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Use this thread to post articles/have discussion about supporter culture in North America, and the importance of it.

http://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/ ... auty-beast

"The key aspect of that day, and others like it, is I got to feel like my presence mattered — that it truly animated something...But it also reminded me of what at the time was a lost sensation about my fandom — that this existed because we came. It mattered that I was there. And it brought home how much I’d become alienated from the Premier League experience.
But to be truly honest about that day, I have to acknowledge that I was there to watch a badly run club, playing bad soccer, on the brink of extinction as a result of both those facts.
Nonetheless, when I moved to the United States, it was the supporter culture rather than marketing that drew me into the club game here. The top-down officially sanctioned “culture” of MLS, with teams legislated rather than popularly-willed into being (and yes, I’m generalizing here Philadelphia fans, but bear with me) seemed as foreign and alienating to me as anything about my latter-day Premier League experience. But the fans, when I eventually found them, first in bars and message boards, were instantly recognizable as my people, and it was through them I began going to games and truly following the league."

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Fri May 20, 2016 11:43 am
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/wan ... 3b512ad621?

"There is no New York soccer rivalry. The two teams’ wannabe hooligans or “Ultras” are misguided, lame, dangerous and, most of all, seriously unoriginal."
"Given the passion and excitement these fans have invested into their clubs, a true rivalry is indeed brewing in New York professional soccer. But to get there, fans need to kick-out wannabe English hooliganism, take in a few decently competitive matches and organically let the rivalry unfold."

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Tue May 24, 2016 9:43 am
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The Hudson Derby rivalry has nothing on #AlClasico.

It's interesting to see how in Alberta, the supporters culture has been relatively slow to grow. In the US and Canadian MLS cities, supporters culture has exploded, but in Alberta, it doesn't seem like many want to participate. I think part of this is just the fact that most Canadians are so damn reserved, they don't want to make a scene.


Tue May 24, 2016 3:38 pm
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Latest LCRV: Nathan is joined by IceFunk to discuss supporters culture in North America, and his experience with the growth and evolution of the Timbers Army.

https://twitter.com/LoyalcompanyRV/stat ... 2368731137

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fiv ... 22cc3a2b67

During my travels I found that, when soccer is nurtured at the grass-roots or community level, it has the power to invigorate a spirit within us that is innately human ― selfless acts to the community yield substantial contributions... But with every location I visited, the majority of soccer supporters I met shared something in common: to be more than a spectator; to do more than just show up with an expectation to be entertained. By and large, the soccer supporters I met were conscientious men and women who appeared committed to their communities, and conversely proud to be representative’s of their zip code, reiterating the point that soccer is more than just a game, it’s a conduit for social justice, equality, and self-expression.

On Indy 11: “Indy is a city that went from a place where people planned their exit, to one where they wanted to stay and make it better. Supporter groups are representations of their respective city’s culture, and in Indy what you’re seeing is a coming out party for civic pride. My generation [Millennial] seems to be deeply in love with our city." This resonates so much with the transformation that's happening in Edmonton now. We're no longer Deadmonton, and we're on the verge of being a thriving metro area.

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Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:01 am
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So if you haven't been keeping up with the Tifos in the MLS, the last two weeks have been a riot.

This article sums up Seattle's pathetic display in this home fixture against bitter rivals Portland:

http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/story/i ... -so-082216

And how did the TA respond to it when the fixture flipped this past weekend? Only brilliantly. http://imgur.com/Tpbbdr0

TFC also put up a really nice display in their match against the Montreal impact: http://www.wakingthered.com/2016/8/27/1 ... eal-impact

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