Riddle: Watch soccer and cheer for the home team

May 30, 2014 

The time of World Cup soccer madness is upon us. All around the world people are excited to see how the team representing their home country will do in this soccer competition that takes place once every four years and pits the best players in the world against each other.

At first glance, it may seem like Macon doesn’t care about soccer. We are in an area where even the national pastime of baseball takes a backseat to football. However, if you are a soccer fan, you are not alone here in Middle Georgia.

With so many people with children who have been playing the sport in school, we now have a youthful group of soccer lovers who know the game, as well as parents who were involved in the development of their kids’ teams. Every year the number of soccer fans here, and all across the nation, grows because of this.

This is a great opportunity for us to come together as a nation. We can place our politics aside and root for the USA just like we do for the Olympic games. This is yet another chance for us to don our red, white and blue, and cheer on a team representing us against all the other countries in the world. We love to brag on our country, and with each win in the tournament we gain one more reason brag.

U.S. soccer fans also sing patriotic songs. Think of that feeling you get when you sing the national anthem at the beginning of a sporting event. You can have that feeling all game long in a soccer match as soccer fans sing songs like “America the Beautiful” and “Over There,” as well as numerous patriotic chants and songs that are specific to U.S. soccer.

The United States Men’s National Team recently played their first World Cup warm-up game against Azerbaijan. The next match is against Turkey at 2 p.m. Sunday. The final warm up match is 6 p.m. June 7 against Nigeria. Head out to a local bar and enjoy the games with other fans.

The American Outlaws soccer club is a national club and the local members meet for each match at the Bearfoot Tavern. They are fun, friendly and love to sing. Bearfoot offers food and drink specials during the game.

Another great spot to watch the matches is at Loco’s on Riverside Drive, where many of the staff are passionate and knowledgeable about soccer.

Get out and root on the boys in the red, white and blue!

Contact Roger Riddle at roger.riddle@gmail.com.

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