'American Outlaws' spread soccer love in STL

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A St. Louis group has made sure to support Team USA every step of the way this year at the World Cup.

The American Outlaws of St. Louis started in 2008. The group consists of local soccer super fans who want to make the sport more popular stateside.

The St. Louis group is one of more than 140 chapters across the United States.

"Soccer has definitely grown in this country," said Andi Gebhart, vice-president of AO St. Louis.

The group regularly tailgates at local soccer matches across the bi-state area. Gebhart said the group tries to keep up with groups like the St. Louis Lions and Fire and Ice as much as they can.

Members have also regularly for this year's World Cup. The group attracted a full house to Amsterdam Tavern in Tower Grove South Thursday for the USA vs. Germany game.

Gebhart said since the last World Cup occurred in 2010, AO St. Louis has seen its membership multiply by almost five times its original size. She credited soccer's recent exposure on television for driving up interest in the sport in St. Louis.

"I think having it shown on Saturdays, the Premier Leagues, on NBC Sports, that really has tied it together and really raised awareness," she said.


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