U.S. Soccer, American Outlaws deny claims of federation paying for fan travel

A U.S. Soccer official has told Goal that there is no truth to reports suggesting the USSF has agreed to pay for fans to travel from Seattle to Columbus for a World Cup qualifier
U.S. Soccer and the American Outlaws supporters group have denied an earlier report that the national team will pay for supporters to fly from Seattle to attend the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

An official within the supporters group had told Goal on Tuesday that the American Outlaws' Seattle chapter will be in charge of organizing the songs and chants in the official USA supporters section on Sept. 10, and their expenses would be covered by U.S. Soccer. Both sides have denied these claims.

"The reports that state U.S. Soccer and AO have put the Seattle AO chapter in charge of the supporters section for this game, or any in the future, is inaccurate," U.S. Soccer manager of communications Neil Buethe told Goal in an email.

"The American Outlaws have always taken a lead role in organizing supporters sections for matches, and we work with them – along with all the other supporters group members – to support their efforts.

"The supporters in Columbus have always provided a great environment for the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier and we have no doubt that they will once again provide an amazing atmosphere on Sept. 10."

The U.S. currently sits atop the Hexagonal standings with 13 points through six games. The Americans will face Costa Rica on Sept. 6 before facing Mexico four days later.