HomeSoccer in AmericaThe U.S. Becomes a Soccer Nation, If Just For One DayThe U.S. Becomes a Soccer Nation, If Just For One Day Patrick Dresslar June 13, 2010 Soccer in America, US Soccer 26 Comments Pages 1 2 3 Tweet Pin It About The Author patrick dresslar26 Comments Johannes Schneider June 13, 2010 Saturday was truly amazing. I was born and raised in Germany and now live in Greenville, SC not exactly a soccer enthusiastic part of the country. I decided on saturday morning to check out a new local sports bar/restaurant since it was the only one i had seen in this town that was advertising LIVE World Cup games. When i got there I was in shock. The whole place was buzzing, plenty of english men and US soccer fans. For the first time EVER I thought i had walked into a German bar for a Soccer match. The entire crowd stood up and sang the national anthem and chants of U-S-A were drowning out any English chant in the building. When the ball trickled in from Dempsey, the place went crazy..people jumping up and down, I was hugged and high fived by random people and it felt like a true Football environment. I was in total shock.I hope the US team does well because that’s what will allow the atmosphere to grow and become more and more exciting as the tournament progresses. Reply Patrick Dresslar June 13, 2010 Johannes-I couldn’t agree more. If the US can win the group and avoid a tough German side, and then get into the quarterfinals, the England match will pale in comparison to a big quarterfinal match against, say, France or Mexico…Can’t wait for the next match. Reply The Gaffer June 13, 2010 Patrick, excellent article. For me, it was a similar experience. Ninety minutes before the England-USA game kicked off at Wowies, the sports bar was packed. And by kick-off time, it was completely full — with 250 die-hard soccer fans many of whom were dressed in red, white and blue. This photograph, published in the local newspaper (Sun Sentinel), sums up the level of enthusiasm in the bar:http://www.sun-sentinel.com/media/photo/2010-06/54283198.jpgWhen the USA scored their only goal of the match, the place went wild with fans leaping into the air and pumping their fists as well as chanting “USA, USA.”I really hope the States can make it through to the next round and to carry this enthusiasm through the tournament. There is a huge undercurrent of support for the USA in this country right now that is ready to explode.And, for the first time ever while watching a soccer game as a US fan in a sports bar, I didn’t feel like I was part of the minority. 90% of the crowd were there to support the USA.Cheers, The Gaffer Reply Mike In Ohio June 13, 2010 What bar(s) did you frequent in London during the 2006 World Cup? I am making my first trip to England, and will be in London for England – Slovenia. No idea where I’m going to view the game, so I’m open to any suggestions… Reply Patrick Dresslar June 14, 2010 I wish I could remember the names of all the pubs but they escape me right now…perhaps because I was a tad intoxicated.Just jump around, link up with some locals if you can. Of course, might have been easier in 06 because we hadn’t just played England. But I’m sure you’ll find some friendly folks that will lead you in the right direction. Frank Lampard owns The Pig’s Ear in Chelsea, a few streets down from Stamford Bridge. I was there in December after a Chelsea match, great crowd, so I’m sure it’ll be happening for Cup matches. Reply Mike in Ohio June 14, 2010 Patrick,Thanks very much for your suggestions. I was a little worried about the timing of this trip, knowing that the US-England match would have taken place less than a week prior. But, I am more than happy to root for England (as well as the USA) during the rest of group play, so I will look to meet up with some locals, cheer my arse off for the Three Lions and try to stay out of trouble. Thanks again!Mike Reply MartinCanterbury June 15, 2010 Hi MikeVirtually every pub and bar in England is showing the England matches, don’t worry about missing it.Also, don’t worry about how the England fans (in general) will treat you. There is no anti-American feeling over the footie result. It will be appreciated if you do cheer for England by any real fans.I’m not saying there’s no chance of finding trouble but to be honest if someone is going to give you trouble they’ll want to do it anyway, for any reason – not because of the result.You might want to check out http://www.sportspubs.co.uk – you can search for bars showing the US match also. Hope you have a great trip. Reply Texas Soccer Pants June 13, 2010 Well, being a texan, Soccer is an afterthought as you grow up, but starting in with the 2002 World Cup, it has been something of obsession for me. With that being said, I attended a watching party at a pub in Frisco, and the place was a madhouse, and it was 98% pro American. When Clintinho scored the place went friggin bannanas, and it felt like I was watching the superbowl. This country is making strides, and eventually soccer will replace football as the number one sport for the states. Crazy, I know, but the reports that came out this year about the long term concussion damage some pros have experienced are going to turn the public on American Football eventually. I, for one, will probably not let my son play American Football, the risk is not worh it. I’m rambling, but yesterday was truly a special day that I spent with good friends, and the USA was blessed with some good football. Reply Patrick Dresslar June 13, 2010 Hey Soccer Pants, I love the enthusiasm.I am from Texas as well (Austin), and it is a shame how many kids play it growing up just to leave it behind to play the major sports. While I don’t agree that it will ever take over American football as the predominant sport, it is so nice to see people getting behind the sport. Reply Texas Soccer Pants June 13, 2010 Patrick Desslar, cheers mate,I think the NFL is about to faced with a wake up call. American Football is way too violent, the stories of ex pros trying to answer their telephone when someone rings their doorbell(Steve Young), are alarming. Football(uk) is very physical, but for the most part the damage inflicted is not long term, the same can’t be said about American Football. It hurts me to say that America’s sport is not up to snuff, but….too violent…. Reply Bill June 14, 2010 Patrick,What bar were you at? I was in NYC for the weekend and watched the game in East Village, truly an experience I will never forget. Reply Patrick Dresslar June 14, 2010 I was at Standings on 7th st and 2nd ave. Where were you? Reply Jacob June 14, 2010 Great article!I had a similar experience in San Francisco. Thousands of American fans, people chanting “USA!” out their balcony windows, bars with the huge lines, and man, when Dempsey scored, the bar I was at (Danny Coyles on Haight) erupted. It was wonderful. Reply GO SOCCER June 14, 2010 THIS ARE THE MOMENTS I BEEN WITTING FOR LET’S GO USA TO THE TOP Reply Chris CT June 14, 2010 Conn. was buzzing as well!! The Stamford Pubs had TV’s out on the sidewalks with fans everywhere! I do have a question though about the World Cup Final. Will NYC have a big screen viewing for the World Cup Final… like Boston did at Government Center in 2006? I would love to make the trip down and view the final in a large crowd of fans. Reply Patrick Dresslar June 14, 2010 I have heard rumors that Union Square will be trying to put up a large screen for viewing.Once I find out about something, I’ll post it to the site. Reply dlink09 June 14, 2010 for people who can’t watch live game in office. try ESPN gamecast, they show video clips for goals and short on goals etc.. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/gamecast?id=264056&cc=5901&ver=us Reply Ben June 14, 2010 The problem is the media in the US, you have commentators and columnist who don’t give a damn about soccer, they doesn’t soccer to become popular.The last 2 minutes of an NFL game took 30 minutes, what a joke! Reply Eious June 14, 2010 Come on, you can’t be shocked.The US loves winners and is a huge bandwagon countryThe media has said that the US has a chance to be the best they have ever been so the US is getting onto the bandwagon slowlyOnce the US loses, some will jump off and when the WC ends, soccer will continue being unimportant to the country until the next WC Reply Gareth June 14, 2010 It wasn’t just New York, either — As a NY native, I was expecting low turnout here in Lawrence, Kansas (small college town), and was shocked when I arrived at my local pub (where I’ve watched Champions League finals, etc.) an hour and a half before the game, only to find that they were at capacity — I was turned away at the door!!That, perhaps, would be the one drawback to footie gaining acceptance in the US — it will make finding a seat at soccer-friendly pubs a bit more of a challenge! Reply Matt June 14, 2010 Wow, great write-up Patrick. Truly warmed my heart to hear your story of Saturday’s game and Americans supporting our team. I really believe that our team work their asses off and it’s nice to see that our nation is finally paying attention to them. If we make it to the final 16 I’d love to see the US erupt in soccer fever! If only for a day… 🙂 Reply Kevin June 14, 2010 Manhattan was great. I trained it in from my brother’s house in Ct. Many of the people on the train were in Yankees stuff, heading to their home game. But as I scanned the crowd more I realized that a decent amount of passengers were also wearing USA jerseys. We got to our spot on 25th and 3rd right around the start of the Argentina match. At the time it was empty, but they assured us that the crowd would be good for the USA match. Walking the street it was amazing how much buzz the game had created. I walked across the street and an EMT vehicle was waiting at a light, as I got near the driver side door the EMT stuck his head out the window and let out a huge “USA.” A couple of guys at the counter of the deli I went in to for breakfast mentioned that they were rooting for the USA even though they were from Mexico…..it was a great vibe and this article really touched on that.The bar ended up being about 95% American. I was kind of hoping for 70/30 just for the extra banter, but I was impressed with our enthusiasm. The place reached capacity about 45 minutes before kickoff. The bar absolutely belted the anthem and went completely bonkers after Dempsey’s goal. At the end the few England fans went around wishing us well, which I thought was classy (as we had been serenading them with similar taunts about the oil spill that the Gaffer mentioned at Wowies). All in all it was a great day.I’m heading to South Fla. next week, so maybe I will get a chance to test out the Wowies atmosphere if/when the US plays in the 2nd round. Sounds like that experience was very similar. Reply The Gaffer June 14, 2010 Kevin, would love to meet up with you next week if/when the USA plays in the second round. Wowies has got a great base of US supporters and I think you’ll enjoy the atmosphere in a US-friendly sports bar. Also, it helps to have nice eye candy on view before and after the games — see http://www.worldcupbuzz.com/world-cup-party-girls-wowies/Cheers, The Gaffer Reply West Coast June 14, 2010 I went to the SF Giants baseball stadium – AT&T park to watch this game on the jumbo HD screen in centerfield. Admission was free but it was only advertised a few days before in the newspaper and on the internet. Literally 20,000 people minimum showed up. The whole first and second decks were completely packed. It was freaking nuts. 20k people in a baseball stadium watching a soccer game on TV being played half way around the world. One section of American supporters was standing and chanting the whole game as if it were being played right there.The Giants missed out on a chance to make some money too b/c they didn’t open up enough concession stands… beer lines were 400-500 people long and went down the entire concourses. They completely underestimated soccer’s popularity here. Reply West Coast June 14, 2010 Here is an article with photos:http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/12/BARK1DUC7S.DTL Reply Joel Bower June 15, 2010 I would say that you just need to call it Football and your article would be fine. ReplyLeave a Reply Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.