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Mon July 14, 2014
Detroit's minor league soccer team has a huge following, and they know a lot of chants
The World Cup is over. And even if you weren't rooting for Germany or Argentina, the game was really something to watch. (Germany won, for all the non-sports fans out there.)
In addition to the game itself, the fans are just as fun to watch.
They paint flags on their faces, and scream, and cry a lot.
Those fans exist outside of Brazil, too. There's an intense support section for the Detroit City Football Club. The minor league soccer team is called Le Rouge, and is in its third season.
Before the game, a lot of fans and supporters go to a bar and rally the troops.
Then the "Northern Guard" march to the stadium. There are smoke bombs, drums, gas masks, megaphones, and a lot of rouge and gold.
Throughout the entire game, there's chanting -- some of which could never air on public radio.
According to Alex Wright, one of the DCFC co-owners, about 2/3 of the team play for their college team during the school year. The home games at Cass Tech High School began selling out this season, and Friday's game sold out by record numbers.
Wright said that he and the other co-owners wanted to create the team because they're committed to the city. Wright doesn't believe that soccer is going to save Detroit, but it's just a reason to feel good about what's going on in the city.
DCFC's season is over now, but fans like "Big Vytau" plan to come back next year -- and probably for a few years after that.
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