World Cup Excitement Hits Northeast Wisconsin

By Evan Kruegel, Local 5 News

Published 06/16 2014 09:00PM

Updated 06/16 2014 10:51PM

The American Outlaws are not your typical Fan Club.

        "We've heard that we make Packer fans look boring," says President Paul Stinson.

The club is a group of die hard U.S National Soccer fans, who gather Inside Greene's Pour House in Neenah for every game. The were joined by over 100 supports for the U.S. victory over Ghana.

        "It's good to see," says Stinson. "It's good for the sport whether the people only pay attention every four years or not, I'm glad to have people paying attention."

        "It's really cool for everyone to come together," says club member Matt Stein. "You have your bandwagon people who every four years come out of the woodwork, and there's a bunch of us who are in it to win it, all year, all the time. So it's really a sense of family. This is the most people I've ever seen here for a soccer game so it's pretty incredible."

Die hard fans say the exposure the World Cup brings is great for today's youth.

        "I think the excitement of the World Cup is always a great thing to have around," says East-Central League President Doris Schommer. "It's something for the kids to look up to. They see players from throughout the world actually do the skills that they practice on a weekly basis, and attempt to try to do in their games."

Members of the American Outlaws say they hope young players never lose that passion for the game.        

        "We've never lost that love," says Stinson. "We always see it as the beautiful game that it is and this is the ultimate version of it, playing on the worlds stage once every four years with the best of the best."

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