SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --The U.S. men's soccer match against Belgium Tuesday will be an elimination game and the players say they want to make the most of the opportunity. The match-up is getting a lot of attention and some of those with soccer fever may be more tempted than ever to skip work to watch the game.
The Irish Times, on Sacramento Street in San Francisco's Financial District, is known for its football. And on Monday afternoon, it was filled with more Germans than any other nationality as their team played a tight elimination match with Algeria.
Anyone else there might have been a bystander, even Brian Hancock, who pretty much fits the profile. "I'm your typical American soccer fan, that every four years, I'm a huge USA soccer fan and in between there, well, I don't really know much of what's going on," he admitted.
As his friend Patrick Condon explained it, "I think we like to see people hitting each other more," he told ABC7 News.
For a better explanation, ABC7 News went to Vallejo to visit Hugo Perez, who played on World Cup teams in 1990 and 1994. "When you look at basketball in this country, it's culture. You're born with that. And football, in every other part of the world, it's the same thing," he said.
And that explains how packed Irish Times was on a Monday afternoon. And if you think it was crowded Monday, just wait until Team USA plays Tuesday. Get there early if you want a seat.