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Jun 29 2014, 8:04pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

U.S. Soccer to Host Viewing Party at Solider Field on July 1
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U.S. Soccer will host a viewing party for the U.S. Men's National Team game against Belgium on July 1 at Solider Field in Chicago, Ill.

U.S. Soccer will host a viewing party for the U.S. Men's National Team game against Belgium on July 1 at Solider Field in Chicago, Ill. 

According to a press release on USSoccer.com, the game will be aired at 3 p.m. CST: 

"U.S. Soccer will host a World Cup Viewing Party at Soldier Field for the U.S. Men's National Team match against Belgium on Tuesday, July 1. The Round of 16 match will kick off at 3 p.m. CT. 

"Stadium gates open at 1:30 p.m. and admission to the stadium is free. Regular Soldier Field parking rates apply. 

"The viewing party will feature ESPN's live feed of the match displayed on the north end zone video board. Fans will have access to watch the game on the field and in the stands. 

"U.S. Soccer merchandise, along with food, soft drinks, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase at the stadium. 

"The Round of 16 match against Belgium will take place at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. Belgium finished first in Group H with nine points from three wins. 

"The USA is 1-4-0 all-time against Belgium, but the teams are not total strangers in World Cup play. The first meeting between the countries came at the 1930 FIFA World Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay, a 3-0 USA victory i the first World Cup match for the United States.

"The most recent meeting between the U.S. and Belgium was a 4-2 loss on May 29, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio. Geoff Cameron and Clint Dempsey scored the U.S. goals in that game. Belgium is ranked No. 11 in the most recent FIFA World Cup Rankings and the USA is No. 13.

"On July 2, 1994 -- almost 20 years ago this Tuesday -- Germany defeated Belgium 3-2 at Soldier Field to advance to the quarterfinals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The match featured a goal by U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann."  

On the other hand, ESPN FC's Rory Smith reported on June 29 that the number of Americans who went to Brazil to support their team has surpasssed 200,000 -- a testament to the growing popularity of soccer in the United States:  

"It would be easy, given these strict -- not to mention entirely understandable -- security arrangements, for the United States to seem somehow apart from the rest of the World Cup. There are barriers, after all, between them and the tournament. They do not, though, is to their immense credit. 

"In part, that is because of their supporters. Most tickets were sold in the United States -- more than 200,000, according to recent figures -- than in any other country other than Brazil, and though that must at least to some extent be attributable to the myriad ex-pats residing in the States, there are few nations, if any, quite so well supported here in Brazil than the U.S.

"The sheer number of fans who made the trip suggests that the U.S. is becoming a huge footballing nation, but it also hints that being a football supporter in the USA means something different than in Europe -- that the sport appeals to a different core group.

 

"What is not in doubt, though, is that these are real fans, and the U.S. is a real football nation. Europeans have a very odd attitude toward the U.S. and football. On the other hand, it is taken as a personal affront that they do not like the sport. On the other hand, there is an insistence that we do not care whether it catches on because we're quite happy the way we are."

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