S. Florida Soccer Fans Go Wild For U.S.A. Victory Over Ghana
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida soccer fans are celebrating the US team’s win in the World Cup opener game against long time rival Ghana.
“It was amazing, USA!” said fan Eduardo Pulido who dressed as captain America to watch the match up. “Vengeance is sweet, vengeance is sweet.”
Hundreds packed Fritz and Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables to root for a revenge game win. Ghana had eliminated the USA from the past two World Cups.
The crowd went wild when Clint Dempsey scored the fastest goal in US world cup history.
“That was intense” said soccer fan Dania Maciel. “We literally sat down to eat and within about 30 seconds the US scored, that was exciting.”
Fans say they were anxious when Ghana scored a goal to tie the game, but the John Brooks took the lead back with a late header goal.
The team beating the odds to advance to second place after Germany in the nicknamed ‘Group of Death.’
“We practiced hard, we’ve come a long way, it’s been twice that we lost but were gonna come back and we did it today and were gona do it again,” said fan Danny Perez.
U.S success is spilling over to social media.
Before the game, President Obama posted a video on Instagram wishing the team luck.
“Go team USA, show the world what were made of,” said the President.
After the big win, a picture of Vice President Biden giving the team a post game locker room congratulation made the rounds on twitter.
“I have no doubt in us this year we’re gona go very far,” said fan Kelly.
The win stunned many soccer fans and there are still plenty of doubters in the teams ability to win the World Cup.
The team’s own coach, Jürgen Klinsmann, has said in the past that it is unrealistic for such a young team to take home the trophy.
“You come in with the same drive, energy, ambition to do well and we want to do really well,” the coach said
The U.S. team has never taken home the World Cup trophy before. The U.S. placed third in 1930, then went on a long stretch without qualifying and then in 2002 made it to the quarter finals.
Many say the game captured the true spirit of the USA, united against all odds and believing anything is possible.
“I have faith and I believe in us and I think we got what it takes,” said fan Patrick Garcia.
Positioned in Group G, nicknamed the 2014 World Cup “Group of Death,” the U.S. is also set to face-off with Portugal and Germany.
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