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Berhalter apologizes to USMNT supporters for actions after Canada loss

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On a day Gregg Berhalter picked up a big W for the USMNT, he apologized for his actions after a big L.

The United States boss neglected to clap up the away fans after Canada controlled his Yanks in CONCACAF Nations League play last month, and the traveling fans most certainly noticed his absence.

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On Monday, Berhalter released an apology to the American Outlaws, the unofficial supporters group of the USMNT with well over 100 chapters nationwide. He admits he should’ve come across the field, and vows that “only a win will suffice” when the Yanks meet Canada for the return leg next month in Orlando.

“This is a team, and against Canada on November 15 you may be our most important player. Like you’ve done so many times before, if you have our back at Exploria Stadium, we promise you that each and every player who steps on the field will put forth an effort that will make you proud to say ‘I believe’ and mark another step in the process as we move to 2022.”

It’s a nice sentiment by Berhalter, and U.S. Soccer really needs all its components pulling in the same direction. That includes fans in the stands, and plenty of U.S. supporters have been steering clear in recent months. A draw or loss in front of an less-than-full house would not just doom the U.S. hopes in the CNL, it would possibly spell the end of Berhalter’s tenure at USMNT boss.

Miami bar handed out free shots for each goal during USWNT onslaught

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The American Outlaws Miami chapter meets at American Social for every United States national team game – men’s or women’s, friendly or World Cup – and they have one key drink special that stands out among the litany of deals they have negotiated with the Brickell bar.

Free shots with every goal the U.S. scores.

It’s been that way for years, and was a must-have when the supporter’s group negotiated the move to their new home earlier this year after the closure of their old meeting spot. Recently for men’s games, it hasn’t been the most fruitful deal, with the squad shut out in the last two matches and scoring just two goals over the last four. For the women, it’s a different story.

The World Cup favorites are known as an offensive juggernaut, and during their first 2019 World Cup group stage match against Thailand, the local promotion took on a whole new flavor. Alex Morgan led the way as the USWNT topped their opening-match opponents 13-0, with Morgan scoring five of her own as the team rolled thanks to a 10-goal second-half onslaught.

To be clear, the bar is not dishing out rips of straight liquor for every goal, lest they risk unleashing a group of sauced-up soccer fans onto the streets of Miami. The free drinks are pre-mixed before the event in a pitcher – Tuesday night was a lemon drop vodka mix – and dished out every time the United States finds the back of the net. “After about six goals, our regular bartender Leo asked if we might need more,” said AO Miami Director of Media & Marketing Gabriel Miguel, “and as he said that goal number seven went in, I said ‘yeah you should probably go back and mix another.’ We couldn’t make them fast enough.”

Morgan, Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis and company led 3-0 at halftime, but the final 45 minutes were complete domination. “It got to the point where we looked at each other glossy eyed and laughed,” Miguel said of the AO fans in attendance, many of whom lost their voices.

With the USWNT set to face Chile and Sweden next in group stage play before the knockout phase begins, it’s a good bet the goals won’t be coming at that same record-setting rate, but the AO chapter has no plans to tone down the traditional promotion, which Miguel says has been a fixture of their meet-ups for years. “We’re not shying away from the story,” he says. Thankfully for the group, the USWNT isn’t shying away from the goals either.

Jurgen Klinsmann issues video thank you to USMNT fans (video)

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Former United States men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann used his Facebook page to issue a video thank you to fans.

Klinsmann called his time as boss a “huge, huge honor” and “amazing experience”, and implored fans to “keep supporting your national team. It’s your national team.”

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Here’s the meat of it:

“It’s coming to end. Gotta respect that. I just want to say thank you so much to our fans, especially the American Outlaws. … A very very special thank you to all of the players. The response to them yesterday when the news came out was overwhelming. All the text message and calls of support were overwhelming. I wish them the best of luck. I was 1000 percent convinced we would qualify for Russia. It’s down to a new coach, but I’m still convinced he’ll get the job done.”

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WATCH: Rancid drummer pens new US Soccer “anthem” for World Cup

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Many of you doubtlessly remember the “Believe” anthem started by Real Salt Lake fan and current Rancid drummer Branden Steineckert. It was and is a catchy little tribute to Utah’s Major League Soccer clubs and fans.

Well, Steineckert is back with a jam for your World Cup pleasure called “We Stand United,” brought to our attention by Andy Edwards from MLSSoccer.com:

Its lyrics:

“Here we stand united / We’ll never be divided / Fight and sing for victory

For every generation / Who represent our nation / And battle for the USA.

Here we are, we are / United States and we all, we all / Can celebrate

That we are, we are / United States / And we’re proud to be the USA”

Not too shabby.

New chill-inducing World Cup promo features American Outlaws

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With the World Cup quickly approaching this summer, ESPN is doing all it can to promote its coverage of the USMNT.

Well, they’ve done a heck of a job with this one.

Following in the footsteps of the Ian Darke commercial narrating a first date was a tough task, and they’ve followed it up brilliantly.

Using only natural sound from supporter group the American Outlaws and a drum beat, the slowly building yet fast-paced promo is a perfect tool to help US soccer fans get pumped up for the World Cup.

Also, US fans are sure to enjoy the quick shots of upcoming World Cup opponents for the US, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Asamoah Gyan, with distraught looks on their faces.

Just remember, “I believe that we will win.”

I have chills.