The Supporters’ Shield at Academy Schools


The Supporters’ Shield comes to Academy Schools

What is the Supporters’ Shield? Think soccer… and, more specifically, the Seattle Sounders FC.

First, the history… from a post dated October 25, 2014: “In front of an energized crowd of 57,673 at CenturyLink Field, Seattle Sounders FC (20-10-4, 64 points) topped the Los Angeles Galaxy (18-9-14, 61 points) by a score of 2-0 to claim the 2014 MLS Supporters’ Shield. The Supporters’ Shield, introduced by organized fan groups, is awarded annually to the supporters of the team with the best regular-season record in MLS.”

The Sounders have been part of Major League Soccer for six years, and, in those short six years, have won four Open Cups and, now, a Supporters’ Shield. That is big…very BIG! The Shield represents the MLS’s (Major League Soccer’s) official recognition of its supporters, its fans. As Sam Pierron wrote, “the Supporters’ Shield is a unique and wonderful statement about MLS supporters, their connection to the game in this country, their symbiotic relationship with both their teams and the league, and to the game worldwide.”

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Flash forward to Friday, January 30th… Jerry Neil, son of Janelle Neil, and super Sounders fan extraordinaire, shared the Supporters’ Shield with Academy Schools. Students and staff members were able to touch it, lift it (no small feat at approximately 25 pounds), and have their pictures taken with it.

Thank you, Seattle Sounders FC, for sharing the Shield with us. And, thank you, Jerry for bringing this amazing honor to Academy Schools!



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