Press Room

PRESS ROOM

Press Contact:

Dan Wiersema

(512) 992-7408

dan@theamericanoutlaws.com

The American Outlaws is a grassroots organization of US Soccer supporters.

With over 125 local chapters across the country and 18,000 members, we travel around the globe supporting the American side wherever and whenever they play. Our mission is to support the United States National Soccer Teams through a unified and dedicated group of supporters, building communities locally and nationally to Unite & Strengthen American soccer

AO In the Media

MAXIM

World Cup Fever: Meet the American Outlaws

http://www.maxim.com/sports/world-cup-fever-meet-the-american-outlaws

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

American Outlaws' Growth Highlights Distinct Passion Among US Soccer faithful

http://soccer.si.com/2013/10/18/american-outlaws-usmnt-fans-grows-100-chapters/

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

American Outlaws Bringing The Party to US National Team Games

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/soccer/03/28/american.outlaws/

NEW YORK MAGAZINE

Is 2014 The Year Soccer In America (Truly) Goes Mainstream?

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/05/leitch-soccer-suddenly-a-major-sport-in-america.html

ESPN

Inside ESPN's "I Believe" 2014 FIFA World Cup Promo Featuring the American Outlaws

http://frontrow.espn.go.com/2014/04/american-outlaws/
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Wherever the US goes, we'll follow. We are The American Outlaws.

This summer, over 500 of us descend on Brazil to support the American side.

This site will capture the sights and sounds and stories of the journey.

AO Events in Brazil

Events in Natal

US v GHANA

All US Fans Welcome

JUNE 15: Night-Before Party, Hosted By US Soccer

Reservation Required

6 pm - midnight

Arena Volks

JUNE 16: AO Pre-Game Party

2:30 pm - 5 pm

Dom Gourmet or Rodizio de Pizzas

Avenida Miguel Castro, 1929 - Lagoa Nova

Live forró music

Food & drink available for purchase

Events in Manaus

US v PORTUGAL

All US Fans Welcome

JUNE 21: Night-Before Party, Hosted By US Soccer

Reservation Required

6 pm - midnight

Classic Hall

Rua Raimundo Nonato de Castro

1193 - Ponta Negra

Food & drink available for purchase

6.8 km to Stadium

JUNE 22: AO Pre-Game Party

12 noon - 4 pm

Classic Hall

Rua Raimundo Nonato de Castro

1193 - Ponta Negra

Food & drink available for purchase

6.8 km to Stadium

Events in Recife

US v GERMANY

All US Fans Welcome

JUNE 25: Night-Before Party, Hosted By US Soccer

Reservation Required

6 pm - midnight

Gio Pizzeria

Rua Raimundo Nonato de Castro

1193 - Ponta Negra

Food & drink available for purchase

6.8 km to Stadium

JUNE 26: AO Pre-Game Party

8:00 am – 11:30 am

Bar do Mundinho (Bar do Bode)

Rodovia BR 408

São lourenço da mata

Food & drink available for purchase

15 min walk to stadium (1.5 KM)

Events in Salvador

US v Belgium

Stadium March

It's going to be truly AO in Brazil in every sense, a mashup of Carnival parade and American Outlaws rally.

A sizable contingent of American and Brazilian media will be there.

Meeting at 2 PM in the historic Pelourinho in front of the Santo Antonio church (Igreja de Santo Antonio). Address is Largo de Santo Antonio

March starts from there, but picks up steam at the Terreiro de Jesus. That's the main square in the Pelourinho. Address is just Largo de Pelourinho.

At 3 PM, we'll march to the stadium through the cobblestoned streets. It's about a 15 minute walk.

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AO in Brazil Video Series

Made Possible By Degree

Produced by our embedded documentary film crew, The New BLK. New episodes posted regularly.

Episode 15:

Road Trip to Salvador!

Episode 14:

AO v Club America

Episode 13:

Manaus March

Episode 12:

Trip to Manaus

Episode 11:

Game Face

Episode 10:

Pelada na Praia

Episode 9:

Parna Mirim FC

Episode 8:

Universal Language

Episode 7:

The Market

Episode 6:

US v Ghana, Post Game

Episode 5:

The March

Episode 4:

Road to Arena das Dunas

Episode 3:

US v Ghana, Game On

Episode 2:

US Soccer Night Before Party

Episode 1:

We Are Going to Brazil

Cheers from a Brazilian friend - Minha casa é a sua casa!

7.4.2014

We received this message from a Brazilian after our visit to Brazil:


Dear friends,

I just want to thank you for your generous staying here in Brazil...

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AO Pre-Game Hype - USA vs. Germany - It all comes down to this!

6.26.2014

What: USMNT vs. Germany Where: Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil TV: 11 am CST on ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision It all comes down to this. There are many ways we can get through and a few ways we can’t. Let’s not worry about the ways we can’t and just win! We Believe.

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Giving back to our hosts

6.21.2014

If you’ve ever visited someone else’s home before for dinner it’s customary for the guests to bring a dish to share, a bottle of wine, of something as a gesture of “thanks”.

For years American Outlaws have travelled the world to leave their mark on their hosts; both in the stands and outside of them. Part of our mission is to not just “unite and strengthen” the American soccer fan base at home, but to do good abroad. We’ve built a soccer field in Honduras and donated soccer balls in Jamaica, South African, and Honduras.

We’re not naïve to think that a handful of soccer balls can solve a country’s social ills, but we’re are believers in the idea that a sport, and a ball as that’s sport’s representative, can make connections between cultures.

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Job Well Done

6.20.2014

AOs in Flight

6.16.2014

Made Possible By Degree Men

6.12.2014

We Are Going to Brazil

6.12.2014

Cheers from a Brazilian friend - Minha casa é a sua casa!

7.4.2014

We received this message from a Brazilian after our visit to Brazil:


Dear friends,

I just want to thank you for your generous staying here in Brazil. Not only
the AO, but many other unaffiliated American fans have come to my country
and, in between cheering for the national team, have shown how kind and
generous you are by helping poor children's soccer schools and other
grassroots, civil society strengthening activities which are much welcomed
and needed.

I'd like you to know that, if nothing else, you have at least conquered one
heart and mind with that great display of humanity. I was deeply touched by
your actions and, since then, I cheered for team America as if it was Brazil
playing. I shared the happiness of victory as well as the bitterness of
defeat with you. I'm sure I was not the only one to have done so.

So I invite you to come back any time, you are very welcome in our country.
Minha casa é a sua casa!

Cheers from a Brazilian friend.
Cezar

Justin Brunken

AO Pre-Game Hype - USA vs. Germany - It all comes down to this!

6.26.2014

What: USMNT vs. Germany Where: Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil TV: 11 am CST on ESPN, WatchESPN, Univision It all comes down to this. There are many ways we can get through and a few ways we can’t. Let’s not worry about the ways we can’t and just win! We Believe. Our boys meet a foe that Jürgen is familiar with and one that we have met before at the Cup. We all remember 2002. This time we show the world what we can do both on the field and in the stands! We support because we believe! With the USMNT on 4 points and a disappointing finish against Portugal, we all know the boys in the red, white and blue are coming out fighting. They believe too. Let’s show the team what we have in the stands and at home! #LetsDoThis If you are at home in the states, Jürgen says take off work. Use this: (Pic of letter to leave work, attached) #LetsDoThis

Justin Brunken

Giving back to our hosts

6.21.2014

If you’ve ever visited someone else’s home before for dinner it’s customary for the guests to bring a dish to share, a bottle of wine, of something as a gesture of “thanks”.

For years American Outlaws have travelled the world to leave their mark on their hosts; both in the stands and outside of them. Part of our mission is to not just “unite and strengthen” the American soccer fan base at home, but to do good abroad. We’ve built a soccer field in Honduras and donated soccer balls in Jamaica, South African, and Honduras.

We’re not naïve to think that a handful of soccer balls can solve a country’s social ills, but we’re are believers in the idea that a sport, and a ball as that’s sport’s representative, can make connections between cultures.

Yesterday we traveled to Pium, a small town outside of Natal where we met Josimar. Josimar runs a club for kids of the community. He and several others from the community built the club and their field from the ground up. The club is broken into two age groups; ages 11-15 and 16-19. Josimar started Coritiba Football Club to work with kids and keep them off the streets.  Over the last 10 years he’s worked with hundreds of kids in his community.

We made it to Pium about 9am with a busload of AO members and a bunch of soccer balls. Our translator, Jennifer, told us about the anticipation among these boys that had been building for weeks before our arrival.

After a bit of initial awkwardness of us holding the soccer balls, introductions were made and the balls rolled out. That’s all it took for the language barrier and the social separation to be broken. Games of keepy-uppy broke out, passing circles, free kick contests, and, eventually, a full-field game broke out.

For a couple of hours it was all about the soccer. It was about a ball that unites two groups of people in a global game. 

It was a really interesting moment to see that our AO/Little Feet soccer balls were flying all over the field here and their old, ragged ones were sidelined. We had brought something to their lives that made things better, even if just temporary.

Being able to "unite and strengthen" here was about making the American Outlaws a force for good and change both at home and abroad. 

Free Beer Movement

Job Well Done

6.20.2014

You know the old saying “Third time’s the charm”?

Well… that was us last night. In their two previous meetings the United States national team couldn’t find a way past Ghana; eliminated from the 2006 and the 2010 World Cup by the Black Stars.

When the World Cup draw took place back in December, this date, June 16th, was circled on the calendar. Any team in the World Cup needs to open their group stage match strong, but this was even more crucial. We didn’t just need a win… we needed revenge… we needed redemption.

Having safely arrived in Brazil our 500+ Outlaws joined hundreds of others for the pre-game party in Natal. The beers were flowing as were the chants of “USA! USA! USA!”.

As game time approached, escorted by Brazilian police, we marched. We turned Brazil’s streets (typically filled with their national colors of yellow and green) red, white, and blue.

Perhaps you could hear us in the stadium? Perhaps you wondered if we believed that we would win?

Dat Dempsey goal do!

We didn’t have to wait long to start our World Cup quest for glory. Clint Dempsey made sure of that. Just 29 seconds in, the fifth fast goal in the tournament’s history, and we were rewarded. We waited four long years for that goal. We waited eight long years for that goal.

The Black Stars, however, were not done. The pushed and punished us. Jozy went down (Get well soon! Like really soon) and Besler pulled up. On came John Anthony Brooks to anchor the fragile backline with Cameron and Co.

The U.S. bent but didn’t break until Ghana found their much deserved equalizer. Deflation, but not defeat.

We pressed on. We “believed” even stronger that we would win.

BROOKS! Euphoria. In Brazil. In bars. In bedrooms?

We did it. We finally did it. Our Ghanaian curse was broken.

As the final whistle blew we emptied the stadium. Some may say that we didn’t “deserve” those three points, but after all the years and so many World Cup dreams broken by Ghana we’d say they were much deserved. 

Free Beer Movement

AOs in Flight

6.16.2014

Starting on Friday night over 250 American Outlaws members began their journey to Brazil. The following evening another 250 AOs followed them. Members from all across the country filed into George H.W. Bush International Airport for a trip of a lifetime.

Clad in red, white, and blue Outlaws from dozens of chapters around the U.S. congregated in Terminal D to board “AO Force One” and “AO Force Two” bound for Natal. With cities like Washinhton D.C., Milwaukee, Cleveland and others emblazoned on the front of their shirts and others with Altidore, Dempsey, Wondolowski, Diskruud and more printed on the back excitement filled the cavernous space.

As passengers gathered to check-in each picked up a special present: a AO synch-pack from World Soccer Shop filled with assorted snacks (Ritz Crackers, Sour Patch Kids, Oreos, etc) from Mondelez International, and a stick of Degree Men deodorant just in case anyone got a little ripe along the way (or later on the trip).

While AO Force One got off without a hitch AO Force Two experience a bit of pre-flight turbulence. The original plane was grounded with “mechanical problems”. The company that we chartered with immediately sent a replacement plane to Houston, but there was one catch; instead of a 767 it would be a 737 meaning the plane would be 15 seats short.

The charter company needed a group of people to give up their spots on the plane and would find them another, albeit-round-about-way, to Brazil (details to be sorted out later). AO Vice President Justin Brunken and a TenDot took responsibility to gather up a group of volunteers, later dubbed “the AO 14”.

A day later “the AO 14” (@AOmazingRace on Twitter) would make their way from Houston to Natal via Trinidad.

The two planefuls, 500-strong contingent of our intrepid AOs have landed safety in Natal and are readying themselves for tomorrow’s massive USMNT World Cup opener at Arena Las Dunas.

 #WeGhanaWin

Free Beer Movement

Made Possible By Degree Men

6.12.2014

Almost immediately after we returned from South Africa and the 2010 World Cup we began to plan for Brazil and 2014. We didn’t know where we were going to stay or who we were going to play or how we were going to get there. What we did know is that we wanted more people to join us on this awesome adventure and we wanted to make sure we told the story of our support in Brazil and share it with the rest of the United States if not the world.

As the American Outlaws Brazil travel package came together; 530 AO members, two charter jets, hotels in Natal and trips to Manaus and Recife; the story telling aspect was still missing.

Then we were approached by Degree Men. They were partners with U.S. Soccer and looking to get fans involved before the 2014 World Cup and they wanted to work with AO. We were listening, but we didn’t just want to be a conduit for selling deodorant.

No worries, they said, although you’ll want some down in Brazil (each member on our package to Brazil has a stick of Degree waiting for them). After talking with them it was clear, as their tagline implied, they wanted to “Do More”.

At American Outlaws we do not take the process of choosing our partners lightly. Each and every company we have ever worked with and work with currently needs to satisfy three things: 1) Provide value for members; 2) Help further our mission by attracting people to our events, games, or cause; 3) Help improve and add to the experience of our events or in the stands.

What Degree Men wanted to do was help tell the AO story in Brazil, exactly what we were looking for. Through the hard work of “The New BLK” we launched www.AOinBrazil.com; the home of our pictures, words, and video. 

Through the partnership, Degree and the American Outlaws are creating a daily video series called “American Outlaws in Brazil,” which will chronicle American Outlaw members as they travel around Brazil's diverse cities and landscapes to cheer on U.S. Soccer as they take on the world. Shortly after kickoff in Brazil, fans will be able to view the daily video series on www.AOinBrazil.com, as well as DegreeSoccer.com.

We can’t thank Degree Men enough for helping make this possible and we can’t wait to share the experience of American soccer support in Brazil. 

XOXO,

Dan

Free Beer Movement

We Are Going to Brazil

6.12.2014

It’s time.

After nearly two years of qualifying, surviving matches in front of hostile environments abroad and thriving with raucous crowds behind them at home, dozens of players leaving everything on the field, and months of waiting, wondering, worrying, there is just one thing left to say. 

The United States Men’s National Team is going to Brazil. 

We. Are. Going. To. Brazil. 

From Natal to Manaus to Recife the American Outlaws are here to support our boys in the red, white, and blue as they traverse the 2014 World Cup’s most difficult (we’ve heard the word “deadly” thrown around here and there) group. 

In Brazil supporting the USMNT? Be a part of the American Outlaws experience. Cheer hard, party with us at our events, and tag your Instagram photos and tweets with #AOinBrazil

Here at AOinBrazil.com, our pictures, words, and an incredible video series made possible by DegreeSoccer.com will live to tell the tale of American soccer support during the 2014 World Cup. 

Join us on an incredible journey; for wherever the U.S. goes, we’ll follow.

XOXO,

Dan

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