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When the Crew Go Marching In When you walk into Crew Stadium, for opponents. there’s an aura that exists beyond the smell of hot dogs and pints of On the road, Hudson Street Hooligans and other Crew supporters Budweiser. travel as part of the famed supporter trip The sound grows louder as you apknown as NorOnproach a sea of fans. They’re Tour. Hooligans decked out in black and gold. member and They’re dancing and singing NorOnTour cobefore the match even starts. ordinator A Crew goal sets off jubilation, Lisa Phillips confetti and yellow smoke said it takes bombs. t Hawk n about 80 e r B by hours to plan You have been officially initiated trips, “but all the work is worth into Nordecke, German for north it when the Crew players step onto corner. the pitch and look up to see us going crazy all 90 minutes of the Within Nordecke, there are supmatch.” porters from all walks of life who love soccer both here and globally. Whether you like to watch English This season, members also have Premier League matches on Satur- been watching away games at day mornings or are a newcomer Hendoc’s Pub in the University to the game, there are Columbus District. Crew supporter groups eager to welcome fans to the world’s most Hailing from Manchester in the popular sport. United Kingdom, Shaun Taylor is someone who lives and breathes Hudson Street Hooligans football as a passionate supporter Founded in 2006, Hudson Street of both the Crew and Manchester Hooligans is at the center of United. Nordecke and has evolved into one of the most vocal supporter groups “This is as close as it gets to the in Major League Soccer. With a European environment here in membership of 1,600, the group America,” he said. “Crew supportturns Nordecke and Crew Stadium ers are like an extended family into an intimidating environment and make Columbus a great place

for football to grow here in the States.” Crew Union A short walk from Crew Stadium stands 4th Street Bar & Grill, the official bar of Crew Union. When there’s a Crew away match, you can count on a raucous atmosphere here at home. “Crew Union is a great group for people from all demographics that like to watch soccer and be a part of the Columbus community,” said leader Kevin McCollough.

ond’ team,” she said. “There is never a moment that you won’t see a Crew supporter who will chant and learn the new guy’s name. You won’t see that anywhere else in the league.” La Turbina Amarilla With the pre-game carnitas and a can of Modelo Especial, follow the drums with the Spanish-speaking contingency of Crew supporters. ¡Bienvenidos a La Turbina Amarilla!

Started in 2007, the group has brought the spirit of Latin AmeriOutside the pitch, Crew Union has can fútbol from all parts of the Americas – North, Central and been actively involved with the nearby Linden community as part South – to Nordecke. Leader of a youth outreach program with Tomas Quintana said, “We turn the Crew Soccer Foundation. “The Nordecke into a party at home kids were thrilled when we opened matches to create a lively atmosphere that gets everyone dancing up the box of shin guards and socks. The beauty of soccer is that and singing. This is the same energy that gets the players pumped it gets the youth active in neighborhoods, both affluent and poor,” to bring home a victory when the final whistle sounds.” McCollough said. As a passionate fan who follows both the regular squad and the less experienced reserve team, Kristina Balevska knows how much Crew players and coaches appreciate the fans who come regardless of weather and gimmick promotions. “Fans in Nordecke don’t look at the reserves as a ‘sec-

Buckeye Brigade Around the OSU campus, the Buckeye Brigade has created quite the buzz for international football. Founding member Robbie Brickner has made strides to immerse OSU students and alumni into Crew soccer culture.

“This has been an awesome movement so far, from tabling on the Oval to having our own bar – Midway On High – to watch soccer and see the students swap the scarlet jerseys for the black and gold Brigade scarf.” For those unfamiliar with Crew rivalries, picking up a supporter scarf is advisable. So is leaving the Buckeyes jersey at home. The Chicago Fire, D.C. United and Toronto F.C. all feature red in their team kits. That’s not a color welcome in Nordecke.

Go! Columbus Crew: for schedules and ticket info, go to Hudson Street Hooligans: Crew Union: La Turbina Amarilla: Buckeye Brigade: 4th Street Bar & Patio: 1810 N 4th St, 614.291.1420,; hours: daily noon-2:30a Hendoc’s Pub: 2375 N Nigh St, 614.297.1217,; hours: Mon-Sat 7pm-2a, Sun 11a-2a Midway On High: 1728 N High St, 614.298.8817,; hours: daily 11a-2:30a

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