The Duluth football team will face the USA on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup final.
But the Dulks have their own troubles with their home fans.
A week ago, a pair of teenagers allegedly tried to attack a young Duluth supporter at a Duluth pub, and the police said the boy and girl were charged with assault and battery and trespassing.
And just last week, police in North Carolina arrested a Dulcy supporter after he allegedly attacked a local man, then pulled out a knife and attacked a police officer.
And there is another recent incident involving a supporter at Duluth’s home match last month, when a local supporter punched a Dulzac player.
So it is not clear whether the incidents are related.
But Duluth coach Paul Rafferty says he believes the problems stem from a lack of proper ticketing and security measures in the stadium.
“It’s just the type of situation that people are going to come out of the woodwork,” he said.
“I’ve had some very tough times over the years.
We’re not trying to do anything special here, but we are in the same boat.”
Duluth has faced more than 50 different foreign-based fans during its five-year existence, including a spate of incidents involving fans from the Philippines and Ukraine.
The Duluth City Council voted to ban all foreign-backed footballs from the stadium, but that has not stopped fans from coming to the stadium with sticks and bats.
Dulsey has also had a history of violent confrontations between supporters and supporters, and a police investigation last year into a fight between supporters at a North Carolina game led to the suspension of the Dulzac supporters.
“We’re doing everything we can to address the issues,” Raffery said.