Along with a new season for Arsenal come new Arsenal supporters across the U.S. And this time we head to the Nation’s heartland for a stop in Kansas City. The group may be relatively new, but they have a huge passion for the game. And branch manager Dave Przybylinski has some simple advice for anyone in America who is interested in learning more about English soccer:
“You should support Arsenal and forget about those other silly clubs in the EPL.”
Group Name: KC Gooners
Location: Kansas City, MO
Year established: 2007
Number of active members: Approximately 25
Where we watch matches: It depends on the day of the week. On weekends were are at Johnny’s Tavern in the Power and Light District -- 1310 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106
On weekdays, we head to The Gaf -- 7122 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114
Normal match start time: 9:00am
Where our members hail from: "We’re mostly from Kansas City and the surrounding suburbs as well as Lawrence, Kansas. There’s a mix of American-born supporter and ex-pats that show up at any given time for the matches."
Group’s favorite Arsenal moment: "We are still a relatively new branch of Arsenal America and all have had great experiences. As a group we are waiting for that favorite moment to happen in the next couple years when we get to watch the team lifting up some silverware."
Why we are Gooners: "We all have different stories and come from different backgrounds. Many are the same in that we love the style and class of Arsenal as a team. They have always played a style a little different from the rest of the Premier League and it has always kept them one of the top competitors. Arsène Wenger has also been a big influence on many of us in the style of play and how he commands the field. Watching Arsenal week in and out is an experience and will always be behind them 100%."
Why Arsenal should be 'America's team': "Arsenal have the most diverse group of players in the EPL and under Arsène Wenger are one of the most respected teams in the league and one of the most exciting to watch week in and week out. They are not about greed and buying trophies, but about developing and winning them as a good club should be. All Americans should support Arsenal and forget about those other silly clubs in the EPL."21 Sep 2011