News 12 at 11 / Tuesday, July 1, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The World Cup is drawing fans from all over the world and making new ones right here.
Somewhere In Augusta was the place to be for the US vs Belgium match Tuesday and even though the US lost fans in Augusta are still winning.
Is Augusta becoming a soccer town? Hundreds are packing restaurants and bars to watch a sport some say isn't for Americans.
"Why do you play soccer? There's other great sports out there, but I was like I love soccer," said Andrew Flick about friends who questioned his sport of choice.
Flick plays club soccer and remembers when it's popularity wasn't growing like it is now.
"Definitely grown a lot. Especially after this World Cup I think there's going to be a whole lot more kids trying to play," he told News 12.
Matthew Kolinoski coaches soccer in Augusta and says the sport just keeps growing.
"Overall the sport has probably double and maybe tripled in size in the last 6 years," he said.
"This world cup changes so much," said Devin Bryan
Bryan plays the world's most popular sport and says it's not just growing on the field.
"This whole restaurant was just hyped for the soccer team," he said.
Hundreds packed Somewhere In Augusta Tuesday and the manager says the soccer crowds get bigger each game.
"We changed 14 kegs the last time we had the game here," he said.
The bar's food and drink stocks are nearly wiped out after every match causing a re-up of items for a week after just one day of service.
"I would says triple normal sales. Quadruple sometimes," he said.
So, as the crowd's cheer turns to disappointment one soccer fan says don't worry and just keep on believing.
"We are only going to just keep getting better and better. I think we will be a contender in the next 50 years," said Frick.
Below are few soccer teams in the Augusta area if you want to learn more about the sport:
Augusta Arsenal Soccer: 706-854-0149