BROOKLYN (PIX11) — From the perennial chant to the patriotic attire, Team USA was well represented at a massive viewing party under the Brooklyn Bridge as they faced off with Germany in the World Cup Thursday.
Fans were everywhere just about anywhere you looked. Well, they said they were “fans.”
When asked if she could name one player on the United States soccer team, Shalayma Uisho of Brooklyn was stumped.
“I have no clue,” she told PIX11 News, chuckling at her own response.
Self-proclaimed “huge soccer fan” Ken Falls didn’t do any better when faced with the question.
“Ah you got me, I can’t even name one either,” he said. “You’re making me feel like a fool.”
When it comes down to it, Americans may not necessarily revere the sport of soccer like they do basketball or football but what’s clear is that they do love their country. Maybe the more appropriate way to describe their movement would be calling it a “patriotic bandwagon.”
“I don’t know anything about soccer but I support USA and that’s all that matters,” Cheryl Stize, an accountant who works in Brooklyn told PIX11 News.
Also, the numbers are something to consider when it comes to World Cup viewership in the United States. Outside of the Super Bowl and the NFL playoffs, the World Cup has so far eclipsed this year’s NBA finals, last year’s World Series and the recent NHL playoffs.
Call it whatever you want but you can’t deny that this bandwagon is getting bigger and shows no signs of slowing down.
Well that’s if the United States starts losing.