In what is quickly becoming a favorite pastime among American soccer fans, Team USA supporters are already packing into any establishment that promises to show today’s World Cup matchup against the Netherlands.
Saturday’s 10am EST kickoff does not appear to be much of an obstacle in many American metropolitan areas, such as Kansas City, where fans were seen packing into an outdoor viewing party in freezing temperatures.
At Brick Street Bar in Oxford, Ohio — home to the Miami University campus — hundreds of fans were seen lining up around the block for another viewing party.
‘At 6 am we’re fueled entirely by The Red, White, and Blue,’ read a tweet from the bar.
Other fans were seen lining up everywhere from the Fairplay in the North Park area of San Diego, to Harbell’s in Springfield, Missouri, to the Banshee, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, not to mention an array of locations in Los Angeles and New York.
At Brick Street Bar in Oxford, Ohio — home to the Miami University campus — hundreds of fans were seen lining up around the block for another viewing party
Brick Street did not open until 8am, but that didn’t stop Miami University students in Oxford, Ohio from lining up around the block
Fans react as they watch the match in a bar in New York
Fans look dejected after Netherlands’ first goal as they watch the match on a screen at the World Trade Center
Fans watch the match on a screen at the World Trade Center Oculus
A ‘Go Team USA’ sign is displayed at Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower
New Yorkers were lining up outside of bars by 7am local time ahead of Saturday’s game
American soccer fans had plenty to celebrate before Saturday’s game.
Christian Pulisic became an American star with the winning goal — and the injury he got while scoring it — that lifted the United States into the round of 16 at the World Cup.
He injured his pelvic bone, Pulisic insisted, when he collided with Iran’s goalkeeper on the goal that sent him to the hospital as the United States won 1-0 and advanced in soccer’s biggest tournament.
Pulisic was cleared to play Saturday, when the Americans face the Netherlands in the knockout round.
Everybody expected him to be on the field even before doctors gave him the medical go-ahead on Friday.
‘I will do everything in my power to work with this medical team and make sure that I can play,’ Pulisic said of his intention to be on the field.
Soccer fans Sunny Alvarez , left, and his parents Carlos, center, and Misty wait in line outside a watch party before the Qatar 2022 World Cup Round of 16 soccer match between Netherlands and the United States in Los Angeles
The Banshee, in Dorchester, Massachusetts had a lengthy line waiting to get in on Saturday
Another bar in Springfield, Missouri was prepared to begin serving customers at 7am
Rain-soaked fans near the World Trade Center in New York are pictured watching the game
The United States is trying to get to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 and continue to delight the American audience, which has tuned into the first three matches in record numbers.
A win against the Netherlands might be enough to convince fans back at home that the United States can, indeed, compete on the biggest stage in soccer.
‘The support from the US has been a bit surreal,’ captain Tyler Adams said. ‘My dad’s a teacher at school, and they were all watching during their classes, the game and supporting me. And I was getting videos from the family, all the watch parties in my town and whatnot.
‘It’s really, really cool to see how much just a tournament can change that perspective on people supporting soccer.’
The United States is winless in its last 11 World Cup games against European teams, a streak that includes five losses and six draws. On Saturday, the Americans face a Dutch squad that, like several other World Cup teams at this tournament, is battling the flu. The bug ran through the US squad last week.
USA fans outside the stadium before the FIFA World Cup round of 16 match at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan
Fans of the USA pose prior to the FIFA World Cup 2022 round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and the USA at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha
A USA’s supporter wearing face paint looks on before the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between the Netherlands and USA at Khalifa International Stadium
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal gave his team the day off on Thursday instead of running a typical 11-on-11 match.
‘I gave them a day of rest,’ Van Gaal said Friday. ‘With this group, they communicate that to me. I listen to my players.’
He declined to elaborate on how many players are affected, but by abandoning the typical training schedule Van Gaal created speculation that at least six players are ill.
‘We are not going to elaborate on that,’ he said. ‘But if it goes around in the group, it is worrying.’
Frenkie de Jong has said a scratchy throat disrupted his ability to communicate during a victory over Qatar, and Marten de Roon told reporters he had a cold earlier this week.
Netherlands midfielder Cody Gapko is trying to become the first player from his country to score in four straight World Cup matches, and the Dutch team is on an 18-game winning streak that the United States is determined to snap.
‘We felt a responsibility to use this World Cup to create momentum in the United States for soccer,’ US coach Gregg Berhalter said. ‘And that’s why we want to keep going and we want to keep doing well and make the country proud.’
USA supporters pose for pictures ahead of the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between the Netherlands and USA at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha