Women's World Cup semi-final viewing party in Lincoln Park as Team USA takes on Germany

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Womens World Cup party held in Lincoln Park
A viewing party to watch Team USA take on Germany in the Women's World Cup Semifinal will be held at 6 p.m. in Lincoln Park.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- It's a battle of favorites at the Women's World Cup.

Team USA takes on Germany in the semi-final in Montreal Tuesday night. The winner advances to this weekend's championship game.

U.S. Soccer is hosting a viewing party in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. There will be a big screen set up near Stockton and LaSalle, just south of Lincoln Park Zoo.

Shelby Seiter and Lexi Sandoval are women's soccer fans who drove down from Rockford for the viewing party.

"It's always fun to support, and I can't go all the way to Canada so I might as well go support with other people that are local," says Seiter.

"I think it's awesome that people are coming out here to support but, like she said, I wish there were more people out here," says Sandoval. "But, expecting a big crowd so hopefully it'll be fun."

The viewing party in Lincoln Park is the only Women's World Cup party hosted by the U.S. Soccer Federation.

"We know Chicago is a bid soccer town, a big sports city, and have obviously had a lot of success with the Blackhawks, so we wanted to come out and support the USA today," says Mike Gressle of U.S. Soccer. "So we wanted to come and create a nice public environment for people to come out and watch the game."

Team USA practiced yesterday in Canada getting ready to play Germany. U.S. Soccer says there is growth in people watching the Women's World Cup this year.

The Hagen girls from Downers Grove play soccer. Keira, 9, is on a travel team and even at their age they can't help but notice women's sports doesn't get the same hype as men's.

"There should be more women playing instead of just men playing," Kiera says.

"I feel like there should be more women's sports, like they should be more appreciated," says her sister Kennedy.

The Zick's daughter had been watching this World Cup and her mother is grateful for the example.

"Being a woman and having a daughter it's exciting to see role models for your very young daughter and getting her excited about sports, not just girly stuff," Jill Zick says.

U.S. Soccer hosted viewing parties in Grant Park for the men's World Cup that drew crowds of more than 10,000 people. While the expectation for the Women's World Cup semifinal game is not that large, organizers are hoping for a good turnout. If Tea USA wins tonight, they go on to the final on Sunday, and another viewing party will be held. Both the viewing party and the game start at 6 p.m.