Nashua resident Kate McIlwain and her son, Jesse, took in Tuesday's game at the Peddler's Daughter in Nashua. The pair said they haven't missed a game this World Cup season and would continue to follow their favorite sport regardless of the USA's close loss with Belgium. (APRIL GUILMET)
Local fans catch World Cup fever highs and lows
While Belgium’s 2-1 victory was a bitter pill to swallow for local fans, most agreed it has been an impressive World Cup season thus far.
She and her adult son, Jesse, agreed that their love of the sport seems to be echoed by more and more American fans this time around. At a nearby table, Julia Pech, a native of Argentina, was cheering for the U.S. team with some friends from Sweden and Puerto Rico.
The local mother, who coaches soccer and plays the game herself, said she’s hoping the passion surrounding this year’s World Cup series will filter down to the younger set.
Michael Bates, originally from England, said he’d hoped to see the U.S. team move on to the next round.
Bates attributed the sport’s surging popularity in the States to its universal appeal.