NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two powerhouse teams went head-to-head Friday, drawing hundreds of fans together for a common cause — to cheer the U.S. women’s soccer team to victory.
“Of course we want USA to win, you know, the women,” Samantha Hermida, of Florida, told CBS2’s Nina Kapur.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting: Hero Officer Alyssa Vogel Speaks About Rescuing 4-Year-Old Gunshot Victim
“I think we have a good chance to take it home,” Carlie Hayhuric, of Orlando, said.
Win or lose, fans say sports have a way of helping us put our differences aside and bringing everyone together to share pride in our country.
“Honestly, I love any international sporting event and FIFA is always incredibly fun, and I like that all the countries are getting together to play the same game,” Sam Coxon, of Crown Heights, said.
Event organizers say they chose to host a watch party at the DUMBO Archway in Brooklyn because it’s iconic, it’s unique, and they knew the cheers would radiate for miles.
“This is just a unique place to watch a soccer game with like-minded people you’re not really used to. There’s not too many spots like this that show the game,” event host Christian Polanco said.READ MORE: FDA Grants Pfizer Emergency Use For COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Ages 12 To 15
“I mean, who doesn’t want to watch a game under a bridge?” event host Alexis Guerreros said.
Many fans agreed. Aside from the uniqueness of the venue, they came for the atmosphere.
“The energy is different. It’s more exciting, for sure, with a group of people and in New York,” Hermida said.MORE NEWS: Homeless Services Head Steven Banks Defends NYC's Process Of Getting Vulnerable People Off The Streets
Moving forward, the U.S. will advance to play England on Tuesday.