World Cup Fever Hits Northern Michigan

For the men’s World Cup team, it’s either win or go home.

A win would put the Americans in the quarter finals for the first time since 1972.

The World Cup fever is running hot in Northern Michigan as we wait and see what happens.

9&10’s Eric Lloyd is LIVE in Traverse City watching the game with hundreds of fans at The Little Fleet.

“Victory, USA! Victory!”

“It’s been amazing every single game we have had a crowd,” said Little Fleet owner Gary Jones. 

Soccer may be the worlds game, but for the past two weeks the United States has jumped on board and is bursting with a World Cup craze.

“It’s popular all over the world, but in the U.S. it’s lower on the totem pole. But once you get into it, it’s a bit of a cult following.”

The Little Fleet in Traverse City usually doesn’t pack the house for a sporting event, especially on a work day.

“Oh man, it’s so much better than a normal Tuesday at 4:00. People are just amped up. I mean they take off the day at work and start drinking. It’s a celebration.” 

“I would say exciting we are here so we can scream and yell and be a part of it. It’s easy to watch at home, but a little more fun to be outside.”

“It should be good when USA gets the win everybody cheering get fired up for that.”

With the Americans in the knockout round, the fate of the interest in the sport may just rest on the feet of this team.

“Every second it can change.”