The USA men’s soccer team still advances to the next round in the World Cup Tournament, despite the loss to Germany on Thursday.
Hundreds packed the Tilted Kilt – likely using the ‘excuse from work’ note Coach Klinsmann wrote for fans to catch the game. It was a full on display of American pride, followed by a countless supply of changes.
“I believe that we will win, I believe that we will win,” chanted the crowed at the Tilted Kilts Thursday afternoon.
It only meant one thing inside the Tilted Kilt in Fort Myers; hope for a big win for the USA men’s soccer team against Germany to advance to the next round in the World Cup.
“It’s the best day ever, man. We’re going to win. USA’s going to win. It’s going to be a great day. We’re going to advance,” said American Outlaw member Patrick Harris.
Harris was half right. Team USA did advance, however, they lost to Germany. A goal in the second half was the only scored in the game. Some fans were there for the moment.
“Both teams are pretty much through to the next round. So, it’s not like this is some kind of final match,” said Kevin Koch.
While some fans clearly took the day off work to watch the game, the younger crowd watched with their thoughts on the game.
“If they advance, they have to practice really hard,” said one young fan.
Lee County sports officials say all the interest in soccer is no coincidence.
“We have some very strong, healthy local youth soccer clubs here that are really almost at capacity,” said Jeff Mielke.
Even some pro leagues visit Southwest Florida from time to time.
“This generation that’s coming into our workforce is so passionate about soccer. They’ve played it. They know it’s here to stay,” said Mielke.
Team USA will play again July 1. They will face either Algeria or Belgium.