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And when the game ended, so many fans flooded the streets in New York City that several had to be shut down.
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catching up to the rest of the world, defender Omar Gonzalez said. is finally and fully a soccer nation.
And, perhaps most telling, a 2012 poll by social scientist Rich Luker found that soccer was the second most popular sport for Americans ages 12 to 24, trailing only the NFL.
don't know the real extent of it all, because we're in this little bubble, defender Matt Besler said. what we do see it gives us chills. ET for the game. A minor league baseball ballpark in Fort Wayne, Ind., DaMarcus Beasley's hometown, showed the game on its massive video board. Fans were wall to wall at the AT Plaza in Dallas, while thousands filled Chicago's Grant Park usually reserved for championship celebrations for the Blackhawks or Bulls.
Major League Soccer is thriving, and Americans stopped being a novelty act in Europe more than a decade ago. exhibitions even when they field their B teams, and interest in the European leagues is so great you can now watch every English Premier League game live something not even possible in England.
The governor of New York even gave state employees an extra hour for lunch so they could watch the game guilt free.
Never mind that it was the middle of the workday. Companies rolled TVs into conference rooms and ordered in lunch. Fans from one coast to the other packed parks, squares, streets and bars anywhere with a screen and a signal.
RECIFE, Brazil Never has a loss felt so good. Or meant so much. backed its way into the round of 16 on Thursday, advancing ahead of Portugaldespite a 1 0 loss to Germany. But as big as the result on the field was, the first time the Americans have made it out of the group stage in consecutive World Cups, it was dwarfed in importance by the reaction off of it. Le Coq Sportif Dynacomf Diamond
translates into more fans, more casual fans and more kids that could turn on the sport and may turn out to want to play, Gulati said. game we play, I'm not going to say it's a bonus because we want to go a long way, but Le Coq Sportif R1000 Price it's surely a big plus in terms of all those things that we want to be positive. hosting the World Cup in 1994 and the women winning the title at the Rose Bowl five years later.
Boston's mayor was among the throng that gathered outside City Hall to watch the game on a big screen.
For those who couldn get away from work, companies held viewing parties in conference rooms and board rooms, or streamed the game during meetings. President Barack Obama, on his way to Minnesota, had the game shown on Air Force One.
Which is why this World Cup is so important.
Once again, aside from the host, there are more Americans at the World Cup than fans from any other country. But these folks are already diehard fans. You don't spend the time and effort not to mention the money to come all this way for a game you're not wildly passionate about. Soccer was hoping to captivate. People who've never watched a game, or paid attention beyond their kids' weekend games. People who are turned off by the growing awareness of football's health risks. People who happily jump on the bandwagon any time they see athletes with U S A on their chests. will, someday soon, have a realistic chance at winning the World Cup.
stage, so now what?
is, frankly, everything those of us who have been involved in the game for a long time would dream of, Gulati said.
extraordinary. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said.
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But this, this isn't just a bump in popularity. It's a seismic shift. defying expectations to advance from the Group of Death, the drama of each of the three games or the charisma of coach Jurgen Klinsmann, America is following the World Cup with the same fervor as fans in the hotbeds of Europe or South America.
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a TV was situated so he could watch the game while he got cavities filled.
But it's one thing to be popular. sports that everyone has a passing knowledge of the game, enough to know their Tim Howards from their Dwight Howards.
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