Fans of the United States Men’s National Team were on the edge of their seat at WakeMed Soccer Park Thursday as the Americans took on Germany in the World Cup.
Some fans, like Emily Byerly, said she came to watch the game at the soccer park for the fan atmosphere.
Twelve-year-old Cooper Thompson said he just glad to have others going crazy with him.
Some in attendance aren’t the biggest soccer fans.
Andrew Smith said he only follows the sport when the World Cup is in play.
“It's kind of like luge with the Olympics. You don't follow it until it's there," Smith said.
But for what Smith lacks in being a soccer fan, he makes up for in his love for America.
"You can call me a patriotic expert," he said.
Victor Mwanthi expressed his love for Germany in the middle of the heavily-pro American crowd.
"Frankly, I'm not a U.S.A. fan. I'm a German fan," Mwanthi said.
Smith said he wanted to tell Mwanthi to “get out” but then he realized it was just soccer.
Mwanthi was happy leaving the soccer park after the Germans came out victorious, 1-0.
"They (the Americans) almost got me there at the last minute, but we came through," he said.
But Smith said he was still happy because the U.S. is still in the hunt for the Cup.
WakeMed Soccer Park will open its gates to fans again July 1 when the USMNT plays at 4 p.m.
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Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina. More>>
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