The final MLS tifo of the Week goes to La Norte and District Ultras for their display this last week, well done everyone. Great display very well done.
Coming in a CLOSE second was Curva Collective for their display this week as well. In fact, they did 4 displays this last match, which I think is pretty amazing in and of itself. The biggest of these celebrated YP Lee’s retirement.
Here’s the wrapup as Curva Collective put it:
The first is of display we did during the warmups. The starting 11 go through their paces in front of us. We wanted to set the tone for the match. We raised a 7.5 foot, but 7.5 2-stick with an image of Lee Young Pyo on it and began to chant his name. After a 1-2 minutes a second 2-stick of equal size was raise with the image of Sam Adekugbe. To the same tune we seamless switched to Sam’s name. Lee was playing in his final professional match, while Sam was making his debut for the 1st Team in MLS. After another minute or two, a third 2-stick of equal size was raised into the first to with the image of an old fashion football…with the words “The Circle of Football”. As it was raised we switched to sing songs in honour of our Club (we’ll pass on the video once it is good to go). We found the juxtaposition of one ending their career and one beginning it profound.
The second display was 6 small 2-sticks celebrating our 4th Cascadia Cup victory. Behind them our a number of our flags and some more 2-sticks.
The third one we told people was optional and was simply raising/waving Canadian flags as our anthem singer, Marie Hui, sung the anthems among us. This was quite similar to what we did for the anthem ahead of our Voyageurs’ Cup Finale with Montreal in May.
The fourth and most significant display was one honouring Lee Young Pyo. It was deployed the moment the whistle went to sub Lee out….and held until the final whistle. The main piece was essentially a Korean Flag with the logos of the sides Lee has played for (namely Anyang FC, PSV, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, Al Hilal, us, and the Korean Football Association). On either side were small word banners that both said “Forever Blue & White”…one side in Korean and the other in English.