CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It’s not very often that a loss is still seen as a win. However, that was the case on Thursday for many soccer fans around the country.

Soccer lovers young and old gathered to watch the USA take on Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and though they were cheering for the USA, they were far from disappointed when Germany came out on top.

“I have never been happier to lose. We’re on to Round 16 so that’s just huge. It’s good seeing everybody get out and it’s good seeing the excitement. I don’t think a lot of work got done today,” said avid soccer fan Andy Blieden when he spoke to MetroNews at Adelphia Sports Ball in downtown Charleston Thursday afternoon.

People were optimistic at the U.S. team’s prospects when the game began, even if a win isn’t exactly what they were hoping for.

“Whatever the scenario is that allows us to move on, which is a tie, a win, or probably Portugal beating Ghana, those would all take us to the next round. So, whatever it takes to get that would be great, a win would be a bonus,”, said John Hamilton.

Like Hamilton, many that joined to watch the game have their own personal history with the sport and have watched the World Cup every chance that they’ve gotten. However, Hamilton said that he doesn’t mind those that haven’t been following for years as he has.

“The more, the merrier. You want everyone cheering whether they cheer once every four years and forget about it the rest of the time. I think everybody comes together every four years to watch the World Cup,” Hamilton said.

Germany defeated the USA 1-0 and while many would have preferred that the Americans score at least one goal, they are happy with that result. USA fans are continuing to cheer for their team as they move on in the tournament, but they recognize and respect the competition as well.

“Germany looked like they had 20 guys on the field. Germany has got a good shot of winning it all. We haven’t made it two times in a row to the Knockout Round of 16, so it’s a huge accomplishment for the U.S. It’s a great U.S. team,” Blieden said.

Many agree that one of the best things about the World Cup is the way that it brings people together to enjoy a sport that they love and to cheer for a team from their home country.

“All across the United States people are getting together and screaming like maniacs at a TV. So, it’s a lot of fun,” Blieden said.

The USA will play again on Tuesday, July 1 at 4:00pm.

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  • teamusa

    Go USA!!!!!

  • Jim N Charleston

    Only people caught up in the world cup are the nonathletic athletes who can't play football or basketball. It's the same people who watch the X Games.

    Let the 3rd world countries have soccer. Just because the USA is $17 trillion in debt does not mean we're becoming soccer fans.

    Talk about creating a story!

    I'm Jim N FL

    • Andy

      Non athletic? Are you serious, just that ignorant, or making a joke? I hope it's the latter. I'm not a big soccer fan but saying they aren't athletes is beyond foolish. Soccer is growing in the US and even good ole' WV. Just poll the schools in the state that didn't have boys/girls programs 20 years ago but have them now. You'll be amazed at what you find.

      • Silas Lynch

        No doubt soccer players are in shape but being in shape does not always equate to being athletic.

  • Hillbilly

    I wouldn't watch the world cup if it were played in my back yard . What a boreing game .

  • Buck

    So all 5 of the soccer fans in West Virginia are caught up in the fever, eh? Hardly worthy of lead story status.

  • Silas Lynch

    My original point was more to how the media hypes something until the majority starts believing and then following their lead.

    Lacrosse, in my humble opinion, would catch on more quickly and be much more popular in America if it were hyped as much as soccer.

    • Hillbilly

      The beginning of your post is straight out of Saul Alinski's pages .

      • Silas Lynch

        ... And unfortunately, Saul knew what he was talking about,,, but he likely adopted that Modus operandi from Goebbels

  • Aaron

    I agree that for the most part soccer is irrelevant in the United States, but once every four years we get the fever and even West Virginians will watch a different kind of football.

    For the life of me that I cannot understand how the richest country in the world cannot find 20 great mail soccer players. Perhaps if we want to World Cup the sport might finally take off.

    • ViennaGuy

      - I agree that for the most part soccer is irrelevant in the United States, but once every four years we get the fever and even West Virginians will watch a different kind of football. -

      Myself, I much prefer Australian Rules Football to soccer. Too bad it's so hard to find on TV in the US. :-(

  • thornton

    Ask these so-termed rabid American fans what FIFA stands for....if the majority know, then I'll buy that soccer is an up and coming American sport.

    Beyond that, soccer is a good nap spoiled.
    But, so is baseball.

  • The bookman

    I don't begrudge not a single person the pleasure of the World Cup. I also do not know a single person who gives a care in the world as to the outcome. Relevance? Not in the US, and certainly not in WV.

    • Harpers Ferry

      Not in the US, huh? I guess you and Obama suffer from the same defect, you both think everyone thinks as you do.

      • The bookman

        Read the post, Harpers Ferry! I begrudge No One!

        Soccer just doesn't resonate in this country, especially in WV. If you are in to it, great! Either you're special or in a specific minority. I agree it is a big deal outside our borders, but football here is contact sport.

        • Silas Lynch


        • Aaron

          When I was in high school I had a coach who identified basketball, soccer and even baseball as contact sports. Football he said is not a contact sport, it is a collision sport. Perhaps that's why Americans love it so much.

  • ViennaGuy

    World Cup what?

  • dolphin3111

    I would rather watch grass grow than watch a world cup soccer match.

  • Silas Lynch

    I drove from Charleston to Craigsville to Richwood to Marlinton to Lewisburg and back to Charleston and the only mention I heard of "soccer" was on Metro News