Last year the Columbus Crew was on the verge of being dismissed by Major League Soccer.
When ownership from one of the league’s original team announced their plan to move the squad over 1,000 miles away from Columbus to Texas, fans were dismayed.
Within the Columbus soccer community emotions ran high. The sentiment from the clubs biggest supporters ranged from shock and disbelief to sadness to anger and thought of losing the team bled through the city of black and gold. Rising from the chaotic cloud of uncertainty, the silhouette of a group of Crew enthusiasts came into view that transformed the city’s energy of outrage to a determined call to action. This super supporter group refused to take no for an answer – they could not and would not let their beloved team pick up and leave from a city they called home for decades.
What began from a simple hashtag, #SaveTheCrew, grew into a movement. This movement had one primary purpose, to save the crew.
This is their story.
Major League Soccer has seen massive growth over recent years. We’ve all seen it. Expansions teams popping up all over. Soccer-specific stadiums are becoming the “norm”.
Cities are showing up and showing out … but in all the hype and pomp and circumstance, there are some special groups that have laid a framework, been through up and downs but have built a culture so rich in success, that it simply cannot be ignored. From the depths of a flooded RFK stadium to a historic turn around at the new Audi Field – the SCREAMING EAGLES have seen it all!
Teams come from far and wide, all seeking to claim eternal glory. Every year, come spring, the best-of-the-best seek to advance in the tournament. All the players have earned the right to compete and each team wants to claim the title of the undisputed champion across the leagues. The madness is watched by millions and everyone has their pick on who should win the top prize. Sound familiar?
If you said the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, you are right. This year has not let us down. We have seen the surge of upsets and the Cinderella teams like Loyola Chicago advance all the way through as an 11 seed. Yes, you read that correctly, an 11 seed.
What if I told you there is another tournament that has all that excitement, and more?
Do you smell that? Change is in the air.
Soccer pitches are being cut and prepped. Players are anxious. Fans are ready. The 2018 Major League Soccer (MLS) season is about to begin!
So are you ready to be the biggest and best MLS Club supporter? We know you are up to the challenge and we are here to help outfit you with the best soccer knowledge and resources. Who better to provide you with soccer knowledge than us, an official licensee of MLS.
Read on to learn how to be a Major League Soccer fan of your favorite MLS team. The new MLS Season kicks off on March 3, 2018, and concludes on Dec. 8th, with the MLS Cup Final.
There’s a new supporter group in town! We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our friends, LBChrome. LBChrome considers themselves a Social Club, focusing on growing the local football community and gathering support for the home side of LAFC, while strengthening and building the LBChrome family.
Perhaps one of the most vibrant, diverse, and exciting aspects of soccer are the supporter groups who bring so much life to the stands and communal areas to cheer on their team on game day. This month we were able to chat with Footie Mob – a soccer supporter group with a strong fan base in Atlanta, Georgia. Their goal is to share their love and passion for soccer with those who are new to the field and supporter group culture. After being founded in 2015, Footie Mob is all about sharing the game, kicking off each match with spirit, and chanting loud and proud!
There’s a lot that goes into running a supporter group. From recruiting members, organizing meetups, getting your gear (we have you covered there with scarves, beanies, socks, and t-shirts), and a long list of others, there is a lot to manage. The Third Rail is one such supporter group that makes it look easy. That’s why we had to pick their brains and learn more.
Being part of a supporter group is much more than standing in the crowd and cheering your heart out for your favorite soccer team. It’s a family of diehard fans who celebrate a mutual love for the game of soccer. These passionate fans make up networks who can watch, meet, discuss, and travel to various games of their beloved team.
One of the things that really fuels our love of the game is all of the rich traditions that have been passed down for generations. No matter how old you are or what experience level you’re playing at, there will always be those things that unite you with all other soccer players and fans around the world. One game, one love! So with the FA Cup Final quickly approaching, we wanted to share some of our favorite soccer traditions that have developed over the years. In no particular order, we really love…
You’re super hyped because your Diehard Scarf finally came in the mail just in time for your favorite team’s game this weekend, but you’re totally blanking on how you should wear it or what’s considered to be proper scarf behavior. Don’t fret! We have 3 easy ways to wear your soccer scarf so you can look your coolest while supporting the team that you love. So without further ado…