Nebraska may be Cornhusker football country, but the beautiful game is making big inroads. The group of Arsenal supporters in Omaha started out as just a couple of friends, but as branch manager Vince Odorisio says:
“For the last 10 years the group of game watchers has grown -- as has the number of Arsenal fans in Omaha.”
Group Name: The Good Life Gooners (Omaha Gooners)
Location: Omaha, NE
Year established: 2011
Number of active members: "We have 34 Facebook friends with 10 of us usually watching games."
Where we watch matches: "We now meet at The Union Pizzeria & Sports Bar, 1420 Cuming Street Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 932-2929. They open at 6am CT!"
Group's favorite Arsenal moment: "The Invincibles. Arsène Wenger on top of the dugout vs Manchester United."
Why we are Gooners: "Omaha Gooners members Vince Odorisio and Nick Krueger formed a love for Arsenal in the mid 90′s when their football coach Alex Mason, who had moved to Omaha from London, basically, gave them no other choice. Growing up as a true “Gooner”, Alex shared his passion for the club and we followed suit very quickly."
Why Americans should be Arsenal fans: "Everyone enjoys the way Arsenal try to play the beautiful game, through intricate passing movements."21 Sep 2011