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Rain or shine; the American Outlaws find a way.

K.T. King Modified: July 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm •  Published: July 18, 2013
Members of the United States National Team support group the American Outlaws gather around a television in Skinny Slim's Public House in Bricktown to watch the United States take on Costa Rica on July 16, 2013.
Members of the United States National Team support group the American Outlaws gather around a television in Skinny Slim's Public House in Bricktown to watch the United States take on Costa Rica on July 16, 2013.

 

As heavy thunderstorms began to roll in over the Oklahoma City metro area on July 16, one group of fans made themselves at home in Skinny Slims Public House in Bricktown. The American Outlaws of Oklahoma City, a chapter of a national organization formed to support the United States mens national soccer team, had arrived early and began drinking immediately. The United States would be taking on Costa Rica in a group stage match up of the Gold Cup, a continental tournament.

 

A look outside the front door to Skinny Slim's Public House as rain pours down on Bricktown as members of the soccer support group American Outlaws gather watch a game on July 16, 2013.
A look outside the front door to Skinny Slim's Public House as rain pours down on Bricktown as members of the soccer support group American Outlaws gather watch a game on July 16, 2013.

 

Soccer scarves hang from the exposed ventilation inside Skinny Slim's Public House in Bricktown on July 16, 2013.
Soccer scarves hang from the exposed ventilation inside Skinny Slim's Public House in Bricktown on July 16, 2013.

 

As the downpour continued outside outlaws sang their beloved and profanity laced chants as if their voice could be heard in Connecticut. Minutes later, the singing ground to a halt as the weather knocked out the satellite feed from the television.

 

The satellite television feed at Skinny Slim's Public House for the game was interrupted by the storm on July 16, 2013.
The satellite television feed at Skinny Slim's Public House for the game was interrupted by the storm on July 16, 2013.

 

Members of the American Outlaws crowd around a couple of cell phones capable of streaming the match after satellite TV was interrupted by inclement weather at Skinny Slim's Public House in Bricktown on July 16, 2013. Photo by K.T. King
Members of the American Outlaws crowd around a couple of cell phones capable of streaming the match after satellite TV was interrupted by inclement weather at Skinny Slim's Public House in Bricktown on July 16, 2013. Photo by K.T. King

 

Without skipping a beat, the eyes of the supporters turned from the television to their phones, as several in the bar found ways to watch a live stream of the game. People crowded around, and the party continued until after the United States sealed a 1-0 victory late in the match.

 

Alex Hyams, from England but turned a United States fan, goes for a high five after the United States scores to defeat Costa Rica in a match watched by the American OUtlaws at Skinny Slim's Public House in Bricktown on July 16, 2013. Photo by K.T. King
Alex Hyams, from England but turned a United States fan, goes for a high five after the United States scores to defeat Costa Rica in a match watched by the American OUtlaws at Skinny Slim's Public House in Bricktown on July 16, 2013. Photo by K.T. King

 

-KT King

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