Fans Flock to Restaurants to Cheer on USA

By Mallory Lane

Published 06/26 2014 05:31PM

Updated 06/26 2014 05:57PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - Thousands of people across the region took an extended lunch Thursday to cheer on Team U.S.A. as they took on Germany in a World Cup match.

Champs Sports Grill in State College looked more like a Fourth of July part Thursday as hundreds of fans piled inside to cheer on the United States.

"You have to love it," patron George Keister, of State College, said. "This is a great place to begin with for whatever sport you're watching and today, with all of the people here, I think it's one of the best places to be."

Meanwhile at Damon's Grill in State College, fans of all ages were out cheering for U.S.A.

"U.S.A. is my country and I really enjoy watching them," Isaac Lindo, of State College, said.

Lindo is part of the Centre Soccer Association. He and about one hundred other players were out to cheer on the team.

"I think it's fun," Lindo said. "It's a cool sport and lots of excitement and energy."

Lindo's sister, Isabel, joined the action, too. As a center-mid or right defense player, she has a big appreciation for the players.

"I like how they're playing and hope we can get a score and hopefully advance," she said.

Greg DuBois, General Manager of Damon's, is pleased with Thursday's lunch crowd. He sat more than 350 customers.

"It's been awesome. This is the biggest crowd so far," DuBois said. "I couldn't believe it. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's been awesome."

Despite a 0-1 loss, fan Sean McDermott said this World Cup is about more than the game of soccer.

"It's all about the national pride. It's something we can all rally around together and be proud of," McDermott said. "We can watch together and talk about it, so that just brings everybody closer."

The United States will advance to the Round of 16 in the World Cup despite their loss Thursday. They will play again July 1 with the final match scheduled for July 13.

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