DES MOINES, Iowa – The nation turned a hue of red, white and blue as team USA took on Germany in the final match of the group stage in the World Cup.
In our state’s capital, watch parties were a common sight.
“Soccer culture has grown so much, and there’s a ton of excitement this year,” Caroline Devorksky said as she watched the game from the Royal Mile in downtown Des Moines.
Not even a rainy day in the middle of the work week could keep fans away. As long as it was cool with their boss.
“I sent my boss Jurgen Klinsmann’s letter and told her I was taking a break midday,” Laura Norian said.
A sign that the nation’s attitude is slowly coming around to the beautiful game – American’s skipping work for soccer.
“Great to come out here with some other soccer fans drink beer and have a good time,” Norian said.
US lost 1-0 but still goes through to the round of 16 in second place in their group on goal difference.
The passion can’t be dismissed. From the edge of elimination to one more week of partying as the US soccer craze lives.
“We wanted to get a goal, but we’re moving on. It feels great,” Caroline Devorsky said.
Fans feel great now, but on Tuesday when the US plays Belgium you may have to feel under the weather… for America.