On September 9th, 2007 fifty or so fans boarded a bus from Lincoln, Nebraska en route to Chicago. Their destination? An international friendly between the United States men’s national team and Brazil at Soldier Field. The American Outlaws were born.
Only slightly earlier a royal blue shirt was slapped together for those on the trip. They would make a cameo on TV (at the 1:16 mark here) after the USMNT opened the scoring (a Landon Donovan corner headed on frame by Carlos Bocanegra) marking the first of many, many euphoric AO celebrations behind the goal.
Ten years later, this group, founded by friends Korey Donahoo and Justin Brunken, are the largest supporters group in the nation with over 30,000 members. First as a supporters group for the men’s national team domestically AO now travels to every international men’s match including organizing support for them at the 2010 in South Africa and 2014 World Cup in Brazil (with plans for 2018 in Russia as well). In 2013 AO began supporting the women’s national team (and now have a section at every match) and brought thousands of members to support their 2015 Women’s World Cup winning campaign in Canada (with plans for 2019 in France as well). AO has also appeared at youth national team matches including the U23 Olympics Qualifying campaigns and the U17 Nike International Friendlies in Florida.
To honor our roots we’re bringing back the royal blue shirt that we sported in our first two years.
Ten stars adorn the top of the shirt for each of our ten years of “pride, loyalty, and belief” just above the ball and crossbones logo of AO.
Also back is the background eagle with a very significant change. The 2017 eagle looks both left and right; back on our ten years of existence plus over 100 years of U.S. Soccer history and forward towards the future… full of endless possibilities for our national teams.
A membership in the American Outlaws is more than just a t-shirt and a bandana. It’s also access to tickets, #AOAway packages, travel deals, and retail discounts. Most importantly it is an opportunity to belong in our diverse and inclusive #AOFamily behind the goal (“This Land is Our Land”), at our events and in our chapters bars to help build soccer in this country with globally respected team and supporters’ culture.
In ten years the American Outlaws have supported every team, every time, everywhere and we plan on continuing to “unite and strengthen” for them for decades to come.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am not a member. How can I sign up?
Get on it! Join the American Outlaws on our website.
Can I sign up for an AO membership today and get the 2017 shirt?
No. It is still 2016. All membership orders before Dec. 31 will still get the 2016 member shirt. If you’d like the 2017 shirt please wait until January 1st to sign up. NOTE: All orders before January 1, 2016 will still get the 2016 membership shirt.
I am a current AO member who signed up online. When will I receive my 2017 shirt?
If you’re a current member and your membership is set for auto-renew (you can check this by looking under Settings > My Payments > Pre-approved Payments in PayPal) you will receive your 2017 membership shirt a couple days after your renewal date. You will get an email indicating your membership renewal at the beginning of the month in which your membership is up.
I am an AO member who signed up at an event. When will I receive my 2017 shirt?
If you signed up for AO at an event your membership is NOT set for auto-renew and will cancel after one year. To check your membership expiration date, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can re-sign up on our website.
Can I give the gift of an AO membership?
Of course! You’re so kind! Give the gift of an AO membership. After purchase the buyer will immediately receive a link to download a certificate (and will also receive one through e-mail) they can print to give the recipient. The 2017 shirt will then mail shortly after January 1! NOTE: All gift memberships are for one year and need to be either re-gifted next year or member would need to re-sign up themselves.