About

Mission:
To support the United States National Soccer Team through a unified and dedicated group of supporters.

UNITE & STRENGTHEN

History:
The American Outlaws started in Lincoln, NE as a local supporters group. Throwing viewing parties at local bars and attending every game possible sparked excitement amongst some of the leaders of the group, who felt like they could do more.  In attending these games, a lack of consistency was observed from game to game with regard to the level of supporter organization and communication, particularly with events surrounding the game (ie tailgates, parties, etc.).  We then decided to make AO a nationwide, non-profit supporter group.

What’s with our Name:

Our name came about in 2 ways.

1.  When we started bringing soccer fans together to watch soccer and travel to US games in Nebraska (not known for soccer), we were part of an outlier group of sports fans, in a sea of American football, baseball, and NASCAR fans.  We felt we were outlaws of the sports world, supporting a sport that most people didn’t know much of or care about.

But we soon found out that many cared and many knew, no matter the size of your town.

2.  We decided to show that we were sports outlaws, but weren’t small in numbers, by sporting what the old American wild-west outlaws wore, the bandanna.  We wanted to show we are proud of being American and proud to be a soccer fan in America!  It also makes for a site to see in the stands!

What we Do:

* courtesy of Logan Bowles

Importance of Supporters:

With a country as big as the United States, organization is a critical aspect to creating a unified culture of soccer fans.  The more the fan base is unified, the greater the fan presence, the more passionate the atmosphere, which finally leads to better results on the field and growth of support of soccer.  This is the goal of American Outlaws.

UNITE & STRENGTHEN

Importance of Supporters to Players:
If you’ve ever wondered if your support in the stadium makes a difference, know that it does to U.S. international Frankie Hejduk.  In Nuremburg, hours before kickoff of the Ghana game of the 2006 World Cup, Frankie told us, “please be as loud as you can. You don’t know how much of a difference it makes to the players.”

Bob Bradley stated in South Africa, that he was in tears from the support when the US bus drove up to the stadium with AO and US fans greeting them before the Algeria game in Pretoria.

I can’t stress enough how big a difference that makes. When we step on the field and we feel like we’re playing in front of a crowd that is 98% American and is going to push you and support you through 90 minutes no matter what, we appreciate that and thank everybody who comes to be a part of that.” Michael Bradley

As we enter into a new chapter of The American Outlaws as a national organization we look forward to many more highlights and through the community we hope we can accomplish our goals of accelerating the knowledge, commitment, and organization of US fans.

info@theamericanoutlaws [dot] com

Take part in next era of US Soccer Supporters and become an Outlaw.


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“Sponsoring Fans Instead of Athletes”

from MediaPost.com
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/index.cfm?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=110534
— A Good article, that references The American Outlaws about why to
sponsor Supporter Groups like ourselves.
—Read & Enjoy, and then contact us.

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