Dayton Dutch Lions FC began preseason camp today with some tennis soccer at the Miami Valley School. Oranje Legion members were invited to come hang out with the team. It was a great way to kick off the preseason.
It was our first chance to get a look at some of the new guys that have signed with the team. It was also a chance to get reacquainted with some of the returning players. Sid van Druenen has done an excellent job of putting the roster together.
Midfielder, Eric Kissinger, sporting the “sweet” 2014 supporters scarf.
In addition to speculating about what the starting XI will look like, we took the time to make some plans for the season – tifo, chants, road trips, etc. It’s going to be an exciting season on the pitch and in the stands.
It was great to see the legend back in a DDL uniform!
After the tennis soccer was over, the players and staff stopped by to introduce themselves. We talked about expectations for the upcoming season. The youngest Legion member got to kick the ball a couple of times with some of the PRO players.
We sincerely appreciated the opportunity to be with the team as they embark on an important season for the club. Hopefully, events like this will become the norm. It brings the team closer with its most passionate fans.
Some Legion members show off the 2014 scarves they picked up today.
Sid van Druenen, the Head Coach of our beloved Dayton Dutch Lions USL PRO squad, is organizing a team-building event ahead of the preseason camp. Oranje Legion members are invited to participate. Why? Because we are part of the team. We are the 12th man!
The event will take place this Sunday, March 9 at 3:30 PM. The rest of the details aren’t being released just yet. We want to build the excitement and suspense. Just dress for some friendly competition with and against your favorite Dutch Lions players.
This is a great opportunity to hang out in a social setting with the rest of the Oranje Legion and the Dutch Lions team. You get a chance to know of some of the guys for whom we pour out our hearts and voices. This will also be your first chance to pick up your new scarf!
This event is exclusive to Oranje Legion members and their families – who should also be members! If you’re not yet a member, you can still sign up. Click on the membership tab and get in on all the excitement this season.
As a supporters group for Dayton Dutch Lions FC, we have always embraced our club’s association with Holland. We’ve adopted oranje as our primary color and even incorporate the Dutch spelling in our name. A Dutch phrase, rechterhand van de leeuw, will adorn the back of our new scarf. We love stroopwafel!
Nonetheless, when I was asked by Peter van der Molen, a Dutch Lions investor, if we would consider wearing wooden shoes, I flatly refused. I developed blisters at the very thought of stuffing my feet into those uncomfortable contraptions for 90 minutes at a time. We embrace Dutch influence, but this seemed a step too far.
Then Van der Molen explained that there is a supporters group in Holland that switches from more modern footwear to wooden shoes at a predetermined time at their club’s matches. They then proceed to jump around and create a ruckus.
This is something right up our alley. I’d like to like to incorporate it in our match day activities. Specifically, I’d like to do it en masse at the 75th minute of every match. Imagine the commotion of all those wooden shoes on the metal bleachers! It seems like a great tradition to start (er… steal) in 2014.
Why am I calling it the 75th Minute Sabotage? Well, the first part is obvious, but why sabotage? You may know the wooden shoes as clogs, but they are also known as sabots. The word sabotage originates from the bungling of the senses that arises from the noise created by walking in sabots. (Forget any stories you may have heard about origins from the labor movement.)
Bungling the senses, that is exactly what we will accomplish with our 75th Minute Sabotage! Perfect!
Don’t worry about running out to find a pair of wooden shoes. Dutch Lions ownership has offered to help us with procuring our clogs.
If you wanted a 2013 Oranje Legion scarf, I’m sorry to say that you waited a little too long. The last one went out in the mail today.
Don’t fret! The 2014 version has been ordered from Global Scarves. Don’t make the same mistake you did with the last scarf. Order your new Oranje Legion scarf today.
DARE TO BE ORANJE!
Why join? You get to let it all hang out for 90 minutes at every Dayton Dutch Lions FC home match. It’s all about creating a raucous atmosphere for our boys on the pitch and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow football fans. Scream at the top your lungs during a chant. Bang on a drum if that’s your thing. Help us create and display signs to lift up our team and disparage the others.
If you’re a soccer fan living any where near Dayton, our question to you is “Why Wouldn’t you join?” Dayton Dutch Lions FC play an exciting brand of soccer. They are affiliated with the Columbus Crew and partnered with FC Twente. The roster increases in talent every year, which shows up in the results.
What do you get
if when you join?
- Each membership comes with a season ticket to the Dayton Dutch Lions USL PRO 2014 home games. Your ticket will be good for a spot in a prime section of the stadium specifically designated for the Oranje Legion. Once you purchase a membership, you won’t have to purchase a season ticket. We’ll do the extra lifting for you.
- Each membership also comes with the 2014 version of the Oranje Legion scarf designed by Eryin Wandel and produced by Global Scarves.
- Members will get pregame discounts at a local pub before every home match.
- As a member, you will also get access to players and staff during events exclusive to the Oranje Legion.
- Other perks have been discussed with the ownership and will be announced as soon as the details have been finalized. Hint – road trips to away matches.
All of this for the reasonable cost of $100. That’s less than $8 a game for a spot in the supporters section, a free scarf, and more.
I’ve been racking my brain to come up with a new slogan to print on Oranje Legion gear for 2014. I believe I’ve come up with something that captures the essence of who we are as the independent supporters group of Dayton Dutch Lions FC: rechterhand van de leeuw. It’s a Dutch phrase that literally translates to “right hand of the lion.”
Everything we do as a supporters group makes us the right hand of the Dayton Dutch Lions. Each hoarse throat from chanting… Each minute spent painting… Each scarf donned… These things and everything else we do testify to our support and dedication to DDLFC.
So, what do you think? Your feedback is imperative. Please take a moment to let us know.