Fans pack local bars to watch World Cup USA match

Local club organizers: Soccer is growing in Ind.

INDIANAPOLIS - Central Indiana soccer fans were glued to TV screens Thursday to watch Team USA take on Germany in the World Cup.

One soccer club organizer said interest in the sport has never been higher and some think the world’s game could become Indiana’s game.

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Fans were on the edge of their seats at Chatham Tap. Many fans had to stand for the game that some say is still trying to find its way in the U.S.

"It’s a big, big step for USA soccer and I think we can keep on moving forward," fan Aaron Blackburn said.

Thursday was a day of advancement for USA soccer -- both on the international stage and at home.

At the Fishers Soccer Club, enthusiasm for the sport was at an all-time high thanks in part to growing interest in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

"Now it’s exploding. Every year we have bigger and bigger numbers in our club and across the soccer landscape in central Indiana there is a lot of kids that are playing," said Jack Satchwell, Indianapolis Premier Director of Coaching.

Kids at the club were participating in a World Cup day camp with matches, drills and, of course, a lunch break to watch the pros.

Many fans also expressed their excitement for the new Indy Eleven soccer club. So far the games have been selling out on a regular basis.

Team USA will play in the Round of 16 next Tuesday. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Indy Eleven announced plans to host a viewing party for that game on July 1 at 4 p.m. The block party will take place on Mass Ave. and there will be three big screens, food trucks and beverages for fans.

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