Members of the American Outlaws San Diego chapter at O'Brien's Pub for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup final.
U.S. Soccer News: American Outlaws to Host World Cup Qualifier Viewing Events
The U.S. Men’s National Team continues their quest for a berth at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with two CONCACAF qualifying matches against Jamaica over the next week. American Outlaws, a nationwide U.S. soccer support organization, will be hosting watch parties for both matches at O’Brien’s Pub in San Diego and West Coast Barbecue & Brew in La Mesa. The first match is Friday night, September 7, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and will be shown live from Kingston, Jamaica, on the new beIN SPORT Network.
American Outlaws began as a local soccer supporters group in Lincoln, Neb., and quickly grew into a nationwide non-profit organization. The mission of American Outlaws is to “support the United States National Soccer Team through a unified and dedicated group of supporters.”
Members of the group regularly attend both National Team matches and watch parties decked out in team colors and frequently sporting stars-and-stripes bandannas. The bandannas are part of the group’s “outlaw” image taken from their beginning as “outlaws of the sports world” and a nod to America’s Wild West tradition.
With beIN SPORT being relatively new and limited in reach, the American Outlaws expect large turnouts at both locations for Friday’s match. The network just recently announced that it will be carried on Comcast’s Xfinity TV as part of the Xfinity TV Sports Entertainment Package as well as in Spanish on the Xfninity TV MulitLatino Package.
The second match will be broadcast on Tuesday, September 11, live from Columbus, Ohio, on ESPN2. In addition to the game, American Outlaws will host a launch party at O’Brien’s for the first-ever issue of the new North American soccer quarterly, XI. Each issue of the new magazine will highlight one aspect of soccer culture through eleven different formats. These will include long-form essays, interviews, fiction, photos and more.
XI will tell the story of soccer in North America in all its distinctive and unique forms. The first issue of XI will be titled “Coming to America” and will investigate how immigration from soccer-rich parts of the world has helped to shape the game in North America. Editor David Keyes will be on hand and will present free copies of XI to the first eleven fans who arrive wearing a U.S. National Team jersey.
Copies of the new magazine will be on sale for $15, with $5 going to the charity Little Feet. American Outlaws support this organization which donates soccer balls to children in need. The Outlaws also hope to have the new edition of the AO San Diego chapter scarf available for sale. Price for the scarves will be $15 for AO members and $20 for non-members.
The American Outlaws encourage all fans of soccer to come out to support the U.S. Men’s National Team as they go for their berth in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. For more information on the organization, visit the American Outlaws website.
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