Diehards and occasional fans turn out to watch US loss, advance to next World Cup round
NEENAH – If you plan on watching golf at Greene's Pour House in Neenah on U.S. soccer game days, you might want to find another spot, at least until the World Cup is over.
The bar is home to the Fox Cities’ U.S. soccer supporters club American Outlaws Fox Valley.
A couple hundred people filled the bar’s two floors to watch the USA-Germany World Cup match. Germany won 1-0, but the U.S. is still advancing out of the so-called ‘group of death’ onto the knockout stage of the tournament.
"I'm very excited. My birthday was yesterday, so this was a huge birthday present for me,” said Shannon Malone of Appleton after the U.S. win in Recife, Brazil.
Thousands of miles away, the bar opened its doors an hour early for the 11 a.m. kick, proving also to be a friendly place for the I-support-the-U.S.-every-four-years type of fans, as well.
"I don't know anything about soccer," said Shalyn Hughes, while watching the USA-Germany match with her fiancée.
"So, do you know what's happening right now?" asked FOX 11’s Bill Miston.
"The U.S. is playing Germany," replied Hughes, “And we need to make a goal."
"A little bit,” said Maverick Cornelius of his soccer knowledge.
“I have a friend Peter – who's outside right now – he's from Ireland, he's learning me some knowledge," said Cornelius, laughing.
"But every four years, I cheer for the USA."
"It comes around every four years, you support it," said Adam Johnson of Highland Park, while taking a break from Country USA in Oshkosh.
"So, basically, it's the environment, is what I'm going for, where other people are more or less going…” until Johnson was caught up with a pro-USA chant.
As everyone seemed to have a Thursday morning off, finally there was someone inside the bar who didn’t
"We're in lunch break right now," said Nick Barnes of Oshkosh.
And he didn’t even need a doctor’s note.
“Although,” said Barnes. “I've got my dentist over there."
Oh, it’s his uncle, by the way.
For those of us that had to work, U.S. men's coach Jurgen Klinsmann had a way around the problem – a doctor’s note. But don't you need a doctor to sign it?
"You're a doctor, right?" FOX 11’s Bill Miston asked a gentleman, clad in a U.S. jersey.
"Yes,” replied Dr. Kevin Wasco, a trauma surgeon with Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. “And a soccer fan – die hard."
Despite the US' loss to Die Mannschaft 1-0, fans say it’s a big statement for the Americans.
"To be able to hang with the number two team in Germany, the number three team in Portugal, and advance out of this tough group,” said David Savides of Appleton, “It's huge for U.S. soccer."
After a couple days rest, the U.S. squad will take on Belgium next Tuesday.