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Local Soccer Fans Turning Out for World Cup Games

It's the world's most popular sport and as the US opens World Cup action against Ghana tonight, it's evident soccer is no longer a just an overseas sport.

They call themselves American Outlaws, but this crew is anything but. They're rabid soccer fans who are part of a growing US fan base.

"I remember about four years ago or eight years ago, there were like 12 people in a restaurant or bar watching a game. Last year there was twice as many. This year it's taken off astronomically, so it's been a real fun time," says Kevin Wasco, an American Outlaw.

Paul Stinson helped to get the Fox Valley chapter of the American Outlaws off of the ground. He convinced Greene's Pour House in Neenah to be their clubhouse.

Stinson says, "I knew that the people were out there, I just knew that we were all divided so we just needed to come together under one roof and find a way to find each other so we've gotten the word out and have managed to bring them all together."

So as the US kicked off its World Cup action against Ghana tonight at a packed house at Greene's, even wannabe's, like the one Ghana fan in the house, found joy in knowing they had a place to watch soccer with diehards like themselves.

Ghana fan Jude Odai says, "It is the most, greatest sporting event in the whole world. It is the greatest. You can see it, you can see the hype. It is hyping itself. you don't need the media it's doing it's own work."

And the US Men's National Team did its work, scoring less than a minute into the game.

"The world is watching," says soccer fan Kyle Welhouse. "Every single goal shakes the world and it's awesome to see that."

Before finishing off Ghana with a 2-1 victory, giving the Outlaws even more to cheer about.

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