ASHWAUBENON – It’s been a long four years for soccer fans.
“Today was the most anxious and nervous I’ve been for a really long time,” said Jordan Drew of Sturgeon Bay.
Four years ago is the last time fans saw their team on the World Cup stage.
“Think about the Packers playing their season once every four years,” said Jeremy Stanly of Green Bay. “That’s what we have for the World Cup.”
During the wait, area soccer fans have been banding together. Just a few weeks ago, the Green Bay chapter of the American Outlaws became official.
“It gets soccer fans together and it helps us grow it more,” said Drew.
The chapter is part of a national group formed to support the U.S. national soccer teams. 30 members are required to form a chapter. You also need a home base, which the Green Bay Distillery has become for Green Bay’s group.
“We’re not just here for the World Cup,” said Stanly. “We’re here for every game.”
But the World Cup brought together an exponentially larger gathering. More than one hundred people watched Monday’s game at the Distillery.
“As a long-time soccer fan, this makes me so happy to see this many people for one event in one place,” said John Dittmer of De Pere.
Not even a minute in, the team gave everyone plenty to cheer about with a goal.
“I could not be more happy,” said Drew.
If you want to join the excitement next time, you might want to show up early, especially after an opening match victory.
“Come out Sunday, 5 p.m, we expect double this,” said Stanly.
The U.S. beat Ghana, 2 to 1.