Area soccer fans mourn US defeat

By Justin Felder - bio | email

Carolina Forest, SC (WMBF) – Soccer fever caught on in the United States—unfortunately, it might just end up being a 24-hour bug.

Fans across our area gathered at bars and restaurants to watch the United States face Ghana in the World Cup.  There were lots of American flags, cheering and singing, but in the end, a lot of long faces when the USA fell 2-1 in overtime.

"I didn't have high expectations coming into [the World Cup], thought we had a chance," said Myrtle Beach's Shawn Watson who watched the game at Handley's Pub & Grub in Carolina Forest. "Four years, four years we'll do it again."

Handley's was one of many places packed with soccer fans.  Even after the loss, the fans were happy to see the show of patriotism the World Cup brought out.

"At the beginning of the game we played the anthem, everyone was singing and cheering, everyone was pumped," said Myrtle Beach's Stephanie Atwood who watched the game at Handley's.  "Now it's sucks, we lost."

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