Over the summer, photographer Matthew Stith had exclusive access to the AS Roma squad as they toured the United States, enduring pre-season training and competing in the International Champions Cup.

Stith’s camera captures the unique and wonderful phenomenon that is European fandom in the United States. The Romans look so distinctly Italian – their stubble glowing in the sunlight – as they’re enthusiastically embraced by many of their American fans. What stands out throughout is their intense focus from the training ground to their major matches against Juventus and Spurs. But then again: is it possible for Danielle de Rossi to make a face that isn’t totally intense? With that beard?