With the start of the MLS season just around the corner, I’ve decided to take a look at the top supporter groups that MLS teams have to offer. There is nothing like sitting in one of the supporter sections as the atmosphere is unlike anything else in all of sports. With tifos, flags, banners and chants (among other things), these fans make the stadium atmosphere difficult for opposing teams to play in.
DC United-Screaming Eagles/Barra Brava
Both The Screaming Eagles and Barra Brava have been with DC United since it’s inception in 1995 and have grown to over 1,000 members. The Screaming Eagles reside in “The Nest” and “The Aerie” which occupies sections 132, 133, 134 and 139 of RFK Stadium, while Barra Brava take up sections 135 thru 138.
Barra Brava is the first group to use Tifos (see above for an example), which are commonly seen by fans in Europe and South America. They bring the fierce passion of South America and apply it in our nation’s capitol, standing and chanting for the full 90 minutes.
Portland Timbers- Timber Army
Formed in 2001/2002, members of the former “Cascade Rangers” and other Timbers supporters joined forces to create the fierce Timber Army. They can be found in section 107, also called “The Woodshed”, of Jeld-Wen Field. Applying the use of banners, scarves, flags, tifos, chants, smoke, flares and assorted instruments, the Timber Army are one of the most passionate and visible supporters sections in the MLS.
Seattle Sounders-Emerald City Supporters
One of the largest supporters groups in MLS with more than 3,700 members, Emerald City Supporters were formed in 2005 and continue to grow to this day. Cheering from the General Admission area of Century Link Field, the ECS occupy the top and bottom sections of 121-123. A unique thing about the ECS is that they also act as an “umbrella organization” for smaller subgroups such as 509 Prime and Fog City Faithful, among others.
See final two ranked sections after the jump.