It took eight years for a USA team to play a game in the World Cup again, and that was reason enough to throw a great party.
At the National Soccer Hall of Fame, located at the Toyota Stadium facilities in Frisco, dozens of fans gathered to follow the duel between the United States and Wales at the World Cup in Qatar.
People settled into the stands of the stadium as well as tables and chairs, which were placed inside the venue where a giant screen and a powerful sound system were installed.
Outside, the temperature did not exceed 51 degrees Fahrenheit, but even so, many fans chose to watch the game outside through screens at FC Dallas’ home stadium.
The long wait for America to return to the World Cup is over.
FC Dallas owner Dan Hunt said, “It feels like the last eight years we’ve been lost in space.”
“It’s been a long time, but it’s time to enjoy our team again at the World Cup,” Hunt said. Hunt will soon leave for Qatar.
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The party to see the United States team in its first World Cup game was a magnet for Cecilia Oliver and her family to attend the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
“United by soccer,” said the Bolivian-born woman, who was accompanied by her husband, her parents and her sister.
“The passion we feel for soccer and for Team USA is what unites us all. As immigrants, we know what passion is for soccer and we just want to share that passion with other people. want to spread,” he said. Oliver, who works for a telecommunications company.
Freddy Reyes, Cecilia’s husband, said that he is a fan of the United States team because of the way they play.
“It’s a happy, young team that always attacks and plays on offense, it’s fun to watch them play,” he said.
The United States team is the second youngest (25 years average) at the World Cup, behind only Senegal (24 years), a factor that makes the future bright for this team.
“Imagine this team in four years when the World Cup is here at home (in the United States). Missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia cost us a bitter pill because that generation of players had reached their limits. We have a very young team now and the extent of that is unimaginable”, said Hunt.