It was standing room only.
It was standing room only, in a sports bar.
It was standing room only, in a sports bar, in June.
It was standing room only, in a sports bar, in June…for soccer.
That’s right a sports bar was turning people away to watch the Gold Cup Final between the U.S. and Mexico.
This particular bar, the Trident Bar, has been the hang out of the Tucson chapter of the American Outlaws, an official support group for USA Soccer, but even in the early stages they did not have a crowd this big.
The establishment set up several portable tables to accomidate the crowd and a number of patrons stood or sat in fold-out chairs. Five minutes into the game and the place had to turn away people. Room was at a premium.
It was an impressive showing for any soccer match, but especially a non-World Cup soccer match. Sure it was just one bar, most would have just a few people on hand for soccer, if any at all, but it shows a slowly growing interest in the sport. (more…)