MOUNT VERNON, NY – It is that time again. The world is uniting to watch one of the most anticipated sports events, the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The world cup brings soccer, or “football” as it is known as in most parts of the world, together in support of their nation and/or favorite team.
On Sunday June 22, 2014, American fans sported their red, white and blues in the form of clothing and body paint to support the United States Men’s national team, or the USMNT, against Portugal.
Several shots were shown throughout the live broadcast of New York residents watching and supporting the USMNT. However, the support can be felt even in Mount Vernon.
This year’s world cup is being held in Brazil, in various different cities around the exotic country. Mount Vernon has a strong Portuguese and Brazilian community, both of which seem to be very enthusiastic about this year’s world cup.
Mount Vernon fans crowded into several different local Portuguese and Brazilian restaurants to watch yesterday’s game. Maggie Spillane’s, located on 571 Gramatan Avenue, certainly has gotten into the spirit of the world cup, charging $12 to come into the restaurant and watch the games indoors or on the rooftop.
Mount Vernon residents have taken them up on the offer as seen by pictures on Facebook where fans were crowded inside the restaurant to watch the game and enjoy some food.
Theresa Reid, a Mount Vernon City Hall employee, also took notice of the lively presence surrounding this year’s festivities.
“As soon as I came outside, I saw a bunch of people inside and around Lusiadas watching the game," said Reid. Lusiadas is located on 6 Gramatan Avenue, directly across the street from the Mount Vernon City Hall.
The USMNT went into the game as underdogs. Many believed the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, one of Portugal’s star players, would get the best of the USMNT. However, the support of American fans both in Brazil and here in the States proved to be extremely helpful. With two goals from Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey, the USMNT managed to tie with Portugal.
The USMNT managed to advance to the Round of 16, or the "Knockout Stage." Unfortunately, the tough team of Belgium, a European country, proved to be too much for the USMNT to handle. The U.S. is no longer a contender for the 2014 World Cup title after losing to Belgium 2-1 on July 1, 2014.
The world cup continues in Brazil until the final on July 13th. With the United States now out of the running, what nation are you hoping goes all the way?