World Cup fever spreading in WMass

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday’s US victory against Ghana certainly brought World Cup interest to a new high in the United States.

It took just thirty seconds for the United States and Clint Dempsey to score a goal in soccer’s biggest competition, the World Cup.

“I thought they played defense too quickly, they got the one nothing lead then they should have kept the pressure on. But hey, they won it, that’s the big thing,” said Brian Connery from Ludlow.

With the game tied with 4 minutes left, substitute John Brooks headed the United States ahead for the win beating Ghana in Brazil.
At the same time the win helped to build soccer interest back in this country and in certain soccer-loving communities in western Massachusetts.

“I think it’s a lot of interest and it’s probably the biggest growing sport in this country that we have, especially here in Ludlow where it’s extremely important,” said Ernest Montagna from Ludlow.

The United States team still has a lot of work ahead of them if they’re to get past the group stage of the competition.

The U.S. is considered to be in the toughest group in the World Cup, known as the “group of death.” After playing and beating Ghana on Monday, they still have to play Portugal and Germany.

Another win would put the United States in the tournaments ’round of 16′ with their next game against Portugal this Sunday.

“They seem to be getting more competitive every four years and it seems like more and more people around the country are more and more excited about the team,” said Bryan Cohen from Ludlow.

In viewing parties across the country, the excitement is spreading.

The last group game for the United States is against Germany next Thursday.

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