Despite work hours, World Cup fans pack Louisville bar

Louisville, KY - By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - June 23 was one of the hottest day of the year. That left many scrambling for something to do inside that will help them escape the summer swelter, and the World Cup on TV proved to be a great fix as hundreds packed the air-conditioned Molly Malone's to enjoy the big game.

"It's the last day of the main match, the U.S. is in a must win game and honestly there isn't anywhere I'd rather be," said Keith Emmetsberger who came to Molly Malone's to watch the game.

That's how many appeared to feel - packing the proclaimed official home of the World Cup.

"For most days for the World Cup it is packed," said Sean Dee with Molly Malone's. "Especially when the U.S. is playing, it's always packed."

While watching the game may sound easy, it certainly came with its nail biting moments. In the end, the U.S. was victorious over Algeria, and there was no shortage of support with some people even wearing flags.

The U.S. game wasn't the only one being played. England was also in a match and there was also a TV screen dedicated to that match, and some die-hard fans.

"I'm rooting for both. I came here when I was young but I've lived here most of my life and I lived there for a spell so it really mixes it up," said Graham Whatley.

He's not the only fan who's a little torn.

"I've got a little bit of heritage in England, but born and raised here so that's who I'm rooting for," said Harrold Wainwright.

Despite the contagious enthusiasm, you didn't actually have to know a thing about soccer to fit in.

"I know it's good when the ball goes in the net," laughed Meghan Pachloski.

Donning a flag, she got a crash course in the sport.

"I kind of just follow the crowd and when everyone stands up and cheers I try to do the same," she said.

And hundreds did just that, sneaking some time away from work to get the job done of cheering America on to the next round.

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