Supporters Clubs Getting Mainstream Press Love
For whatever reason, the non-soccer press has decided to converge on the Ultras of MLS this week. The Washington Post and the New York Observer both ran stories this week about the hardcore fans in their respective cities; The Post piece seems genuine and largely positive, while the Observer article has a lot of truth but is told in the snide condescending tone that is seeming innate to New York writers. (EDIT: When it rains, it pours buckets of Stella...The Guardian got the memo today as well and ran a story on TFC supporters.)
Hat's off to all of the DC and RBNY supporters in the articles, you now have your 15 minutes. As I was not mentioned in either article my time is still to come.
Even though they didn't light up the news stands this week I'd like to give a shout out all the other supporters groups doing it big week in, week out....without your songs, style, banners, and passion there would be as much atmosphere in an MLS stadium as there is at a children's piano recital.
Shout outs to...
Los Angeles Riot Squad
The Galaxians Fan Club
Raging Bull Nation
Red Patch Boys
Section 8 Chicago
Sons of Ben (MLS fan club)
Centennial Firm Supporters Club
The Casbah (Welcome back boys)
Midnight Riders Supporters' Club