This Week in the Stands: Timbers Army and The Inferno take stands against homophobia

From the Timbers Army to the Emerald City Supporters to the Kansas City Cauldron, MLS has a long-standing tradition of vocal, visual, vehement support from the stands. Each week supporters groups across the league set out to spur their respective team to on-field victory.

Sometimes unforgettable scenes are captured through the lenses of talented photographers around the league, and the average fan is featured on's new weekly feature, This Week in the Stands.

NOTE: does not have access to photos of every supporters section in every game that we can use on the site. If your supporters group was omitted and you feel they should have been included, we apologize. Each and every supporters group will be included in this series, when possible.

One of the cooler designs in the league right now? The Flag of Chicago, and Section 8 brought it out in force on Saturday against Philadelphia.

The city of Vancouver is a beautiful place, and a melting pot for people of all different ethnicities and backgrounds. The Whitecaps' roster is no different, each represented on this massive collection of national flags.

Duncan Oughton's days in Columbus are done, but the Crew fans gave him a fond farewell before he left.

New York Red Bulls fans invaded Gillette Stadium on Saturday night, and the strong support translated to a 1-1 draw from the boys on the field.

Hopefully FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper likes beer. His jersey absorbed a hearty amount while celebrating with The Inferno after scoring his equalizing penalty kick against Portland last Wednesday.

Oregon to Texas is not a short flight for these traveling Timbers fans, but post-game handshakes with defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste after the 1-1 draw made it all worth it.

The Timbers Army stood together in Portland on Sunday with one message: "Football fans against homophobia"

And one more from the folks in Portland: "Pride, Not Prejudice"