Red, white and blue could be seen everywhere among the cheering soccer fans at Fado Irish Pub on Tuesday as they watched Team USA suffer a heartbreaking loss against Belgium, 2-1. But it was the feeling of camaraderie that brought fans together.
Dylan MacLaughlin, 22, said he enjoys the unity he's seen at Fado.
“We’re all sporting one thing: USA — not Philly — USA," he said. "All of us as one — one team, one nation."
American Outlaws members Devin Bell, 26 and Brandon Green, 25, were decked out American flag colors for the game.
“The outfit is nothing but red, white and blue to the fullest,” said Green, in his American flag one-piece. “I got stars and stripes up and down. I just want to show support to the team.”
Bell, with American flag face paint and cape, said he wanted to show how the country makes you feel like a “superhero.”
“When you see the stars and stripes, you think of a country that has saved the world,” Bell said. “You think of a place where no matter where you from, you can come here and you can become a superhuman. You can become a superhero. That’s what the American flag cape is all about. It’s about being super whenever you don the stars and stripes, there are no limits to what you can do.”
Bell also noted how the World Cup has provided a bigger outlet for both sports fans and non-sports fans.
“This world cup has made even the most casual person — who doesn’t watch baseball, who doesn’t watch American football become a soccer fan," Bell said. "And it’s very exciting. It’s a great sight to see.”
Christina Coppola said she conveniently had off of work and decided to spend the evening at Fado to cheer on the U.S.
“The perfect day to have off work is to come here and watch the game,” Coppola said. “It came perfect timing to have this game on the day that I had off.”
Stuart Campbell, 22, said he has been a soccer fan his whole life and believes the atmosphere of places like Fado is a victory for team USA.
“We have gatherings across the nation in pubs just like this,” Campbell said. “And they’re all watching the United States. No matter what the result of the pitch, win or lose, a scene like this is a victory for soccer in the United States.”