Local soccer fans gather to witness USA World Cup win

Published On: Aug 06 2014 08:16:21 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 16 2014 11:21:14 PM EDT

Local soccer fans gathered at Jacksonville Landing to watch the World Cup match on a jumbotron.

Natal, BRAZIL -

U.S. soccer fans had this match circled on the calendars for four years; revenge against Ghana, the team that knocked the United States out of competition two World Cups in a row.

The excitement continued to build at The Jacksonville Landing at a giant watch party with hundreds of fans.

It was all put on by Jacksonville's own soccer team, The Armada.

"We're organizing a few World Cup watch parties all around the U.S.," said President of The Armada, Steve Livingstone. "It's fantastic for us to put this on to rally the fans and show the team on!"

Fans didn't have to wait long for the home team to strike. The U.S. scored a goal early in the match. 

The excitement for the U.S. National team could help grow support for Jacksonville's soccer team.

"I'm glad we have a team that is out here supporting the national team. It's going to be a good thing for the city and the sport itself," said local soccer fan Imir Flores. 

Hundreds of people showed up for the watch party at The Landing in Downtown Jacksonville. Some didn't know everything about the sport; others actually play or coach the game, like the Castleman sisters.

"I'm going to play college, so this makes me more motivated to play," Kara Castleman explained.

He sister shared that sentiment.

"I'm really glad to see the support here," Kayla Castleman said.

"We had the game in Jacksonville that was really awesome to see," Kayla said, referencing last weekend's friendly international soccer match between Team USA and Nigeria.

"We're just glad to be out here," she said, smiling and looking around at the crowd  gathered at The Landing.

The better the U.S. team does in the World Cup matches over the next month, the more fans will have to cheer.

The Armada plans to put on more watch parties whenever Team USA plays.

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