If participation in soccer were limited to what takes place on the pitch, between the whistles, it wouldn’t be nearly as interesting. Or as satisfying.
This site is founded on the premise that Charleston’s soccer culture is a significant part of the local soccer scene. So yes, CHSSoccer.Net covers games and players and coaches. But we’re also interested in fans. What they do. Where they meet. What they want to talk about.
And we’re not the only ones who care about the fans. Clubs do, too, because the fans in the stands contribute so much to the experience of attending a match. So much of what makes Matchday so unforgettable in places like Portland has nothing to do with the club itself, and the fan experience for members of the Timbers Army or the Sons of Ben or the American Outlaws isn’t limited to what takes place in the stadium.
We think passionate and informed supporters set the tone for everything. They raise the level of energy around the field, shape the discussion off it, rally the troops when times are bad and lead the celebration when games are won. Supporters make soccer bars lively, fun places to go. They keep the online discussions smart and interesting. They’re creative participants in their soccer culture, whether they’re designing new T-shirts, writing blog posts, or coming up with events that boost the club and serve the community. And they attract new fans to the sport just by having a better time than everyone else around them.
In Portland they say, “You’re Timbers Army if you want to be.” We think that’s the right attitude.