The World Cup games take place thousands of miles away, but Eastern Idahoans had no problem brining the USA soccer spirit home.
“I’ll be jumping up and down and yelling and screaming at the TV,” said ISU’s Women’s Soccer Coach Allison Gibson, who attended the watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings in Pocatello this afternoon.
Every four years, futbol fans tend to come out of the woodwork to support the red, white, and blue.
“I have a little experience with soccer, but when the world cup comes around it’s just so much more exciting, so much more intense,” said World Cup fan Madison Mangum.
But for those that are soccer fans no matter what year it is, this spike in support is always welcome.
“I’m used to being around it and being excited but there’s nothing quite like a lot of people who aren’t normally connected to the game being this excited,” added Coach Gibson.
World Cup fever is sweeping the nation with watch parties like the one at Buffalo Wild Wings popping up all across the country, and fans are hanging on every moment.
For a sport that might not be the most popular in our country, USA has sure made a push to put ourselves on the fan map this year.
“I was reading on the World Cup app yesterday that the US has the greatest participation on social media of all the countries that are involved in the World Cup so it’s pretty exciting to see it’s a growing sport here,” said Sheridan Hapsic, who plays soccer at Idaho State University.
Even though USA’s match against Belgium didn’t end as happy as we’d hoped, the true soccer supporters are still proud of what the underdog United States was able to accomplish getting into the round of 16.
“Disappointing, because you want to see your country advance but at the same time they’ve already proved so much in the world of soccer in general,” added Hapsic.
If you’re not ready to leave your futbol fandom for another 4 years, the Idaho State University soccer team kicks off their season in just about 6 weeks.