Monday, June 30, 2014

#WorldCupUSA – Soccer Fans cheer and despair in Bay Area

 Across the Bay Area this weekend, World Cup soccer fans were glued to their television sets hoping for their respective teams to advance in the World Cup. The Dutch, Brazilians, Colombians, and Costa Ricans were left celebrating. Others, including the Mexico fans, were left in dispar after their team could not pull out victory.
 Colombian fans had less worries coasting to a 2-0 victory over Uruguay. A fan waves a Colombian flag watching the game at at Pisco Latin Lounge in San Francisco.
 Colombian fans were able to enjoy their comfortable victory over Uruguay to advance to the Quarterfinals at Pisco Latin Lounge in San Francisco.

On Sunday, Dutch and Mexico fans gathered at the SOMA StrEat Food Park on Sunday to watch their round of 16 match.
 Dutch fans of all ages watch the action early against Mexico.
 Mexico scored first against Netherlands causing wild celebrations for the Mexican fans watching the game...
...leading to hi-fives all around as the moments ticked off the clock.
 The Dutch fans were left wondering if they were once again going to come short of winning the trophy.

Mexico continued to hold on to their lead...leading to dreams of finally making it to the quarterfinals...
 But then the Dutch struck for a goal and the Oranje fans came alive.
 When Holland scored their second goal the Dutch fans could hardly contain their emotions.
 A Mexico fan reacts to the Dutch comeback victory over Mexico.
 Dutch fans went crazy as the final whistle blew.
 The result once gain left Mexican fans with dreams of what might have been.
 A group of a few hundred Costa Ricans watched their game against Greece at the New Parkway in Oakland.
 Costa Rica scored a goal and were only minutes away from claiming victory leaving the fans on pins and needles (Including left to right in front: Armando Castillo-Monge and Kaleb Castillo).
 But a late goal forced all the fans to have to suffer through an extra time period.
 As the game went to penalty kicks, Costa Rica fans of all ages hoped for the best.
 And watched intently...
 ...and then exploded in cheers when they won the shoot-out.
 The wild celebrations continued as the Ticos moved on to the Quaterfinals.
 Much to the relief of all the fans, including Angel Mata of Oakland.
Afterwards some of the Costa Rica fans gathered to take a photo of the moment outside New Parkway in Oakland.

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