World Cup Fever Catches on Locally


By Ellis Eskew

It only comes once every four years. But when it does, Americans of all backgrounds and interests seem to have World Cup fever-- this year maybe more than ever.

 "I think common knowledge of it is really growing. See a lot more kids playing it now and everything else. Yeah, so I absolutely think that's the case," said soccer fan Aaron Fraze.

Even the Waffle House got into the spirit with a boycott on Belgian waffles. They encouraged Americans to not eat anything from their round 16 soccer opponent and posted pics on social media of the USA ready to conquer in the World Cup.

AUM held a watch party to cheer on the USA.

 "We had a big party last week and once the USA advanced there was a cry out to have another event so here we are!" said event organizer Sharen Phinney.

It brought out the most avid soccer fans.

 "it's big.I'm actually from Brazil. So missing the World Cup right now is... It hurts a little. But it's good to see the US doing so good and maybe Americans will get together even more and appreciate more soccer," said AUM soccer player Karina Suetsugu.

And those who aren't necessarily soccer fans admit they now have the fever.

 "I love it. Love all the patriotism. Glad we got a big turnout here," said student Parker Judy.
 "I think the team aspect of it. I think its something internationally that the US can join in with other countries."

As big as soccer is becoming, with all the hype of the World Cup, some are still skeptical that it will take over in the US.

"There's not as much action. Not as much scoring. A great game to play but I don't see it as being a new national past time," said student Kyle Lesinger.

But for this year... They have had a lot of fun cheering the U.S. on.


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