Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Gonzaga product Zach Scott recognized by Sounders fans with tifo

Former Gonzaga standout Zach Scott was honored by the Emerald City Supporters at the latest Seattle Sounders match Saturday versus Colorado with one of the group's special tifo displays.

The presentation was surf-themed for the Hawaii native, who played for the Bulldogs from 1998-2001 and has been a member of the Sounders lower division and MLS sides since becoming a professional. That 10-year span was part of the impetus for the recognition with a prominent banner stating: Hanging Ten For The Sounders.

The 'Hanging Ten' banner adorned the top of the display, which ran from field level up through two a group of seats two levels up with a second banner featuring silhouettes of surfers on a wave and a field-level banner depicting Zach Scott riding a surfboard featuring an FC Dallas player. In between the banners all of the fans were waving small blue flags, representing moving water as a backdrop for the surfing Scott.

The defender is having one of his best MLS seasons with the club with numerous statistical career highs. Through 10 years, though, he has claimed three US Open Cup championships, two second division regular season titles and two second division postseason championships.

"It was so cool," Scott told Joshua Mayers of the Seattle Times after training Monday. "It really caught me off guard. I hadn't even seen it originally and then somebody sort of shoved me in that direction and told me to look. What an honor.

"The first thing I wanted to do is figure out some way to thank them. If I could've run up there and shook everyone's hands, I would have. It was so cool, so unexpected, and for a guy who started out playing in the lower divisions and dreamed of getting to MLS, the chance to see your name on a huge poster was just fantastic."

View a team video of the presentation: