US Open Cup: A Taste of History

On May 16th, 1914, Brooklyn Field Club defeated Brooklyn Celtic 2-1 to claim the Dewar Cup as champions of the United States’ first ever National Challenge Tournament. On May 13th, 2015 the City of Lansing will see its first ever entrant into what is now known as the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Lansing United, Our Boys in Blue, will be taking on their first opponent, Red-White-Blue Adria of Chicago, in the world’s third oldest consecutively held open soccer tournament. This is our chance to get a taste of history.

You may ask why the US Open Cup means so much to us. This is US Soccer’s version of the F.A. Cup. This is US Soccer’s version of March Madness. This tournament is an opportunity for Lansing United, The City of Lansing, and even Sons of Ransom, to measure themselves against the American “Premier” clubs, cities, and supporters groups.

This tournament is a chance to put Lansing on the map. This is a chance to show teams and opposing fans what Lansing is all about. We love our city and we want to support those who represent us on the national stage. Some good results, and lucky draw, could even bring a MLS or NASL club to Lansing.

Another big reason why a cup run is important is the financial stability that could be earned. If Lansing United advances farther than any other amateur club (NPSL, PDL, USASA) , it will earn a $15,000 cash prize, which would be a huge boost for the club’s budget. Should United make a magical title winning run, it would earn $250,000, as well as a berth in the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions’ League.

The game against RWB Adria is our first competitive game of the 2015 season. This is our first chance to see what a full-strength Lansing United looks like. We still have new players coming in, so this will be a great gauge of how successful United will be this season, which hopefully culminates with a NPSL National Championship.

I offer a simple challenge to ALL who are reading this. See that guy or girl kicking a ball around in the park? Offer to buy their ticket. See someone at the pub in a soccer jersey? Offer to buy them a pint at Jimmy’s before the game. Know a family who has nothing to do Wednesday night? Offer to carpool. Have a sibling or roommate that never leaves the house? Drag them along. Spread the word! Let’s make the most important game in Lansing United history to date the most attended game in Archer Stadium history.

-Geoff

Sing With Us

Last Friday we returned home to Archer Stadium and got to see Lansing United back in action for the first time in eight months (which, by the way, is WAY TOO LONG). It was great to see so many people out to support United and we’re so excited for what the 2015 season has to bring. We taught some new chants on Friday and we used some old ones, and now, we’re making it even easier for EVERYONE to learn our songs.

We’d love to have EVERYONE joining us in song every game. Whether you’re standing with us in the Sons of Ransom section or sitting in the main bleachers we want you to know what we’re singing and join in.

To make it easier for everyone to learn our songs, we’ve started recording them and we’re glad to be able to share these with you. Give them a listen, learn the lyrics and the tunes, then join us next time you’re at a game. Speaking of the next time you’re at a game, the next game is Saturday, May 2 at 7pm against AFC Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor is a new team this year, playing in the Great Lakes Premier League, so let’s show them how to do this supporter thing.

Here’s the playlist with some of our new songs and some old ones. Look below the playlist for the lyrics and more information about some of the songs.

In My Merry Oldsmobile

This song is a tribute to our namesake, Ransom E. Olds, founder of Oldsmobile and one of the fathers of modern day Lansing. We’ll sing it at or around the 88th minute of every Lansing United game.

Come away with me, Lucille
In my merry Oldsmobile
Down the road of life we’ll fly
Automobubbling, you and I
To the church we’ll swiftly steal
Then our wedding bells will peal
You can go as far as you like with me
In my merry Oldsmobile.

Glory To United

Glory to United!
Go, go United!
Glory to United
Here we go!
Hey hey hey hey

Believe

If you believe then just stand up on your feet,
And shout it loud LAN U!
Here at the Archer the battle hymn’s begun,
Sing for the white and blue

We Love You

We love you, we love you, we love you,
And where you go we’ll follow, we’ll follow, we’ll follow,
Cause we support United, United, United,
And that’s the way we like it, we like it, we like it,
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh…

Take Me Home, United Road

Take me home, United road,
To the place that I belong,
To the Archer, to see United,
Take me home, United road.

Come on Lansing Score a Goal

Come on Lansing score a goal,
It’s really really simple,
Put the ball into the next
And watch us all go mental…

So there you have it. A mix of old and new. We’ll be posting more as the pre-season goes on, and we hope next time you hear one of these songs at a game you’ll join in.

BRING. THE. NOISE.

An Article By A Random Teenager

By: Tim D. Howard

In The Beginning:

Coming into the Sons of Ransom supporter group I had no idea what to expect. Were they going to be rowdy, cursing, rude and crude supporters like some or a more mild, and respectful supporter group like my family in Chattanooga, TN, the Chattahooligans. Luckily, it was the latter. Actually it took the things that I liked about NGS and the things I like about the ‘hooligans and kinda MASHED them together.

No one knew who we (my father and I) were when we showed up at the first game, but we brought two drums and an arsenal of chants from having done this for a few years before. On the way home from the first game my dad said to me, “Dude,” he thinks that makes him sound younger, “We created history tonight.” Another lady rolled down her window and said “Thanks for making the game fun!” While I knew that what they both said were true I tried to remember what my unintentional namesake, Tim Howard, would have said “Stay humble.”

The first game was frickin’ awesome and even though we were like 15-20 strong at the time I knew we could grow bigger.

The Mad Median:

Although, due to timing and other factors, the old man and I couldn’t make it to quite a few of the games, I did what the blog said and supported from afar. Every goal Lansing scored, every game they played I was on twitter getting updates from them. Then we got to the AFC Cleveland Royals game. That was fun! No one likes Oh*o so everyone was on the same page with that. I introduced the new chant “LANSING FANS!” *Loud cheers from SoR* “Cleveland Fans!” *Nada*. That was the same game that someone from our church was at the game and when we went to church the next day the kid was like “You’re part of Sons of Ransom?” and it was pretty cool to say “YES SIR!” Lansing tied Cleveland 2-2.

Then we went to the Indiana Fire game. My really good friend plays soccer and she knew I was a soccer supporter but she didn’t know what that meant. She also had never been to a pro or semi-pro soccer game. So, my mission, create a new member of Sons of Ransom. I texted her and asked her if she wanted to go. Luckily she said yes! This feeling was probably the best feeling I had all season! My best friend and I got to share the awesomeness of being a soccer supporter. We beat Indiana 2-1. On the way home I asked her if this is something she would like to see at our school’s soccer games, she said yes.

When we dropped her off with her dad she promptly had some headache medicine. AKA: Mission Accomplished!

The Final Game Against Detroit:

I didn’t think I would get to go. I was so upset! I felt like I was letting my team down! But through the kindness of my parents they made it a reality for me to get to DeMartin Stadium. That game was special because not only did we get a chance to face a rival we also got a chance to play on a really awesome field! The grass is good at ELSC but it’s excellent at DeMartin. The seating at DeMartin was grand but we could have smoke at ELSC. The other reason it was a huge game was because it was “Almost more Supporter Group v. Supporter Group.” as Eric put it.

In my opinion we won. They may have had more numbers and they screamed more profanities at us at pre-game but we accomplished our goal of being a SG that the people of Lansing enjoyed being around. Along with that goal was having a SG that parents wouldn’t mind letting their kids run off into our section and not have them worrying about them picking up new vocabulary.

We got the tie even though we wanted the win. We did BEAT CITY even though NGS said we didn’t, we got more points over the season and finished number one. We won.

United We Stand:

This was expressed by the Sons of Ransom when I said I wasn’t going to be able to go to the playoff games. They reached out and made it a reality, yet again, for me, just a random teenage guy. So, they made it a reality for me to get to the games. At this point in the article I want to say how awesome my mom and dad are. They knew that soccer means a lot to me and did more than they needed to do to get me to the games. I kept on telling my mom that what they were doing was so awesome. Anyway, I got to the game and I had a weekend pass. I watched Quad City and Fort Pitt and thought to myself…well out loud too, we could beat both of these guys.

Game two of the Midwest semi-finals was the game we had all been waiting for. Minnesota FC Reserves v. Lansing United. What came out of this game? An awesome experience and a spot in the Midwest Region championship match. We beat Minnesota 4-1. the “Rundland’s Army” chant was premiered here as well as “Lansing Boys We Are Here.”

Remember That Time That We Sang a Chant For 10 Minutes:

The Fort Pitt game. NPSL Midwest Region Championship.

Woooooah oh oh oh!

Woooooah oh oh oh!

Woooooah oh oh oh!

Woooooah oh oh oh!

HERE WE GO!

La la la la la la laaa!

La la la la la la laaa!

La la la la la la laaa!

La la la la la la laaa!

Yeah. We did that for ten minutes.

We scored our first goal in the first half and the Sons of Ransom struggled to not fall over dead from exhaustion and a sleepless night because of nerves. Luckily we learned that one chant before the game and it saved our butts! I remember Eric and I looked at each other and we gave each other that “Look at what we’re doing!” look. He gave me a high five and we continued to do what we do. We were at least 75 strong at our final home match. That is a pretty good size for a first year supporter group. We beat Fort Pitt 2-1 in overtime (extratime) but we didn’t gloat about it. We weren’t in their face about it. They played hard and they were determined like we were. They deserved it as much as we did but in the end we had more goals.

Post-Post Season:

I love what we accomplished as a supporter group and I can’t wait to bring it next year in Lansing 2k15. We will have two more clubs in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids), next year and we have already created a good reputation with them. We have gained their respect and we respect them. Other supporter groups in our conference can’t say that they have a teams that they really truly want to succeed. We did well guys! So happy with our first season! UNITED WE STAND!

 

Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

Now that our first season is under way, we thought we should do some introductions. If you’ve found this page, you probably have already found us on Facebook or Twitter, so you know a bit about who we are and what it is we do, but we decided it’s time to step it up a bit and tell our story.

Who: We are the Sons of Ransom. We started out as 3 guys looking to support our local soccer team, but we are more than that. We are anyone who shows up, stands up, and sings for United. We don’t have official membership.If you support us and our team, you’re part of us.

What: Sons of Ransom is the supporter’s group for Lansing’s NPSL soccer team, Lansing United. We exist to support our team. This means we show up at games, have a good time, sing and chant all game long, and make lots of noise. We support our team NO MATTER WHAT. When they’re playing well, we sing. When they’re playing poorly, we sing. No matter what, we love our team, and we show that love in any way we can.

Where: Lansing United plays home games at East Lansing Soccer Complex, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only place we support them. When we can, we make the road trips. When we can’t, we support our boys anyways, from afar.

When: Good question. Check out the Schedule page to find that out.

Why: Because we love our team, we love our city, and we love soccer. We want this team to stick around, and a huge part of a successful soccer organization is having dedicated support. We want to make the environment at games one that inspires our team and strikes fear into the hearts of our opponents. The more noise we make and support we show, the more people will notice. When people notice us and the team, more fans show up, and we can make Sons of Ransom and Lansing United part of the Lansing community.

How: How do we do this? The easy answer is any way you want to. If you want to make a banner, go for it. If you want to make a flag, go for it. If you want to start a new chant, go for it. Seriously, any ideas you all have on how you want to show support for our team, go for it.

The reality is that so far it’s been 3 of us putting our own money towards making this happen. We’re not complaining, we do it because we want to. Thankfully many of you have liked the shirts we made enough that you bought them, and you can be sure that every dollar we earn selling shirts, wristbands, etc. goes directly towards painting more banners, making more flags, fixing drums that we beat so hard we broke.

We love Lansing United, and we want you to love United too. So join us at Jimmy’s Pub before our next game, join us in the stands as we sing, bang drums, and make lots of noise, and join us as we continue to build this into something that lasts.