Sunday, June 7, 2009

American Outlaws Storm South Loop

If you were outside yesterday or if you had your window open enjoying the cool weather, you probably noticed a rather rowdy scene in the Sloop due to the World Cup qualifier that pitted the US vs. Honduras at Soldier Field. For most Americans, soccer is somewhat of an after thought in terms of sports priorities, but for the rest of the world it means everything.

That's why it wasn't surprising to see fans sporting face paint, crazy costumes, flags and annoying soccer horns. For those of you who don't know much about Honduras it's a small country in Central America with a population of about 7.5 million. Judging by the scene yesterday, it sure seemed like every citizen of that country was in the South Loop and all over the museum campus.

Although it seemed like the Honduras fans out numbered American fans, there was one group of yanks that made their presence felt, the American Outlaws. The group has a mission:
To support the United States National Team through a unified and dedicated group of supporters.
Seems peaceful, but if you didn't know any better (like us walking to Soldier Field on Saturday) you might be surprised to see what looked like an angry mob storming some country's consulate:

But that wasn't the case, it was simply rowdy American Outlaws cheering for their country's soccer team outside of the United States Soccer House (at 1801 S. Prairie Street).

Crazy scene on Saturday to say the least...oh and by the way the Americans won the game 2-1.

(Hat Tip: Nikki D)

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