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Photos: Tucson watches Women's World Cup

Self-proclaimed soccer hooligans crowded Trident Grill to root for the U.S. team in the Women's World Cup on Sunday.

The team lost on penalty kicks, after twice giving up the lead as Japan scored equalizing goals.

The sports bar, 2033 E. Speedway, was packed with fans, including the loudest and largest group at Trident: the American Outlaws.

The fan club supports both the men's and women's U.S. national teams.

"I love coming for the atmosphere and I really love the people," said Ryan Townsend, who joined the American Outlaws about six weeks ago.

With about 40 members, the local Outlaws help pack Trident when the U.S. national teams play.

When the Japanese tied the match at 1-1, U.S. fans at the sports bar were shocked.

The American Outlaws rallied support, chanting:

  • "I – I believe
  • I believe that
  • I believe that we
  • I believe that we can win"

After another U.S. goal, Japan scored again in overtime. The match went to penalty kicks, where Japan blocked three American attempts and put two shots into the net.

"To lose in PK’s, I don’t even have words for it," said Adam Amparano, a three-year member of the Outlaws.

"It’s a horrible upset for us, tying it up twice thinking we won each time," said Jacob Olsen, another three-year AO supporter.

The U.S. team "played their heart out," he said.

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Jul 20, 2011, 6:50 am
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The American Outlaws are not “hooligans,” but a supporters’ group. The Tucson chapter of American Outlaws is striving to create a love of soccer in Tucson and give Tucson a group of like-minded fans a way to congregate and support our national teams, as well as local Tucson soccer. American Outlaws promotes a non-violent and fun-loving atmosphere for all soccer fans. Attaching the term “hooligans” creates a mistaken connotation of violence, intolerance, and conjures images of what a lot of people consider to be the darker side of soccer. We may be loud, we may use some foul language from time and time, but we are committed to making every person feel welcome and making Tucson the place to be for soccer fandom.

Jul 18, 2011, 5:36 pm
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American Outlaws are not “self-proclaimed soccer hooligans”.

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Adam Amparano watches the FIFA Women's World Cup at Trident Grill. Amparano has been member of the American Outlaws soccer fan club since the local Tucson chapter began 3 years ago.