While a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup is assured, CONCACAF Qualifying continues with a final pair of matches. And with Costa Rica right behind us in the standings, major bragging rights are on the line.
The penultimate matchup is the final home game of the Hex and against Jamaica, the first team we defeated on their own soil during this round. The Reggae Boys are the only team ineligible for Brazil and they face the USA at one of our strongest home venues, Sporting Park in Kansas City.
Qualifying wraps up with a trip to Panama next week. Come out to Cuatros as we celebrate the USA headed to Brazil and a successful run through the Hex! We’ll have some AO pint glasses to hand out (while they last) to thank our AO Austin members for a great year.
We beat them in the snow. We beat them in the Sun. But can we beat Costa Rica for a third time in 2013 in their National Stadium in San Jose? It’s a battle for the top of the Qualifying table as we currently share the greatest number of points with Costa Rica. This watch party will be great as we watch the game on the brand new Cuatrotron and celebrate the Kicking and Screening Soccer Film Festival in Austin.
USA vs. Costa Rica
Friday, September 6
Will the “dos a cero” tradition continue? Or are two goals too little to hope for with the way the Mexican National Team has been performing lately? The epic rivalry returns to Columbus where the United States has reigned victorious for every World Cup Qualifying cycle since 2001. The match starts at 7 but happy hour runs up until game time so come to Cuatros early so USA fans can own the patio.
USA vs. Mexico
Tuesday, September 10
Now in its fifth year, the Kicking and Screening Soccer Film Festival is coming to Austin this upcoming weekend for two days of film, fun, and discussion.
The festival has made stops over the years in New York, London, Amsterdam, and Portland, and this year Austin is added to the list with two documentaries along with a pair of short films being screened on the University of Texas campus. Saturday evening’s feature is “The Four Year Plan” about a billionaire takeover of the English club Queens Park Rangers with a scheme for the team to rise to the Premier League. The film is paired with the short “Meister vs. Meister” and a discussion led by our own Dan Wiersema.
Sunday evening brings “After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United” which follows a season of one of Israel’s only mixed-religion teams who were thrust into the spotlight with a promotion to the nation’s top league. The evening’s short is about youth playing soccer in a war zone, “Ana’s Playground.” The Festival wrap party will be Sunday night at Hole in the Wall across from the UT campus.
Information about all of the screenings and how to get tickets is at www.kickingandscreening.com.
Things begin this week with a Friday friendly against Guatemala. It’s a late west coast game so you can take in the Austin Aztex at House Park and head up to Cuatros for the USA match.
Group C action for the Gold Cup begins in one week with matches against Guatemala and Belize and a rematch with World Cup Qualifying competitors Costa Rica.
Assuming the USA advances, quarterfinals will either be July 20 or 21, semifinals on July 24 at Cowboys Stadium, and the Championship Match on July 28. We’ll post events and send an email after the group stage with the details.
The US Men’s National Team’s two matches leading up to the next batch of World Cup Qualifiers ended up being a split decision with a loss against Belgium and a victory over Germany. This weekend is when matches start counting toward Brazil again with a trio of games this month.
Not only is the first match on the docket an away game against the Reggae Boys of Jamaica, but it’s also National Beer Outreach Day with the Free Beer Movement. Join us for a big party at Cuatros with a keg of Lone Star for AO members and guests, as well as $3 pints of Firestone Walker Pilsner throughout the match.
Next up is a home match against Panama taking place at the American soccer fortress that is Centurylink Field in Seattle. Panama currently sits alone at the top of the standings in The Hex and The Red Tide will be coming to the States following a match at home against Mexico.
Finally, it’s the first rematch of The Hex for the United States as we take on Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium outside Salt Lake City. Los Catrachos bested us on their home turf followed by a loss and a draw, so they currently sit at the bottom of a three way tie that includes the US.
It’s an incredibly busy year for The American Outlaws with the final round of World Cup Qualifying, the Gold Cup, and International Friendlies celebrating 100 years of U.S. Soccer. And if you follow the Free Beer Movement on Twitter, you’ve seen that Dan will be doing a lot of travelling to matches this summer. As a chapter we are looking for more Outlaws to help out, especially with running things on match day at watch parties. Want to use your voice to lead chants at Cuatros? Want to help talk about our chapter and get new members signed up? Is there a new idea you have you want to see happen at matches? Email us and let us know!
Stay tuned here on March 22 for Google+ around the USA vs. Costa Rica World Cup Qualifying match in Colorado!
Fresh from the pre-game tailgate, join the Outlaws in Colorado as they march into DSG Park.
Experience what it’s like to party, chant, and cheer with local Outlaws chapters across the country.
The first home match in the final round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying is coming up soon at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park outside Denver, Colorado. We have some members heading out to the match that sold out in just an hour, so let’s pack the patio at Cuatros, too.
It’s the rivalry for the ages and the next stop on the road to Brazil next summer. And while this is an away match in Mexico City, last summer proved that the Azteca isn’t an impenetrable fortress and it’s possible for the USA to come away with a win. Come join us at Cuatros for one of the most fun matches of the year.
It’s an incredibly busy year for The American Outlaws with the final round of World Cup Qualifying, the Gold Cup, and International Friendlies celebrating 100 years of U.S. Soccer. As a chapter we are looking for more Outlaws to help out, especially with running things on match day at watch parties. Want to use your voice to lead chants at Cuatros? Want to help talk about our chapter and get new members signed up? Is there a new idea you have you want to see happen at matches? Email us and let us know!
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USA vs. Guatemala WC Qualifier
Just a quick note about our watch party this Tuesday night since there is a slight, but awesome, change since our email at the beginning of the month.
The second World Cup Qualifier will be free, no cover, thanks to Cuatros and Austin’s own soccer club the Aztex!
This match is Pay Per View only and at Cuatros it’s not only free to watch, it’s also the night of their best beer specials of the week. Add in great food at great prices and ample parking at and around 24th and San Gabriel and Cuatros is the best place to be in town to catch The Yanks in action.
And as long as the beer is cheap, why not bring a friend or three and introduce them to US Soccer and the American Outlaws — Free Beer Movement style?
Thank you so much to Cuatros and the Austin Aztex for making this watch party possible. Catch the Aztex in action this Saturday night against the El Paso Patriots 7:30 PM at House Park!
It’s going to be a busy season coming up for US Soccer and the American Outlaws. We have a few more friendlies left then World Cup Qualifying begins.
With so much happening in the months ahead we wanted to make sure we were meeting as a chapter at the best spot we could for everyone. We put out a survey, and we heard all your feedback.
Beginninng with the friendlies at the end of May we will begin meeting for matches at Cuatros, 1004 West 24th Street.
There are a few factors we took into consideration with this change:
Game experience. Cuatros will make every effort for our matches to be on their huge screen, but in the instances that another event needs to take precedence, we will be guaranteed a side room with great tvs and sound, meaning that we won’t ever have to compete with other distractions in order to enjoy our matches.
Food and drink prices. Cuatros has great prices for beer, drinks, appetizers, and meals. Plus, for American Outlaws…$4 Texas draft beers!
We are excited about our new partnership with Cuatros and the general manager has said she’s very excited about us coming over. We hope to see you all there May 26 at 7 PM for USA vs. Scotland!