The United States Soccer Federation and the American Outlaws supporters group will put the fan group's Seattle chapter in charge of all game day operations for all U.S. men's national team games, Goal has learned.
Leaders from the Seattle chapter will reportedly be in charge of organizing the songs and chants in the official USA supporters section, and their expenses will be covered by U.S. Soccer.
AO Seattle will begin its new role when the United States hosts Mexico on Sept. 10 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, one of the most anticipated fixtures in the quadrennial World Cup cycle. This will be the fourth consecutive time the United States has hosted its arch rival at Crew Stadium in the final stage of World Cup qualifying, and the atmosphere at each is regarded as among the finest in North American soccer.
According to an official from a related supporters group, leaders from the U.S. Soccer Federation, the American Outlaw, and local Columbus supporters groups finalized the arragement on a conference call Tuesday night.
"Going forward, AO Seattle will be running the majority of game day operations" the official told Goal. "And U.S. Soccer is paying to fly them to the games, starting with Columbus."
On June 11, Seattle hosted its first World Cup qualifier since 1976, and the atmosphere generated by the 40,847 in attendance evidently impressed USSF and AO officials.
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