What. A. Game. What an experience! Ghana eliminated the US four years ago, and given everyone tossing around the phrase "Group of Death," things weren't looking up this year.
But what do you know? In this exciting World Cup with all the goals and only one tie so far, another underdog rose up. Way to go U.S.!
It was a rough one, though. People were dropping like flies. One shocker was Dempsey being scissor kicked in the face by a Ghanian player doing the flying splits. That's the official description, by the way. ;) You can see what I'm talking about here.
Hands down the best part of this game for the World Cup Wives was watching it at a local soccer pub. I love community. I love hype. So this was basically the perfect place to be.
Katie's husband got us rock star seats because he showed up at 11:30 am... for a 6 o'clock game. Thank goodness he did, though. We had perfect people watching seats. And honestly, without my kids, it's the first game I've truly been able to watch. So much fun!
Here's a few reasons you should definitely watch a World Cup game in a crowd at some point this summer:
1. Costumes - People love to wear flags as capes. Apparently, it's something we should do on a more regular basis people seem to enjoy it so much. Also, I am now in the market for a sparkly, Americana top hat. Once you've seen one, you have to have it.
2. Drums - Maybe this was specific to our local, but there were drummers. And a drummer just always makes life more fun!
3. Bathroom Lines - For ladies, there hardly was one. Men were complaining in the hallway. This amused the ladies, who literally began hi-fiving each other in the restroom because there was such a short line. It was halftime, but we were ON TOP OF THE WORLD!
4. Cheers - I don't know what you call those men who take charge of leading cheers among groups of strangers at games and pubs into adulthood. But they show up and do their job. Hats off to them!
5. Hype - My ears are still ringing from the goals scored. People booed bad calls. I hi-fived strangers. It's the beautiful experience of being part of something bigger than yourself.
You should definitely try to watch a game in public if you can this summer. Next up, we want to find out where the Argentine fans watch games in Atlanta!
Here'a a quick, shot-on-location video, as promised, for y'all. Happy World Cup!
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Did you cheer for the U.S.? Do you have a pub/bar where you like to watch games?