Saturday, June 4, 2016

FUN ZONE CROWD SEES U.S. STRUGGLE IN COPA AMERICA OPENER



  The heavy damp mist that blew in from the sea and engulfed the fun zone on Santa Monica Pier where hundreds of fans were watching the opening game of the Copa America on a giant open air screen brought with it a haze of concern about the USA's future in the tournament.
 
 Only 90 minutes into the 23 day tournament the USA has its back against the wall after losing 2-0 to a far superior Colombia side and now needs at least a win and a draw against Costa Rica and Paraguay to have any chance of advancing out of its group. 

   But neither the score nor the mist that hung like a thick blanket over the Pier could dampen the spirits of the crowd who, judging by the cheers and groans, seemed evenly divided between U.S and Colombia supporters. 

    The event was sponsored by Budweiser, who ensured there was a festive atmosphere by providing stands selling beer and burgers---although there were long lines at them throughout the evening---and plenty of plastic footballs bobbing about among the spectators.

  Now the US needs a win against Costa Rica on Tuesday to give them confidence and also a realistic chance of progressing through the group. 

2 comments:

  1. There were more US than Colombians there.

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    1. Americans can still support Columbia's team and vice versa. It's not a case of which nationality was more represented physically. Amy Moron

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