is abusing its power and disrespecting their most loyal fans, 1906 Ultras will always take a stand and defend fellow supporters, even if they are from rivals groups. This is the difference between being an Ultra and being a fan who goes to the games, drink, yell profanity and go home after to bitch on the internet.

  • giaco August 8, 2012 at 4:49 am

    This isn’t ‘tifo’, it’s a banner.

    • rbjdbkilla August 8, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Sorry, but any display of any kind (be it flags, pyro, or “banners”) is tifo

      Tifo, originally the Italian word for the phenomenon of supporting a sport team, is mostly used as a name for any choreography displayed by fans in the stands of an arena or stadium in connection with a sport event, mostly a football match.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tifo

  • Mel October 8, 2012 at 7:14 am

    against modern soccer, Soccer is for fans not corporations all fans should stand up against Garbage ,I mean Garber

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