ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — At the World Cup, all eyes were on the highly anticipated match between the United States and England. The Americans managed to come out of the game with a 0-0 draw, setting up a must-win game against Iran on Tuesday.
Fans across the country were glued to the television screens to watch the game, including in Roanoke, as the United States played England for just the third time in World Cup history.
U.S. Soccer fans gathered at Front Row in downtown Roanoke to cheer on Team USA. Some have been eagerly waiting for this matchup since the draw was announced back in April.
It was an emotional rollercoaster for the crowd that packed the bar, groaning and cheering between sips of beer.
“When you saw that we were going to play England on Black Friday, there’s nothing more special than this right here,” Ryan Hambright, founder of the American Outlaws Roanoke chapter, said. “It’s special to get this many people packed in a place to be able to watch the game. It’s one of those times that you’ll never forget. I think all of us in here will remember when USA played England.”
The Americans will play Iran next on Tuesday with kickoff set for 2 p.m. Eastern.