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Not sitting together won't stop the American Outlaws from cheering in unison

RIO DE JANEIRO — More than 500 American Outlaws will be on hand for Monday’s U.S.-Ghana game in Natal, however, not all of them will be seated together.

Unlike past U.S. qualifiers and friendlies, the Outlaw founders were not able to offer ticket options to go along with the travel package the group put together to get American fans to Natal. So, fans were on their own to secure tickets, leaving them spread out throughout the stadium.

But that’s not going to stop the group from showing their support in unison.

Since the American Outlaws are staying at the same hotel, they organized a yell practice of sorts so that everyone would be on the same page as to which chants they are doing and when. The group also will practice on the bus ride to the stadium as well as at their designated tailgating spot at Dom Gourmet Rodizio de Pizzas in Lagoa Nova, Brazil.

Every one of the American Outlaws 130-plus U.S. chapters also are planning events throughout the United States to show their support from home. Various U.S. fans throughout Brazil will be cheering on the team as well.

No matter what the American Outlaws do, they hope the U.S. players will appreciate their willingness to travel and spend thousands of dollars to support the team.

“At every game, the players come and they clap for the support group and then they do a lap and they clap for all the fans and I always feel like they probably know we’re there and they probably appreciate it, but you never really know exactly what it means to the players,” Said Chris Donahoo, who organizes events for the American Outlaws. “You don’t really know what’s going through their heads. You don’t know if they’re annoyed by the noise you make or if it really ramps them up during a time when they really need it.

“Lately, especially, they’ve been drilled with a lot of questions in the media about it and it seems like they finally get what we do, how we’re traveling across the globe to support them or selling out qualifiers for them and having these giant tailgates and have a chapter in every major city in the country.”

Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at dr.saturday@ymail.com or follow her on Twitter

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