SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC ALLIANCE COUNCIL
5 February 2019 – 6.30 pm
Present (14 of 19): Alex Eagleton, Ben Slager, Cameron Collins, Carmen Hall, Gilbert Ko, Jeff Williams, Jerry Neil, Jesse Kilgore, Kelsey Gallo, Martin Buckley, Nicholaus Biela, Molly Wagner, Stephanie Steiner, Todd Cowles
Absent (2): Chris Urquart, Dan Roe
Via telephone (3): Darla Langdon, Lisa Angeles, Louis Garcia
Note: this meeting was scheduled for an early 6.30pm start. Roll was taken at 7.00pm.
I. Call to order: Martin Buckley
II. Roll. Jeff Williams: 14 of 19 present at 7.00pm.
III. Closed session with Garth Lagerwey, GM and President of Soccer: Garth spent time discussing multiple aspects of the forthcoming season with Alliance Council. Thank you to Garth for spending time with us.
IV. Working session: report back from workgroups
Our top collaboration areas with the Front Office will be around Jersey design, Scarf Vote, Alliance Council future state and Inclusion. Inclusion will specifically include areas around perceived affordability and sitting/standing.
JERSEYS. No update.
SCARF VOTE. No update.
CONCESSIONS. No update.
INCLUSION. No update.
OUTREACH. No update.
AWAY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. No update.
YOUTH OUTREACH. No update.
ALLIANCE COUNCIL FUTURE MODEL. Workgroup will meet late February.
MERCHANDISE AND SIZES. No update.
PLAYER RECOGNITION. Martin Buckley reported that this project to build a Hall of Fame is broadly supported by the club and Front Office – but the timing for funding and other investment is not right. For 2019 the club will be working on Ten Years in MLS with some specific MLS player recognition this year. Alliance Council will look to be included in that work.
The Hall of Fame/Player Recognition workgroup should meet to wrap up this workstream – with action items and a work back for a future year. Alliance Council will work with the Front Office to secure priorization for this – along with funding.
V. Other business: The club will announce their goal to become Carbon Neutral. Alliance Council recognizes this work and commends the club for their leadership. There is a planned Tree Planting event that Alliance Council have been invited to attend in late February.
Molly Wagner was noted for her work on social media, especially regarding the more human side of the Zulily kit sponsorship announcement.
VI. Adjournment: Moved. Seconded. Council votes unanimously to adjourn.