The U.S. lost to Germany Thursday in the World Cup, but will still advance to the next round. In Brazil, the rain was pouring and the beer was flowing as patrons packed Big O’s Sports Bar in Ocean Springs, hoping to see the U.S. advance, but one goal cost the U.S. the game.
While the U.S. escaped the "group of death", one more loss means the end of this dream run. Michael Cabrera, a U.S. fan, says, "I don't like ties, I don't like losses, but at least we advance. We played a good game. There were a lot of questionable calls in the game, but we gave it everything we had and we're going on to the group 16." The U.S. supporters may have dominated the crowd, but Germany had its fair share of fans present.
Tony Williams, a Germany fan, says, "I think there's a good chance everyone is happy with the outcome because there's a lot of Germans who played for the United States, and also the coach is a past World Cup champion with Germany." Despite allegiances, the World Cup unifies communities across the country. Fans rally behind not only their home nation, but their favorite players as well. Joe White, another U.S. fan, says, "Tim Howard, Tim Howard is one of the best American goal keepers, one of the best goal keepers in the world. He's made some good saves. He's kept America in it.”
Not only was Thursday's game an opportunity for soccer fans to gather, but it was also an opportunity for business owners to see a little bump in sales. Sherry Propst, the Manager of Big O’s, says, "Probably an additional 100 to 150 people per game. I mean, usually for games we get around 100 people, but it’s just doubled, if not more."
The United States will play again Tuesday afternoon in the elimination round to hopefully move one step closer to winning the World Cup, giving soccer fans another reason to shout and sit on the edge of their seats.