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Screaming Eagles (MLS supporters association)

Screaming Eagles

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Motto Standing up for D.C.
Team D.C. United
Location Washington, D.C.
Established 1995
Membership 1000+
Leaders David Goodwin
Jeff Howdeshell
Website screaming-eagles.com

The Screaming Eagles, are a supporters group of the Major League Soccer (MLS) team D.C. United and of the United States men's national soccer team. Since becoming established in 1995, they have been known for the songs and chants that they perform during United and US national team games. The group is one of the most widely known MLS supporters clubs.[1] It is organized as a registered 501(c) (4) non profit organization[2]

The Screaming Eagles have organized over their history roadtrips to every MLS city for D.C. United road matches. Additionally, the group runs a roadtrip every four years to Mexico City for the fiercely contested CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match between the US national team and the Mexico national football team in Estadio Azteca.[3][4]

As of December 2009 the Screaming Eagles had more than 1,100 active members. Those members represent a wide variety of ages and nationalities. The most ardent supporters gather in "The Nest" in Sections 132, 133 and 134, and "The Perch" in Sections 230, 231, and 232 at RFK Stadium. Recognizable from numerous TV images, "The Nest" and "The Perch" roll with the cheers of excited Screaming Eagles members, keeping the spirits of the team and other soccer fans high regardless of the score. The Screaming Eagles have supported United at home and on the road and have become one of the most recognizable supporters clubs in MLS.[5]

Off the field, the Screaming Eagles can be found performing Community Outreach work for several charitable causes including Mike Petke's Kick the Violence Foundation, The Eddie Pope Foundation and United for D.C.. They also provide members with soccer related activities, including viewing parties, the SE Football Club, roadtrips, and special events with D.C. United players.

On June 12, 2010, as part of its commitment to supporting the United States men's national soccer team, the club provided financial support and assisted in organizing an outdoor World Cup viewing - known as "Soccer in the Circle" - in Dupont Circle, Washington, DC.[6] This event culminated with several thousand attendees viewing the United States' match against England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and received extensive local,[7] national,[8] and international [9] media coverage.

Membership is open to anyone who wants to support D.C. United and promote soccer. Violence or racism is not tolerated in the group.

External links

  • Screaming Eagles Website
  • Interview with Screaming Eagles President Paul Sotoudeh at albionroad.com, July 31, 2008

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