Chicagoans cheer on U.S. soccer

June 26, 2010 8:58:02 PM PDT
Soccer, often considered a second-class sport in the U.S., was the top attraction at Chicago bars Saturday.

The crowd at Fado Irish pub in the River North neighborhood was roaring for the United States.

It was standing room only as people packed the bar to watch the world's most popular sport and cheer for the Americans.

The U.S. team fell behind Ghana early in the Round of 16 game, then tied it up on a Landon Donovan penalty kick, but eventually lost in extra time.

The loss eliminates the Americans from the World Cup.

"They really struggled out there - they did well, got the ball up there as much as they possibly could into the box.," said fan Malcolm Legger. "Trying to get it into the back of the net is difficult to do."

The entire crowd was rooting for the U.S.A.

"It's kind of just a bummer that it didn't happen the way we planned it," said fan Candace Finn. "Now everyone's just going to leave and we're not going to party all day like we all planned on doing."

Incredible passion permeated the room at Fado every time it looked like the Americans would score.

"This is the first world cup America gets the fever," said fan Mauricio Consalter. "I'm an American citizen now, so go U.S.A.!"

The crowd came out to cheer and celebrate a U.S. Soccer win. Many had hopes this was America's chance to shine.

"This is huge. It's a huge opportunity for the U.S.," said fan Ian Hunter before the match ended. "To get to the quarterfinals again would be huge. "

In the end, the consensus was that the United States team played a great game and that they have laid the groundwork for the future.


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