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.
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.
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.”