Soccer….Family Style

The USMNT/AO Flag is HERE!!

The American Outlaws Des Moines flag arrived today and it is so super awesome amazing cool I can’t even believe it! I thought I’d share photo before this one makes it’s debut in Detroit and KC. The kids are pretty stoked about it, as you can see!

We still need 2 things: money and a name, and that’s where you come in!

1. Please send money!!

Tanya fronted the money for this out of her house fund, and she’d really like to replenish that fund ASAP. So please send what you can (memo it AO Flag)! How?

*Dwolla us! Go to, send money to 812-460-2944 or tweet money to @TanyaKeith

*Paypal us! Paypal to TKeith71 (at) yahoo (dot) com

*Do it up old school: Get a check or cash to Tanya Keith c/o Simply for Giggles 510 East Locust #120, Des Moines IA 50309

Pass it on! Please share this project with your friends!

2. Help us name it! The two other flags running around US Soccer fans are named Big Ass Flag and Baby Ass flag. Since I would prefer not to have my children telling their friends about anything “ass”, we want this one to have a PG name. We also want the name to be about the Midwest (in a positive way, not referring to our fly over status, thank you anyway Prairie!) We were talking about naming it the Midwest Menace, as a nod to our local team, the Des Moines Menace. What do you all think?

Thanks for your help with this project, and we can’t wait to see you all with it in Detroit and KC. (I’ll bring it to Boston if someone wants to pay my plane ticket, but I won’t hold my breath!!)

We Need A Stadium Flag in the Midwest (Before Gold Cup, Please)!!
May 6, 2011, 1:26 am
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You’ve seen them: the Big Ass Flag and the Baby Ass Flag, the giant flags that cover a big part of the stadium at US Soccer games. I love these flags. We play better when I’m under the flag (we do…it’s a mojo thing). I’ve hidden under that flag when Mexicans were throwing stuff at us in Azteca Stadium.  I love when we have a flag in the stadium for every game.

Here’s the problem: we don’t have a flag in the Midwest. And it’s expensive to ship the flags. And, American Outlaws, I do believe that both the Big and the Baby, are owned by Sam’s Army. It’s just plain unacceptable!


I propose we all band together to help AO Des Moines buy a 20′ x 30′ flag. We may not be the biggest chapter, but we typically have members at every game around the Midwest. Our founding members go to ever World Cup, and we travel to Nashville, Chicago, KC, and Detroit. You want the flag, we’ll bring it. And we want to bring it to the Gold Cup!

OUR GOAL: $650 by June 1, 2011

That’s $550-600 for the flag, $50 for shipping. If we get a better deal, we’ll put it into the flag fund, in case we have to ship the flag to a game somewhere (we usually drive, but those $25 checked bag fees add up fast!)

How to help:

1. Send Money (memo it Midwest Baby Flag)!

Dwolla us! Go to, send money to 812-460-2944 or tweet money to @TanyaKeith

Paypal us! Paypal to TKeith71 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Do it up old school: Get a check or cash to Tanya Keith c/o Simply for Giggles 510 East Locust            #120, Des Moines IA 50309

2. Tell your friends to send money!

That’s it! I really want to make this happen, and I hope all of you who I’ve mentioned this project to were serious when you said “I’d send money for that!” Go do it!! I will post updates on our progress!

Support Your Local (Des Moines) Menace! Get the Keepsake Season Pass!
May 5, 2011, 9:08 am
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Des Moines Menace has put together a sweet deal for local soccer fans! Red Army Supporters and American Outlaws members are eligible to get a $50 keepsake Season Pass for ALL GAMES! (Pre-season, post-season, Open Cup, every home game!) Not only is that better than half off gate tickets, it gets you an Ultra Fan credential that lets you skip the line at the gate and walk right into the stadium like the VIP that you are.

Interested? Contact Tanya Keith from American Outlaws Des Moines (that’s me!) TanyaHKeith (at) gmail (dot) com or contact Todd Meiners at the Menace tcm (at) menacesoccer (dot) com and we’ll hook you up. But do it now! Home opener is May 14!

Help Fund This Project: The Jay DeMerit Story
May 5, 2011, 8:05 am
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If you love US Soccer, you have to want to see this video produced. Jay DeMerit is one of my favorite stories in US Soccer, not just because he had the guts to take a long shot chance to go play in the English Premiership, but mostly because he did it coming from Wisconsin. As a passionate soccer fan raising kids in Des Moines, Iowa, there’s a special place in my heart for players that make it from the Midwest (it makes me feel less guilty about not taking my kids back to my Jersey homeland!)

As if that wasn’t enough, DeMerit suffered a scratch on his eye from a contact lens, which became infected and required a vision and career saving corneal transplant, and is my favorite “why I will never wear contacts on my eye” stories. I’m not sure if they’ll cover that in the movie, but you have got to love this players spirit and determination to succeed against adversity of all kinds.

Jay has a great story about taking a chance on making your dreams happen, and it deserves to be told. I hope you’ll go check out the Kickstarter page for Rise and Shine: the Jay DeMerit Story and help fund this project (and get rewards for doing it!)

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