BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Soccer fans across Buffalo will be sporting the red, white and blue again Tuesday, to watch team USA try and make it to the World Cup quarterfinals.
The Americans take on Belgium at 4 p.m. and another big turnout is expected at Canalside.
If the team beats Belgium, it would be their first time moving on to the quarterfinals since 2002, which is when America lost to Germany.
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Star forward Jozy Altidora, who went down with a strained hamstring early in the first game against Ghana, has been cleared to play. The coach has not said whether or not he will start.
Almost 3,000 fans packed Canalside to watch the team’s last game, and we can probably expect even more enthusiasm and excitement Tuesday.
“It’s getting pretty hot. And I think that the US and Buffalo has caught soccer fever,” said Empire State Development Regional President Sam Hoyt.
Fan Marco Maronski said, “You don’t even have to be a soccer fan to enjoy it. You just have to be a fan of the United States. And everyone comes together as a nation and we all cheer the same team on. And it’s awesome cause it’s just such good camaraderie.”
In this round there are no more draws. If the teams are tied after 90 minutes, they’ll play 30 more. Tied after that extra time? They’ll go to penalty kicks, which ended in heartbreak for both Chile and Greece over the weekend.
Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls is also hosting a viewing party, which kicks off at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.