El Pasoans crowded local bars and restaurants to watch Team USA play England Saturday in the 2010 World Cup.
Fans hooted and hollered as the U.S. took on one of the best teams in the world, and one fan said it’s okay if locals here in the Borderland aren’t big into soccer yet because the U.S. will soon catch up.
“I don’t think it’s our number one sport – we have NFL and basketball, but we are going to catch up with the rest of the world…look out Europe,” said U.S. fan Paul Baca.
“People are real passionate and patriotic and the U.S. is playing England – one of the best teams in the world at their sport, so we’re on a global stage and we need to earn some respect for the U.S. So, USA, baby…WOOOO!!!” said Ken Lucero, who was also cheering on the Stars and Stripes.
The U.S. was hoping to avoid a repeat of its first-round elimination in Germany four years ago, while England was trying for its first major title since winning the World Cup at home in 1966. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.