Local soccer fans getting ready for U.S.-Ghana match

pramati@macon.comJune 15, 2014 

The moment the “American Outlaws” have been waiting for arrives at 6 p.m. Monday as the U.S. takes on Ghana in its first 2014 World Cup match.

Staff at the Bearfoot Tavern on Cherry Street said the crowds watching World Cup matches were large Friday and Saturday, and they will have extra staff Monday to accommodate the Outlaws and other soccer fans who show up.

Not so on Sunday, as few Outlaws -- as U.S. soccer fans have dubbed themselves -- showed up at the restaurant, which is serving as the local Outlaws meet-up spot throughout the tournament.

Perhaps they weren’t too “outlaw” to celebrate Father’s Day.

One of those who did show up, Matthew Langley, 29, of Macon, said it’s been a great World Cup so far.

“It’s been really exciting,” he said. “Every game has been different but good.”

Whether that streak extends into Monday will remain to be seen.

The U.S. has been knocked out of the previous two World Cups by Ghana, so it’s potentially a very difficult opener for the Americans. But Langley said the current squad is very different from the previous two.

“It’s a different team, a new manager,” he said. “We need to play up to the competition.”

Some American fans have been calling Group G, which includes the U.S., as “the Group of Death” given that traditional powers Germany and Portugal also are in the group.

“If we get out of the Group of Death, we’ve got a good chance of winning,” Langley said.

Langley said he’s expecting a big crowd Monday night to cheer on the U.S.

“For the send-off game a couple of weeks ago, we had a nice, big crowd,” bartender Sara Moriarty said. “They were real loud and chanting all kinds of cool stuff. I’m guessing (Monday) will be big as well.”

To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.

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