BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Maybe the greatest thing about sports is how it has the ability to bring people of all ages, genders and beliefs together.
If you need any proof of that you just have to watch the United States Men's National Team's games with the American Outlaws and you will see how one team is bringing a lot of people in Bowling Green together.
Ted Gray is a soccer die hard. Now when he watches World Cup games he is surrounded by fellow fans, but he can remember a time when that wasn't the case here in town.
"Four years ago there wasn't an American Outlaws in Bowling Green obviously, there was only one in the state of Kentucky. And since then the community and the soccer fans, really the American Outlaw army has grown tremendously," Gray said.
Ethan Graves is apart of the American Outlaws and he agrees about the growth of soccer fans in the area, "Last week we had right at 70 and doubled our previous record and then tonight if you include all the rooms we had well over a 100 so definitely the most growth I have seen since I have been here."
And as the old saying goes, the more the merrier.
"It's wonderful, I mean you get the camaraderie you get to meet new people, the association, just the joy of being apart of something that only happens once every four years and you're all relying on one team. Just those 23 players out there really represent your country and it really brings the nation together I feel like," Gray said.
Ted is such a big fan he even has an American flag that has seen it's fair share of World Cup matches.
"This flag has been to three World Cups, I inherited it from a couple different friends that had been over to Korea and been to Germany and another friend of mine whose dad actually went to the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa and I represent it proudly in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the American Outlaws here," he said.