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Local Soccer Fans Celebrate U.S.A. Women's World Cup Win

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: July 08, 2019 12:38 PM

Duluth is known for being a hockey town but on Sunday it turned into a soccer town to support the U.S.A. women's soccer team in the World Cup final against the Netherlands.

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“They've been doing amazing I think they're going to win it, they're going to go all the way. They have a really strong team this year,” Kathryn Augusta, a soccer fan, said. 

“I’ve been to four world cups so soccer for me is everything,” Kandi Geary, a soccer fan, said.

Soccer fans gathered at Dubh Linn's as they anxiously waited for team U.S.A. to score a goal during the first half of the game.

“Whenever the U.S.A. gets close to the goal, people get really excited and start to cheer. It’s exciting to watch soccer,” Matthew Magnuson, a soccer fan, said.

The score was 0-0 for the first half, leaving fans worried about how the rest of the game would turn out.

“The game has definitely been in the U.S.A's favor right now, but they haven’t been able to capitalize in some of their chances. I’m a bit surprised by how good the Dutch goalie is, she’s really made some big saves,” Magnuson said.

"There hasn't really been a capitol chance for either of the teams. I hope something happens, looking for a double for the U.S.A. but you never know, Popo Perrault, a soccer fan, said.

Thankfully that all changed when the team scored a goal in the second half of the game. A couple of minutes later, they scored another goal. The second goal made U.S.A. the champions of the World Cup. A roar of claps and screams filled the room when they scored the final goal.

“I couldn't be happier that the U.S.A. women just got their fourth star, their fourth world cup championship! We had almost 300 passes in the game. U.S.A. was leading but they definitely had to give it their all to win this game,” Geary said.

“It was hard fought it was a really good game. Netherlands brought everything. I didn’t expect it to be 0-0 at the half and it’s the first time they’d been in a final for Netherlands so it was a great game,” Binner Rahn, a soccer fan, said.

Die-hard fans like Geary went the extra mile to support the team.

"I dyed my hair purple to match Megan Rapinoe’s hair. She’s 34-years-old and I’m sure this will be her last world cup championship,” Geary said.

The sport united hundreds of Northlander's of all ages to share the many emotions of the game and a special moment of celebration.

"That's the beauty of soccer, it brings people from all walks of life together and I just think it’s amazing," Augusta said.

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Alejandra Palacios

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