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American Outlaws prepare for World Cup madness

By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

The American Outlaws are the epitome of red, white and blue. They're a fan base keeping USA soccer team alive, and they started right here in Lincoln.

"Our team would usually play their home games and even then not have a home field advantage. Other countries would come to play here and they would have more fans in the stands than the U.S. would," member Drew Clausen said.

That's not a problem anymore. The American Outlaws have more than 130 chapters across the U.S. with about 20 thousand members. All of those members will be bleeding red, white and blue at their World Cup watch parties starting June 16 when the U.S. takes on Ghana.

"We're basically going to try to pack this place out, make a bunch of noise and hopefully cheer the team on to victory from afar," Clausen said.

Four years ago for the last World Cup. The American Outlaws packed the Haymarket with close to a thousand soccer fans. Barry's Bar and Grill at 9th and P is now going to be the home of the World Cup madness. Their managers said they're hoping for a similar turnout.

"We're hoping to get a huge crowd, we already do get a lot of soccer fans that come through the doors for various matches here or there," bar manager Garrett Lomelli said.

For the next three or four USA matches, Barry's will transform into a sea of red, white and blue.

"It's just an infectious atmosphere and I fell in love with it," Clausen said.

The American Outlaws will also be watching other matches at Captain Jack's near 12th and O Streets. The American Outlaw watch parties for all U.S. World Cup matches will be at Barry's Bar and Grill

For more information on the organization, go to http://www.theamericanoutlaws.com/

 
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