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