Soccer….Family Style


Pre-Gaming in Salt Lake City
June 17, 2013, 1:55 pm
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We got in to Salt Lake City Saturday, and after a day in Park City, Utah living the ski resort in Summer life, we came down to Salt Lake to meet up with AO Salt Lake and AOs from around the US. The back-to-back of Seattle to Salt Lake makes this game especially interesting to me. Everyone expects supporter greatness from Seattle, and I get the sense US Soccer fans have very little idea what to expect here in Salt Lake City. Having traveled here for RSL vs Whitecaps last summer, I knew RSL has some great supporter culture brewing. We had a blast tailgating and watching from the supporters section.

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Chapter President families for AO Des Moines and AO Salt Lake

If your idea of Salt Lake City culture extends from a dry, Mormon based culture, you’re in for a surprise. The Mormons we’ve met are just as much fun supporting with a soda as the rest of their AO SLC family holding beers. At the night before night before party ended up at The Green Pig, a local brew pub that offered not only local beers, but “Adult Trivia Night,” which sounded potentially awkward at first, but ended up being a hilarious way to get to know your fellow AOs….who knows pop culture, who know brand names of sex toys, who knows calorie count of a teaspoon of semen. It was an entertaining night to say the least.

I’ve seen photos of some of the tifo planned, I’ve met a few of the more infamous AO SLC members, including “Bean,” a well known fan of BYU and RSL, and @MessedUpRyan, both made me confident that we’re in for a good time here for the next 36 hours. You might have expected greatness from Seattle, but what I’ve learned to expect to be pleasantly surprised by Salt Lake City. Bring it, SLC.

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