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July 2, 2014

World Cup: Fans fill Pub to cheer USA

DANVILLE — It was a standing room crowd only Tuesday afternoon at Pub II on Mill Street, as approximately 50 Valley residents crammed in to watch America’s latest World Cup game.

The 4 p.m. match against Belgium was the latest in one of the most closely watched World Cup tournaments by American fans. At Pub II, America’s fans were out in full force, wearing jerseys, decals of Old Glory and cheering in unison whenever the U.S. team made a push down the field.

Brothers Davidson Bock, of Lewisburg, and Johnathon Bock, of Danville, were joined by friend John Zepecki, of Danville, at Pub II to watch the game.

The World Cup is unique among sporting events in that it features a national team instead of a regional one, Johnathon Bock said.

“It brings everyone together, regardless of where they’re from in this country.”

As for watching in a room full of other people, “there’s nothing like the cheering of everyone when we score,” he said. “It’s national pride.”

“It’s fun to be able to cheer for the U.S. as an underdog. It’s a rare thing,” Zepecki added.

Kathleen Lear, Kristina Fangmann and Natacha Antunes are all co-workers from Geisinger Medical Center who wanted to watch the game together. The trio wanted to be able to watch the game as soon as possible after work and wanted a place with big TVs.

“This tournament’s been more exciting due to the amount of goals,” Antunes said. A “big time” fan of the sport, she said she’s seen interest in it grow every year.

 “The USA is exceeding everyone’s expectations, which is what we do,” said D.J. Linde, watching with friend and fellow Danville resident J.R. Kressler.

A place like Pub II is “the best kind of place to go” for sporting events, Kressler said, because of “all the random people all rooting for USA.”

Jenn Bowman, of Danville, agreed with Kressler, saying she loves getting “to watch it with all these soccer fans.”

“It’s great, everybody cheering together,” she said.

A lifetime soccer fan, what she cares most about the sport is how its united people.

“Look at what it does, bringing communities together. It’s awesome,” she said.

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