Meeting Minutes: October 2019

Meeting Minutes: October 1, 2019



Oct 1st 2019 – 7:00 PM


Present (12 of 15): Martin Buckley, Stephanie Steiner, Nicholaus Biela, Ben Slager, Jeff Williams, Todd Cowles, Cameron Collins, Dan Roe, Carmen Hall, Lisa Angeles, Louis Garcia, Duane Nakamura

Absent (1): Alex Eagleton, Jerry Neil, Kelsey Gallo

Via telephone none

I. Call to order:  Martin Buckley 7:00 PM

II. Roll. Martin Buckley:  12 of 15 present at 7.00pm

III. Special Guest

Will Bruin joined Alliance Council for an informal discussion about his career, time at the Sounders and life in Seattle.

IV. Election of Alliance Council Secretary

Lisa Angeles was announced as Secretary by proclamation. Thank you Lisa for keeping our records until the close of the business year.

IV. Proposed amendment to Bylaw 3

Cameron Collins and Dan Roe proposed an amendment to Bylaw 3 to clarify and improve how the Alliance Council and Executive are able to draft and release Opinion Statements. After some discussion the proposed modification will move forward to Second Reading at the November 2019 meeting

V. Proposed amendment to Constitution Article 6.

Cameron Collins and Stephanie Steiner proposed an amendment to the Alliance Constitution to clarify how members of the Executive Committee can be removed. After some discussion this will be re-visited at the November 2019 meeting. Of specific interest were the process around notification, right to reply and the timing.

V. Adjourn

The meeting closed at 9.00pm

Meeting Minutes: September 2019

Meeting Minutes: September 10th, 2019



Sep 10th 2019 – 7:00 PM

Rave Green Conference Room

Present (14 of 15): Martin Buckley, Stephanie Steiner, Nicholaus Biela, Kelsey Gallo, Jerry Neil, Ben Slager, Jeff Williams, Todd Cowles, Alex EAgleton, Dan Roe, Carmen Hall, Lisa Angeles, Louis Garcia, Duane Nakamura

Absent (1): Cameron Collins

Via telephone none

I. Call to order:  Martin Buckley 7:00 PM

II. Roll. Lisa Angeles:  14 of 15 present at 7.04pm

III. Membership updates

Darla Langdon has asked for Leave of Absence – and will return in December for the new business year.

Chris Urquart and Molly Wagner are deemed to have offered voluntary resignation from Alliance Council by virtue of non-attendance and communication. We thank them for their time and service on Alliance Council

Louis Garcia will be moving away from the area later in the year and will be resigning from Alliance Council at that point. We also thank Louis for his time and service on Alliance Council.

Jeff Williams resigned from the Alliance Council Executive with immediate effect. We thank Jeff for his service as Secretary for this year.

IV. Special Guest: Peter Tomozawa

Peter Tomozawa is part of the the new ownership group at Sounders FC. Peter also joined Sounders FC Front Office as President of Business Operations.

Peter spent over two hours with Alliance Council discussing a wide variety of topics.

Alliance Council thanks Peter for his time – and looks forward to a strong and productive partnership.

V. Adjourn

The meeting closed at 9.05pm

2019 Annual Business Meeting

Again, we are collecting your questions for the 2019 Annual Business Meeting.

Please spend a moment, enter your question below. Alliance Council will review, aggregate and pose these questions at the 2019 Annual Business Meeting – to be held in November.

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Meeting Recap: August 2019

August meeting recap

Well, technically you’ll all be seeing this in September so we should start with OMG WHERE HAS THIS SEASON GONE?!  It’s been a doozy – but now it’s time for us to kick ourselves into gear and keep jostling for our position in this very close and fluid Western Conference race.  Since LAFC has made some deal with the devil to get All The Shield Points, our goal is #2 and that home playoff game – the only problem is all the other teams that want that same thing.  I believe in our Tough Kids.

The Alliance meeting on August 6 was a working meeting with most of our time spent talking about some early August game day events and the (ongoing) Supporter Group issues with the Fan Code of Conduct.  (Those who are not aware of the issue and would like to learn more can search for #AUnitedFront on Twitter for some additional information from groups around the league).

The Alliance Council walks a fine line here – the Supporter Groups are independent entities with their own relationships with the Front Office and the League and the Alliance Council sits alongside them but has no official role in their organizations.  That being said, Alliance Council has publicly come out on the side of inclusion (see our Calling Foul campaign as an example) and given that stance, we officially drafted and published an Opinion Statement standing in solidarity against hate, bigotry, racism and intolerance in this sport.  We will continue to watch to see the league response, as will many (including the Sounders Front Office) in the hope that there is an opportunity for dialog on this issue.

The last part of our meeting was a discussion around volunteering and coordination for some big events that the Alliance Council is responsible for supporting or organizing.  We hope that you all enjoyed the Season Ticket Member Celebration on the 25th (some of us were still working on enjoying that win over Portland on the 23rd and missed it… bummer) and we’re getting into the planning for the Annual Business Meeting in November.  Ever wanted to be a part of planning and supporting these sorts of things?  If so, run for Alliance Council yourself!  We’re wrapping up the end of this business year (sad) but the new one starts in December and we’d love to see you be part of it.  For more information on joining Council just click here: So You Want To Be A Council Member.  Will you be part of the shaping of the fan experience next year?

And that was the meeting for August!  Lots of targeted conversation and planning – lots of excitement around how we finish up this season.  Fall is here, it’s time to push up in the standings and get ready to see if we can make a run for the Cup again.  Until the next time – Scarves Up

Meeting Minutes: August 2019

Meeting Minutes: Aug 6th, 2019



Aug 6th, 2019 – 7:00 PM

Rave Green Conference Room

Present (12 of 18): Alex Eagleton, Cameron Collins, Carmen Hall, Daniel Roe, Duane Nakamura, Jeff Williams, Jerry Neil, Kelsey Gallo, Louis Garcia, Martin Buckley, Nicholaus Biela, and Stephanie Steiner.

Absent (6): Ben Slager, Chris Urquart, Molly Wagner, Darla Langdon, Lisa Angeles, Todd Cowles.

Via telephone none

I. Call to order:  Martin Buckley 7:03 PM

II. Roll. Jeff Williams:  12 of 18 present at 7.04pm.

III. Front Office and Supporter Groups: Update and commentary on recent events
Martin Buckley joined a meeting between Supporter Groups and Front Office at the invitation of Emerald City Supports’ leadership. Note that the Alliance Council will not get involved in Support Group business.

There was a long and detailed discussion regarding the current situation regarding the MLS Fan Code of Conduct, political flags and signage and supporter groups. There was a specific discussion regarding the Iron Front imagery and flags.

Sounders FC Front Office continues to message a stand for inclusion and keeping fans safe.

Alliance Council representation was to listen and provide context regarding all fans.

Following a break there was discussion on whether the Alliance Council should craft and support an Opinion Statement in support of our Supporter Groups.

Vote on the motion:  11 Yes, and one abstain. 

We, the Seattle Sounders Alliance Council, support the value of inclusion.
We stand with our Supporter Groups against hate, bigotry, racism, and intolerance.

Opinion Statement Supporting Inclusion

IV. Volunteers and Events.
Alliance Council is being asked to support multiple events over the coming months:
August 25 – Fan Appreciation event – noon to 3.00pm
October – garage sale
November – Annual Business Meeting

There was a limited number of volunteers to assist. Nicholaus will manage the Fan Event signup and roster. Duane volunteered as logistics lead for the Annual Business Meeting.

V. Update: Social media plan and next steps.
Kelsey’s report on social media shows 2000 followers on Facebook and 2700 on Twitter. Suggested to arrange a giveaway to increase traffic.

VI. Update on Scarf vote.
Carmen reported that the Alliance wide Scarf Vote is live. Results will be announced at a future match.

VII. Other business.
Food committee:  the stadium is trying new beer. Ask to put up signs for frozé. If you want Taco Time at the game, we must raise our voices.

Next meeting was re-arranged to be Sept 10.

Away Travel: Anybody going to LA, Alex has a travel offer.

Adjourn: 9:16 PM


Meeting Minutes: July 2019



July 9th 2019 – 7:00 pm


Present (10 of 18): Alex Eagleton, Cameron Collins, Carmen Hall, Duane Nakamura Jeff Williams, Jerry Neil, Kelsey Gallo, Louis Garcia, Martin Buckley, and Todd Cowles.

Absent (8): Ben Slager, Chris Urquart, Molly Wagner, Daniel Roe, Darla Langdon, Lisa Angeles, Nicolaus Biela, Stephanie Steiner.

Via telephone none

I. Call to order:  Martin Buckley 7:00 PM

II. Roll. Jeff Williams:  10 of 18 present at 7.02pm.

III. Front Office: Renewal, Alliance Fan Appreciation Event
Mikaela Purvis, Director of Membership Engagement and Retention spent time talking about renewals, Season Tickets for 2020 and the Alliance Fan Appreciation event to be held 25 August 2019, noon-3.00pm.

She presented the benefits of being a season ticket holder – or Alliance member – and some of the retention details.

IV. Outreach plan and next steps.
Nicolaus not present – this will be presented at a future meeting.

V. Update: Social media plan and next steps.
Kelsey’s report on Social media engagement – mainly through Twitter and Facebook. Looking for content from other members to get pictures of game day, and how the fan experience is shaping up. Looking to add color for the fan around game day, RAVE Foundation events and fan interaction.
Suggestion to get the food trucks report on a regular basis. Find out who knows the list of trucks that will be present.

VI. Update on Scarf vote.
The Front Office received around 40 submissions; a handful were ineligible.
Council will have a short window during July to reduce this list to a best five. This best five will be sent out for Alliance wide vote.
Note that again we ask the Front Office to plan and engage earlier to make this less rushed.

VII. Summer 2019 survey overview.
Martin sent a survey to all current and prior Alliance Council members that we could contact. Around 90 members provided feedback in the anonymous survey.

Perceptions of the Alliance Council are mixed; and there were some good ideas on being more effective. Perceptions of how “rewarding” Alliance Council is has improved over the past three years.

This is a subject for a future meeting.

VIII. #CallingFowl
The final letter was sent to MLS officials.

There is no response to date – although the Sounders FC Front Office reports that the League has received the letter – and have spoken with the Front Office .

We continue to request a response.

The letter calls out what has been done to promote equality. The social media seems to have a mostly positive response. The letter is posted to the Alliance Council website.

IX. Other business.

In order to streamline communication – and have a single place to communicate – Microsoft Teams will be the one place moving forward. As we move into the new business year in December the Facebook group and Google mail will be archived.
In stadium concessions: Food quality not improved. Alex Eagleton and team will continue to review the concessions, quality and value and report back to council and the Front Office.
Todd Cowles has accepted a role on the board of the RAVE Foundation. We congratulate Todd on this move. Todd will be ending his time with Alliance Council at the end of the business year to focus on the RAVE Foundation.

Meeting with Adrian and ownership: pre-game Wednesday 17 July. This is before the friendly match against Dortmund.

X. Adjourn

Adjourn 8:59 PM