Asheville bars packed for World Cup match, U.S. team advances

Photo via the Green Man Brewing Twitter handle.
Photo via the Green Man Brewing Twitter handle.

Asheville’s bars were packed with enthusiastic soccer fans June 26, as the U.S. men’s national team faced Germany in the World Cup. The game, which took place in Brazil, started conveniently at noon, allowing people who work downtown and others to watch the game during lunch break.

The U.S. lost to Germany 1-0 but fans were still happy, as the American team avoided elimination, advancing to the tournament’s Round of 16.

The Bier Garden was at capacity with fans draped in patriotic gear and a line out the door. The popular sports bar served as the headquarters of the Asheville chapter of the American Outlaws, a nonprofit dedicated to growing support for U.S. soccer. Several other bars popular with soccer fans were also crowded across town, including Asheville Brewing, Hi-Wire Brewing, Green Man Brewing and Pack’s Tavern. Many are offering food and drink specials throughout the entire tournament.

Hi-Wire Brewing was at standing room only for the June  26 match as fans watched on a big screen. Photo by Jake Frankel.
Hi-Wire Brewing was at standing room only for the June 26 match as fans watched on a big screen. Photo by Jake Frankel.

The U.S. plays again July 1 at 4 p.m.

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