This afternoon, the U.S. men’s soccer team will take on Belgium in the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup. Led by Outside’s July cover guy, Clint Dempsey, Team USA has sent the nation into an unprecedented state of frenzied football fandom. If this exuberance could be distilled into one superfan, that fan would probably look something like Mike D’Amico’s alter ego, Teddy Goalsevelt.
D’Amico, 31, is a Chicago adman and longtime soccer enthusiast. Part of a fan group called the American Outlaws, D’Amico traveled to Brazil to support Dempsey and company while attending matches dressed as the original Rough Rider himself, Teddy Roosevelt.
Had things gone differently, D’Amico would have remained another anonymous, if flamboyantly costumed fan, but after ESPN cameras showed him celebrating Jermaine Jones’s spectacular strike against Portugal on June 22, Goalsevelt became an instant celebrity.
“I’m just the lucky schmuck they cut to when he was losing his mind on ESPN,” D’Amico told ABC News.