Thursday, June 19, 2014

#WorldCupUSA - Chile fans in Denver, CO

Denver, Colorado doesn’t have a large Chilean community, but thanks to empanadas, a group of Chileans found each other. Now they are able to cheer their national team together during the World Cup and celebrate their surprise victory over Spain on Wednesday.
“My mom sold Chilean empandas and that’s how we all met,” said Chilean Angelica Olmos.

“We always meet up when Chile plays,” said Andres Olmos, Angelica's brother. He organizeed the viewing of the Chile vs. Spain first round match at a private screening room in Olmos’ condominium complex in suburban Denver. 
 “Soccer is everything in Chile," said Andres Olmos. "The last 10 years the national team has done a pretty good job in the World Cup.  Some of the experts have predicted Chile as a surprise team in this World Cup.”
Chile surprised Spain, going up by two goals and holding off the defending World Cup champions to knock them out from advancing to the second round of the tournament.
fans wore their pride of Chile's team everywhere.
And even watched the game when they had to take a smoking break.

 As the final seconds ticked off the clock...
 the Chilean fans exploded with joy when the final whistle sounded.
 “When we watch the games we get really loud,” said Andres Olmos. “We start singing, and with two minutes left the manager came over and she said “Hey, you can’t be that loud.””

But it was hard to contain the excitement for his team advancing to the second round. 
“I hope Chile will go far,” said Andres Olmos, “but I’ve told everyone that I don’t care who wins but the cup needs to stay in America, either North or South America.”

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