WCCO’s David McCoy spoke to the team’s owner and head coach ahead of Saturday’s game to talk about the recent buzz around soccer in Minnesota.
If you watched the U.S. take on Belgium at a bar viewing party, there was likely a wait just to get inside. “Packed with people, can’t move in or out,” soccer fan Christian Roemhildt said of Brit’s Pub. “I’ve seen it grow here, it’s just amazing to be in a place where everybody is super excited,” fan Karen Bookler said.
The U.S. won, despite losing Thursday in the World Cup. Thomas Mueller scored the only goal as Germany beat Team USA 1-0 in Brazil. But the U.S. team still had a good enough record to advance to the next round. The USA will play on, and the Twin Cities will party on.
It’s the most popular sport in the world. And this week the whole world is watching. The viewing party for the first game of the 2014 World Cup wrapped up at Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis early Thursday evening.
The change in seasons means the return of sports like soccer in Minnesota. Minnesota has 70,000 kids in soccer annually, making it the biggest youth sport in the state.
Minnesota United FC is the new name of the state’s professional soccer team.