American Outlaws’ growth highlights distinct passion among U.S. soccer faithful
After attending the recent qualifier in Kansas City, where AO inducted its 100th chapter (Wichita), SI’s Grant Wahl suggested that we publish some of the chapter crests in the magazine. Senior Editor Adam Duerson made the space in the Oct. 21 issue and thought posting the remainder at Planet Fútbol would be a good idea. So, here they are.
We did our best to find clear, current logos for as many chapters as possible. We located most, but not all. The American Outlaws script was cropped from some so the original, local portion would be easier to appreciate. There are common elements in many – that script, AO bandana or crossbones – that tie the chapters together. But fierce hometown pride also emerges, creating a sense of club AND country — not “or”.
If American soccer’s delayed emergence leaves a positive legacy, it very well may be reflected in the logos below.