Fans at The Paddock celebrate U.S. soccer team's ... defeat?

ngray@herald-leader.comJune 26, 2014 

  • More World Cupcoverage in Sports, section B

After Thursday's game, patrons who packed The Paddock chanted "USA!"

The chants weren't as loud as they were before the game, but the tone was fueled by a sense of relief.

The United States lost to Germany 1-0 but advanced in the World Cup via a tiebreaker. So how does an American fan, those standing shoulder-to-shoulder asked themselves, cheer for a loss?

Brant Peterson, 33, of Lexington put it into perspective. Peterson, decked out in a navy blue United States T-shirt and a backward cap, was neither happy nor sad about the result. He was satisfied.

"The whole thing sucks because we lost and you still have to cheer," he said. "We did advance, but (losing) takes the fun out of it."

Bethany Split, 27, of Lexington was with Peterson and wasn't concerned about the loss.

"We did what we needed to do," Split said. "I wasn't worried."

Split works three days a week as a nurse but was off Thursday. She didn't know whether her schedule would allow her to watch the USA's Round of 16 game on Tuesday, but she said she will find a way.

"I'll find a patient I really like and watch the game with him or her in their room," she said.

Patrick Hale, 26, of Lexington "maneuvered" his work schedule around Thursday's match and dressed in a Captain America children's mask he bought before USA's first World Cup match. He was confident throughout the match that the U.S. would advance, but he did not want to chance not being able to see the game at work.

"It's the atmosphere, man," he said. "Soccer is getting more popular in this country and it is exciting to watch it happen alongside our success."

Anthony Marti, 23, of Louisville is a dual-citizen of Spain and U.S., but he was a relieved U.S. fan on Thursday, one who said he was content with the result.

His gear included U.S.-branded socks, something he will wear on Tuesday. Marti took a sick day off from work with what he called a "sore throat" to watch the match, and his symptoms may last throughout the next four or five days.

"I think my antibiotics won't come in until after the weekend," Marti said while carrying a handful of beer cups. "It takes 24 to 48 hours for them to work anyway, right?"

Nick Gray: (859) 231-1330. Twitter: @ngray_63

Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service