World Cup soccer fans warm up at Candlestick

World Cup soccer fever is catching in the Bay Area. The U.S. Men's National Team played an exhibition match at Candlestick Park Tuesday evening before heading to Brazil.

The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team was breathing new life into Candlestick Park in an exhibition match was against Azerbaijan.



This game was part of a sendoff series before team USA heads to the World Cup in Brazil next month. Soccer fans didn't sell out Candlestick, but they came close.

There were two types of soccer fans there Tuesday -- the rowdy and then there were "The American Outlaws".

The American Outlaws are super fans. A chapter from San Jose will follow the team to Brazil.

"Soccer is everything! We're going to be here, loud and proud. Brazil...we're ready," said soccer fan Chase McLaughlin said.

"We always joke this is a family between the team and us, between each other. It's a big community," soccer fan Crystal Cuadra-Cutler said.

Before the game, the parking lot looked like a 49er tailgate party, only with a lot more soccer balls.

Ed and Ashley Miller have their World Cup tickets.

"This is warm-up. We're getting the lungs ready and ready to rock 'n roll," said soccer fan Ed Miller.

"Pretty much I think when I married him, I bought tickets to World Cup. I think it said, 'Fine line: I do, plus World Cup,'" soccer fan Ashley Miller said.

In the end, Team USA won the match 2-0. No one can say this team doesn't have a loyal following.

ESPN and ABC are you destinations for the World Cup action. ABC's coverage begins on Saturday, June 14 with Columbia taking on Greece at 8:30 a.m. and following that match, Uruguay will face Costa Rica at 11:30 a.m.
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