Everton USA grew out of the original North American Everton supporters club EFCSCNA based in Chicago and strives to bring Evertonians together across the USA. As a national supporters club it has been dormant for a few years but it is currently being revived by the lads behind the Boston Evertonians with help from the Followtonians Podcast.
The current aims of Everton USA are to support the formation of local Everton Supporters Clubs and to help foster interest in the club in general among soccer fans in the United States. As the original Everton USA fell dormant all that remained was a facebook group of that name that was kept alive. In place of the national supporters club much more locally organized groups started to appear in New York (EFC-NYC) and thereafter in Seattle, Boston, Chicago and Washington DC. Many of these US blues make annual or more frequent trips to Goodison and Wembley when we get there but the core purpose of supporters clubs in the states is to bring Evertonians together to watch the Blues in a 'soccer' bar. In Boston these weekly gatherings have also brought Bluenoses together for numerous happy hours and social occasions even when the Blues aren't playing. Typically the groups over here are a very diverse bunch of scousers, Irish, American and UK Blues.
In the last week or so Everton USA have been undertaking a major push to expand the number of supporter groups where Evertonians gather in the US. The idea is to put together a main directory of emerging clubs so Evertonians can easily find their local group no matter where they are in US. The groups are focused around major metropolitan areas and in some places are organized more on a state level, but its anticipated to be a relatively fluid dynamic as independent groups try to establish a meeting point, attract members and sustain their presence.
Everton USA has been making substantial efforts to grow a club account on Twitter (@EvertonUSA) and to identify US blues anywhere on social media and pair them with their local group. Many of the large Everton presences on twitter and elsewhere (BK, GOT, NSNO, TW) have been very supportive of this effort and are enabling substantial growth in a short period of time. A number of the groups have grown particular fast including the Philadelphia Evertonians and the Tarheel Toffees in North Carolina in particular. A pretty successful facebook group in North Texas was already gathering just outside Dallas.
We would encourage all US Blues to get involved and see what they can make of this initiative. Something like this is nothing without the individuals who pull together and try to put some organization behind it. We've already had a tremendous number of people step up to take on running the various groups and the hope is that this enthusiasm will continue over the next few months.
A good run by the Blues in the cup and a push for Europe would really spur a lot of growth this side of the pond. For US Evertonians that might be relatively new to the club it offers the chance to learn a few everton songs and hear tales of yesteryear from the expats who are only too happy to talk about the 95 cup win, the great escapes, past derbies or the glory days of the 80s and before. Affiliated supporters clubs can also help travelling Blues with match ticket requests and travel advice.
Below is a current list of active official and emerging Everton FC supporters clubs in the United States. Please get involved with your local setup and reach out if you wish to add information on a new supporters group to our directory at http://efc-usa.blogspot.com e-mail: email@example.com
Come on your Blues.
Boston - Boston Evertonians
New York - EFC NYC
Chicago - Chicago Evertonians
Seattle - Seattle Evertonians
Michigan - Michigan Everton Supporters
Washington DC - DC Toffees
Philadelphia - Philadelphia Evertonians
Southern California LA/SD/OC - SoCal Evertonians
North Carolina - Tarheel Toffees
North Texas/Dallas - Everton FC Supporters of North Texas
Nebraska/Omaha - Cornhusker Evertonians
Baltimore - Baltimore Toffees
Atlanta - Dixie Everton Supporters Club
Kentucky - Bourbon Toffees
Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Evertonians
Las Vegas Evertonians
Northern California Evertonians
South Florida Evertonians
St Louis Toffees
Richmond (VA) Evertonians
Canada - Toronto Toffees
Costa Rica - Tico Blues
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