Soccer Fans Cheer On U.S. at Hilligans

By Evan Gorman | 

"We support our team no matter what, and that's what we're here for," Jonathan White said.

Soccer fans of all ages gathered earlier at Hilligans to show their support for team U.S.A. Nearly two hundred people sat around 13 T.V.s, 3 outdoor patios and 2 stacked bars to watch the game.

A majority of those fans belong to a newly formed group who call themselves the American Outlaws. The group of about one hundred and fifty started last year with only six members. President Jonathan White says they are just a group of people who are passionate about U.S. soccer.

"Hilligans has been great for us, they've just been supportive of us as a group. They always give us space, and they make sure the games are on and have the sound up and everything."

General manager, Chris Hollern, says with their group there, plus the general public, today was one of the busiest days the sports bar has seen.

"The American Outlaws have provided us with a lot of new customers to Hilligans and they are always welcome here."

Regardless if you're a member, every fan wanted the same thing; a victory. Unfortunately, the one goal the U.S. did score was not enough to advance the team to the quarter finals. Many of the fans I spoke to say they are just glad we made it this far.

"Obviously, I mean, any time you lose and you don't have a world cup, it's tough. The team gave a great effort, they fought with everything they had. They had some chances to get the win, had a late opportunity for the goal but you know we left it all out on the field and when you get to the knock out stage, that's all you can ask for."

Belgium will now play Argentina in the Quarter Finals on Saturday.

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